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A Year in Review : 2014

As another year winds up, I take a look back at the past 12 months I’ve passed. And looking back, there’s nothing more I could feel beside being grateful. I just can’t believe that I came across this time faster. It’s way faster than I thought, indeed. But in so many ways, 2014 has been one of my best year. It was so full of challenges, laughter, tears, stress, works, struggles, and surprises. It got its ups and downs. But it was a big sweet one.

Now here we are at the very end of 2014. So here’s a little look back at the amazing year!

Let’s be grateful, as we’ve just lived one year more.

January

The year started off really well with a short trip to Singapore and Vietnam. Fred & I went to visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and also Saigon for the very first time. It’s kind of fun since we relied on nothing but the map! And what I mean by map, is that paper map – since we didn’t have any internet connection.

Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi
Hoan Liem Lake Temple
A Temple in the Middle of Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Liem Lake

The temperature at Hanoi in January is cold! It’s always around 10 degree Celcius or so. And sometimes it drops below that. You would think that 10 degree celcius is just chilly, but there were strong wind. And there’s not much place with heater. So it might make you feel much much more cold than what you expect.

Since I live in a tropical country where it’s summer all year long, I might say January is a perfect time to explore Hanoi since you could just walk around without sweating. And you can eat whatever you want without feeling guilty since you have to warm yourself up. Is it just me? Or… anyone?  But anyway, it’s a good start to the year! 😉

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay, one of the seven natural wonders of the world

Oh, I also started to learn German on January. Ich finde Deutsch lernen macht Spaß!

February

February has always been my favorite month of the year. It’s my birthday (and also Fred’s birthday)! We went to Kota Tua, Jakarta and had a lunch at Cafe Batavia. Spread the love!

Cafe Batavia Jakarta

Cafe Batavia Jakarta
Cafe Batavia Jakarta
Fredric Sanjaya Birthday
Happy birthday, Fred!
Cafe Batavia Jakarta
Kota Tua, Jakarta

I also did my first Final Project Seminar this month, which went just well, I think. At least the tension is over, for a while. But good news, I’m going to Japan next month for student exchange! I couldn’t be more excited to hear the news!

Top blog post this month :
Signature Cruise at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

March

March was my favorite month this year!!!! It’s when I went to Japan for student exchange. Being able to live in Japan for 2 weeks was like a dream come true to me. Well, not really a dream actually since I’ve never dreaming about going to Japan. It’s more like an… unexpected gift. I’ve never imagined myself to go to Japan since it’s known for the high prices. You know, the high living cost, the high food price, and the lists go on and on.

But then, I was lucky enough to be one of the participants of AIMS Short Stay Program 2014 in TUAT (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology / Nokodai) Japan. Domo arigato gozaimasu for the chance!

Asakusa Temple
Asakusa Temple
Akihabara
Alif – Sharon – Irfan at Akihabara

Anyway, I did observe things during my stay. I watched how people interact with each other, how they behave, how they do things. I learned so many things from them. We also have a short discussion about it at class. I found Japan uniquely beautiful, in its own way.

Japanese Traditional Game
Japanese Traditional Game
Sumida Park
Classic Music Performance at Sumida Park
Asakusa Temple
A Giant Lantern at Asakusa Temple
Wooden Prayer
Wooden Prayer

During our stay, we got a chance to visit Hakone, Kamakura, and Yokohama. And during weekend, we stroll around downtown Tokyo.

Street Performance at Yoyogi Park
Street Performance at Yoyogi Park
Sakura at Yoyogi Park
Cherry Blossom!

By the way, I impulsively bought a ukulele and can’t stop playing it ever since! Should I give it a name?

Top blog post this month :
The Unique Side of Japan
One Day in Tokyo

April

Nothing much happened in April, I supposed. It’s just my German test, as far as I recall. And… my final project. But anyway, it’s a boring month.

But Fred and I managed to have a short getaway from the city. We went to spend the day at Dusun Bambu and ended the night watching an orchestra concert.

Dusun Bambu
Dusun Bambu, Bandung
Sharon Loh Dusun Bambu
Me and my Ukulele
Konser ITB Student Orchestra
Watching Orchestra Concert

Top blog post this month :
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee, Singapore
A Day Well Spent at Hakone Japan

May

Got a surprising news on our last day of lecture in uni. My team made it to the Runner Up of Samsung App Challenge. Hurray!!! Seriously, my team mates are just awesome (They’ll make it without me, anyway!). So cheers for a new matching phone! 🙂

Samsung App Challenge Winner

Top blog post this month :
Bo Shin Myeong Ga Restaurant, Jakarta
Two Cents Coffee, Bandung
Dusun Bambu, Bandung
Elicxir Artisan Gelato, Jakarta

June

I went to Pangandaran for the first time! It’s been a lovely short escape from my thesis. The rain didn’t stop pouring for two days straight, but finally we got to see the sunshine on our last day. We went snorkeling, catching sunrise (which apparently didn’t show up due to the thick cloud), ate a looooot of seafoods, biking, and swimming. Pangandaran might not be my favorite place on earth. But still, I really enjoy my time spent with friends.

Pangandaran
Pangandaran, West Java

Pangandaran, West Java

Pangandaran, West Java
Went Snorkeling

Pangandaran, West Java

I also joined a Muay Thai class!! It’s sort of impulsive, I know. But it was fun!

Muay Thai Bandung

Top blog post this month : 
Celebrating FIFA World Cup 2014 with McDonald’s

July

I met several food bloggers from Bandung. Can’t believe that some of us make a really good friends, right until now. For this, I’m really grateful.

Bandung Foodies

Hilton Bandung Room
Photo Courtesy of Victor Hamdani

Top blog post this month : 
Booster Society, Bandung
Perky Pedro : Comidas Y Bebidas, Bandung
Royal Stag, Bandung
Two Hands Full, Bandung

August

August has gone much more interesting than I thought it would be! I participated in a cooking class at Kijang Mas Bandung, then I went to Dago Dairy for a camp.

Black Forest Recipe
Me making Black Forest cake!
Dago Dairy Bandung
Camp on Dago Dairy Bandung

Dago Dairy Bandung

Dinner at Dago Dairy
Photo courtesy of Agritektur

Sunset Bandung

It was suuuuuch a great day for me. I met some new great friends. And memories that last forever. Besides, this farm sort of reminds me of my childhood memories. You know, our dad used to take us to the farm on weekend. We’d go playing with the cows (we had only three though), go fishing (boooooring!), have picnic, and yeah, most of the time we just wander around the farm picking some flowers. My mom would bring snacks for us. And… that was the moment I’ve been waiting in the whole week.

Top blog post this month :
Where To Eat in Bandung (Part 1)
Kopi Es Tak Kie, Jakarta
Warung Sangrai Bandung

September

IT’S THE MONTH WHEN I DID MY BACHELOR THESIS DEFENSE!!!! *yes, I need to put on caps-lock on this*. I’m so happy that I’m now officially a Bachelor of Informatics! The fact that I could stop working on my thesis really excites me.

Tjoen Kie Bandung
A little celebration!

Top blog post this month :
Baking Cake at Kijang Mas Culinary Class
Camp on Farm Dago Dairy Bandung
Friday Night Seafood Buffet at Padma Hotel, Bandung

October

October is my graduation ceremony time. It feels weird wearing that graduation suit and cap. It feels weirder knowing that you have no more exams or presentation to be done. It feels insecure knowing that from now on, you have to take care of yourself financially. But I’m glad to be in this phase of life. It’s sort challenging, and fun, in its own way.

Sharon Loh Graduation Institut Teknologi Bandung

Sharon Loh Graduation Institut Teknologi Bandung
with my dad
Sharon Loh Graduation Institut Teknologi Bandung
Me and Mom

Top blog post this month  :
Javana Bistro, Bandung
Breakfast Buffet at Bawean Bakery, Bandung
The Harvest Cakes
Hakata Ikkousha Ramen

November

There’s not much going on in November. One of the most interesting thing I did was attending Zomato Meetup at Spanky’s Kemang, Jakarta and learned how to make cocktail. I had a great lunch time with Foodies Friends at Spanky’s Ribs and Martini. Thanks to Zomato who made this meet up happen! I met a lot of new friends!

Sharon Loh

Sharon Loh
Me making Tequila Sunrise

Top blog post this month : 
Mini Travel Guide : Hanoi
Where to Eat in Bandung (Part 2) : Street Food
Lunch Buffet at Sheraton Bandung
Blogger Meetup at Two Cents, Bandung

December

To end the amazing year, I went on a short trip to Singapore. And had a Wine Dinner at Sheraton Bandung and also a Staycation at Hilton Bandung. This month was a total blast!

Chef's Table Dinner Hilton Bandung
Chef’s Table Dinner at Hilton Bandung
Chef's Table Dinner Hilton Bandung
Chef’s Table Wine Dinner at Hilton Bandung
Pool Hilton Bandung
Hilton Bandung
Chocolate Pie Sheraton Bandung
Wine Dinner at Sheraton Bandung

 

Wine Dinner Bandung

Wine Dinner Sheraton Bandung
Cheers!

I spent the first day in Singapore alone before Fred and his family came over the day after. I slept in a hostel with the other 3 people sharing the same room, walked around the city, went to a Cat Cafe, ate a lot of local foods, meeting good old friend. It was more than I could ask for.

Singapore Building
Singapore
St. Andrew's Cathedral Singapore
St. Andrew’s Cathedral Singapore
Clarke Quay Singapore
Clarke Quay Singapore
Chili Crab Singapore
When in Singapore, eat Chili Crab!

Then here comes one of my favorite dish in Singapore : SONG FA BAK KU TEH!

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Singapore
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Singapore
Christmas in Singapore
Christmas in Singapore

Top blog post this month : 
Staycation at Hilton Bandung
Neko No Niwa Cat Cafe, Singapore
Year End Celebration : Wine Dinner Sheraton Bandung
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Singapore

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No doubt, 2014 has been one of my best year so far. I’d like to say thank you, as always, for reading. And for those who come and go, for those who stay, for those who made my day colorful. Thank you… May all of us have another happy adventurous year ahead of us!

Hilton Bandung Room
Photo Courtesy of Victor Hamdani

Let’s be grateful, as we’ve just lived one year more.

And hey 2015, I’m soooo ready!

Read also my another stories :

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SHARON LOH
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