MY YEAR IN 8 SONGS

Tough Girl

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.

— Johnny Depp

I believe that everyone has that special year which plays a pivotal role in their lives. It’s the year your Eureka moment happens; the year you decide to put your life as you know it on hold and travel the world like you’d always dreamed of; it’s the year of first-times; the year someone really special walks into your life; the year someone really special exits your life; the year Olivier Rousteing turns our Balmain dreams into an affordable reality.

This year has certainly been memorable for me.

For starters, I found love (what did I know about it when I was younger?). I travelled to five new places (always an eye opener). I started writing for Wear Oh Where (thanks, Kaka!). I turned 21, and I went back to school. It’s at little milestones like these when I stop to reflect — and I turn to music to bookmark each one of these moments. It gives my memories a whole new beat, you know. Don’t you just love it when a song comes on randomly and takes you back to that special time and place?

Anyway, here are eight songs that defined my 2015. Enjoy.

Fergie

The title says it all — I’m all for work-life balance. Well, in my case, it’s study-life balance. The operative word here is “little” — little party never killed anybody. So, have fun, but take it easy, kids. 😉 (P.S. “Party” doesn’t necessarily have to mean hitting the clubs and chugging beer. Sometimes, just chilling with my friends in my PJs can be quite the party.)

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The Paper Kites

This song will always takes me back to that moment where my childhood-friend-slash-now-boyfriend and I were sitting on a bench, chatting under the tree in a playground one night, and I decided to share one of my favourite songs with him. To me, this counts as one of the most intimate things one could do with only very special people. As we sat there, sharing a earpiece and the beautiful sounds of The Paper Kites, all I could think of was how nice the moment was — and he enjoyed my song… I realised in the moment how comfortable I was with him. And yes, romance Bloom-ed.

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Passion Pit

The other day at school, I was trying to pay attention in a lecture when… the constant conversations in the back kept going on, and on and on. I tolerated it until I couldn’t. So I told them to shush it. Cuz you know what? I realise people will do what they’ll do. So I will do what I’ll g*ddamn do.

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Imagine Dragons

Attending Imagine Dragons’ first concert in Singapore was indeed a dream come true for me. Oh, and they loved Singapore. They actually talked about the fantastic economic aspects of our little red dot. At the concert. Can you believe it?

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Wombats

What’s true and what’s not — we’ll never really know. What I do know is this: On days when I can’t muster up witty Instagram captions or convey an emotion to a friend on Whatsapp, emoticons swoop in to save the day. Hey, even Oxford Dictionary approves, naming Word Of The Year: 😂. Yup.

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Vancouver Clinic

Since I turned 21 this year, I feel like I’ve reached a new level of maturity and independence. One of the things I’ve learned is embrace my imperfections. My flaws are mine, uniquely, awesomely mine. Embracing them liberates me. (This tune is really soothing as well. I recommend listening to it on a rainy day).

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Girls

When I was younger, I always secretly wished I was a boy. I thought they had it easier and they seem more “free” to be and do what they wanted. When I turned 18, I had the phrase “Live wild, die free” tattooed so I’d never forget that I am in control, and I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me otherwise. This year, there has been a lot of buzz about gender equality (#HeForShe!), and it’s wonderful to see so many inspiring women changing the face of feminism. I’ve never been more proud to be a girl. (By the way, this song is so catchy all the boys will be singing “they’re just girls, breaking hearts…” Hah!)

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David Bowie

This song is dedicated to all those times I travelled and stepped out of my comfort zone, feeling like a hero. In February, I visited Ho Chi Minh City. If you’ve been there, you’ll know that crossing the roads is something of an extreme sport. According to my tour guide, there are about 10 million bikes in the city. In July, I went to Bali. We opted to take the road less travelled (as indicated on Google maps), and entered uncharted territory only to be chased by guard dogs (!). We made it out alive (obviously) — feeling like heroes. OK fine, so we could have been zeroes instead, but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. #Badass

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Being 21 is amazing, but it wouldn’t have been without the people I have in my life (thank you, guys!). And here’s my take-away: I plan on making the best of every moment, and I’ll continue to surround myself with real, amazing people.

As David Bowie said: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

Hero image: Le 21ème

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