Marina Bay Singapore New Year Countdown 2012
I chose to usher in the new year with my family at home instead of spending it in a crowded venue. After a sumptious dinner, our early new year countdown started with the explosive Sydney's fireworks as we sat down in front of the TV.
Across the world, revellers were celebrating the end of 2011 and the start of 2012 with spectacular fireworks displays which lit up the night skies.
At the Singapore Marina Bay Countdown 2012, a dazzling fireworks display attracted thousands of people who clamoured to see the impressive display.
Thanks to cable TV, we were able to watch new year celebrations in the various cities of China and Taiwan.
It was heartwarming to see Taiwan's First Lady Christine Chow Mei Ching displaying a drum performance in a new year show before the countdown. She is one cool lady.
The spectacular fireworks show at Taipei 101, Taiwan's tallest building and the world's second tallest, lasted 202 seconds at a cost of NT$30 million (US$991,380)!
I was glad I didn't join in the celebrations in town. Several friends and my son were stuck in the massive jams after the countdown and didn't get to return home until almost 4 am. I was sleeping soundly in my cosy bed. :D