A straw poll reveals that this may actually be the preferred option for most Kuching residents. Actually, truth be told, the majority of people surveyed couldn’t even remember what they did last year except with a little prompting and a long hard think. But generally, the answer ended up being: eat at home, lah! Our featured group of old school friends take it in turns to meet up at somebody’s house. Sometimes it’s pot luck, sometimes a barbecue in the backyard and sometimes even both. As for entertainment, water bombs have made an appearance in the past as have the occasional firework, though Mah-jong is strictly for the Chinese version.
Overall the end of the calendar year for this lot is all about sharing food, sharing drinks and sharing an evening of chit chat with old friends. On the stroke of midnight, they just raise a glass, even the countdown is counted out. After all, in the comfort of your own home, you’re free to behave as you choose – you get to be with your nearest and dearest, with no need to share the space with a bunch of strangers. Sadly, though, you’ll have to do the washing up yourself, but force your guests to pull their weight and all’s well that ends well.