We started this tradition of counting down to Christmas by putting little gifts in our little Advent Socks many years ago. 4 years and counting and we are still having lots of fun surprising each other with a little something each day. Last year was particularly memorable as we decided to embark on Advent experiences instead of little gifts. We decorated some cookies, made snowglobes, shopped for chocolates, put up the christmas tree, listen to a new Christmas Album together, went for a movies, drink Glühwein at a Christmas market and more ... It was exhilarating to say the least. Imagine every single day having something to look forward too. But this year, hubby requested the advent to be combined with experiences and gifts instead of just experiences. I think its a brilliant suggestion so I´m gonna put on my thinking cap soon to get ahead :-)
Like every single year, I´m left stumble with what to get for my other half. Its not easy buying for a male as one knows but its even more difficult to get something for a person who would simply go buy it himself if he fancies something. But I guess I´ve got to think a bit harder. And then of course there´s other to consider like my beloved mother-in-law, father-in-law, my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. I think I will suggest to hubby to take care of his dad and his brother while I take care of my MIL and the girlfriend of his brother.
Christmas Dinner Marathon
There´s 3 cake cum dinner session running from eve to 2nd day of Christmas. Its crazy I know, but that´s how it is in this household. I reckon I will be doing most of the preparation work this year as my MIL´s hand seems to be loosing its grip day by day.
Hubby´s got a dinner voucher to be used up by end of this year and a trip cum dinner to a nearby city to be used up preferably this year. We´ve for another 2 unused overnight stays to be used soonest too and that too has been cast aside since ages. A dear friend will be visiting over the weekend, and I will be visiting a dear friend up north over for a little Christmas get-together on another weekend. Hubby has got a trip to go too plus some other company commitment so I´m wondering how are we going to pull thru all this arrangement by end of December.
Transport and hotel booked but that´s about it. There´s so much to check out but again, I´ve been pretty relax during holidays recently as I tend to have the habit of switching on my phone for information. But it should not be this way. Insight places needs time to dig out ...
Chinese New Year
This will be my first year celebrating Chinese New Year here so I´m very tempted to hold an open house. Some of hubby´s friends who happen to be my stammstich here have always been keen to experience what its like celebrating chinese new year and its a big group. My colleagues originating from England, Spain and Canada sounded very keen to get to know my culture too, and always asking me to invite them over. Plus some lovely friends from Romania, Taiwan and also from Malaysia which I´ve grown close with within short span of time, my hands would definately be full then but for sure, it would be interesting to bake some cookies for them to try, but I personally would like to re-create some festive dishes I grew up eating and fortunately, I have most of these exquisite ingredients with me. I´ve also sent back some lovely decorative stuff just for the occassion so I can´t wait to use them, really.
My 40th Birthday
I´m still indecisive if I should throw a party here or to go away, really but if I were to have a Chinese New Year Open House, inviting the same group over would be too close for comfort :-) But I know in weeks to come, they will start asking soon so I really gotta prepare myself. Hubby has been so dear. Going for a lovely trip is always on our agenda but honestly, my trip back to Malaysia is on the following month so I really do not mind staying home. Its your 40th, hubby reminded me ... haha.
Trip Back to Malaysia
Two major event will be happening when I go back this time. Firstly, I owe my two nieces and one nephew a belated getaway. I´m so excited on this one because I know they will be thrilled for what I´ve planned for them. I love it when I see a BIG smile plastered on their face. Its priceless and that´s all I look forward too. The other major thing I´m looking forward to plan was a get-together with my old-mates. They have been truly supportive of me all these years and I can´t thank them enough. Sometimes good friends do not need reaasurance. One just know they can be relied upon when I need them. And so ... they have requested me to cook for them for ages. Haha. I can´t wait to poison them! lol ....
I´m still not quite sure if I should bring this up to my colleagues. Our boss is going to deliver soon and she´s been such a sweetie. Will see on this.
More Training & Classes
With new classes, comes new learning curve ... things are moving on a fast pace on my work front and I´m truly happy with that. But with new classes comes new training and this means I will be away for work training again and honestly, I´m not truly enjoying the training at all except getting the certification part of it. Oh well ...