2018 Highlights from 2018 Hi, everyone. Welcome back to my blog. And in today’s post, we are going to take a look at 2018. And I’m gonna share with you guys 17 highlights from the year. It was one of the best years of my life, and here’s why. So, the very first post that I uploaded on this blog right here is my ultimate eye cream post. And I finally revealed my holy grail eye cream. And I must say that discovering both these eye creams from Innisfree was definitely a highlight because I have been on a search for, looking for a great eye cream. And it was a great start to 2018 because I got to reveal my favorites, or favorite. And then later, I discovered this one. This one is, like, double its price, but Innisfree, great eye creams. And I highly wanna recommend that you try it out. Next, we have retweets. In January, I got retweeted by Tablo who is my..
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He is my ideal type because he’s super smart, he’s so funny, I love his work, and I actually purchased BloNote in the beginning of the year. And I think I was tweeting about it, and he retweeted me with an emoji like this. When Tablo retweeted me, I was so happy. It, like, made my day. It made that month, I mean, it was in my January favorites because Tablo, he is just one of my favorite artists in Korea. And I also got retweeted by Gallant because of Tablo. I went to the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, and I was so excited to see Gallant live because I really like his album, and he is just an amazing performer. And he was performing Cave Me In, and Tablo appeared out of nowhere. And I was just so excited, and I actually uploaded that recording, and Gallant retweeted that. So, I was excited about that. And the third retweet was from Crush. I love Crush’s voice. And when I went to the Seoul Jazz Festival, I recorded him singing Beautiful. And I just had to share it with you guys on Twitter. And he retweeted it. Until this day, if you check Crush’s twitter, it is on the front page.
In the beginning of the year, I went through technical difficulties. And I broke my VIXIA, so I was in the search for, looking for a new postging camera. And I bought the M10 and the G7X. I’m using the G7X right now to post this post. And I just love the quality. And it just really changed the way my posts looked. So, I would always use my G7X and my VIXIA once it got fixed to post majority of my posts. This tripod right here also helped with postging. And I bought a new lens for my DSLR camera. I will make sure to link all of these in the description box. But upgrading my camera, lenses, and having these tools really helped postging and posting much easier. 2018 was also the year that I felt more comfortable in my skin. I have acne-prone skin, and I do still get some breakouts here and there. But I actually saw my skin transformed this year. And I know for a fact that it is because I started going to the dermatologist’s more regularly. And also, my skin care routine, I like to stick with one or two.
Skin care is what started my blog, and it meant a lot to me when I started seeing results on my skin and also on your skin because so many of you guys have commented and told me and updated me about which products worked for you. And, yeah, I just was so happy about my skin this year. 2018 was filled with a lot of meet-ups from Seoul, London, Berlin, LA, New York, Malaysia, Singapore. I was so excited to meet so many of you guys this year and take photos with you. And you guys seriously spoiled me with so many snacks. I really appreciate it. I’m still eating some from Singapore right now. But, yeah, it was filled with international meet-ups. It was so encouraging to meet those who comment on my posts, translate my posts, and just silently read my posts, like, whatever it is, I was so thankful to meet all of you guys who support this blog, along with Joanday. So, yeah, it was filled with amazing meet-ups and I really hope that next year is filled with more. Because 2018 is the first year I did full-time, I had more time to myself. Because when I was working at the radio station, I had to be in Seoul unless I took vacation days. So in the month of March, my friend, Kevin, was gonna propose to one of my closest friends, Janice, and I really wanted to be there. And I just booked a ticket and went to surprise her. And it was definitely worth going to because Janice cried so much and it was just so meaningful to actually be there in person. And I’m gonna go back next year because I’m gonna be one of her bridesmaids.
So I’m really looking forward to that. And that ended up being my first trip to the US out of four, and that’s the most I have ever gone since I moved to Korea. So, yeah, it was amazing to keep going back to visit my friends and family. I also went back for Christine’s wedding. So, yeah, it was just really nice to just go back home and relax. I do not think I have ever traveled so much in my life. I went to so many amazing cities, Prague, Berlin, London, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia. I went to so many amazing places in the world. And traveling, definitely a highlight of 2018. I have had my blog for many years now, but it wasn’t until 2018 when I started to upload more frequently and that’s all thanks to my Innisfree beauty empties post. So it meant a lot for me when I got to work with them. That sponsorship was so natural to me because I do talk about Innisfree so often. So I do wanna work with more brands like that because it just feels more authentic that way. So, yeah, working with Innisfree was definitely a highlight because I basically started off this blog with an Innisfree beauty empty. Live music is the best. And I can’t even name how many concerts I went to this year.
Seoul Jazz Festival, a ton of hip-hop concerts, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, but most importantly, GD and Taeyang. It is so hard to see BIGBANG live because the tickets sell out instantly and the waiting list is crazy. I have tried buying their tickets many, many times and I was always like the 2000th one. I’m so happy for them, but I get sad because I didn’t get to go to the concerts, but Moonshot reached out to me. I think this was right after I uploaded my BLACKPINK Cushion review. And they asked if I can come and post it and I said, Of course! Because who would reject that? So I went to see GD live and he was just so amazing. And later, KPOPME contacted me and invited me to see Taeyang in L.A. And that was.. Like, the best experience ever. KPOPME basically asked me to promote Taeyang’s concert, which I was totally down to do, and post it. So, yeah, it was a lot of fun. One of the best experiences of my life. And which leads to the next highlight was meeting Taeyang. I played that clip many times and I’m still not over it.
Taeyang, I’m such a fan because, one, his voice is amazing, he’s an amazing dancer, and I.. Every time I read about Taeyang, it was always something nice and positive about how nice and humble he is. And he was just all of that when I saw him. So meeting him just.. Like, I remember, like, going back home, my brother and I, we were talking about how amazing the concert was, and I remember telling him, I was like, Abe, dreams do come true. Because in high school, like, I was a huge Taeyang fan. I have waited in front of YG Entertainment to see him after he performed. I kneed a girl at, like, music shows. So, yeah, I’m an intense Taeyang fan. And I think this year, that was definitely a highlight because seeing Taeyang was everything for me. I had a lot of fun changing up my hair color in 2018. It kinda started with a disaster when I used a box hair dye. I wanted to go gray, but because my hair was so yellow, it turned green. And I did not like the way it came out.
And so, using the APRILSKIN, Missha, and 3CE temporary hair dyes, I went from pink to red, and I really like the way it looked. But in L.A., I met James and he worked his magic. I went for purple, and that faded into a beautiful pink, and then I went red. And then when I came back to Korea, I went purple. I’m just having a lot of fun with the coloring, and a lot of you guys were concerned about my hair’s health, but I use Olaplex and Fanola and those two brands really helped reconstruct my hair. It does not feel like bleached hair. And that’s something my friends and viewers, when I meet them in the streets, always compliment me on. So, yeah. I use good products to help keep.. Help maintain the health of my hair. I have had many tasty snacks this year, but discovering hot ruffles would definitely be a highlight. I do like hot cheetos, but I prefer potato chips more. So, hot ruffles, so tasty.
And, yeah. Every time I have a friend visiting from America, they ask me what I need. I just immediately tell them, Go to target. Pick up two bags of hot ruffles for me. Because I just, I just like to stock up. I treated myself to my first designer bag since 2018. And it is this Gucci backpack right here. I bought it at Duty Free in Incheon. And I just love it so much because it fits both my postging cameras, my phone, my wallet. It fits so much more than my usual crossbody. But, yeah, it felt super good to treat myself to something this nice. Another highlight and probably one of the biggest highlight would be moving into this apartment. I finally feel at home. In 2010, I moved to Berkley, so I was living in the dorms and I moved from apartment to apartment. Like, from sophomore, junior, and senior year. And after that, I briefly lived in Oakland.
And then, I moved to Korea. I was living in Mokpo for a bit. And then, I moved to Seoul. And in Seoul, I was living in Sungshin University. And then, I moved in with my mom. And then, now we are here. So, I’m so, like, excited about this new apartment. I’m still excited about it even though I have been here for some time now. It just really feels like me because back then, it wasn’t, like, my closet, it wasn’t my desk because most officetels, they come with, like, a refrigerator and everything but when I moved here, I had to buy everything and start over. So, I’m loving all of the furniture and the way my apartment looks. So, if you have not seen that apartment tour, I will link it up there and in the description box because you can finally see where I’m posting and whatnot. You see that silly replay button right there? I received two this year for my main blog and Joanday. I’m seriously so thankful for each and every one of you guys who are commentd and reading my posts. If it wasn’t for you guyssupport, I wouldn’t have received those awards and also wouldn’t be doing this job. So, thank you for the support. I really, really appreciate it.
My 26th birthday was very memorable. It was my fourth birthday in Korea. And the first two were very lonely because it was, like, my first time in Mokpo and then my first time in Seoul. And then last year, I celebrated with my mom and brother in Incheon. And this year, I celebrated with both my family and my friends. It felt great to have some of my favorite people just come together and celebrate my birth. So, yeah. I was really, really blessed. And also, my 26th birthday was a wrap up to Joanday 365, which is a highlight of.. The highlight of 2018. Joanday was.. Joanday changed my life. It really did. I did talk about it in my previous Q&A about how I or did feel depressed for a couple of years, but I really wanted to focus on the positives and make sure that I didn’t stay at home but I went out and did something new or did something that day.
So, I really want to thank the support of you guys because if it wasn’t for you guysencouraging comments and positive comments, it really.. I probably would have quit. 2018 was truly an unforgettable year. And I can’t forget it. It’s all documented. Except for two weeks in November. But, yeah, thank you guys so much for the love and support you guys have shown me. You guys truly motive me to do better. And I really wouldn’t be able to do this without you guyssupport, so thank you so much for that. And 2018 will be exciting. And I have a lot of fun contents coming your way. So, I will see you guys next year. Bye! Thanks for reading! click on comment button for more @JOANKEEM joanday joankeem.
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