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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

I woke up late on new year eve morning, 31st December (Thursday). For some reasons, I was not sleepy the whole of the previous night and I drifted in and out of sleep on the bed. I don't know when I fell asleep and when I woke up, it was about 8.30 am.
A good morning greeting from my new petunia bloom.

We thought we will be spending a relaxing and quiet new year eve evening at home.
But hubby came back after lunch to inform that we will be having a simple "pot bless" dinner with some friends in one of our friend's house.

Good news was that I won't be cooking so that I can take a short nap to make up for the lack of sleep.
By 7.30 pm, we were on our way to our friend's house for a "pot bless" dinner.
It was a last minute decision for a simple dinner for 5 people. We were looking forward for a time of warm fellowship to bid 2015 goodbye and welcome in the new year 2016.
 This was our contribution to the dinner - bought a ready cooked salted chicken.
 Another couple's contribution - 1 whole roasted duck.
Our sweet host's homemade curry pork rib.
Plus a small pot of vegetarian fried vermicelli (beehoon fried with cabbage). 
 For starter, we drank misai kucing tea (cat whiskers) a herbal drink made from the dried leaves of Orthosiphon Aristatus plants.
 After dinner, we sipped red wine and cracked groundnuts.
This was the 1st bottle from our host. Red wine for 4 people, the 5th person enjoyed beer.
This was the 2nd bottle, also from our host, different from the 1st bottle.
Groundnuts and sunflower seeds to go with the red wine and beer.
As we ushered in the new year, we opened this bottle and enjoyed a sweet red grape drink. This too was from our host. Something sweet to start off a new year.

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

(Proverbs 27:9, NLT)

52 comments:

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    1. Thank you, William. Happy new year week!

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  2. Oh the food. Wish I would have been there. Yummy. I love your foodie posts.

    Have a fabulous new year my friend. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fabulous new year too, my dear friend!

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  3. That was such a sweet way to bid farewell to 2015 & welcome 2016. Wow, I love that roasted duck.

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    1. Thank you, Irene. That roasted duck was really yummy! Happy a new year week!

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  4. Nancy great eve and Have a blessed Year. Gosia from Poland

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Have a blessed year and happy Sunday!

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  5. Lovely food contributions, Nancy, and I love roasted chicken and duck, too!

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  6. It's the best way to celebrate with friends with contribution of food. A great way to ring in the New Year.
    The food looks delicious and the wine too.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. Doesn't it feel like such a luxury to be able to take an afternoon nap. I love that feeling when I've had a chance to rest in the afternoon.

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    1. Oh yes, I consider it a luxury to relax, and take an afternoon nap and not having to look at the time. Happy Sunday!

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  8. That was a surprise to eat out for New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. It was a very pleasant surprise. Have a great Sunday!

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  9. So nice to ring in the New Year with friends. Happy New Year Nancy. May you continue to enjoy many more wonderful outings and meals.

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    1. Thank you, Joyful. I am so thankful for family and friends that are with us. Have a happy Sunday!

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    1. Let's have a Kepox pot bless gathering to start the new year 2016!

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  11. delicious food.. Happy new year.. :)

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    1. Happy new year, Krishna. Thank you and be blessed!

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  12. A big toast to the new year!!

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Cheers to the new year!

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  13. Nancy, what a pretty Petunia! Looks like your pot bless was filled with yummy food and booze too! hee..hee..

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. The pretty petunia was a gift from a friend. Sipping red wine to welcome the new year hee...heee....

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  14. It all looks wonderful. Sending you best wishes for the New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Sending you new year best wishes too!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Amen! To a better 2016!

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  16. I hope that 2016 is off to a great start for you.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. I hope too that we are off to a great start!

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  17. A good way to start 2016 in the company of good friends.

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Thankful for friends.

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  18. Great to spend New Year´s eve this way!

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    1. Thank you, Marleen. Great to be in the company of friends!

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  19. Nancy it sounds like you had a lovely new years... what a nice way to ring it in with friends... I hooe you have a really nice week xox ♡

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    1. Thank you, Launna. Have a happy new week!

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  20. Hi Nancy,
    A wonderful pot bless dinner to bid 2015 goodbye and of course a lovely warm welcome with a great start to 2016 !

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Have a great start to your new year!

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  21. a great way to ring in the new year!! the food looks yummy!!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Have a happy start to your new year.

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  22. So nice to spend time with friends...

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    1. Thank you, Rose. It was a great evening with friends. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  23. I wish I was there. The dishes make me hungry.

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    1. Thank you, John M. You are most welcome to join us. Have a happy Wednesday!

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  24. Happy New Year to you and your hubby, Nancy. What a lovely way to spend the evening. ^.^

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Grateful for our lovely friends. Have a great day!

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  25. Happy 2016 to you! Looks like you had a good start to the year already. :)

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    1. Happy new year to you too, Stacy! Ya, in the company of friends...Lol!

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