Life

And We’re Back

Okay, so I didn’t have a planned date of when I’d be back hence why I took an indefinite hiatus. There were several times where I did open up a blank document but literally my mind was all over the place, so that didn’t work out.

In between more hair loss, heart break and just the overall stress of life I really haven’t had much time to think about blogging. I have missed it, though! A lot. I’ve been lurking, as I said I would, and I’ve been seeing everyone’s achievements and I am so proud ❤️ Y’all are bringing a tear to my eye.

You’re probably wondering what I’ve really been up to? If I’m honest… a whole lot of eating and a whole lot of nothing. So, really, nothing much has changed since I last blogged.

Have you ever had those blue days and therefore you really need to cheer yourself up and music nor television nor books are helping? Yeah, I had that 2 weeks ago and so I treated myself to a rose gold iPhone 7. I know I could have probably waited until September for the new iPhone to be released, but when I say I needed to treat myself… I needed to treat myself. #treatyourself2k17

I should write about the most important thing, right? The thing that I probably should have blogged about ages ago but coincidentally I took a break around the same time it happened. Better late than never, I say.

A friendship forged in 2NE1 and forever blubbing about boys finally went from URL to IRL when I met Pauline last June, and in turn, I finally got to meet Hamdah as well. How can I even get across how amazing these two women are? Pauline is kicking ass every single damn day and Hamdah too, interning in London this summer and just generally being a legend. I feel like a proud mama! (Even when I have to send out SOS alerts when Pauline goes AWOL 🙄)

Meeting Pauline and Hamdah for the first time was amazing, and it was literally the best day ever. We started off with brunch at M Raw located in Victoria where the food was so-so. However, I really must talk about the bottomless drinks because it’s safe to say that Mutay and I got turnt. Breakfast martinis? Yes, sir, right over here, thank you very much.

Being typical tourists (jk, lysm guys) Pauline and Hamdah wanted to visit Notting Hill so we headed in that direction with a stop to T2 on the way where we met the awesome Helen. I love that she genuinely thought we had been friends since like secondary school or something. Honestly, the energy all of us created bounced off everywhere and it definitely helped that the weather was beautiful.

I made a pit stop for some boba because boba is life, and we finally got to witness the behind the scenes of Pauline and Hamdah’s photoshoots. So much fun screaming “When will your boyfriend EVER” across the street as Pauline was posing. #honestlywhenwillyourbfwouldever

We then headed over to Richmond Park which I thought was only down the road, but I clearly underestimate my own city. It ended up being a bus ride and then a walk in which Pauline and Mutay raced up a hill and Hamdah and I struggled. Lol.

We didn’t explore much of the park, but the parts that we did were a bit disappointing, ngl.

Sadly, sadly, we had to start heading back at this point because Pauline and Hamdah had a silly train to catch. I know, right? So dumb! Should have just stayed… We obviously had to stop at Carluccio’s for some delicious Italian and to print off the photos we took because Hamdah is amazing and has a Polaroid printer. #sohitech

The most amazing thing is that even though that was the first time that we had all met, it felt so natural and not awkward at all. Honestly, we all clicked straight away. I think there’s always this fear that the friends we make online won’t be the same IRL, but I can safely say that of all the online friends I’ve met (Joy, Nancy, Pauline, Hamdah, Tiff) they’ve all been what I expected and much more!

It was also lovely to meet up with Pauline again when she was down in London for the Gymshark event and I’m excited to meet up with Hamdah more often now that she’s living in London (even though she’s on the other side of the river 😜)!

Ladies, all I shall say to end this post, is that I’m so glad that Mutay and I got to meet up with you both FINALLY and that you two are amazing, wonderful, intelligent, beautiful and all of the freaking adjectives really. ❤️ 

 

25 Comments

  • Eena

    I love Pauline! I just started reading her blog around two months ago but she is just the doll! I’m glad you two finally got to meet up after being friends online for such a long time!

    And I did the same thing… One day, I woke with the urge to treat myself and traded in my iPhone 6 for the iPhone 7. I probably could’ve waited too but oh well, life happens, ya know??

    cabin twenty-four

    • Chynna

      She’s amazing, right! I’m so glad I got to meet her in real life ☺️

      Omg, I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this – although they just realised the iPhone X a few months after I got the 7… at least I’m not too fussed about it, haha!

  • stevevhan

    That’s what love how our online socials work — we get friends! I can.

    guess all bloggers feel the same way in their hiatus right? i can also feel the same way myself — guilt, itch to write yet your minds i blank. 🙂

  • Rezina

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re back and that you took your much needed break <3 Yeesss to treating yourself. You deserve it & much more! Sometimes doing nothing sounds like nothing but being able to do nothing is sooooo great! haha xD

    Also, the four of you are GOALS. All your pictures together are super cute and it's awesome that you guys clicked right away!

    • Chynna

      Thank you beb! I’ve missed the blogosphere so much, but the break definitely helped a lot for my well-being.

      Thank you soooo much! I’m so glad I got to meet the both of them because they are just as amazing offline as they are online ☺️

  • Pauline

    WELCOME BACK SISTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As you know you’ve been missed by everyone in the blogosphere, I know I’m not the first or last to say that we’re glad that you’re back to the usual blogging routine!

    I was smiling throughout this post, it feels like years ago since we met. I honestly feel like we have always been IRL friends, like Helen said, from primary school or something. The instant click and connection DOES NOT LIE, SIS. Thank you for being so welcoming and wonderful. I can’t wait to see you again soon, I miss y’all so much T_T

    My biggest regret from that gymshark day was that we didn’t take enough photos, BUT YA KNOW NEXT TIME GAL!

    <3

    • Chynna

      HAAAY GURL! Haha, I realise it’s been months since this comment but still. Can’t believe we only met back in June and yet it feels like we’ve known each other years!! <3

  • Cat

    Welcome back, Chynna! I’m sorry to hear about the heart break and stress, but I hope things are better for you now. It totally makes sense to take a break to deal with things.

    Aahh, I love the photos of you with Pauline and Hamdah! You guys look so happy together, and it sounds like you had a fun time! I know the feeling of meeting online friends for the first time. I’m always worried I’m going to come off as boring or awkward, but it never ends up that way. It always feels natural! I think it’s because we follow each other for a long time, and we really get to know each other through our blogs 🙂 It can form really close friendships!

    • Chynna

      Thank you, Cat! I’m so glad I took the break because it definitely helped me out a lot – I definitely have a clearer mind and I’m so glad to be back in the blogosphere!

      Totally agree, so it’s like you know them already even without meeting them!

  • Amy

    Omg so happy to see you back, Chynna! I’ve missed your posts so much! Hope the break helped, and hope you’re feeling a bit better now. Adult life is too stressful!

    My phone contract’s up in December and I can’t decide whether to get a new phone or just get a cheap sim-only deal. Kinda want the new iPhone though, even though I’ve only had this one a few months cos they had to send me a replacement as I killed mine haha. Hope you’re enjoying it!

    I’m so happy that you got to meet Pauline and Hamdah. It looks like you had an amazing time. Glad you all got on so well IRL. I’d have been running at the back with you and Hamdah! I’m so bad at running!

    Pauline couldn’t stop talking about you on Saturday! We’ve definitely got to meet up!

    • Chynna

      Seeing as we’ve met up since you posted this comment, you know that I’m all gravy baby now but thank you Amy! Adult life is definitely too stressful.

      Still want that new iPhone? I’m not too sure about it myself and that glass front/back has me worried XD

  • Tara

    I’m so glad to see you back! I’m sorry that things were tough for you a couple of months ago, but it seems like that break really helped you. 🙂 I think it’s good to treat yourself to this and that, and an iPhone 7 is a good self-present! 😀 Hope it will fare you well!!

    I am so glad you were able to meet Pauline and Hamdah IRL. Blogger meetups like these are always fantastic, even better is when you meet someone you’ve been friends with for ages! 😀 I can tell you guys had a bunch of fun, and it’s great that you all live in the same country to be able to meet like this 🙂

    Welcome back again, Chynna! You’ve been dearly missed ^^

    • Chynna

      You’re probably gonna be like she only replies to these comments now!!!!! LOL. Thank you so much, T <3 I’m definitely glad to be back. The break definitely helped a lot.

  • Nancy

    I am so glad to see you back from your hiatus. I’ve missed reading about your adventures (formally on a blog) XD. You know what, at the end of the day, you’re still awesome and I love all of the things you’ve been doing in your life.

    Come back to Disney, yah? XD

    YessSSssssSSsss, treat yo self!! Haha, I would love to treat myself to the upcoming iPhone next month but my savings account slapped me for even thinking about it @__@.

    I’m so happy that you got to meet Pauline and Hamdah in person! Hey, you’re the real MVP for sending out SOS alerts!!!!!!! Sounds like you all had a great time together and yasssss to the cocktails! You know how to turn up ;).

    It’s great that you’ve enjoyed your blogger meetups so far! I promise I’m not catfishing you XD.

    Yas welcome back and hope you’re not up for a break anytime soon because I love reading about your adventures ;).

  • Georgie

    When I saw all the photos I just got sooo o o o oo o fucking excited. The thrill of actually meeting someone you’ve known on the internet and have forged a close friendship with for such a long time is indescribable. I think some people out there still don’t understand that you can make some really great friends over the internet who aren’t creeps. (Things have definitely changed since back in the day.)

    I’m so glad you all got to meet each other! 😊 I think it’s the best thing that you all clicked and it was not awkward between you all. I have to admit I’ve had maybe one or two occasions where I was a bit awkward with someone I was meeting on the internet. Eeep. But most experiences have definitely been positive.

    I sure hope to meet you one day when I hit your town again! squeeeeee~~

    Also, “URL to IRL” – that is GENIUS.

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