Monthly Merits: December

Brunei Blogger May Cho of The Mayden
Monthly Merits is a monthly series where I recount and award the month's worthiest moments in merits. Read last month's merits here.

December awed me when it wrapped itself up neatly into a box to stow in the cellar. It was a completion, a resolution, a reconciliation of troubled souls and it was easily one of my favourite months of the entire year. A few of its winning attributes: the holidays, friends, lots of reading and lots of writing.

To put it simply, December was wonderful.

Brunei Blogger May Cho with UBD's Performing Arts Club during Pop Culture themed Appreciation Night
Brunei blogger May Cho with Musician Rudy Ryde
Mentioned sporadically in my previous monthly merits was my participation of two theatre productions last semester, and so it was that both led to conclusions on the last month of the year with appreciation nights. Both were themed parties, one Pop Culture (I went as Wednesday Addams, of course!) and one 70s Pajama (though I blatantly disregarded 'pajama', ha!). Both were nights of laughter and fun.

Also mentioned before was my notorious inability to make and maintain friendships. Last month, however, I was able to enjoy the companionship of quite a few friends that have stuck around for the entirety of last semester. Shenanigans, sleepovers, barbecues were a few of the things that trailed subsequently.

If there's anything December has taught me, it's that putting effort and being brave when it comes to friendships will pay off endlessly.

If any of you follow my Instastories or Twitter, then my obsession over Japanese romance and sci-fi film Kimi no Nawa is not shocking. Last month, the film made its way from across the ocean to the local cinemas and I got to experience the entire thing in HD on opening night. Suffice to say that there were tears. And tears. And more tears. It was glorious.

Brunei Blogger May Cho of The Mayden at The Magnum Bar #MagnumBSB
The Mayden's flatlay of a Magnum Ice Cream with Rose Petals, Sea Salt and Chilli Flakes
The small country of Brunei is a raw breeding ground for brands and franchises, and last month, the Magnum Bar made its way to our sunny little sultanate. I, along with several of the bloggers in our local community, had the opportunity to attend its soft opening and experience making our own Magnum first hand. I've always been a dollar popsicle kind of girl, but I've got to say: premium ice cream tastes absolutely divine.

I also got working on the blog last month, and December was easily the best month in terms of quantity for The Mayden. I can't be happier with the type of posts I put out, too, with my experimental trilogy Visual Anatomy being one of the proudest series of posts I have done to date.

I'd also like to take a quick moment to say thank you to all who have stuck around to read the series and taken the time to write a few words about the posts; it means the world to me, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I read during December. I read a lot during December. Though my initial aim was to cram 30 books into the month to finish my Goodreads reading challenge, I decided eventually that reading for the sake of finishing a challenge is the one of the worst reasons to read and I read at my own pace. That amounted to 12 books in the month of December alone, and it felt incredible to shut myself in my room in a jumper under a pillow fort and lost myself in worlds of words.

Among the books I inhaled, Room and The Housekeeper and The Professor were two of my favourites, with both having exquisite prose despite them being on polar ends of each other.

Brunei Blogger May Cho of The Mayden
Brunei Blogger May Cho of The Mayden, taken by Izzy Osman
HELLO, 2017.
So that was December, a particular chapter in a novel I would read again, and again, and again. The ending of December also means the start of a new year and I am more than excited.

I have been asked more than once how I would describe my 2016, and every single time, I would say, "It's been interesting, and I'm grateful."

The span of the last twelve months saw me growing up and learning things. I can hold my head high and say that it's not even close to being the best year of my life, but at this point in time, I don't look for good or bad years anymore. After all, what is good without the bad? I search instead for the cumulation of lessons learnt and the beautiful things in life I can be grateful for.

Broken? Sure. Bruised? You have no idea, but those are not the same as dead and gone. That is how I have learnt to live this year; to look for silver linings no matter the grime and say thank you.

I'd also like to give a shout out to a few of the bombass girls in this community who have been nothing but supportive in the last year of blogging. To Leta, to Fii, to Andini, to Meg, to Batsheva, to Keri, to Becky, to Bethany, to Lee, to Shireen, to Areeba, to Noor, to Liz, to Rai, to Min, thank you for being kickass blogging gals and being absolute sunshines and sweethearts and unicorns in this world.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2017, and I'll see you in the next one!


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