Bobbieness Facelift & Happy CNY

This wasn’t planned to coincide, but it just so happens that the day my layout overhaul is complete, it’s Chinese New Year! So firstly I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Chinese New Year! May the new year be filled with blessings and growth in love and maturity.

Secondly – and perhaps the most glaringly obvious – Bobbieness has had a facelift. YES I have a stunning new layout, courtesy of pipdig. In case you hadn’t noticed (lols), my site now looks like this:

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Chinese New Year In Beijing Part II

A thought occurred to me this morning: I suck at speaking in one language.

I switch between languages all the time in my head.  In fact, mid-sentence, my brain will just decide it no longer wants to stick to one language, and ends up stuffing so many thoughts into my head that I can’t even formulate a sentence anymore. “Let’s start thinking in the language you’re not trying to communicate in, Bobbie!”, it says.
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Chinese New Year in Beijing Part I

For the first time in 19 years, I went back to China to spend Chinese New Year.
It’s not that I haven’t been back to China in 19 years, but in the past I’ve only returned every 2 – 4 years, and never during Spring Festival. I hadn’t had the time (school; uni) or money.
Also, stupidly, I’ve always been afraid of going anywhere in case I booked my trip but then something big was to happen back home.
What if I went away and ended up missing something important here in the UK?

But thankfully I now realise how silly it is to think like that, and now that I finally have enough of my own money and can be in control of my own time, I can start doing things differently.
This year, I want to do stuff. I want to go places, I want to see people.

I’m so glad I planned my trip back. What could be more important than visiting my grandparents and relatives who raised and loved me?

So, way overdue, here are some of the highlights of my trip.
(Some, because some moments I simply enjoyed so much I forgot to take photos).
Still, there’s so much to share with you that I’ll have to split this into multiple parts.
I can tell you now that this one’s a looong post – and most of it was all just one day! You might want to get some coffee and snacks before we start.
Go on, I’ll wait.

Ready?
Let’s begin!
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Excited!!

So we’re a week into January and I have some good news.
Yup. The sentence ends there. No bad news I’m afraid, just good news ;)
“Well, what is it?” I hear you cry.
Patience, my dear! All will be revealed in good time.

First, let me show you the new toy I bought a couple of days ago.
I’m only slightly insanely obsessed with it.

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