This post is late, but for a good reason.
Hi, friends! I know we’re already halfway through January and I’m just posting my December wrap-up now. I had to publish all of my end-of-the-year posts first, so here we are!
Something happened to me in December that made me really sad for like, the whole month, and I’d rather not talk about it. Other than that, I had a decent month complete with two (!!) school breaks. First, I had one week off school because the Philippines hosted the 2019 Southeast Games, and second was Christmas break!
During Christmas break, I went to Sapporo, Japan with my family, where I experienced winter for the very first time!
Now that I’ve experienced it, I can definitely see why some people hate it. The number of layers you have put on before going out is TIRING. And sometimes it’s cold to the point that it’s unbearable. But I did have a lot of fun playing in the snow—something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child.
I will share one sad (but funny) anecdote from my trip: When my family and I were walking back from the park, I was going to take a picture of something, but I couldn’t find my phone. We had to retrace our steps back to the park, and there my dad found my phone buried in the snow. (Miraculously, it’s still functioning, and it seems to have retained no damage!)
You may be thinking that this is a happy story, right? Welllll, my phone was not the only thing that fell out of my pocket. It wasn’t until later, riding the bus back to our hotel, that I checked for my powerbank, and realized that I had also lost it in the park. But wait! It gets worse (but also more hilarious).
I was going through my phone’s camera roll a few days after I’d lost my powerbank forever. (I didn’t get to look for it anymore because by the time I realized it was missing, we were too far away.) And….. I found my powerbank…. in a picture that I took.
Well, I’m never getting that powerbank back. I’m mad at myself because I could’ve zoomed in on the picture while I was in the park and realized that my powerbank wasn’t with me, but no—I had to find out when I had already left! At least I didn’t lose both my phone and powerbank, right?
Interesting story aside, I had fun on my trip, even though traveling makes me super tired. I ate delicious food, admired a bunch of winter animals, and got to experience the wonders of the Japanese subway system.
I read eight books in December! I had planned to read 10+ books (reading 10+ books in a month is a dream of mine), but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read much during vacation! I also read almost all Asian books during December because I was rushing to meet my goal for the Year of the Asian reading challenge.
- The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco- This was such a fun, creative and diverse read. The characters were all super lovable, but I didn’t connect with them as much as I wanted to. ★★★★☆
- Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett- This was a dense read (I mean, it’s adult high fantasy), but it was also amazing. ★★★★☆ I talk more about it here.
- Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy- This was really cute, but also really steamy. I loved the two main characters so much!! ★★★★☆
- Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram- This was such a quiet but beautiful story. I kinda got bored while reading it, but only because I’m not a contemporary person. ★★★★☆
- Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay- I truly think that everyone needs to read this—it’s so relevant to what’s happening in the world today. ★★★★☆ Goodreads review.
- Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love, edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond- The first eight stories were SO GOOD, but then this anthology went downhill. Why??? ★★★☆☆ Goodreads review.
- Jade City by Fonda Lee- I can see why everyone loves this so much, but it was so damn dense. 😭 ★★★☆☆
- The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee- The writing was trying so hard to be funny, but it failed big time. ★★☆☆☆ Goodreads review.
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I accidentally took this post down, so I had to republish it! Sorry if you saw this on your Reader again. 😅 This post was months in the making, and I finally got to publish it in December!
I wish you all a lovely rest of your January!