Daybreak from Marina Bay Sands- 31/12/2011
I woke up to this sea of burning sky on the last morning of 2011. Standing at the balcony of Asuka's 13th floor room at the Marina Bay Sands, I imagined how this must have been the everyday phenomenon for all the other 364 days of this year. All the past mornings of wonder that I had missed... No, I told myself, this one was particularly beautiful because this one fell on New Year's Eve and also because I had been waiting for this moment since about 3 weeks ago.
Elephant parade @ Marina Bay Sands picture taken by Cher Kuan during a run on 20/11/2011
It was 3 weeks ago when Asuka invited me and Cindy to a staycation at the Marina Bay Sands and to spend New Year's Eve with her and her family. I was thrilled to say the least. What can be better than watching dawn break at one of the world's most amazing swimming pool, long chats about miniatures into the quiet of the night, strawberry champagne and mask party, right?
The Night Before..
Pictures from here
The evening started exotic enough at Geylang with a dinner treat from Asuka's dad. I have never tasted creamier porridge or tastier frog legs. Thank you to Asuka's family for such a sumptuous dinner! Right after dinner, we cabbed down to Marina Bay Sands.
My City- from 57th Floor Marina Bay Sands, 30/12/11
We wasted no time in checking out SkyPark Pool . Rosanna texted me an hour before this picture was taken to wish us all a Happy New Year. This was us giving you our hugs and kisses, Rosanna!
Grainy picture taken with me holding the camera just before we plunged into the cold water. 10pm, 30/12/2011.
Nice warm water in the foamy jacuzzi
More of the magic asset enhancer jacuzzi
and Wet Kisses !
Extravagant strawberries that Cindy and I decided to splurge on just because they were so pretty
We returned to the room at about 11pm to more treats of strawberries and Rilakkuma papercraft made by Asuka
Indonesian chicken puffs and Chinese New Year crackers.
And then Asuka did the perfect corking of the Chilean sparkly I brought just for her because she loved strawberries.
Glasses of the original blend of Chilean sparkling wine with handpicked strawberries and then as if it was not strawberried enough, we dunked real ones into the flute for her. Of course, I did not know she didn't like alcohol. Good thing her mummy and I do.
We clinked to Cindy's birthday that had just passed, Asuka's birthday that is about to come, the last day of the year and the beginning of a new one!
And the mask party lasted till our faces began to itch.
New Year's Eve
Rosanna's gift to me for Xmas this year, trees of green bracelet created by Amy.
After watching the sky till it cleared, I went back to bed till everyone woke. Cindy and I stayed in the room whilst Asuka and her mum went off for breakfast. I showed off my favourite Christmas present to Cindy and she took art pictures of it.
And for the rest of the day with them at the pool, I took even more pictures. Not surprisingly, looking at these pictures now, they somehow set out for me my aspirations for the coming year 2012.
Asuka and her mum
To be a better daughter,
Cindy and Asuka
sister, partner and friend.
Basically, a better me.
To put my best food forward
instead of one in my mouth.
window display taken by Cindy
Continue to do what I love,
love what I do,
window display MBS taken by Cindy
Construction Workers on Roof from 34th Floor MBS
Learn a new skill/s
Specialty Wine and Vinegar shop MBS
Add colours to my life
Louis Vuitton House, Singapore from 34th Floor
And always aspiring to
Art Science Museum from 34th Floor
Singapore Flyer from 13th Floor MBS
What about you, my dear friends? What was your New Year's Eve like?