Welcome 2017

1 Jan 2017 – Reflections of 2016

Fri: the last TGIF and the last Friday for 2016. A pleasant stroll after the rains around PeckSeah St (Chinatown), usually just rushing thru’ here and forgetting how charming it can be with the contrast with the old and new.

Edited 5Jan –  this just turned up in the news, so do pay a visit to this Red Dot Design before May this year!



Thank you Lucas for these lovely napkins from Japan. How kind and thoughtful of him to remember that I like them – perfect for my tea-ceremony and also for a dinner table setting for 6. Tkx to Jo for dinner.


Sat: as I was thinking of taking a day to reflect on 2016, JohnM shared this FB posting and reality hits! Must try to even work harder to keep the mind clear and open.

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A year ago E1 was on the drawing board and now it is KIV, well at least until the heart can beat regularly again! Nothing on the board for now until the ablation heart procedure is over, even though the chances are high (50-70%) that Afib will continue or return, but still must just give it a try.

Besides the passing of 4thAuntie, AuntieKwok, Marlene, royalty and many celebrities, 2016 passed by quickly with the usual travels to be with family and friends in USA&Norway. Also has been a busy year with overseas guests – catching up with family&friends who were either staying with me or just travelling via SIN.


Completed 2bucket list hikes: GreenCorridor – SIN (25k) and TrollTunga – Norway (23k).


img_3658Sun: out with 2016 and in with 2017. An optimist stays up until mid-night to see the new year in; a pessimist stays up to make sure the old one leaves – I am neither as I prefer my sleep 🙂

Spontaneous visit from AudreyW and we managed to ring in 2017 with this bottle of sparkling sake; the bubbles were perfect for the occasion – tkx Aud. Great to catch up and life is full of pleasant surprises!

Tonga is the first to ring in 2017 at 10:00 GMT on December 31 2016.

Sat 11:00              New Zealand

Sat 13:00-15:15  Australia

Sat 15:00              Japan & South Korea

Sat 15:30              North Korea

Sat 16:00              China, Philippines, Singapore

Sat 17:00              Most of Indonesia

Sat 17:30              Myanmar and Cocos Islands

Sat 18:00              Bangladesh

Sat 18:15              Nepal

Sat 18:30              India and Sri Lanka

Sat 19:00              Pakistan

Sat 19:30              Afghanistan

Sat 20:00              Azerbaijan

Sat 20:30              Iran

Sat 21:00              Moscow/Russia

Sat 22:00              Greece

Sat 23:00              Germany

Sun 00:00             United Kingdom

Sun 02-3:00         Brazil

Sun 03:00             Argentina, Paraguay

Sun 03:30-8:00   USA, Canada

Sun 09:00             Alaska

Sun 10:00             Hawaii

Sun 11:00             American Samoa

Sun 12:00             US outlying islands (Baker Island, Howland Island etc)

Finally with the whole world (last country to join, Baker Island) in sync into 2017, hopes for a World United in Peace and Goodwill is on top of the wish-list.

Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell – Carrie Fisher/Wishful Drinking.

2 – Happy Bday Darryl

5 – Happy Bdays Gerald  & Leonard

6 – Happy Bday Cindy

9 – Happy Bdays Judy & Lee

10 – Happy Bday KeeYang

15 – Happy Bdays Angie  & me!

18 – Happy Bday Isabelle (SunSun)

19 – Happy Bday Kari

21 – Happy Bday Michael

22 – Happy Bday Katy

24 – Happy Bdays 15thUncle  and Ole K

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