happy new year 2011

I must admit, I have been slightly depressed – worrying about everything – health, finances, work. I don’t even know if I can make my money last for this sojourn to Europe.

Hell, I’m not even sure I can put a roof over my head during this entire trip, which is driving me to financial ruin. I was starting to think it’s a bad idea after all.

I haven’t been looking forward to this trip, to be honest. I was on the verge of saying “Fuck it” and crawled back home.

However, when the flight took off and the pilot told us to look to the right for the New Year 2011 celebrations, I felt…something.

Looking down at the fireworks from 35,000 feet in the air, it really hit me – this is a NEW YEAR.

It’s a time for new beginnings, a fresh start, and hell, I am going to ENJOY my Europe vacation!

So here I propose a toast – to new beginnings! :)

ALL HAIL 2011!
P/S – The nicely scented pen plucked from the bosum of the AirAsiaX flight attendant’s uniform I’m using to write this on a scrap of paper might have contributed to the general uplift in mood. ;)

Posted: 10:09 am London time (GMT +0)

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29 Responses to “Happy 2011 from 35,000 feet in the air”

  1. happy new year hb! may 2011 bring you good health, finances and a job you love :D

  2. You can find places to stay on couchsurfing.net

  3. I haven’t told you this but I was so impressed when you decided to pursue your dreams! I’ve no doubt you’ll made it ;) May 2011 bring you the best of everything – wealth, health and love! :D

  4. Happy new year bro!

  5. happy new year bro!may the worst for the year 2011 is the best from 2010 to you!

  6. Indeed you should be depressed. You have been traveling and spending your money like as if you have bottomless bank account. Now you have no job. You have no house, You are not settling down.

    Frankly, you better face the reality now than later. Your friends may be encouraging you to do what you are doing – but what you are doing is very dangerous – you are the one who is going through the shit, not them. As if when you go broke, they will give you money and shelter.

    Make 2011 a year of change for you. It will break you apart if you don’t, you mark my word, it will.

    • Concur with James for the real dose of reality check.

      It’s a tough balance between what you’re, what you really wanted to do and life itself.

      We all love you and know that you’ll come out winner for 2011.

  7. Happy new year!

    my tip for budget traveling in Europe – buy food and beer in supermarkets (bread, canned fish, cheese, ham, tomatoes, ..), one hot meal a day only. Stay in youth hostels (normally cheaper, not always). Travel by bus – http://www.eurolines.com/ (though I suppose it can be cheaper with budget airlines if you get a good deal, but don’t forget to factor in the travel from the airport to the place you’re actually going, as budget airline airports tend to be out in the boondocks). Also, e.g. if you wanted to go to East Europe, sometimes there are other bus companies which the locals use that do certain destinations only.

    Oh and in Amsterdam (if you go there again, and it is a money sucker at the best of times), there’s a little indo-chinese restaurant at the top of Warmoestraat which does good value home cooking :)
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g188590-d1067497-Reviews-Kam_Yin-Amsterdam_Noord_Holland.html

  8. Dude, James is right, we are watching on the sideline and you are the star player. But so what ? You know you are not normal and unlike others, you have the balls to live the life you want to.

    May 2011 brings you more fun, trill and excitement in your journey of life, may it be good or bad, it’s life..bitter or sweet, after all, we all die someday.

  9. Here’s to a great 2011! :D

  10. happy new year huai bin! 2011 is gonna be a great year for you, live it up while you still can :P

  11. Here’s to an awesome 2011 and hope you have fun during your month long vacation. Salut!!!

  12. Happy New Year handsome! XOXO

  13. happy new year dude! :D

  14. I read your blog on & off. I enjoy your writing and nothing else. I’m surprised you have not snapped out of it. You are young and a very bright kid. Don’t be a “Sohai” as we called it in Cantonese. Trust me, when you are down & out, those who claimed friends of yours and support what you do will abandon you and laugh their ass off!

    It’s time to come to terms with yourself. May you be blessed with good health, good conscience and opportunities to get back on track in 2011.

    Take care.

    • Exactly my thought, Harry.

      Huai Bin, I have been reading your blog for years and this is the first time I am writing to you. Well, true, that people are applauding you and congratulating you for doing bold things they wouldn’t do. Sure, of course, you are doing ‘crazy’, risky and dangerous things that they will NEVER do it themselves. Hence, they are enjoying seeing you do it. You are doing on their behalf. If you fails, people may symphatise you but that’s it; they will use you as a lesson for them NOT to do what you did.

      It’s the beginning of the year; people are going back to work with new determination and ambition. You are in UK doing dunno what. AND not that you have struck rich enjoying life globe trotting- you are not! You even admitted that you are running out of money.

      Don’t ruin your life, you are still young.

    • The only reason I keep coming back to his blog is to see what kind of crazy shit HB has been up to. It’s like watching a car crash happening in slow motion. The initial impact (the OD, rehab, suicide saga), followed by some serene moments as the car spins through the air (move to KL, misadventures, tough relationships, minor gambling losses) and culminating in the final fiery explosive end, which to our disappointment or relief, may or may not be coming up soon in the next few months with this euro trip. You are impossibly blessed with more lives than a cat farm and have escaped many misfortunes that would have erased lesser people. Would you continue please the circus audience by following your “It’s Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away” outlook on life? Or just dim out like a lantern left on its own. Regardless of outcome, rest assured the audience is watching from the sidelines, generating your page hits and ad revenue, but most secretly rooting for you to not come out unscathed.

  15. Happy New year to you. That’s the exact view I had when I went to London too and arriving at 5.30 am!!!

  16. [just reposting this without the links]
    Happy new year!

    my tip for budget traveling in Europe – buy food and beer in supermarkets (bread, canned fish, cheese, ham, tomatoes, ..), one hot meal a day only. Stay in youth hostels (normally cheaper, not always). Travel by bus – http:// www .eurolines.com/ (though I suppose it can be cheaper with budget airlines if you get a good deal, but don’t forget to factor in the travel from the airport to the place you’re actually going, as budget airline airports tend to be out in the boondocks). Also, e.g. if you wanted to go to East Europe, sometimes there are other bus companies which the locals use that do certain destinations only.

    Oh and in Amsterdam (if you go there again, and it is a money sucker at the best of times), there’s a little indo-chinese restaurant at the top of Warmoestraat which does good value home cooking :)
    http:// www. tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g188590-d1067497-Reviews-Kam_Yin-Amsterdam_Noord_Holland.html

    PS Oh I forgot – travel overnight to save money on accommodation, and don’t freaking gamble!

  17. traveling again? lucky you! :)

    wish you a happy new year and all the best in 2011

    see you in KL – soon

  18. Hye,
    Happy new year 2011!
    Good scene eh..

  19. Hello and thanks everyone for the comments, encouragement and feedback! :)

    I’m gotta run so will reply soon!

    Cheers everyone!

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