2018

December 31, 2018

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Before the year ends, here's a quick recap of my favorite memories of 2018.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Bought my first Midori Traveler's Notebook, and discovered the joys of journaling.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Also tried a bunch of other new activities like archery, drawing, and watercolor painting.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Passed the JLPT N5 exam.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Boothed at Komiket, which was the first time we boothed at a con in a long time.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Went to our third Bon Odori festival at Manila Japanese School in Taguig.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Got to re-visit UP Diliman after a long time, thanks to Aian being invited for a talk at CFA.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Saw Drum Tao in Manila with Aian and Allysa!

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Went to San Juan, Batangas with the family and got to swim in the strongest waves I'd ever seen in my life.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Took the JLPT N4 exam, and ended up failing (lol).

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Got absolutely hooked on Produce 48, and ended up falling for a lot of 48 girls in the process. Also ended up hardcore stanning IZ*ONE after the show.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
2018 recap | chainyan.co
Lost one of our precious babycats, but also gained another.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Boothed at Komiket again, and sold a bunch of kitty stickers.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Turned 29.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Saw the Natsume Yuujinchou movie, Tied to the Temporal World.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Flew to Malaysia once again for Comic Fiesta.

2018 recap | chainyan.co
Finally got to visit Stickerrific! Also bought my second Midori TN.

And lastly, I spent my 9th year with Aian quietly at home, surrounded by all our babycats ♥

2018 was a year of immense growth for me, in a lot of ways. I learned a lot of new things, and grew to become more like the ideal person I envision myself to be. But despite all the good things that happened, Aian and I also went through a massive heartbreak. We lost Buchi, one of the kittens I practically raised after being born on our doorstep. He passed away just a month short of his first birthday, just half a year after he started living with us. His passing is still a bit hard for us to completely accept until now, to be honest. But we're healing.

I guess if I could describe 2018 in one word, it would be 'bittersweet'. Overall though, I became a much happpier person than I was in the past—something I wouldn't have imagined myself becoming before. For that, I'm thankful. Hoping 2019 would be much brighter for all of us. See you in the new year, friends! 👋

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