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A Few Things to Remember from 2017

Usually, at the end of each year, I’d put a (long) summary of the year. The highlights and the fun things I did. For 2017, I didn’t feel like writing it, nor did I have time to do so. So instead, I thought I’d just round up the things I want to remember from 2017, the good and bad.


Having my wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia, because I was such a wimp. After putting it off for years, it felt good to have it done and dusted.

Becoming the Web Content Manager for Pustakalana.

Starting a new job in content marketing, finally feeling like I’d found ‘the one’ when it comes to my career.

the 1o1 dago

Going through the stress and breakdowns of visa applications, but finally made it here.

Going to Bandung for one last time before I left Indonesia, to meet up with the lovely volunteers from Pustakalana.

warung langit bandung

Countless hugs, tears, and muttered goodbyes with my loved ones. Feeling the heartbreak of farewells, realizing there would be many important events I would have to miss in the future.

Moving to the UK, saying goodbye to LDR.

Meeting my good friend Katka in London, less than 12 hours after I landed.

Spending my first week after arriving in the UK at H’s parents’ house in Rhayader, and feeling so welcomed and loved. Exploring the area, and feeling relaxed for the first time in the year.

Going to the Hay Festival, and exploring this town of books with H.

Hay-on-Wye Wales

Finally finding myself again after years of losing it. Starting to pick up my camera and take photos just because I loved it, after a long stretch of hiatus.

Frantically looking for a new apartment, endless rounds of viewing, days of packing until midnight, and moving into a new apartment.

Spending 2 weeks of the summer with my family and H’s, visiting a few towns around Wales and England.

Spending an amazing vacation with another good friend, Farah. Visiting Edinburgh, Brighton, Durdle Door with her. Chatting, laughing, and feeling nostalgic about our master’s days.

Visiting the amazing Arundel Castle, after having it on my list for years.

Celebrating my and H’s birthday in the Cotswolds (the first time we were able to celebrate it together, thanks to LDR).

Visiting my sister in Gothenburg, freezing my toes off when I got carried away upon experiencing snowfall for the first time. And also, meeting a friend in Linkรถping and being blown away by the beauty of Sweden.

Celebrating Christmas in Prague with H, my sister, and my friend. Other things included: exploring the beautiful city, lazy nights in spent watching movies, and laughing so much until my stomach hurt.

Visiting Budapest, walking many miles in the biting wind to explore Buda, and gasping many times at the view upon me.

Spending the last couple days of the year at H’s parents, the best way to unwind and relax.

Feeling grateful for 2017, and for being with this guy.


2017 was about surviving the less-than-ideal situations, jumping over a hurdle (I’m talking about you, immigration), taking care of myself, and finding my feet again.

Last year, I welcomed the new year with a sigh of relief, as the previous year had been incredibly hard and unforgiving.

This year, I’m welcoming 2018 with a fiery passion, a big smile, and an itch for an adventure.

2018, I’m ready.

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14 Comments

  • Reply nyonyawhitfield

    what a year, Dixie! aku seneng banget liat foto2 km yg ijo2 ๐Ÿ˜ happy new year! cheers to more adventure ๐Ÿ’ƒ

    January 8, 2018 at 9:01 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Stella! Happy new year to you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 8, 2018 at 10:12 am
  • Reply ohdearria

    Cheers to 2018, Dixie๐Ÿ˜˜

    January 8, 2018 at 10:56 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Cheers! Here’s to more adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 9, 2018 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Ditaa

    Happy New Year, Dixie! I love the tone of your end-of-year note, it is full of gratitude and hope :*

    January 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Dita, happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 9, 2018 at 7:14 am
  • Reply Chacha Dwi

    Happy new year, Mbak!
    *walaupun sekarang udah tanggal berapa hehehe

    Hope this year will be a great year for you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 9, 2018 at 10:13 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year! Thank you yaa, wishing the same for you ::)

      January 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Aiko

    Happy new year sistah! kyaa Budapest masih masuk dalem list yang harus aku kunjungi

    January 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Manda, happy new year to you too! Budapest cantik banget Man, semoga bisa ke sana yaa ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm
      • Reply Aiko

        aamiin sis ๐Ÿ™‚

        January 13, 2018 at 8:56 pm
      • Reply Aiko

        aamiin sisss

        January 16, 2018 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Nerissa

    Ah what a good year for you Kak Dixie! I’m happy for you <3 Cheers for another amazing year!

    January 14, 2018 at 2:51 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Nerissa! Hope this year will be amazing for you as well, cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 17, 2018 at 5:44 pm

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