Since we got married, the Bo & I would always take year-end trips out of Singapore to usher in the New Year as a way to reward ourselves for working & playing hard (and fit in some baby-making activities of course – we had to be ‘relaxed’ right? lol).
Last year, we spent New Year’s Eve and ushering 2011 in Japan – shuttling between temples (writing our wishes of being parents in the new year) after dinner, listening to bells chime, participating in some local activities, pub-hopping (it was only about a 15min walk plus it was winter so it didn’t feel as bad as it would in Singapore), drinking ourselves silly and mingling/taking photos with the locals while waiting for our train back to the hotel. New Year’s Day was also made special taking a 2-hour ride on the Shinkansen to visit my aunt & cousin in Gifu for the first time (after last seeing them in Singapore over a decade ago); when my aunt prepared a wonderful Japanese spread with some Singapore dishes (curry). And as we broke our ‘lucky chopsticks’ apart (something like a fortune cookie sort of thing) as they usually do in the Japanese New year – she teased me about my reading: that the year of the rabbit would be a very fruitful year to have babies. I secretly wished in my heart that would come true (and of course it did eventually – with God’s help of course).
This year, with a no-flight mandate from the excited Bo, we’ll be spending NYE and ushering 2012 in Singapore. And it was only till a shower ago that I realized that I hadn’t made any plans. Obviously NYE is quite a biggie in Singapore, so I freaked out a little when I realized that I had just about a week to make the necessary arrangements & reservations.
Thank goodness my prayers were answered when I rang 2 places & managed to book in dinner & desserts just before we go fireworks watching at the stroke of midnight. And not at cut-throat prices (like those going at $198+++, $298++, $388++ per person). Since next year’s arrangement is going to be quite different with an infant to care, if I was going to celebrate my last few festive occasions without much worries – it had to be now.
So there – activities all planned till the last day of 2011. I’m one happy mama all ready to boogie.