Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! Here's hoping that 2016 will be a great year for all of us.

So how did you celebrate New Year's Eve? For the past few years, we've been keeping it low key, staying home and watching the fireworks from the television. (Sad, I know!) However, this year Hubby decided to relive our more adventurous years by taking us out.

We left the house at about 9pm. There was a long queue of cars heading into The Curve parking, but just our luck, Hubby found a spot by the road side where we could squeeze our car in. There was a policeman patrolling the area and I was nervous he would tell us off for the 'illegal' parking, but upon chatting with him we found out that all the parking lots have been closed down as they were absolutely full, and all traffic were being diverted out of the area. The sidewalks were the only places left to park! By the time we walked into The Curve, it was well past 930pm. I was worried that none of the restaurants would accept anymore orders for dinner but it turned out that nearly all restaurants on The Street stayed open way past midnight. We decided to have Thai and while waiting for our food, Ian decided to check out the flea market just across our restaurants. He pau-ed yours truly with a toy (of course!) and played with it quietly throughout dinner. After that, we walked out of the mall and took a stroll along the main road.

The main road (between The Curve and IKEA) was closed to traffic, so everyone was able to roam around freely. There were people everywhere, standing on the road, sitting on the sidewalk, leaning against the mall walls etc. There was even a live concert going on at the end of the road, but with a stroller in tow we decided against checking it out. Instead we bought light wands and a horn for the kids so they could join in the New Year's Eve fun.

Happy New Year!!!

Boys... those are not light sabers!!!

Cheeky boy knows how to blow the horn!

A few minutes before midnight, we walked towards the main road for a better view of the fireworks. The fireworks display was amazing! A full ten minutes! I took a video of it, lenguh jugak lah tangan pegang camera.

The kids really enjoyed themselves that night. It wasn't Aiden's first countdown experience, but it was certainly the first that he will remember long term. He kept articulating about how the new year will make him seven years old and even asked when his birthday will be.

Thanks to our illegal parking, we got out of the area pretty quickly. Kesian the folks who parked in the underground parking - there was a massive traffic jam even at the cashier counter. The drive home was also uneventful, with the kids falling asleep in the car. Thank god we had the good sense to dress the kids in pajamas! 

So that was how we spent our New Year's Eve. I was expecting for an unpleasant experience - no parking, unspeakable crowds, horrendous traffic, but the night proved me wrong. Kalau macam nie, we can do this every year, lah kan Hubby? *grin*

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