2017 Recap

2017 RECAP
Since 2017 has almost come to an end, I guess I should write a post about my 2017 recap. Some highlights from me in 2017. This year has been an up-and-down year for me. Not the best but not the worst year as well. I'm so glad that I have my family, boyfriend and friends with me all the time this year. You guys are my motivation! Thanks for being here.

I always wanted to become a full-time blogger since day 1 of my blogging life. Always wanted to know how my life would change if I turned out to be a full-time blogger instead of a part-time blogger that I used to be and I did it! I quit my job in April this year and changed to full-time blogger for 8 months (until November).

Trust me, it wasn't easy to become a full-time blogger as well. I thought after I became a full-time blogger, sure have lots of time for photoshoots, video shoots, attending events blogging etc. No, it wasn't exactly like that at all! Since my full-time blogger income was unstable, I needed to work hard to earn more. Therefore, I had accepted many jobs and events, turns out I'm super busy with appointments, meetings and events. But of course, I'm happy that finally, I can attend events on weekdays and even during the daytime because last time I always attended events on weekends.

However, you might noticed I mentioned I had become a full-time blogger for 8 months. That's because I have a full-time job again since November. You might be wondering why I work full-time again. Well, frankly speaking, the total income for blog and social media posting is enough for my living (3 meals per day, rental, utilities etc) However, it was unstable and I needed more extra money for travel, mortgage (planning to buy a house) etc. Thus, a full-time job is still necessary for a better life.

I'm glad I visited a total of 5 countries this year! Last year, I visited the Philippines, Thailand, Macao, and Hong Kong. This year, I have been to India, China, Thailand, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Well, Singapore was not counted because every time I travelled there for work. Thanks to sponsors for giving me a great experience and amazing hospitality. I enjoyed it a lot.

New Zealand is always on my bucket list or maybe everyone's bucket list. Thank god my New Zealand bucket list achievement was unlocked in September! Fortunately, my younger sister currently studies Master's programme at Auckland so we got the opportunity to pay a visit. This time we visited North Island, can't wait to visit South Island when she graduates.

Time flies~ Can't believe that my baby boy has been together with me for more than 2 years already! I feel really thankful that he is always by my side whenever I need someone. He has been always there to give me mental and physical support. Sometimes I told him I could handle this alone, but he still gonna say no, he wouldn't leave me alone. Thanks for loving and caring for me all the time bae. You're the BEST!

Yes, I am on a live TV! First I was interviewed by the largest TV news channel in India during my sponsored trip to India. Then, I was a live interview by Japan TV Channel when I was attending Joe Chia's fashion event. I'm so blessed to get these jobs and had the opportunity to share my experience with you all on TV.

This year, I have been invited as a speaker to share my experience with Water360 products during Watson's event. It was a great experience to speak publicly, especially with so many strangers in front of me. Trust me, it was not easy at all. I'm glad I took this challenge and did it well.

For me, I think bloggers are exactly like normal people. I never think I'm famous at all. I remember one time, I attended a private beauty event as a guest, when I left the event then suddenly I heard someone shout my name "Is that Shini Lola?" When I turned around, saw a cute teenager come say hi and ask "Can I take a photo with you?" I was shocked and said of course! She said she always watched my vlog on my YouTube Channel and said I was so hilarious in the lifestyle video. Lol. Can't believe I met my audience in real life because there are only 280,000+ video views. Thanks for the support girls! I will try my best to upload more exciting videos.

Last but not least, I feel blessed to work with many big worldwide brands this year including Samsung, Digi, Honda, Calvin Klein, Sephora, Braun Buffel, Tous, Innisfree, Shiseido and many more. Thanks for believing me on the social advertising. I can't wait to collaborate with more brands in the next coming year 2018.

In addition, thanks to you guys, my readers who have supported me all these years. Without you guys, I guess I would lose my passion and motivation. Thank you and I shall see you soon next year. If you're interested in my annual's recap, feel free to read them as follows :