2011 In A Flashback

The writing prompt from Mama Kat’s this week is just too good to pass. What better ways to get ready for the new year than taking a little flash back to see what happened in 2011 on my blog who has been in near comatose moments because juggling a full time job and single motherhood is just not easy.

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. January:

Last January was a huge milestone for my boy. He started preschool! I had mixed feelings about this. One part of me is quite sad to let him go into the world – albeit it’s just a preschool but he never been to one before so it’s a huge steps for all of us. One part of me is excited for him to see him learning new things and making friends.

2. February:

Read above, and see why my blog was in comatose? I didn’t post a single darn thing for the entire month.

3. March:

By the end of March my brothers and my son went to Bangkok to cash in on that Photo Contest winning prize that I won back in late 2010. It was one of the best vacations I ever had. Not only because we went there for free but from being treated like a star at The Holiday Inn Bangkok. It was purely one vacay I will never forget.

Walking Down The Steps

4. April:

After my marriage ended and seeing how so many marriages especially ones that involves a Western man fell to pieces while they are living and working in Indonesia, I just can’t help but pouring my thoughts into the ‘Why’s  and I love the feedbacks I’m getting from friends who is in a mix marriage and others who had went through divorce.

5. May:

With my crazy work load back then, I only managed to pushed one post out and it was a V-log. Yes, my first ever video blog.

6. June:

This was a hard month for all of my family. We lost my mother’s sister to breast cancer then followed by the passing of my Grandmother just three days later.

7. July:

My favorite post has to be the one where I wrote about the hardship and joy of flying solo as a single mom.

8. August:

Being a single mom is not easy and sometimes people just need to be reminded of what not to ask us single moms. This post might be very handy for Indonesian people who can be pretty nosy.

9. September:

Hitting the publish button was so hard for this one post. Waves of pain swept over me as I typed how I faced my final curtains but the fear of writing about something so very personal was quickly changed into relief – as if I am letting go of my anger. The outpouring supports I got truly lift up my spirit so thank you my dearest friends who read and commented. This post was picked by Fadra from All Things Fadra for her Top 20 Blogmas Posts to Make You Feel. Thanks Fadra!

I cheated, I have to favorite post this month, it was actually from Mama Kat’s writing prompts: Where I’m From.

10. October:

After one reader’s comment on my post about misconceptions about secretaries , I had some doubtful moments about my writing and asked how to handle criticism. Blogging in a language that is not my native language has been more comfortable for me but it is a learning process. If I were to read my ancient diaries written in English, I’m sure I would cringe from the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

11. November:

My post to celebrate The World Moms Blog first anniversary was a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. The same reasons why I came up with my tagline Scoops From Two Cultures, One Heart.

12. December:

My son turned 5 years old on December 7, 2011. I reflect back on what a joy having a son really is about.

In welcoming 2012, what are your favorite posts from 2011? Why don’t you join this week’s writing prompts over at Mama Kat’s




Lifestyle and travel blogger, founder of Single Moms Indonesia on a quest of finding joy in everyday life and living life to the fullest with kindness, compassion, grace and a bit of sass.

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    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you Steph and I am so glad that I got to ‘meet’ you online this year. Happy New Year, my friend!

  1. December 29, 2011 / 12:34 am

    What a wonderful look back at 2011 through the tough moments and how you accomplished so much! And, I’m so happy we connected this year as well Maureen… Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. December 29, 2011 / 4:35 am

    What a great recap, you’ve had such an eventful year of the good and the bad. Next year I know there will be more good to celebrate…it’ll get better and better!

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Maria. Happy New Year to you too my friend. Much love from across the ocean!

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks for the invite, Katie. I joined and I love all your pictures 🙂

  3. December 29, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    Hi, I’m visiting from Mama Kat’s – where I also chose this prompt. It was challenging, trying to decide on a favorite post from each month!
    I hope to go back and read each of your posts when time permits. Love your son’s birthday cake – too cute!

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 12:28 pm

      Hi Dianna, yes it sure is hard to pick just one post. Thank you very much for stopping by. Happy New Year!

  4. December 29, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    The final curtains post was so incredibly moving. Reminded me of my divorce. How you know….but don’t want to know. How it tears you in two to do the right thing.

    You have had an incredible year. I can see your strength through it all. Amazing. Your son is adorable. My youngest step daughter turned 5 this year too.

    Thank you for sharing your soul. So we can be inspired.
    Angelia Sims recently posted..My Year in BlogMy Profile

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you very much Angelia. It wasn’t easy to share that but I ended up meeting others who has been there who can relate like everything you said and if that post can help others then it will be worthwhile putting it out there as it did help me a whole lot.

      Happy New Year!

  5. December 30, 2011 / 1:01 am

    What a great year! Here’s hoping 2012 is even better. 🙂

    Stopped by from Mama Kat’s.

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:11 pm

      Thanks Jen, Happy New Year to you too 🙂

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:23 pm

      Nice to meet you April! 🙂 Happy New Year to you too.

  6. December 30, 2011 / 2:55 am

    aaaaah! I am so happy to finally find a momblogger from Indonesia!!!! *big smile* (I mean the one who writes in english and involves to the blogger world in larger scoop, internationally). Love this post a lot and will probably head off to Mama Kat’s to join the prompt. But not before grabbing your button to put in my button collection page…visit me back and join my circle too okaay? It’s always nice to have new friends 🙂
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    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:26 pm

      Hi there, so nice to connect with you and thanks for joining the fun with Mama Kat’s don’t forget to link up on her blog too. 🙂

  7. December 30, 2011 / 10:54 am

    Love the post you wrote in August. You would be surprised how noisy people everywhere can be! And the photo of your boy in January is beautiful.
    Stasha recently posted..I heart Photography ConcentrateMy Profile

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks Stasha. Yeah, some people can really ask all kinds of questions that make you go “Huh?” LOL. Happy New Year to you 🙂

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:28 pm

      Hi Jenny, thank you and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  8. December 30, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    Love your post … will do the same .. journey of 2011 .. 🙂
    Thank you for always remind me to write ….*wink…wink*

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:28 pm

      YAY, Juin! Can’t wait to read yours 😀

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Katie. I’m excited for the New Year. Happy New Year to you too 🙂

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:30 pm

      2011 has been challenging for sure but I’m hopeful for 2012. Thanks Dominique and Happy New Year to you and your lovely family 🙂

  9. December 30, 2011 / 11:44 pm

    What’s better is that I remember most of your blogging journey 2011 – thanks for the friendship, thanks for sharing. What ever happened to Mr. Inconsiderate Commentator, anyway?

    I’ve shared one of my favorites of your post, too. Happy New Year: http://namzola.blogspot.com/2011/12/really-got-me.html
    Nami recently posted..Really Got MeMy Profile

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:31 pm

      Nami, you rock my friend! I’m so glad and thankful for our friendship. Ugh, Mr. Grammar Nazi has left the building I guess LMAO.

      Thank you so much for including me. Happy New Year to you and your awesome family 😀

  10. December 31, 2011 / 12:45 am

    That final curtain post was indeed hard to read without getting a lump in my throat. I am so sorry for your losses…. the loss of your marriage, the loss of your aunt. Here’s hoping 2012 will be much better.
    Peg recently posted..Stating The ObviousMy Profile

    • Maureen
      December 31, 2011 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much Peg. May 2012 bring you and your family lots of blessings and joy too.

  11. December 31, 2011 / 11:22 am

    Wow, it sounds like you’ve had quite the year! Thanks for sharing with us, and may your 2012 be filled with many fantastic adventures and happy moments 🙂
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  12. December 31, 2011 / 11:27 am

    Such an eventful year, and so many losses and heartaches. Here’s to a fresh new year, full of exciting adventures and happy times 🙂
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  13. January 1, 2012 / 8:53 am

    Oh, honey, I just want to reach through the internets and give you a big hug. It’s been such a hard year for you. I wish 2012 to be better for you and your little one. xoxo
    ps – thank you so much for visiting my blog. it’s so nice to meet you. 🙂
    Nenette recently posted..the yumminess of 2011.My Profile

  14. January 1, 2012 / 9:00 am

    I love that prompt too… but it might be too late now as we are down to the wire for 2012. I’m glad you are blogging again and thank you for stopping by.
    ElizOF recently posted..On Blogging: Can We Talk?My Profile

  15. January 1, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    You had an eventful year! I hope that 2012 is full of happiness. <3
    Caity recently posted..New Years Eve 2011My Profile

  16. January 2, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    I can think of a billion things you don’t say to a single mom. I heard some things that made me cringe when I left my 4 year olds father. Didn’t help that up until this year not many people knew the whole story. Got to love newspapers.

    It must have taken a lot of courage to write the post about was that the end. I wanted to reach through the computer and hug you reading that.

    Here is too a happier and better 2012.
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