I have missed out on the New Year eve party scene since the day I got married as my dear PiggyBeng is no longer interested in all these stuff (do men turned antisocial after marriage?). Then came Darrius into our life which made it a little difficult to go out beyond 11pm (since the other big baby needs to sleep by 10pm!).
However, I managed to make an exception this time. Initially we planned to go KL but after a lot of this and that, we decided to scrap the plan. Since we are expecting my cousin’s visit to Penang so we just stay put and not go anywhere.
Then I received an invitation by my hosting company to their office opening ceremony which they have picked new year eve for the occasion. Without thinking much, I made reservation for both PiggyBeng and myself. PiggyBeng was quite reluctant to go but after much persuasion, he finally gave in… after all we have nothing to do mah!
So, I packed the two bosses for afternoon nap so they will be all charged up. We heard that they will be firework display at QBM and thought we might pop by after the opening ceremony which we were lucky we did not go at the end as the venue for the New Year eve party is extremely strategic… on the 10th floor of SUNTECH, the new cybercity of Penang.
When we arrived, we were given the program cards came together with lucky draw nos. We did not expect that at all… so it was a motivation to stay on till the end… hehehe Then we were seated at the Garden Cafe area where they have set up tables for all the guests. There was a buffet spread outside which has great view of the whole Bayan Baru area. The food was catered from Bamboo which we have been having 3 times in a month!!! (I started to wonder if Penang only has one caterer??!!!)
The event started with lion dance and the arrival of the Guest of Honour, YB Danny Law who is the Chairman of the Penang Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Development Committee. Then it was time for dinner…
The guests were treated to a whole night of food and entertainment. There was a band playing all the nice songs through out the night too… which PiggyBeng thought was really neat. The entire area were air-conditioned so it is so much better than get all squeezed up in QBM. And of course, the main draw to stay on – the LUCKY DRAW. 8)
Since it was Exabytes‘s office opening day, we were invited to tour their office which is located on the 18th floor. Finally I get to see how neat is their office which has a beautiful view as well. Also get to see the working area of the people I will bug every now and then!
When we got down, it was the final session of the lucky draw. We almost given up hopes when all the numbers before and after us were being drawn. And guess what? Yours truly gets lucky that night! Our lucky number was being picked just before the countdown! Though it was not anything we have wanted (I was aiming for the 2nd prize which was a HP printer) but I got the 4th which was a Creative Subwoofer System. Wooohooo!!! 🙂 At this point, PiggyBeng was very happy (coz the prize is more useful to him than me!) and told me he was glad we stayed on…. hehehehe
Besides that, who else is enjoying the party?
Of course the lil monkey lar! He was having so much fun (though he was extremely annoying by screaming every now and then). We waited 15 minutes to get the balloon which was a Tweety Bird coz Mr Clown was so slow… We also went out to the lobby to watch other guests playing the Wii games.
While waiting for the countdown, Darrius was having the time of his life boogie-ing away so happily! He was so energetic and there wasn’t any signs that he’s sleepy at all!
Though we did not get to view the fireworks over at QBM but we managed to catch the private one just next to the building… which is good enough!
We left around 12.20am and was so relieved we did not go to QBM coz the entire place was so jammed up! It would have taken us more than an hour to leave that place!
Once again, wishing everyone a Happy New Year! May 2009 brings you better fortune, luck and whatever your heart desired! 🙂