The Best of 2018
Updated: Jan 6, 2019
A quick trip down memory lane to reminisce the good times
2018 has been such a great one cause I feel like I’ve gone through so much in such a short timespan.
I’ve briefly listed out things that made this year memorable on my Instagram, but I wanted to dwell further into the few bits I’ve mentioned so I can look back a year from now and see how much I’ve achieved/experienced.
Sam Smith’s Concert
I’ve never been to many concerts cause I didn’t have a favourite artist/band that I’d constantly listen to.. until Sam. The past year I’ve been a complete fan girl after he went on a hiatus and came back into it for a world tour. It was by far the best concert (also only the second one) I’ve ever been to. I love his music and being able to see and hear him live was a dream come true. The fact that he even shared that his song 'Scars' had a deeper meaning made it so much more real to listen to him sing his heart out. It was such a beautiful moment when the audience took out their phones to flash their lights as we all sang along to 'Latch'. Gave me goosebumps. Honestly, his vocal performance was hands-down one of the most unforgettable experiences ever.
Sorry guys if you’re not a fan, don’t hate.
Passing the pre-registration exam/getting a job
I went through a proper interview with the hospital I trained at to get the job after my pre-reg year, it wasn’t just handed to me; it wasn’t a definite that you’d get the job too even if you trained at the same hospital. I had to prepare for a group task, case study presentation, written exercise and an interview; after passing all that, that didn’t mean I’d secure the job still. I had to get through the pre-reg exam. Not to sound dramatic, but it was a big deal. A huge factor which decided whether or not I could stay back in the UK with all that visa things.
Even with a view like this during my summer holiday, it was difficult not to think about results day. Everything I've done to this point comes down to that.
When results day came, my body and mind woke me at 5am. Every vibration I heard from my phone urged me to check whether it was the news I was hoping for.
I remembered exactly at 7.01am, I got the email. Sweaty palms, shaky hands holding my phone and praying hard; trying to comprehend the numbers displayed on the email. Only after a good half minute or so, my brain finally registered that I passed the exam! My days. I guess all good things come to those who wait. That also meant, celebration time!
What better way to celebrate than with food @ La Dame De Pic London, with a complimentary celebratory dessert plate!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
I can’t say I’m a true Potterhead but I did enjoy the HP movies growing up. It was a big part of my childhood memory growing up, family movie time.
The magic started at the Great Hall at Hogwarts, so it only makes sense that that's where we begun our tour with a grand entrance, of course. There was so much admiration whilst walking through the iconic Diagon Alley, seeing all the props and effort that goes on behind the scenes to produce the worldwide phenomenon. We managed to find Buckbeak in the spooky Forbidden Forest too! And also got creeped out by enormous spiders. When you're there, don't forget to snap some shots trying to push the trolley through Platform 9 3/4 before getting on the Hogwarts express.
I thought it was pretty cool that you could buy character collectible wands as souvenirs too. And were you really there if you didn't try the famous ButterBeer and snap a picture of yourself with a foam moustache ?!
All in all, it was such a fun experience reliving my childhood memories again and that's why this made it to one of the bests in 2018. If you're planning to go, do remember to book a few months in advance!
Took the opportunity during the Easter bank holiday weekend to visit Venice. It was my first time in Italy and I wanted it to be the City of Canals. It’s such a mesmerising city built over the Adriatic Sea. They say you don't see Venice if you're walking on foot, so we decided to go on a gondola ride to truly see the city. 30 minutes later and €80 lighter, our hearts were full. It was relaxing to get away from the crowds and appreciate the charm of this romantic city. We were attracted by the architecture of palazzos and the Rialto bridge as we passed by. Going under bridges and being navigated through intricate waterways, we saw sinking houses and bumped into a gondola or two on the way to the Grand Canal. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
A gondola ride is a must-do from me if you're ever in Venice!
There are cheaper options depending on the type of gondolas and where you started the ride, so scout around before you get on!
Starting a Blog
There was a lot of thought put into whether I should start a blog.
I loved the idea of sharing my experiences through my pictures and Instagram was the platform to do it.
But it just wasn’t enough.
I couldn’t express myself through Instagram captions and I thought a blog would be the better platform for that. The dilemma started with whether I'd have enough time to do it from working full-time, travelling to London almost every weekend, if not, weekend working etc. I was worried about the content I'd share and if people would like it. But then it hit me, this was going to be a public diary for myself to look back on and reflect on what I could have done differently; for those who wanted to read about the tips/advice and experiences I write about.
It’s something I enjoy doing and I’m glad to see such positive feedback for it. So this is for everyone who stayed till the end of this post, thank you for your support. It means so much to be able to share my thoughts and possibly make your life easier at some point. Every single one of you played a part in making this one of the best decisions of 2018 and I'm grateful for that!
Happy 2019 lovelies, may we do more, see more and be better than we were before
Much love xx
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