Thursday, 1 January 2009


You know it is going to be a bad year ahead when the first thing you say on New Year's day is "Bummer".

It is really funny how nothing I ever want to do ever turns out, never materialises. I did not go to The Curve. That ended any enthusiasm I had for the New Year. I thought I knew what the plan was, but I was wrong. Bummer. I was supposed to watch a movie before the countdown. Didn't happen. Bummer.

The anticlimax of the night was not that I could not go to The Curve or watch a movie. Hell, those could be done on any given day. The point is I did not get to do what I wanted to do, on the one day of the year I wanted to do something important to me. But you know, when live gives you lemons, make lemonade. I sat an made lemonade at Pavillion, Bukit Bintang.

The countdown was not so bad. People jumping, shouting, dancing, floating on moshpits... Yeah typical behaviour on New Year's eve. It was great to see how we were not individuals there, but a community, celebrating an imminent event, most hoping for a great year ahead and some just living in the moment.

Hordes of inane people danced along the streets, spraying cans of snow spray (or whatever it was) on others who passed, wearing Mouse ears and Devil horns and yea just going crazy. There was no trouble, despite all the fuss the authorities were making over the New Year celebrations. No trouble at all. No one was raped, no one was mugged, no one was abused, nothing. Hey, it's the New Year; we're all filled with the same spirit: the spirit of Joy. Well, most of us anyway.

Happy New Year, folksies.