tiny wins ✨ may 2019

Oh, hello!

I haven’t been sticking to my Tuesday & Friday schedule but understandably, as you have probably noticed, I’ve been on holidays 😬 And I did a presentation at a meetup last night, so the week back has been a little shaky and hectic. But I didn’t want to miss a tiny wins ✨ post, let’s dive right iiiiiiin. Most of these are gonna be travel-related but perhaps less specific and more broad than previous posts, because I am recalling from memory and I didn’t specifically log all my wins while I was travelling. Also, you’ll be hearing more about these wins over the coming weeks with my travel posts.

tiny wins ✨

  • seeing so much green on our travels 😍🌳
  • finally met the amazing Pauline (read about it in my Hamburg post 💜), a fellow blogger I’ve been friends with for almost a decade and had never met
  • finally got to see the beautiful tulips at Keukenhof, Netherlands – I had been wanting to go there for years, and tulips are my favourite flower 🌷
  • pretzels 🥨
  • my wool sweater I mentioned in my last tiny wins ✨ was extremely useful for our trip since it was 10ºC colder than expected
  • Vienna surprised Nick and I and ended up being one of our favourite cities
  • really great food in Munich
  • a pretty Airbnb in Colmar
  • delicious caramels in Colmar
  • taking hotel soap so they wouldn’t go to waste 🧼
  • saw the Catacombs in Paris
  • great coffee spots on our trip ☕
  • no big dramas on our trip 👏
  • um it was an amazing trip and I got to spend it with Nick! 🥰
  • caught up with my friend Juan whom I met at XOXO last year – we met in both Amsterdam and Paris because he recently moved to Paris!
  • huge butter (…more in a future post)
  • we finally had authentic Singaporean food at a Hawker centre, which we had missed out on on our previous visit
  • met my Singaporean friend Daniel again 😁
  • also not sure if this is a “win” but Daniel surprised us at the airport by greeting us on arrival!
  • bought all this TWG Tea in Singapore including a Ritzy Earl Grey which is fucking divine, I tell you
  • Virgin Active gym in Singapore
  • beautiful pool at our hotel in Singapore
  • saw Jewel at Changi Airport in Singapore
  • a popular bubble tea chain in Australia now has soy milk (I am lactose intolerant)
  • got given a zip-lock bag for free for my liquids when going through security – I’m such a cheap ass that I never bought my own
  • amazing cute hoop earrings from my favourite jewellery retailer
  • flight landings from London to Singapore and Singapore to Sydney were rated 10/10 because they were that good 🛬
  • saw Anberlin in concert
  • turned 28 on Wednesday 🥳
  • did not carry a handbag or backpack or any kind of bag to work, because I fit everything in my bomber jacket
  • free birthday bubble tea
  • our chef made this fucking amazing laufabrauð – an Icelandic bread that is decorated with geometric patterns
  • did a presentation at DDD by Night in Sydney (see speaking page for resources)

my favourite tiny wins 💖

seeing keukenhof 🌷

We basically planned this entire trip around Keukenhof and the time the event was on. I had heard about it from an ex-colleague in 2014 and I was so enthralled.

A woman wearing a blue sweater crouching behind several rows of planted orange tulips.
So glad we finally got to see all the tulips

meeting pauline 💜

I’m just so thrilled I got to meet one of my best online friends, finally, in person. Pauline is a lovely girl, she’s fun to hang out with, she’s genuine and she’s just awesome. 👌

Two women with dark hair with their arms around each other, smiling. One is dressed in a denim skirt and black jacket, the other in a blue sweater and black patterned skirt. They are in a quiet and cloudy town square.
we screamed when we first saw each other 😂

a surprise gift from by invite only 💎

Those of you who have been following my blog for at least a couple of years know that the bulk of my jewellery collection comes from By Invite Only, an independent jewellery label based in Singapore. As I amassed quite a few pieces from their old collections that I no longer loved anymore, but were still in OK condition or where the crystals/stones were still intact, I contacted them and asked if they would consider recycling instead of me throwing the jewellery out and it going to waste. They suggested I drop by Singapore since I was travelling there, rather than me shipping back to them.

I was surprised when I dropped by that they had a gift for me to thank me for my support. It was a limited edition tote bag with some goodies that they had given to VIP guests at their recent tenth birthday celebration. It was a really nice gesture. ☺️ I also purchased a pair of earrings from their newest collection, the Silver Opaline Earrings. Hoops and huggies aren’t really my thing but these worked perfectly for my upper lobe piercings. If you’re into dainty, timeless but unique jewellery that uses crystals or raw semi-precious stones, you can use my referral link for 15% off. 💵

just got to be with nick ♥️

I don’t think anything else needs to be said!

A man and woman with their arms around each other on the sidewalk in Paris. The woman has a purple sweater and black skirt on; the man is in a navy sweater.
Thanks Juan for taking this photo of me and Nick!
A selfie of a man and woman in a rooftop swimming pool, with a red building behind them that has green plants growing on it. The woman is wearing a bikini top with one strap.
Hanging out in the pool 🏊‍♂️

happy snaps

Three people – two men and one woman, smiling. The woman is wearing a bright purple sweater. One man is dressed in dark blue and the other in black.
We caught up with Juan in Paris!
Two men and one woman. One man and one woman are wearing dark blue. The other man is wearing a white shirt with a purple jacket. In the background is a glass panel with foliage behind it
We got to see Daniel again!
A woman with dark hair, wearing a khaki skirt and striped top, gesturing to a screen with some blue text displayed on it
I do funny poses in my presentations, apparently.

Stay 100% tuned for my next blog post on Berlin, daaaaayuuuum! 🇩🇪

If you have come here from Twitter, thank you for all your support and for joining in sharing all your tiny wins ✨ on Twitter. The response has been heartwarming.

tiny wins ✨ is a monthly occurring “monthly review”-type post. It is focused on small achievements throughout the month, although some may be considered “great” achievements. The premise behind tiny wins is that everything should be shared no matter how big or small. The lowercase stylisation is deliberate, and is a nod to the name (lowercase letters being smaller than uppercase or capitalised text).

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also not sure if this is a “win” but Daniel surprised us at the airport by greeting us on arrival!

I suppose it counts as one for me, considering all I had to work with was

the fact that you were off before I was up that morning
and which airline you were flying with

and, as it turns out, 1 out of my 2 guesses as to your flight was right on the money!

Great to see you again, and glad you finally managed to sample our local food!

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Yey for small wins! I have to say I am really intrigued about the giant butter after seeing the photo on your timeline. I’m glad you’re going to be discussing it in more detail!

I can see why you’re so attracted to By Invite Only; they’re collection is absolutely stunning. Those earrings are gorgeous! I’m an October baby and love opal and opaline so I had to go check out the rest of the range.

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Sounds like amazing travels! As much as I hate the stress of traveling, it’s like a hundred percent always worth it for the awesome experiences. Also, happy belated birthday!!!

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