Gosh, this year has definitely passed by so fast. One moment it was February and I was in Malaysia; next it was April and I was in Venice, then I remember it being September and I was eating delicious Japanese food in Amsterdam. Then it was November and I was in San Francisco eating Peruvian food with an old friend and his extremely nice girlfriend.
Sigh, the memories just keep flashing by. It’s scary when I think that I left home in 2005 and next year marks my 6th year away from home. The best part about next year is that I finally get to spend my birthday with my parents. Yep – I’m going to Malaysia in April. Haven’t booked my ticket yet…but I’ll get that done soon. It’s been ages since I celebrated my birthday with my family so it will be fun.
I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas. I come from Malaysia where we celebrate everybody’s festival :) You get invited to different people’s homes for different festivals and you celebrate it with them. My aunt is Christian and we celebrate Christmas with her. Nowadays I celebrate Christmas with the bf – usually he goes to Germany and if possible I go along (I’ve been once in 2008). This year he didn’t feel like traveling (ahh the life of a globe-trotting software engineer) so he decided to stay in Oslo. It was quite strange to be in Oslo during Christmas and I later realised that this was his first Christmas away from home. Being a nomad (an emotional one, much to my surprise) I totally understand what that must feel like.
I tried to make something German for him for Christmas eve Dinner (Europeans start celebrating in the evening of 24th) – the closest I got to was roast pork with mashed potatoes and mushrooms fried with garlic and black pepper as a side dish. We had stollen (Christstollen) for dessert. I didn’t make the stollen – we just bought it :)
I’m not good at roasting meat because I cannot eat that much meat so I never bothered to learn how to roast it. Don’t laugh but I used Char Siu sauce to marinade the meat overnight and then roasted it for about an hour.
A few weeks ago we did a trial run to see if it will work out. Here’s a photo of the trial run roast pork:
So I’ve not been up to much otherwise. The bf and I have dinner reservations for New Year’s Eve at a French restaurant nearby as our regular NYE party thrower is not having his party this year :) I’ve never really eaten French food before so it will be fun.
How’s your Christmas been and what are your plans for New Year’s Eve?