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New Year’s Eve was rushed yet relaxed. I had one main thing to do – finish my photobook from our Hong Kong holiday. I had a Groupon voucher which had it’s validity extended, then further extended and was expiring on 31 Dec. Yes, I’ve been making sure that I create a photobook for every single holiday we’ve taken since my technology troubles last January. It takes a lot of effort to hammer out the photobooks – several nights of sleeping at 3am or 4am and feeling terrible the next day, but when I hold the finished product in my hands it feels so worth it. I’m always very happy whenever I leaf through the books. I never got around to printing pictures for all the key events, only some, but I thought I’d at least capture our holidays in hardcopy.

The boys had a blast. From the moment they were up, right until they went to bed at 1230am on 1 Jan, they were playing and playing and playing. We did not interfere nor interrupt their play except for meals, we didn’t drag them anywhere, and didn’t stop them from creating a giant mess in their bedroom and at the play area. It was wonderful to hear all the happy sounds! No fighting! The wonders of rest. Just the day before Ellery was a complete grouch and whinier than ever from morning to night. He went to bed several hours earlier than usual and was a thoroughly cheery person on New Year’s Eve. He was like a different person, a different child altogether!

My family had invited themselves over (which was fine by us) because my father told us about how at the stroke of midnight, ships all over the world sound their horns and some shoot flares! We were really excited! The boys too forced themselves to stay awake until midnight in order to hear the ships. In the end it was softer than we had expected, though we were aren’t that close to the ships I suppose. I’m sure on the ship it’s really loud. So at the turn of the new year a low blares slowly rippled across the water, and after a while, red flares were fired into the night sky by quite a lot of ships. Not all at one go, but a few at a time such that there was at least one red glow in the sky for the next 30 mins. It’s really beautiful to see.

We were treated to a double sighting of these flares. When Indonesia welcomed in the new year the ships in Batam fired up their flares too, and we could even see fireworks twinkling in the distance at many spots on the island.

I think this is something I’d definitely stay up for every year!

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