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.
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).
Sun: 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