and the skies lit up.

4 Jan 2012 § 4 Comments

Picture me, as the clock struck midnight and 2012 arrived, running from one end of the house to another, futilely craning my neck out at the balcony to catch a glimpse of the nearby fireworks display. I finally resigned myself to asking the I’m-too-old-for-crowds boyfriend (hence the decision to stay in) to change from the movie to the news channel so that I could watch the televised countdown at KLCC.

As previous new year’s eves were spent:

  1. at an apartment with an amazing view of KLCC and KL Tower,
  2. at the top floor of a house with a direct view of the fireworks at The Curve,
  3. at the rooftop of yet another apartment where we had a 360-degree view of both KL and PJ,

it felt as if I was missing out this year after so many consecutive years of spectacular fireworks displays!

So, in lieu of a live view (and for those who had the same fate as I did), here are some YouTube videos of the 2012 countdown at different locations around the world. Enjoy!

Sydney:

Taipei:

Hong Kong:

Kuala Lumpur:

Dubai:

And to top it all off… London, baby! In my opinion, this was the pièce de résistance of all the 2012 fireworks displays around the globe that I’ve managed to watch. With a whopping £1.9m budget, of which, £276,000 went to the fireworks, it was an out-of-this-world display of amazing pyrotechnics, synchronized perfectly with background music that included Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds Are Forever (to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012) and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a spectacular sight to watch fireworks explode out of Big Ben as it chimed at midnight…what a way to kick off 2012 and the upcoming London Olympics!

Now, how much moolah do I need to save each month to be able to stand at Westminster Bridge in person and watch this live on 31st Dec 2012?

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§ 4 Responses to and the skies lit up.

  • carrot says:

    GBP1.9 in the midst of an EU crisis. hmmm….

    hehe having said that, how come there was no such thing in my day?! gotta make a trip back! NYE 2012 in London or NY?! this is gonna be tough.

    guess my bank account will make the decision.

    • sy says:

      You’re right! Why weren’t there celebrations like these when I was studying there? (Then again, I was always back in M’sia for winter hols)…

      If your bank account is feeling generous, bring me along please heh!

  • Tsu Lin says:

    We were lucky that the temperature that night was so mild and it was not windy! This was meant to be the most extravagant fireworks display due to the 2 reasons (Queen’s Diamond Jubilee & Olympics). Next year’s won’t be so grand anymore. We watched it on the big screen at a lounge with friends, it was amazing!

    • sy says:

      Haha, can’t imagine the havoc strong wings would’ve wrecked to that carefully choreographed display. It was amazing even on YouTube!

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