Best of 2015
Heading to the Queen's lair
I love everything about London. It has been three years since I visited the UK, and I must say, this trip was even more satisfying than my first trip to London. The weather was perfect. Not too cold, but not hot either. Still had to wear two layers though!
All I can say is that, I had a blast exploring London in depth. I fell in love with the city all over again. Plus, the guys there are drool worthy, okay?!
I got to visit places that I've been dying to go to for years and let's just say I was the happiest girl alive while I was there. I got to see Henry VIII's humble abode, go inside Tower Bridge, explore London's horrifying history at the Tower of London and cruise down the Thames. Pretty touristy for a second trip, but hey, I love everything about London and am so nosy when it comes to their history! :P
BeautyCon London '15
I nearly peed my pants off when I found that BeautyCon London was held when I was there! To make things better, half the people I watch on YouTube attended it and it was just amazing. I was most excited to meet Estée from Estée Lalonde, because I feel like we both have the same interests and I just friggin' love her! I would be happier if Aslan and Reggie were there too!
I get awkward around people I admire, so when I was in line to meet Estée face to face, I was about to pass out right in front of her. But that didn't happen (obvs!). She's the nicest person really, and was so friendly too! I was so happy.
Some other YouTubers that I got to meet was Suzie from Hello October, Amelia from Amelia Liana and Claire from Hey Claire. I also got to see a glimpse of Amanda Steele and Tyler Oakley! Pretty amazing.
The day BeautyCon was held, it was F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G cold. And I was only wearing a tanktop and long thin jacket! And that is why my sister and I ended the day with a bang, heading to Harrods and having a posh Afternoon Tea alongside the Brits. I will always remember this day.
Heading to the City of Love
Ah, Paree. Like London, this was my second trip to the city of love. And aside from me getting annoyed at how some of the French people were to us, I had a lovely time there. The old buildings just got to me, making me want to go back to the past and wear big ass gowns, strolling through the city with an umbrella with me (lol, never gonna happen).
We did the touristy stuff once again, but I was most excited about Hotel des Invalides. It was such an amazing place, and we go to see Napoleon's tomb which was pretty dang cool! Aside from that, the highlight of this trip would probably be our visit to Versailles.
No we didn't visit the Main Palace, but the Grand and Petit Palais. I love everything about Marie Antoinette, so to see where she lived on a day to day basis was amazing. Take me back to the 1700's please?!
Heading to Amster(damn)
Despite Amsterdam's wind, which nearly killed me, I absolutely loved my time there. It was my first time there, and I must say, a three day stay wasn't enough! The city was so vibrant and alive. Like everyone else, I loved the canals. The bikes? Not so much. Cause bikers nearly crashed into me!
Aside from almost getting crashed, I loved that the people there are so friendly! Plus, they speak fluent English so that was helpful after a one week stay in Paris having a hard time talking to the locals.
Highlight of the trip would definitely be my trip to the Anne Frank Huis. An amazing experience, but a sad one too. I read her diary a couple of years ago and got consumed by what she went through that I went on this obsession with her and cried that she had to go through that in such a young age. So to see where she hid during WWII, was heartbreaking. If she lived just a couple of months longer, she would've survived the liberation and might still be alive today.
Heading to Little Denmark
Not Denmark, Denmark! Solvang. A week after our trip to Europe, my sister and I missed it so much that we headed to go on a roadtrip to this small quaint village close to Santa Barbara. When I said it was small, I mean it was teeny tiny small. You could walk around the whole place in half an hour.
A pleasant roadtrip that I had with my family.
Seeing Zayn, for the last time
I had the privilege to see a One Direction concert before Zayn left the band. Not knowing what was gonna happen, I just jumped up and down the whole night, because how could you not when One Direction was right before your eyes?!
Their performance was great. I watched it in Singapore, but because I kept on comparing the show to the one I watched in Los Angeles, I must say it was much more fun in LA. They were much more excited and so full of life, basically. Alas, it was great to see the boys as a five-group band before it turned into four.
Meeting Joe & Oli (sdfhjkljgfdrsdtj)
|I looked like crap, but I GOT TO SEE THEM HOLY SHIZ|
They were so nice. And they smelled good too (not creepy at all, Ash). I will never ever forget this day, ever. <3
Meeting Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider
Sadly, I didn't take a picture with either of them, but I was a meter away from them both! We breathed the same air! *gasp*
YouTube Fanfest was held here in Jakarta. I was there to go to a private meet & greet with Bethany Mota, but sadly that didn't happen. My friends and I decided to stay at the hotel until 10 PM and got lucky to see Sam & Kurt before they left.
I've never baked/cooked my entire life. So earlier this year, I tried and baked Zucchini bread. And I strangely succeeded. Honestly, I thought I was gonna fail because the recipe looked so complicated because I was a beginner.
It tasted good too! So that was something. This particular bread reminds me so much of my childhood when we spent summer in the States. <3
Chopped my hair off!
I've never had short hair, aside for that one time when I was five or six. So doing this was a big step for me. I always had long hair, so seeing myself in the mirror with short hair, I saw a stranger.
But now, I don't regret doing it. I feel like I found a part of myself that I lost for so long (whoa, so deep), I feel so free with short hair. I don't know why, but that's how I feel. Plus, less hassle when it comes to styling my hair in the mornings!
I turned 17!
I look 12, but I'm 17, okay?! :P
I've always had bad memories when it comes to previous birthdays. Not anyone's fault, except mine. So it was a surprise that I had so much fun during my 17th birthday! Really felt like it was my day, you know?
Happy New Year, guys. Cheers to the friggin' NEW YEAR! 2016, you better be good x
Much love, Ashley xx
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