Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy new year to all of you! May you live, love and laugh your way through 2012!

2011 flew by yet again like any other year. There had been many ups and downs and I tried to

live, love and laugh

my way like what I always tell myself to do. Life isn't worth moping the minute details.

For a period of time,

I cried a lot too but I cried and picked myself up as quickly as I could.

I had wanted to do a 2011 reflection post but I guess that I can hardly even keep up with the pace of my life and blogging that I'm currently only backdating May 2011 posts. My trip and my illness had put my other project on hold too and besides trying to catch up with my posts, I have to focus on that as well.

It's 6.29am now and I'm back in London once more.

The reason why I'm not sleeping yet is due to the fact that my hair is wet. No actually more importantly, we have to pay for internet usage in this hotel at 15pounds for a 24-hour continuous connection. I've been uploading videos after videos on Youtube and Facebook to make sure I get our money's worth of internet usage.

I'm glad for the change in temperature. It's much warmer than the first leg of our trip at more than 10 degree Celsius here. My cold and cough seem to have gotten worse though but I'm glad that at least my body doesn't have to brave the cold outdoors. I just hope it doesn't rain too much.

It's such a bummer to rain coz it makes me wanna nestle myself up indoors in bed with my pinkie pink laptop coz I believe in pink.

After we reached London from Paris, we had high tea at Harrods. At close to 7pm, we tried our luck at Apollo Victoria Theatre and snagged 2 last minute dress circle seats for Wicked at less than half the price! We were like 2 happy larks after getting the tickets. I have been wanting to catch that musical in ages and last night was the only night left that we could catch it since it is no-show Sunday and we would be leaving London early Monday morning.

Wicked was wickedly GOOD! Even the hubby who didn't know what I was hyping about found it really wicked.

After the show, we decided to head back to the hotel to deposit our bags and to imbue in the new year's mood by travelling light only with our coats and everything else in the pockets.

At the eleventh hour (in all essence of that phrase), we left our hotel at 11.45pm to try to catch the new year's revelry in a foreign land.

The atmosphere was already built up right from the tube.

Once the tube reached Leicester Square Station, it was about 4 minutes to midnight. Everyone screamed in unison, ran out of the doors and dashed all the way to goodness know where at Leicester Square (we merely followed) to view the fireworks from a little slit in between 2 buildings.

I kept smiling to myself and laughing to kh while half running and half brisk walking. I've stopped going out into the crowd for NYE since many years ago and always prefer a quiet turn of the year. This time, it felt really good to imbibe the whole atmosphere into every pore of mine.

I love the people here! I love their spontaneity a lot. I love it that we're here in London over the turn of 2011 to 2012 though I must say that kh and I both miss home a lot.

Here's part if the fireworks display we saw from where we were. Not too bad for a last minute rush down.

And here's a shout out from the hubby and me from the merry streets of London.


  1. lucky girl, you're able to spend New year with your hubby.. i was just on the line with my boyf while watching fireworks,we're miles apart again. anyway, enjoy the rest of your trip! happy new year Jo!

  2. Happy new year Jo!!

    I really like NYE in London hehe.. I think I shall be back there next year!!

    I LOVE Wicked! I wished we had better seats, the one time we watched it.. in fact I miss all the theater in London. It's nice that you took advantage of the west end while you were there :)

    It's great to see you picking up yourself after what's happen - wish you all the best for 2012!!

  3. Happy New Year doll!! I hope it's one of greater happiness and love for you!! xx

  4. Happy New Year, sweetie! I'm sorry you're sick to start the year. Maybe it will be good luck and you won't be ill again all year. Midnight in London sounds like it was fun. We went with a quiet night. We thought about having a date night, but decided to get carryout from Outback Steakhouse and eat at home with the kids, followed by DVD marathon and sparkling apple cider @ midnight. Not exciting, but nice.

    Hope you two have a nice flight home.

  5. Happy new year!! Looks like you are having way too much fun in London!! :) Hope 2012 brings you much peace joy and happiness :)

  6. Happy New Year to you too! What a fun way to celebrate and I loved Wicked too! :D

  7. Just quickly dropping by to say Happy New Year, hun!

  8. Hope you had a wonderful New Year my dear, I love your pink laptop!

    Check out my blog for a review of V Nunes jewelry, thanks ;)

  9. Belated New Years. I do hope you feel better soon.

    :) May your 2012 be filled with tons of blessings.

  10. Hi may I know which hotel u stayed in Paris.

  11. MACY,
    I used to go through lots of long distance relationship when my hubby was still my bf. Totally understand how you feel, especially on special occasions.

    I hope you keep the love going!


    Nic Nic,
    Yes! I remember you were in London for a while. I can imagine the splendid NYE you had there.

    We were really lucky to snag the last minute tickets and at not-too-bad seats at less than half the price. But that's the only show we watched there.


    The Dainty Doll's House,
    Same to you dear. =) Hope the 1st week of 2012 has been great for you so far.


    Your NYE sure sound really warm. Not adrenaline rushing but I could already imagine how nice it is to be spending it with your family.


    "Way too much" is the right phrase! Hope the 1st week of 2012 has been great for you so far.


    Shop N' Chomp,
    Another Wicked lover! Hope the 1st week of 2012 has been great for you so far.


    You! We missed each other by switching locations with each other. lol... Happy 2012!


    just tututiny,
    Hope the 1st week of 2012 has been great for you so far. =)


    Thank you for dropping by my blog. Hope the 1st week of 2012 has been great for you so far. =)


    We stayed at the Hotel Opera Ascot but I'm surprised you asked as from the photos here, you can't really see much of how dingy the hotel is. The location is quite good though.

  12. you and Kh are so cuuuute!!! =DDD ahh I'd love to spend new year on streets of London! (lol I skipped that last post cuz wanted to find out more about your Europe trip =P)

    Ahh my friend got sick the whole time I was visiting her as well O_o so I made her chicken soup =DDD with lots and lots of ginger. WAHAHA. it always works pretty well.
    What computer do you have? When I see pink computers I automatically think of Sony VAIO LOL

    hehe happy new year again ^_^

  13. Frances,
    Haha I like how you could go missing and when you come back, you leave me lots and lots of sweet little notes everywhere!

    I would love to drink chicken soup!It's really sweet of you to make soup for your sickly friend!

    My pinkie pink laptop is a DELL.


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