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Hello December + What I’ve Been Up To

December is one of my favourite months of the year! โ„ This year has truly flown by, and saying that is only an understatement. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unbelievable that it shall be 2021 in 3 weeks!!๐ŸŒธ

I know I happened to have missed blogging through the November festivals and so I was almost going to do a late post. But come on, with December ahead of us who really cares about a spent month?๐Ÿ˜

Although, this time the routines are significantly different for me. Usually the start of this month is a busy period in school, before we finally break up for Christmas, say, a week prior. And I remember the final years of schooling being significantly busier so now it feels weird without all that.

Nevertheless, I hope I shall be able to lighten the mood, and do a nice wrap of this insane year, spreading over these 3 weeks. :))

What I’ve Been Up to!

Getting Back on the Wagon

While October was the slowest and the most miserable month for me, draggin’ like that.. November sped by way too quickly, while I refused to come out of the time warp that I’m still apparently stuck in. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ I’ve been moving at a snail’s pace, getting distracted..uh.

Speaking of which, how have you guys been coping with getting back into routine? Tell me about it!

Nevertheless, a lot did happen and what with December being finally here *sighs in relief* (thought it was never going to come๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ) I’m sure this is going to be one month of wrapping up this year.

Starting University:

I started university *screams* a few days ago, which was preceded by a lot of mental preparation from my side. I know it’s going to be a huge jump from school and I’m nervous because I’m still not entirely used to the idea. New friends, new surroundings, new routines and things to learn, participate in.. And this time its mostly online as well, so that’s new as well!

And so no matter what, this is going to be one huge aspect of my life that I can’t ignore. Which is why there is going to be a lot of College blogs coming up! ๐Ÿ˜ Why not enjoy it while it lasts?!

Blog Redesign

Truthfully, this unintentional break that…um… happened, was not actually a break because I’d been doing one hell of a HUGE revamp. *sighs heavily*

It feels like I’ve been doing this customize forever, so much so that I still haven’t grasped the fact that I’m actually done. *wipes imaginary sweat* Speaking of which, I’m never changing Pages for the next couple of years at the least๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„ No kidding.

There isn’t exactly a huge change, just lots of editing and re-editing, but that was what took me so much time because I had to go through every single bit of it. Plus I procrastinated big time.

As the month progresses, I shall bring out some holiday themes๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ˜ but this is it for now and I’m proud of this tiny little space๐Ÿค— Do take a tour of the blog, it would mean a lot to hear what you guys think!๐Ÿ˜


I read A LOT through November. Now I seemed to have calmed down though๐Ÿ˜‚ and slowing stepping down from that feisty little reading marathon.

I ordered up boxes of books, which ended up demanding a new bookshelf ๐Ÿ˜‚

My Current Fav Author: Cecelia Ahern

My Mood:

This feels like a joke because I seem to experiencing a bit of everything from the mood factory. In short, my mood swings are at an all-time high. And each one seems push me down a little – a nice heavy punch in the chest.

Right now its bordering on loneliness. It’s awful sometimes. But let’s see where that progresses.

By the way, I almost forgot!

I’m learning Japanese!

Yes! The entire idea of it still feels crazy on a whole different level, I mean Japanese?! Can’t believe it too๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ˜‚

I mean, I’m certainly not one of those K-Pop and Korean Drama fanatics๐Ÿ˜… (I still don’t understand all the hype, by the way. ๐Ÿค” Feel free to shine the light๐Ÿ˜‚) So yeah its 100% all new and in one way I’m loving it! But this is backfiring because all those Anime-watchers are able to get a hang on the accent๐Ÿ˜’

Speaking of which, I admit it. Japanese. Is. So. Hard. Omg.๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ฃ The other European languages, though called hard, are way better than this wow!๐Ÿ˜ณ I’m 40 hours into this already and I have a teacher (who is by the way the loveliest๐Ÿค—) and I still haven’t got even the alphabets clear. Never mind the pronunciation or accent๐Ÿ˜‚

I agree it takes time, but it does feel daunting. And tbh, Japan is one country I truly truly respect. They are dead advanced, never seem to be out of ideaswhat with the robots, and capsule hotels. ๐Ÿคฉ And I’d like to embrace this challenge, because I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end. xD

The Library Hotel, Tokyo *sigh* โค

This is definitely my DREAM destinationโœŒ

On to December…

The Weather:

I suppose Winter has finally arrived and in some ways I’m excited and in some ways I’m not. Contrary to many I actually like the cold and the rains. It’s been raining hard these days and getting super chilly on top of that. Stating the obvious, are we not? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚

Though I find comfort in the sound of fat raindrops hitting the roof, I don’t especially like wearing heavy clothes – sweaters and tracksuit bottoms and I’m trying to avoid them as much๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

But hot food..mm๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š That’s something I can’t overlook, all the same ๐Ÿ˜‹โ˜• Mugs of hot tea, hot chocolate and delish dinners. โ™จ

Blogging Goals:

I once again realised where my blog stands in my life. Though I tried otherwise, I realise that I need all of this as a grip of stability while I venture out into this world, fresh out from school. Its probably not nice of me to expect everyone to stay while I keep leaving, but I promise I will try harder. ๐Ÿคž

And I’ve decided never to leave my blog, hanging mid-air, intentionally. That’s right. No more humongous breaks.

Also for the first time, I allowed some more people from my real life, a glimpse into my blog, but I’m still not too sure about that. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ How do some of you guys even do that?!

Christmas posts!

I love all things Christmassy yay!๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ„ Its so fun and everything’s beautiful all around. Although I admit I’m not feeling overly festive. ‘Twas the same even through November, but I obviously haven’t been out much this year (yeah sad ๐Ÿ˜ต) and it’s hard to catch the “holiday” vibe when we’re at home anyway.

But I’m already loving the Blogmas-es so far ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ… I seem to be getting a nice little peep into your houses๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿค—. Keep it up!

I shan’t be hosting a blogmas because that much content zaps out my energy๐Ÿ˜‚ but reading/watching others is a whole different exciting story!๐Ÿ˜

And Thank You for Reading! I hope you enjoyed that ๐Ÿ™‚ How do you feel about the last month of the year? How are you adapting to the change of routine, if you’re going through one? Let’s chat in the comments! โค


Too glam to give a damn ๐Ÿ’ซ

29 thoughts on “Hello December + What I’ve Been Up To

    1. Haha you’re the best though๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œโค
      Speaking of which, my dressing table is perennially cluttered๐Ÿ˜‚ So I’m wishing you luck on that!โค ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ

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  1. I’m so glad you posted!! It honestly felt like you were on an unannounced hiatus again๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿคช
    The background is really cute!! Also the homepage – AMAZING! It literally has everything ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜„
    You clearly put a lot of effort into the new blog design and I L.O.V.E it!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ
    Congrats on joining University!!โœจ๐Ÿ˜€
    Can’t wait to read more!!!๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜บ

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    1. Haha yeaah it did!๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

      And aww thaank youu so so much!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• you’ve no idea how relieved + happyy I am, to hear that!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

      And ahh thanks Evin!!๐Ÿคฉ Everyone’s been really friendly so far. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. ajshsj THANK YOUU. ๐Ÿ’•I’m so glad you like it Shanessa! Makes me feel it was worth the time :)))

      And whoa switching to a public school! Now that sounds scarier๐Ÿ™ˆ But yes all the nerves will become nonexistent after the first week! xD
      Good luck girl!

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  2. So I spent three months revamping my blog–SEO, rewriting old posts in a new format and as many places have shut, removingthem permanently from the blog. And this month will do the last changes. And this year has been slowish.. I hope 2021 is speed and lots of new work!

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    1. Ooo 3 months!! Its amazing that you finished it tbh, because I’m sure I’d have given up if it took 3 months๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
      I agree though, rewriting old posts is SUCH a time-eater. goodness me๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚. Definitely didnt expect that. And SEO is a whole category that I still havent figured out. Maybe you could talk about your journey/experience and it’d be a hit amongst people like me? *wink wink*

      Thank you so much for this! I’m glad for the company!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‚


  3. Oh em gee, your redesign is AMAZING!!
    Oooooooh, uni! Fun- can’t wait for college posts.
    Not much of a winter here, so life remains the same- mostly. The pollution just descends cos it’s slightly colder.
    Japanese… whoa. That’s super cool, Brin!!
    Aww, man. I hope you feel better soon. โค
    Lit post!
    stay sticky,

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    1. Aaahh you’re a real star!!โค๐Ÿค— Thaank youu!!! I’ve missed reading your blog. *Gets prepared to rush*

      YES GOD DOESN’T IT!? Its definitely my dream hotel to stay in!๐Ÿ˜โค And yeah, definitely buzzed about the Japanese๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜‚
      You literally made my day. Thank you thank you thank you.๐Ÿ’•

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  4. I enjoyed your post and your energy! I am with you, blogmas; the thought of it exhausts me. I have much respect for those who can manage it. Best of luck learning Japanese! I have a sister in Tokyo.

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    1. Yay thanks a lot for thaat!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• Haha absolutely. *phew!*

      Thank you, I shall definitely be needing it!๐Ÿ˜ฐ
      And wow that’s honestly cool! Does she speak Japanese? XD

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      1. She can speak some, but in the financial world, everyone speaks some degree of English. Her employer provided her with a sensei. She does manage to get me some very nice Hello Kitty merch that you can’t get in the US.

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  5. Whew, that was one long post๐Ÿ˜‚ Your blog looks beautiful!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•
    I LOVED the Library Hotel, I feel so stupid for not knowing something like that even existed ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s so cool you’ve started university!! I’m sure you’re going to have a great time and a wonderful experience!๐Ÿค— Wow, Japanese does sound random ๐Ÿ˜‚ but as you said, it’s a cool place and learning their language will be useful in the longer run!
    I don’t have much of a last month because we have exams soon๐Ÿ˜ถ and then Christmas. It’ll be 2021 before I even know it๐Ÿ˜‚
    Hope everything is going well!! Have a wonderful Christmas!โค๏ธโœจ

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    1. Haha I didnt even realise that! Had to go back and scroll ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘…

      Thank you thank you thank you. You have no idea how much I wanted to hear thatโค๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—

      And good God YESS๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚ its WAY out of the league, is it not!?๐Ÿ˜ I’m spending every last penny on that place before I die๐Ÿ˜‚ Everyone seemed to have something to say about the Japanes, but not about the beautiful little thing sitting in the middle of the post๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I almost lost my mind.

      And aww thank you so very much!๐Ÿฅบโค I’m hoping it will be๐Ÿคž

      Haha SAME! It happens to me every year too. It’s not always exams but somehow there’s always a lot of work๐Ÿฅต The only thing I manage to do in december amidst all, is whip out a Goodbye post to the year๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you! Have a great Christmas too๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’• (Just a fortnight away!)

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  6. Hi Brin! Looks like you have a very busy and productive November! Thanks for taking time to visit and follow Suitcase Travel blog! Good luck with everything what you do. Stay safe! Angela

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    1. Aw lol seems like it too!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

      Your blog name is super chicโค Loved that among other things xD

      Thank youu Angela!๐ŸŒŸ Glad to have you visiting. :)))

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  7. haha it’s great to know what you’ve been up to my comrade ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ˜‚. I am also in love with the edits that you have done with the page, it’s good to see that you are still trying out stuff ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜„

    Central City Girl, my incredible pen-pal, I am always amazed by your awesome madness and you rock my friend ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜‚. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and that I wish you a happy new year and I hope that you stay safe and have a really special time this season and beyond haha

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