Friday, December 27, 2013

The End of 2013

Merry late Christmas, everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of presents :) And for those who didn't celebrate Christmas, happy late Wednesday!

This year, my step-dad got me.....SOCKS! Woo! How practical. The sad part is that a family friend of ours beat him to the punch when I opened her present the other night and it was also a pair of socks! I think I'm set on socks for the next two years now, guys. I mean, really. I have 24 new pairs.

But it's all good because he also got me two cute satchels and a cropped hoodie!....ALL those of which I bought myself while shopping for other people's presents with his money. And then I wrapped them so I could have things to open for Christmas. I must say he has fabulous taste ;) And after he got me those presents (aka after I got me those presents), I found the most absolute perfect shirt for him:


I think it fits quite well, don't you? 

We had a great Christmas, my step-dad and I.  I know that Christmas is supposed to be spending time with family, but because this is the first Christmas without my mom, we decided it was too hard to spend it just the two of us. So we went to a couple Christmas parties and ate too much food, which I hope everyone else did so I don't look like the lonely fatty.

I also held a little Christmas party for my family of friends, and we did Secret Santa this year. You know, even though they're all great friends of mine and I've known them for a while, Christmas shopping is still one of the hardest things I have to do throughout the year. But just remember: it's the THOUGHT that counts.









As I reflect back on the year of 2013, it really has been a memorable year, in good ways and in horrible ways. I lost someone I loved so dearly and who was so close to me, but in the process, I made stronger friendships with the people who really care about me and filtered out those who don't. It's been hard, but I'm so grateful for the amazing people in my life who have helped me through this year and who will continue to be there for me. I'd also like to thank my legs for supporting me, my arms for always being by my side, and my fingers and toes because I can always count on them.

And now that Christmas is over, my mission to find a New Year's kiss has officially begun. For the last two years, I haven't been able to celebrate New Years because I've had to sleep early to wake up at three in the morning to be in the Rose Parade. However, this year I will fulfill my resolution of having a New Year's Kiss. IT WILL HAPPEN. I haven't had much luck in the relationship department this year, but I trust that he will come to me and we shall find each other. I'll get back to you on it. For now, happy holidays and I'll see you next year!

xoxo
Meegs

Saturday, December 14, 2013

'Tis the Season

I'm back!

I've been so busy with school and Girl Radical that I haven't had time to blog for a while, but I finished the fall semester with a 7 a.m. final this morning, and I can finally get some time to myself. FINALLY.

Since my last post, I've really gotten into the holiday spirit, which is one of my favorite things to do. I even got an early Christmas present from my friends, Vina and Mike: A DISNEYLAND PASS! Ahhh! I guess from all my twitter and facebook posts, it was quite obvious how much I really wanted to go to Disneyland during the holiday season. And all the complaining paid off! Our first trip was so much fun, and I'm definitely planning to go again plenty of times before the season is over :)

I also went ice skating at Downtown Disney with my besties! It was really funny cuz they couldn't skate, but Jennie got better....Sofia couldn't really get a hold of it, though. Lol.











And, of course, I can't forget about my second annual Friendsgiving this year! This year, the theme was pajamas, so all my friends came in their pajamas and we cooked and played games and had so much fun. I'm so grateful for the friends that I have. This holiday season has really shown who my real friends really are :) And, yes! I cooked again! I cooked the turkey and the stuffing :P










And now it's almost Christmas! I can't believe it. Around this time last year, Girl Radical put on our first live performance for our friends and families. One year later, we put out our very own Christmas song called Santa Bring Me My Baby! If you haven't heard it or seen the video, make sure to check it out by clicking here for the exclusive premiere by SheKnows.com







We spent two nights shooting the video: the first night, we all went ice skating at LA Live and the second night, we covered Jimmy's house with glitter and made gingerbread houses while he was in Berlin! Haha. It was such a fun video to make and such a great way to get into the holiday spirit. And I gotta say, I was loving the Hello Kitty sweater I was wearing from Japan LA Clothing :) Thank you, Kota, for letting me borrow it!






So far, I've been having a jolly told time this holiday season, but there have definitely been times when it gets a little hard because my mom isn't around to share all these experiences with me. The holidays are supposed to be the time of year when you can spend time with the people you love, but instead, some of the most special people in my life aren't around to share this magical season with me. But my close friends and of course the Girl Radical family have always been there to support me and I'm so grateful for every single one of them. No matter what, I'm gonna make this a GREAT holiday season :)

xoxo
Meegs!

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Perfect Time of Year

*Listen to The Christmas Song by Michael Buble in the video provided while reading the blog*



Everyone always asks me why winter is my favorite time of year. Well, there are many wonderful, wonderful reasons :)

1. Christmas songs!
Doesn't listening to this song just make you feel so...cozy? It relaxes me and makes me feel so warm and happy. I can't help but smile when I hear Christmas music. I just wanna snuggle up in a blanket by a crackling fire and drink hot cocoa....with a guy....and a dog....preferably. Haha.

2. Sweater weather - Brrrrrrr :)
Winter clothes are my favorite! Dressing all warm with scarves, boots, cute sweaters, beanies, and leggings with knee-high socks...just thinking about it makes me so happy. Unfortunately, living in SoCal this year doesn't give me many opportunities to wear the endless possibilities of outfits I could put together with what I have. It sucks cuz I did so much winter shopping earlier this year, too :( Soon, though. The time will come.



3. Cuddle time
If you have a special someone, this weather is a perfect excuse to cuddle. It's cold, gloomy, dark - it all makes you lazy and want to stay in bed longer, which then leads to some cuddling time! Haha. Gets you closer to each other ;)

4. Holidays
Who doesn't love a day off? Or maybe a week? Or maybe a couple of weeks?! I know I do. I can finally take a break from the stress of school and having so many responsibilities with due dates and tests. And I can really spend time with family and friends. It's the best!

5. Holiday parties!! <3
I don't know about you, but I love dressing up for a special occasion and going out to celebrate some fun times. I mean, I guess you can do that on the weekends, but holiday parties are classy and themed, and you can wear heels and a nice dress. And there's just more joy in the air.






6. Presents, of course!
Christmas, Hannukah - you usually get presents during this time of year. Lol. And who doesn't love getting presents? Of course, I love giving presents, too. Actually, my favorite part about presents is wrapping them. I'm getting better at it! They actually look decent. However, if I fail miserably, I resort to just putting it in a bag and putting tissue paper over it. That always does the trick.




7. Disneyland during Christmastime!
Ok, some of you may think I'm a little crazy for thinking this, but Disneyland is so cute and romantic during Christmastime! It's decorated so perfectly and, already being the happiest place on earth, it turns into an even more wonderful, spectacular, magical place on earth. I think I've only gone once during Christmastime, but we didn't stay until night, and I think that's the best time. You can sit on the end of Main St in front of the castle and watch the fireworks as fake snowflakes fall on you. It sounds like the most perfect date night....or date day. No guy understands why I, or a lot of other girls, feel this way about Disneyland....I just do. Maybe one day I'll find someone who does and who will take me :)

8. SALE!!!
The four letter word that's better than love: SALE. Lol. Jk. That's a little extreme, but I love my holiday sales. Such good deals at all my favorite stores, and a lot of winter-themed pieces that I fall in love with and save for next year if I don't get a chance to wear this year. There are some good deals on summer clothes, too, if the store is still trying to get rid of their summer clothes. Don't forget Black Friday, either! Best sales of the year!




9. Starting over
When the new year comes along, you get to start over. You get another chance at making a goal and pursuing it in the coming year. I start off the new year with a goal of being happy and staying true to who I am. So far, it's worked out pretty well for me :) This year, though, in addition to those two goals, I'm going to add "Make my mom proud." I know she's proud of me already and always will be, but I want to make our dreams come true and really make her proud of me. It's my chance to start over in 2014, and I can't wait!






10. IT'S MY BURFFFFDAY!!!!!!
Self-explanatory.







My favorite time of year in a nutshell <3

xoxo
Meegs

Monday, October 28, 2013

Let's Celebrate

It was a sad day when I lost my mom, but my mom did not live a sad life. In fact, she lived a full life, and she did everything she wanted to do. She may have worked hard, but she most certainly played hard, too. She traveled, went out with me, and said everything she wanted to say. So it was only right to celebrate her life instead of mourn it.

When I first wanted to plan this celebration of life, I thought I could have it at my house. There probably wouldn't be more than 100 people. So, I put the word out and RSVPs started coming....and they kept coming in....and they kept on coming. Next thing you know, I have over 200 RSVPs. It was a testament to not only how many people loved my mom, but also how many lives my mom impacted.

I had never planned an event this big. I'd like to say I got my "skills" from my mom. She was always the planner in the family, whether it was planning a big music video party for me or a family reunion. She loved being with friends and bringing people together, and even now that she's gone, she's still managing to bring people together.

I want to thank everybody who came to the celebration. I didn't get to talk to everyone (nor did I get to eat until everyone left), but I really appreciate everyone's attendance and everyone's love and support for my family and I. 








Jennie Jaturapatporn

Mindy Sato

Jonathan Yuen

Nate Pok
Ricky Salazar

Meeghan and dad

Meeghan and Sofia Klof

(L-R) Salta Desantiago (Mrs. Asia USA 2011), Meeghan, Veeghan, Arlene Serna (Miss Teen Latina Global 2012), Rafaela Diaz (Miss Latina Global 2012)

Meeghan and friends

Meeghan and Jennie Jaturapatporn

Meeghan and Veeghan

Meeghan and James Epstein

(L-R, in relation to Meeghan) Hendry Djie (Father), Jerome Pratiknjo (Uncle), Hadi Pratiknjo (Grandfather), Meeghan, Veeghan Tirtasaputra (Sister), Douglas Burton (Step-father)