TO NEW BEGINNINGS
Sunday, March 13, 2016


A fresh start. First and foremost, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Hehe 3 months late, I know.



My blog has been on a hiatus for a good 3 months! Been busy these few months with tax filing deadlines, assisting auditors with their provisional tax computations, holidays and personal things. Being in one of the busiest teams in tax department has made me appreciate the time I've been given. Some days challenging, but some satisfyingly productive.

And I’ve been challenging my comfort zones a little each day, since rejoining EY back in April last year. I just went through insane things I've never imagined I'd experience. Like talking in front of associates and other fellow colleagues on tax technical issues and even now being selected to be part of the EY ambassadors to recruit more and more people to join tax. I REALLY have to talk a lot in front of people and really, it was tough. Almost peed my pants each time, but at least I've tried. And these things you go through, grows you.

So 2015... where do I begin?

It has been a year of many firsts, many surprises and many ups & downs for me. It's been quite a ride. And 2015, I got to live my dreams, checked a few things off my bucket list, and accomplished things I never once thought I'd ever get the chance to.

One of my aims in 2015; to increase my investments and savings by all means possible. Unit Trust, ASB, investment property and selling off my pre-loved items hehe. So yes, I've finally bought my first house in 2015 somewhere in Section 7 Shah Alam, after 6 years of working. Should have bought earlier but, better late than never, kan? Hehe. And the property is currently tenanted, alhamdulillah :). At least, I don't really have to fork out money for paying loan instalments each month.




I've also visited the cities I've only ever dreamt of going. I finally went to Tromso, Norway for that awesome aurora borealis trip that I've always been waiting for. I once said that travel 2015 would be less often, less far and less spending, but a tiger doesn't change her spots or at least change it easy kan. So in 2015, I explored Spain, Abu Dhabi, Poland and few other places when I was still in the UK. And I've been to India too last December and that trip was so eventful, we learned a lot and we've seen a lot. I seriously can't wait to share my stories and pictures in this space. Toooo many things to write about India and surprisingly it is one of my best travelling experiences so far. Soo incredible.

And I've passed my ACCA paper. Yeay! 4 down 1 more to go. Let's get it done this year. Penat dah study. Haha. No moreeeee after this. I've had enough.



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Last but not least, NEW YORK, here I come! Still long way to go but sooo many things to plan and it will consume a lot of time to do some research. As at now, I haven't got the visa, not sure about the US map, where to go and what to see. Sooo yes, planning stage is now begun. So excited and at the same time, afraid too!


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