As usual, Christmas mood started way back in August with the annual sale at KK Toys.
In no time, the tree’s up, and with the usual things underneath, each kid had to take a vow not to even think about touching them until Christmas Day:
15th December 2011
Gaya Street Christmas Carnival was on for 4 days starting on the 12th of December, brought the family there after on the last day after coming back from an outstation trip.
The life-size nativity scene, complete with soap-bubble-blowing machine:
… and an early encounter with Santa:
After the monthly primary grocery shopping, had time to sneak in quite possibly the last Cooper Test run before rushing off to mass at St Thomas Kepayan, but the visit to the crib has to wait another day because everybody’s starving by the end of it.
Another yearly ritual is to share the Christmas cheer with neighbouring Indonesian workers’ kids:
Afterwards, attended 2 open houses in Tamparuli. Spent some time with my mum.
26th December 2011
Visited 1Borneo, the mall with the perhaps the best Christmas decorations in the state (Fanta-Sea).
27th December 2011
Finally fixed the car aircon (which cost a small fortune) and did some back-to-school shopping.
28th December 2011
The car aircon acted up again (fixed – loose compressor connection), did more back-to-school shopping, attended a wedding reception one hour’s drive away, and still managed to catch a movie with the kids in the evening.
29th December 2011
Attended daughter’s briefing / school equipments distribution in the morning, then rushed off to possibly the last official engagement of the year at Promenade Hotel, an appreciation event cum handing over of duties of a departmental body of which I was the secretary, followed by sumptuous buffet lunch, then in the evening attended a church fundraising dinner.
30th December 2011
In the afternoon, more shopping and entertaining the kids.
In the evening, a wedding reception’s afterparty at a popular nightspot in Tamparuli.
New Year’s Eve
The annual NYE family bash at home.
HERE’S TO A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.