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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Life Resolutions
New Year is a symbolism of hope for a fresh start and new beginnings. And every year, some of us would write a list of resolutions, hopes and dreams to accomplish for the next 12 months. Some resolutions we forget, some we keep for the rest of our lives.

For 2014 and beyond, I hope to resolve and accomplish the following:
Let go of the negativity, especially towards people I dislike. I know it’s none of my business of what others think about me, but I just wish some people have the decency to do it in private. But I’ve come to realized that negativity begets negativity, and the last thing I want to happen is become like them.
Let go of worries, doubts and fears about the future. I am at that stage where I’m lost, confused and a little bit scared of the future. We all go through that, but self-doubt and worry won’t do us any good. 
Stop spending my blog savings. I will never again underestimate the earnings I get from blogging. This time, I’m going to save it all.
Stop eating unhealthy food on a regular basis. McDonald’s once, twice, thrice or 24/7 a week is bad. Eat better. 
Learn how to cook. In relation to Item #4, I also need to learn how to cook. I honestly can’t wait to go home and learn from the best: my mom. 
Learn something new. I hope to make websites like Duolingo and CodeAcademy a routine for the next twelve months.
Pursue a project. I already have something in mind and I just need to plan and execute it before the year ends. 
Make art every day/week. I need to write, sketch, paint and design more often. 
Read at least one book per month. I am not much of a bookworm, but I hope this monthly goal can change that.
Travel locally and abroad, at least once. Ideally to a place I’ve never been before, like El Nido in Palawan! :)  
Keep trying. At everything. Learn from my own mistakes and try again. 
Be positive and always see the silver lining. I will push for positive thoughts in every challenging situation. 
12 resolutions that I will pursue and work on for 2014. It’s quite a lot, and I know that I may not be able to fulfil all within the year, but the main and overall goal is to be a good and better person —in every aspect! :)  
With less than 48 hours away, have you thought about your resolutions for 2014? I would really love to hear yours. And if you haven’t thought of anything yet, this New Year Generation might be able give you an idea. 

Life Resolutions

New Year is a symbolism of hope for a fresh start and new beginnings. And every year, some of us would write a list of resolutions, hopes and dreams to accomplish for the next 12 months. Some resolutions we forget, some we keep for the rest of our lives.

For 2014 and beyond, I hope to resolve and accomplish the following:

  1. Let go of the negativity, especially towards people I dislike. I know it’s none of my business of what others think about me, but I just wish some people have the decency to do it in private. But I’ve come to realized that negativity begets negativity, and the last thing I want to happen is become like them.
  2. Let go of worries, doubts and fears about the future. I am at that stage where I’m lost, confused and a little bit scared of the future. We all go through that, but self-doubt and worry won’t do us any good. 
  3. Stop spending my blog savings. I will never again underestimate the earnings I get from blogging. This time, I’m going to save it all.
  4. Stop eating unhealthy food on a regular basis. McDonald’s once, twice, thrice or 24/7 a week is bad. Eat better. 
  5. Learn how to cook. In relation to Item #4, I also need to learn how to cook. I honestly can’t wait to go home and learn from the best: my mom. 
  6. Learn something new. I hope to make websites like Duolingo and CodeAcademy a routine for the next twelve months.
  7. Pursue a project. I already have something in mind and I just need to plan and execute it before the year ends. 
  8. Make art every day/week. I need to write, sketch, paint and design more often. 
  9. Read at least one book per month. I am not much of a bookworm, but I hope this monthly goal can change that.
  10. Travel locally and abroad, at least once. Ideally to a place I’ve never been before, like El Nido in Palawan! :)  
  11. Keep trying. At everything. Learn from my own mistakes and try again. 
  12. Be positive and always see the silver lining. I will push for positive thoughts in every challenging situation. 

12 resolutions that I will pursue and work on for 2014. It’s quite a lot, and I know that I may not be able to fulfil all within the year, but the main and overall goal is to be a good and better person —in every aspect! :)  

With less than 48 hours away, have you thought about your resolutions for 2014? I would really love to hear yours. And if you haven’t thought of anything yet, this New Year Generation might be able give you an idea. 

Bits & Pieces: Oxford, England

Some of the photos I took while I was in Oxford. It was a five hour drive with a quick stopover at Warwick Castle. We decided to get a bus tour to see the city because we got there around 4PM, and as always, all attractions close around 5PM. I didn’t even get a chance to see the Great Hall. Bummer. 

Truth is, I didn’t quite appreciate Oxford that much. I guess, I was pretty overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the city life. After all, I did spend the last five days in the English countryside. The city has a lot of trees, which is a good thing, but I can barely see anything while I was on the top bunk of the double decker bus. :| Despite all that, the city was still quite picturesque. I just wish I had more time and energy to roam around.

In case you’re wondering, I just spent the rest of the evening at the hostel, sipping hot chocolate and a bucket of chips while doing some blog work. I was also watching some UK shows that I thought were quite interesting. 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Bits & Pieces: Whitby, England
Whitby is a seaside town in the northern part of England, and our last stop before Lucy and I head back to London. My visit to Whitby was the 8th day of my Big Blog Exchange adventure.
This town is where Captain James Cook, someone who played a significant role in discovering Australia, learned seamanship. It took me hours to realize that my offshore university was named after him. I guess, the guy from Skins was also named after him.
Anyway, the first thing we did was visit YHA Boggle Hole and meet its lovely manager, Peta. 
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Welcome to YHA Boggle Hole! :) I’ll tell you more about YHA Boggle Hole (and other YHA hostels) in another post. For now, let’s focus on the wander places. 
After the hostel tour, Peta took us to Robin Hood’s Bay. A small village that’s a few minutes away from the hostel and walkable through the beach. Lucky for us, the tide was low that day.

As mentioned, the village is just a few minutes away but it took us a while to get there because I was constantly taking photos. The view was pretty spectacular, especially when I’m just a few meters away from the sea. Water is my element. 

Peta also lent us some wellies because our shoes were not ideal for the slippery beach! And that’s me, posing beside a rock. I don’t know why but, obviously, I just want a photo with the view! Hahaha!




A lot of people were chilling along the beach because of the low tide. But if it’s hide tide season, the village is actually unreachable through the beach.

When we finally got there, we went to the sweet shop and ate ice cream. It was bloody windy that day but who cares? It’s ice cream! YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO ICE CREAM.
And I’m glad they’re not so strict with taking pictures because just look at all those yummy goodies! But truth is, I may have a sweet tooth but I’m not really a candy-person.

After eating ice cream, Peta also took us to this cafe to eat cake. I can’t remember what I ordered though, but let’s just say that I absolutely adore her. She’s very accommodating and fun to be with. :) Oh, and she’s also Potterhead! 
(And in case they’re reading this, I also adore the YHA Manager of London Central and Stratford)

I don’t know what happened next, but Peta took us somewhere and there were a lot of doors and stuff. I kept walking, talking photos, looking around and all. Peta was constantly sharing information about the town, the area, and their myths and history. 

You can read my first (and much more detailed) write-up about Robin Hood’s Bay here.

After filling our tummies with sweets, we went to Whitby to roam around and just talk about life in the UK. 
But first, a quick stop to Whitby Abbey. 

The Whiby Abbey is ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea. But the wall facing the sea is pretty much intact. 
This is the view from the Abbey. Just imagine what it is like when the Abbey was still whole, and you can (probably) go up to their tower and look at the sea and town. 


Seagulls everywhere. One of them pooped on me because… I’m lucky?

I am absolutely smitten with this town. Whitby is a 5-hour drive from London but I don’t mind living here because it’s has this serene yet fun vibe. But because of its location, I’ll probably migrate, along with the seagulls, to the south during winter. Haha!
P.S. Merry Christmas! :) 

Bits & Pieces: Whitby, England

Whitby is a seaside town in the northern part of England, and our last stop before Lucy and I head back to London. My visit to Whitby was the 8th day of my Big Blog Exchange adventure.

This town is where Captain James Cook, someone who played a significant role in discovering Australia, learned seamanship. It took me hours to realize that my offshore university was named after him. I guess, the guy from Skins was also named after him.

Anyway, the first thing we did was visit YHA Boggle Hole and meet its lovely manager, Peta. 

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This Christmas

This is the first time I will not be spending Christmas with my family this year. I’ll admit, I was a little bit sad and envious at first… but today, I woke up feeling perky and happy. Maybe it’s because of the the Christmas Spirit? Or because we have a mini (but not really) Christmas party at work? I don’t know, but I’m sure of one thing: If you’re spending Christmas with loved ones, be thankful because a lot of people would love to trade places with you. :) Being an OFW, I realized how lucky most of you are to be with your family during the holidays. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, cupcakes! :) 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • The Monday Grace #07
It’s been a month since I’ve done this. Somehow, I have found a way to make Mondays bearable (or even enjoyable) these past few weeks. While the purpose of this segment was to write the things that I’m thankful for, I noticed that it’s more of a positive thought bubble. :) 
Singapore Adventure with Cariza! Cariza visited Singapore last month for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who… BUT I don’t think she watched that special episode. She was too busy roaming around Singapore’s quirky spots. She’s the type of traveler who wanders the road less travelled. Spending time with her was also like a breath of fresh air, especially when it comes to a tourist’s perspective about Singapore. 
What have I’ve been up to lately? Just reading. This is why I’ve been to lazy to blog, I guess… I’ve always hated the fact that it takes 45 minutes for me to get home, but reading a good book makes the whole “17 stops and 17 traffic lights” trip bearable.
The VSCO Team featured one of my photographs! I am honored and inspired to be selected. :) 
I finally got a TLR camera! The camera looks complicated but it’s actually very easy to use. But I must admit, it takes time for me to get used to the controls because I’m left-handed.
Spending New Year with my boyfriend and his family. I couldn’t afford to go home for the holidays, so that sucks. But my boyfriend’s family will spend New Year here. They also invited me to join them tour the country! :3
Making a Dream List. I’m in a crossroad, and I need to make a decision soon… but I feel so lost. I honestly have no idea what I want in life. Is this what you call a quarter life crisis? Whatever this is, making a dream list made things a little bit manageable. Because now, I have something to focus on.
Realization: Indulge in sadness. I learned that you have to indulge yourself in that sadness, even for a little while, because that’s the only time you can finally embrace happiness. Happiness should not be a forced choice.
You and Me. Forever, always. :) 
Christmas is just a few days away! Wow. I wish I could feel the holiday spirit but Singapore is not really into? Anyway, do remember that this season is not just about receiving presents and eating good food, it’s about being thankful of what you have and giving first to those in need. This year, a lot of people lost their homes and loved ones, try to help them and be charitable. 
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, cupcakes! <3

The Monday Grace #07

It’s been a month since I’ve done this. Somehow, I have found a way to make Mondays bearable (or even enjoyable) these past few weeks. While the purpose of this segment was to write the things that I’m thankful for, I noticed that it’s more of a positive thought bubble. :) 

  1. Singapore Adventure with Cariza! Cariza visited Singapore last month for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who… BUT I don’t think she watched that special episode. She was too busy roaming around Singapore’s quirky spots. She’s the type of traveler who wanders the road less travelled. Spending time with her was also like a breath of fresh air, especially when it comes to a tourist’s perspective about Singapore. 
  2. What have I’ve been up to lately? Just reading. This is why I’ve been to lazy to blog, I guess… I’ve always hated the fact that it takes 45 minutes for me to get home, but reading a good book makes the whole “17 stops and 17 traffic lights” trip bearable.
  3. The VSCO Team featured one of my photographs! I am honored and inspired to be selected. :) 
  4. I finally got a TLR camera! The camera looks complicated but it’s actually very easy to use. But I must admit, it takes time for me to get used to the controls because I’m left-handed.
  5. Spending New Year with my boyfriend and his family. I couldn’t afford to go home for the holidays, so that sucks. But my boyfriend’s family will spend New Year here. They also invited me to join them tour the country! :3
  6. Making a Dream List. I’m in a crossroad, and I need to make a decision soon… but I feel so lost. I honestly have no idea what I want in life. Is this what you call a quarter life crisis? Whatever this is, making a dream list made things a little bit manageable. Because now, I have something to focus on.
  7. Realization: Indulge in sadness. I learned that you have to indulge yourself in that sadness, even for a little while, because that’s the only time you can finally embrace happiness. Happiness should not be a forced choice.
  8. You and Me. Forever, always. :) 

Christmas is just a few days away! Wow. I wish I could feel the holiday spirit but Singapore is not really into? Anyway, do remember that this season is not just about receiving presents and eating good food, it’s about being thankful of what you have and giving first to those in need. This year, a lot of people lost their homes and loved ones, try to help them and be charitable. 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, cupcakes! <3