Hello. Your Dromomaniac here. I am writing to you from Kampot, a small coastal town on the coast near Phnom Penh in Cambodia. I hope you are having great Christmas/holiday celebrations wherever you are.
It’s the end of another year, and the world will soon turn yet another year older. How are you celebrating that countdown towards 2013?
I have a tendency to treat myself to something special for New Years eve. After all, I’ve worked hard for the whole year earning money to pay the bills, why should I not farewell the current year with style?
Generally, I am not a fan of big street parties, so I do try to avoid viewing all those fancy mid-night fireworks with the rest of the population. However, that doesn’t mean I miss out on the fireworks – I just make sure that I view them from a special place.
By that, I mean from my own hotel room, or somewhere a little further from the action but still close enough to feel the vibe.
For example, few years ago I treated my husband and myself to a Twin Towers facing room at the Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The fireworks were lit right in front of our eyes and it felt so close that I could touch them.
The best thing about this experience was we were in the comfort of our own space, without rowdy crowds to ruin our moment, making that mid-night count down extra special and extra romantic.
Last year, we spent a week in Phuket, but rather than joining the crazy parties on Patong Beach, we opted to stay near the small local beach just two kilometers north from it.
There were very few fireworks but with the help of a few local children we let off a sky lantern and watched as thousands of people around the bay did the same. The effect was magical, and the lanterns sparkled as they flew into the sky.
I will be on my way to Phnom Penh today. Once again, we have chosen to live it up and stay at a hotel where I am hoping our river-front room will have views of the small scale firework the city will put on for the occasion. After having been in the country for a week, I am looking forward to some rest and to farewelling 2012 with style.
Happy new year.
How and where are you celebrating the new year? Tell us in the comments below!