2011 in review

As I anticipated, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys delivered a 2011 annual report for this blog.

 

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

♥ Ames

The best of MBoM in 2011 :)

The end of 2011 also marks the 1st anniversary of this Mixed Bag of Musings (as of 01/01/12)!  What an amazing year it has been!  I think above all else, 2011 has been the year I’ve learnt to ‘let go’ of unnecessary baggage – emotional and physical items that I don’t need any more both included!

I’ll let WordPress do the crunching of numbers in a few days but I’ll take a feather from Leeleegirl’s cap and list some of the posts I really enjoyed writing or you enjoyed reading :).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t narrow it down to 11 so I’ll go by month and perhaps you’ll see the progress and growth that has happened over this year:

** the ones you should definitely have a look at!

January

  1. Short Story: Dream
  2. No, Thank you.
  3. Words from the son of Amoz
  4. Just A Number.
  5. confessions of a poor uni student
  6. Like This: There is a time + Amazing Grace
  7. Scar
  8. My Niche
  9. Blog Babble: I’m no better

February

  1. complexity vs. simplicity
  2. The significance of 40 days
  3. The end of self
  4. My Other Niche
  5. Cookies in A Jar
  6. BE WHOLE
  7. New Directions

March

  1. still here.
  2. Mountaintop
  3. givin’ up
  4. Passing Points
  5. turned tables
  6. inward, outward, upward
  7. NFH: Loneliness and the others in the NFH series
  8. RANDOM- MTB
  9. room to move
  10. the sisterhood
  11. another morning post (you know you love them!)
  12. Short Story: ‘getting over you’
  13. the simple things

April

  1. The Wanderer
  2. MP: The Overflow
  3. the day of birth
  4. Project365 Completed!
  5. the drop of a stitch
  6. word quota
  7. Happy 100th Post!
  8. Short Story: Unspoken Conversations
  9. mollify

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Pressing toward the Goal

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection!  But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.  No dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energy on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” – Philippians 3:12-13 (NLT)

I don’t know exactly how to describe it. I don’t know if it is just all in my head…. BUT, I feel like I’m on the brink of new adventures, new heights, new unexplored paths….new everything!  What is it about a new year that fills us with such optimism and expectation?  I know for certain this is going to be a good year… why?  Because I’m letting go of my own pride, my own views of what I think is best for me…I don’t need to prove myself to anyone, I don’t need to listen to voices that contradict what I know is true and right BECAUSE I’ve surrendered it all to Him who is more than capable of molding it, using it, crafting it all into something beautifulWhat is past is past.  I’m surrendering it all to Him so that I can live holy and pleasing in His sight, as an instrument that can be used to bring Him glory and display His mercy, His love, His goodness and His grace to the world.

I can’t wait to see what He has in store… somehow, I also feel there will be some trials ahead, some tough times that will test my faith but I know that at the end of the day, He’ll bring me through as He did last year and I’ll be stronger, wiser and all the better because of it.  Just you wait and see :).

♥ Ames

NYD Feast

After coming back from a 3 -day camp where we were sooooooo well fed, nothing looked appetizing… and I literally mean NOTHING!  I had no appetite at all which rarely happens since I love food so much and it wasn’t the greatest timing since we were on the eve of a new year.  I picked at my NYE family dinner and internally swore off food for the next few days…HOWEVER, a visit to our family friend’s place on the 01/01/2011 changed all that :D.  The Mrs. of the house is one organised lady and had made most of the dishes whilst some others brought a dish to share as well hence, creating an amazing NYD menu:

I only had my iPhone handy but there were some dishes I just had to snap a photo of because it was so well presented(so please excuse the less than desirable image quality):

 

Burmese Spicy Egg and Chicken Noodles (wasn't on the menu)

  

Cucumber with Marinated Jelly Fish

One of my favourite appetizers was ‘Abundant Cup’ which the host had though up herself.  She used Wonton pastry to create the ‘Cups’ (cooked in the oven for X mins on ~180 degrees celcius until crisp) that she filled with a potato and corn salad mix and then placed cooked prawns in each of them, topped with sesame seeds.  Such a smart idea and tasted great!

Abundant Cup (Original)

But the winner for me that evening was the Hong Kong Style Salad:

Hong Kong Style Salad

From memory, it was a mixture of cubed cucumber, cooked potato and carrots, corn kernels, pineapple pieces tossed in whole-egg mayo and seasoned with salt to taste.  It was very light and just tasted divine :).  I went back for thirds and fourths hehehe. 

When I have my own place one day, I hope I can be as organised to put together such a splendid dinner party spread that even bloated uni students who attend will be enticed to try all the dishes ;).

Hope you enjoyed the New Year festivities and food !

 ♥ April

happy new year!

Here’s to a new decade, a new blog and a new lease on life :).  Though I know I’m speaking to an audience of one at the moment, it’s nice to know that I’ve kind of got things organised around here in preparations for visitors to come :).  I want to be more systematic in how I blog and hopefully they’ll be some who will follow me as I learn more about myself, about what it means to live out my faith and about life in general. 

2010 was the year that I, amongst many other things, fell in love, got my heart broken, learnt to forgive and lean on God more than ever before.  This new blog is an extension of my way of moving on, leaving the past in the past so that I can start afresh- free from any emotional baggage. 

Looking forward to this next chapter of my life…. bring it on, 2011!  I’m ready.

♥ April