I am so tired that I can’t sleep, so here am I.
My friends and I were supposed to head across the causeway for a year-end retreat, and were really looking forward to it, but we had to cancel it at the last minute because of the flood situation there.
We were all pretty bummed about it, but quick-thinking Joan drummed up other plans, and that was how the
few four of us ended up staying at W Hotel at Sentosa.
Since we didn’t have a gift exchange session for Christmas like we usually did in past years, we decided to have it at the hotel as a way of welcoming the new year.
These were the conditions for the gift exchange:
1) It has to be handmade
2) It has to come with a handwritten note of at least 100 words
The rules were not written in stone of course, and we ended up getting some really surprising gifts. More on that later.
So we checked in on New Year’s Eve, and of course, everyone was in a celebratory mood.
Here are some pictures that I had to edit to death because the Singaporean weather was having its mood swings as usual:
This is the lobby of the hotel.
View of the pool from the hotel’s lobby. This is really one of the nicest pools I’ve seen in a hotel. Apart from being big and spacious, it had floating bean bags in it! The water was also not heavily chlorinated, so we could swim quite comfortably without melting our eyes.
View of Sentosa Cove from the room.
Here comes the fun part: the gift exchange! I baked a glass jar full of brownies for everyone, and we each got back really cool stuff (chocolate flavoured popcorns, a sunflower potting kit as a joke, among other things). The best among them all were our handwritten notes to each other. I wrote mine simply on pink slips of paper, but a lot of sincere thought went into them. :)
After a good swim in the evening, we returned to our room to wash up, and headed to Vivocity on the mainland for a Hotpot dinner. We rushed back right after dinner to just slack and chill by the pool side, before we headed back to our rooms to countdown to the new year, and popped some champagne at the stroke of midnight. The rest of the night was spent watching a Bigbang Concert on TV (they had come to Singapore to perform at the New Year’s Countdown event).
It was during this time that I excused myself to the loo, and when I came back outside, this happened:
A surprise birthday celebration for me! Well my birthday is still a few days away, but this was an advanced birthday celebration for me. Still feeling very touched by this impromptu celebration, so let me take a moment to touch my heart.
We turned in at 2am, and only woke up at 10am the following morning, and spent an entire morning making fun of Ama’s snoring and weird moaning sounds she made during the night.
After the usual morning business, we headed down to the pool, and stayed past check-out. Ama decided to chill by the pool, while the rest of us were having a jolly good time swimming and grabbing ourselves a floating bean bag so that we could lie on them while floating about the pool.
W Hotel’s pool, taken while I was taking a short break from swimming.
All the swimming has made my body ache all over, and even though I wanna sleep it off so badly, I can’t, and now, I am wide awake. Nonetheless, it was a good way to begin the new year, by doing some healthy activity, very unlike me, but we all have to start somewhere. I hope to make mine a habit, no promises of course.
This year, I’ve decided to forgo resolutions, because really, I never follow them. I can’t even be bothered to revisit last year’s resolutions, and I don’t feel a wee bit bad about it. 2014 pretty much sucked anyway.
This year, I wish happiness and success for everyone. Keep eating and do everything that makes you happy!
Happy New Year everyone! :)