January: My sister came to visit and slept on our couch for about a month! We had so much fun while she was here. She celebrated her 24th birthday here too. My second semester in grad school started and this semester I got to co-teach a class with my mentor. It was the most nerve-racking experience ever!
sis's 24th birthday at a Japanese reataurant
February: Chinese New Year celebration with hubby at a Chinese hotpot restaurant. We call it "steamboat" in Malaysia. I was so happy to have found this restaurant. I loved the food! Also, because it is so expensive, it inspired me to buy my own portable electrical stove to make our own steamboat at home.
March: My 10-week teaching practicum came to an end. That was when I thought I was ready to be a full-on real teacher. Read about it here.
April: We celebrated our 2nd anniversary in Park City. Wow, two years! Mr.L celebrated his 25th! I threw a surprise party for him. The winter semester finally came to an end and I got all A's in my classes. Yay!
Vietnamese pho for our 2nd anniversary
May: We took a red-eye flight, traveled for more than 30 hours to get back to my home land. I was beyond ecstatic. It was the beginning of our three-month vacation. We visited Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and an overrated city. We traveled to the historical city of Malacca. This was where Malaysia started. We also took a trip to Phuket, Thailand, where we did so many fun things and got food poisoning there.
Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves
On a trishaw in the historic city of Malacca
Feeding our dead skin to the little fishies
Holding a gibbon baby at the floating houses in Phuket
June: Apart from spending a lot of quality time with my mom, we visited my cousins and stayed with them for a couple of weeks both in Sibu and Kuching. Then, we flew off to Singapore (another overrated city), and Bali Indonesia. Bali is a very unique place and I just love love love all the temples. A few things I DISLIKE about Bali are the constant pestering from the local hawkers everywhere we went, having to pay the airport security for leaving their country, and lastly, the constant smell of smoke and incense that they light everywhere on the road.
Merlion in Singapore
Having a sunset dinner on the beach in Bali
July: We visited my dad and my friends in Kota Kinabalu (love this place to death!) and went on a scary island hopping spree (imagine white water rafting in the ocean where the water rose as high as a few stories tall). Then we spent our last few days in Asia in Taiwan where I got sunburned.
This is why I love Taiwan.
A cool place called JiuFen in North Taipei
August: Came home to good ol' Utah. Mr.L's two siblings got married to their lovers. We traveled up and down Utah quite a bit this month too. Then, Mr.L's youngest brother entered the Missionary Training Center and we got to take him out to lunch and drop him off at the MTC curb. It was a crazy month!
Chantelle and Tyler's wedding
Tyler and Jordyn's wedding
September: School started and I started on my MA project to make a dictionary. Very uneventful month.
October: I had a meltdown because I hated teaching my class! I also thought that I would not be able to finish my 3 papers ever. When Halloween came around I decided I would go wild.
sugar skull grim reaper
November: More work and school. Then the Lord had mercy on me and gave me a Thanksgiving break that I absolutely needed. We went to Las Vegas and had a great dinner with my cousins at New York New York hotel. A week later, I celebrated my 26th birthday. Mr.L threw me a surprise party and I had absolutely no idea! It was the best birthday ever!
Thanksgiving in Las Vegas
My surprise birthday party. All of my good friends came. So fun!
December: Finals were over! The most horrible semester is finally behind me! We celebrated a great Christmas with Mr.L's mom and siblings. I enjoyed the slow-paced Christmas break when I could just be lazy and wake up whenever I wanted. Today we are celebrating the last day of the great 2011 and counting down to another great year. May 2012 be fabulous to everyone!