Maligayang Pagdating 2011… Welcome 2011!
I miss celebrating the New Year in the Philippines.
January 1 is the most colourful day in the Philippines. Why, you ask? It’s because everybody is wearing their new and most colourful clothes today. I kid you not. Try driving around your city or locality and you’ll see what I mean =)
But for us in Phnom Penh, it is an ordinary day. New Year’s eve and New Year’s day celebration here aren’t like that in the Philippines or any other western countries for that matter. Both days are not an official public holiday and can actually be uneventful, if not boring. However with the ever-increasing expat-community and tourists and the Khmer’s fascination for anything western, the international new year, and Christmas for that matter, is becoming more and more popular that restaurants, bars and hotels have made it a big deal ensuring endless dining and partying options not only in Phnom Penh but also in other key touristic locales like Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kep, and many other places. NY countdowns and fireworks displays have also been put up recently for expats and locals alike to enjoy.
As for us here… well, it was just a quiet affair. For me, watching 2010 fade away was bittersweet. I’m convinced it is my favourite year, 2010 brought me good times with friends; re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones; work opportunities came my way, albeit part-time and short-term; exploring, learning and growing as a wife, lover, and partner to my husband; maturing, and beginning to learn and understand the art of living away from home. Mushy, I know, but just let me reflect on and celebrate my accomplishments and successes no matter how small they are. hihihi.
As I watched the end of the first ten years of the millennium close by, I couldn’t help but be sad and happy at the same time. I’m happy to say though that I’m looking forward to the beginning of the second decade. I do not have a particular theme nor goal for 2010 but I have to say I have a positive vibe for 2011. New Years may be different for everyone, in my case, here in Cambodia we celebrate it on three calendars but I’ll make 2011 a year of new beginnings as I enter the first year of my second decade of being an expat in Cambodia.
Anyways, I originally planned to just post this e-card but, as usual, I got carried away. I guess I am such a chatterbox and notoriously bad at self-control and self-policing. So, let me all great you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, family, friends and blog-friends =) And before I shut up, let me share this New Year’s message that I like. It came along an e-card (different from above) was sent to me by one of my friends in Facebook:
May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgages not rise.