- Lived in The Netherlands
- Lived in two different cities in the Netherlands
- Worked for free in an international criminal tribunal
- Played tennis on clay courts
- Rode on the back of a (very cute boy's) bike
- (Finally) Went to Barcelona
- Experienced the famous German Christmas markets in Cologne
- Used a dating app for fun
- Spent New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam
- Took tests to qualify as a lawyer in a foreign jurisdiction
- Saw my mom dance!
- Watched football matches with a bunch of orange-clad people supporting their national team
- Had oliebollen and they are super yummy
- Read a legal judgment in French for work
- Visited the famous Normandy beach
- Had the very interesting experience of nearly being knocked off my feet by very, very strong winds in The Hague
- Saw Body Worlds in Amsterdam, which reinforced my incompetence in biology (never cared how the body works as long as it works) and, accordingly, Medicine as a never-was option. In any event, I was so grossed out by the body parts that Medicine wouldn’t have been an option anyway even if I was competent in biology.
- Went to Musee d’Orsay and saw amazing French Impressionist paintings in person
- Somewhat private, but: had orgasms with another person
Edited to add:
- Went on a boat ride on the canals of Utrecht during a 'ridiculously romantic' date
- Dated a guy significantly taller than me
- Kind of lived with my boyfriend
- Received tulips!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any and I will not make any.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Cousin-in-law, cousin, and Chloe!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
A job/an income and a PhD position.
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My first date with Wouter for obvious reasons, and that July night in London when we had expensive drinks at the top of the Shard overlooking Tower Bridge. Also, because summer in Europe is always special, our summer trip.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Absolutely nothing. What a fruitful year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Doing absolutely fuck-all with my life.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just that annoying cold when I arrived in The Hague with summer clothes in April; I suffered a blocked ear for a whopping two weeks.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn’t really buy too many things. That’s the unfortunate consequence of being jobless.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Wouter for being Mr Perfect; my parents for being amazing; and Mag and Ruishan for being awesome friends. I also really appreciated Dr K’s help with my PhD proposal (reading two drafts and attempting to discuss them with a very very jetlagged me) as well as Paz and Ulic for reading it and giving me comments.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The French ex.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Plane tickets and food.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I was really excited about seeing Wouter again after our first date. Seriously, I think I was more excited about that than anything else that happened in 2014.
16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Hmm. I can’t think of any.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
a. Happier. I am no longer job-hunting in London. Enough said.
b. Fatter. Ugh.
c. Definitely poorer considering I still haven’t made any money since 2012.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Write. Same damn answer every day. <--- Same. Damn. Answer. --- Yes.
A new answer: I wish I had spent more time with my grandmother instead of parking myself overseas in pursuit of material things that were supposed to make me happy.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I’d given Wouter less of a hard time when we met in London in November. Basically, I wish I can function like a normal person even when I’m PMSing.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Cooking dinner with Wouter!
21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD improved significantly in its second season. I also liked Mr Selfridge which Wouter and me watched together every night until we ran out of episodes.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No. I generally cannot be bothered to hate people.
24. What was the best book you read?
I am still reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved and it’s absolutely amazing so far. Other than that, George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London was a surprisingly absorbing read. He gave compelling insights into the life of a broke writer and the lives of the less well-off, which isn’t something that I regularly come into contact with. I particularly liked his account of his time working as a kitchen boy in Parisian hotels: behind the pristine, elegant façade of fancy hotels is a dirty kitchen, stuck-up waiters and disgustingly unhygienic food. It really made me wonder about fancy hotels today.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I can’t think of anything.
26. What did you want and get?
Nothing in particular.
27. What did you want and not get?
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Interstellar was good but not great. We just watched Predestination (with Ethan Hawke) on Demand a few nights ago and it was seriously disturbing. We also watched The Best Offer on Demand and I really liked it. Guardians of the Galaxy was good too, and so was Penguins!
Edited to add: Also watched The Lives of Others and it was brilliant.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Had dinner in the tallest building in The Hague with Wouter. I was 28.
30. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
32. What kept you sane?
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Didn’t really care.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The ISIS crap and the usual anti-gay crap in Singapore.
35. Who did you miss?
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Wouter, of course.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
I’m a bit too old for such things.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Not really into lyrics.
Edit: I change my mind. The song lyric is as follows:
So let's take a walk and get lost
Let's take a chance on finding us
I wanna see the world with you
Every step feels so brand new
I'll let you lead the way now
Cos I want you to take the wheel
I've never been a passenger though
I never know how good it would feel
The road will twist and turn but
I know that I am in good hands
I've never been a passenger no
But we'll see more without a map