Tuesday, 20 April 2010

New Years Eve

Well firstly I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone, although by the time this post will actually make it up it will be April. (I can't believe how far behind I am with this).

My New Years Eve this year was, like my Christmas, unlike one I have ever had before. Last years, as I have done for nearly all my NYE, was spent in a very cold Norwich getting "On It" with the few of my friends that were still there, going around some pretty terrible bars around Norwich and paying a shit load for it. NYE 2010 however I spent sweating my head off in Phitsanulok in northern Thailand.

I was unsure how this was all going to turn out really mainly because I had turned to rather special events down firstly Sydney Australia for NYE and also the NYE Full Moon Party which would have had in excess of 50,000 people there and would have been massive. Instead I was in Phitsanulok, a small town I had never heard of before. Only time would tell if I had made the right decision or not.

The night kicked off with a trip around the Phitsanulok Food Festival. Wasn't sure exactly what was going on but basically Phitsanulok had put on a Asian food festival for NYE with possibly around a hundred stalls selling various sweet and savory treats from all over South East Asia. I saw a lot things I hadn't seen since my 4 month trip with Tommy back in Feb-June time earlier that year. There were also a number of stalls just selling various nick nacks, like Wayne Rooney posters. We got a few bites to eat here and saw some of the Dances and bands that had been put on. One being a Linkin Park tribute act which was amazing haha. After an hour or so at the festival and not really being able to eat anything else we jumped back on our bike and headed off to the "Wild Wings" biker bar.

Wild Wings was a bar owned by Aun's friend Manutsawat who by day worked at their printing business and by night they opened their biker bar for the other members of the "Wild Wings" to eat, drink beers, play pool and general kick back. It was an awesome set up they had in the way it was just a bar they had got just for themselves and their friends and for whoever else who wanted to come along and drink there. I had spent the last couple of nights there and tonight was going to be a similar affair to the last few nights only with a few more people and more of an excuse to party. My first call of duty was to be maraca player for the house band playing a long to such classics as Bob Marley's "No women no cry" and Oasis's "Don't look back in anger" which I eventually also ended up butchering during my first and last ever attempt at public singing. I believe alcohol played a large part in that happening.

The rest of the night was a fairly standard night other than the fact I was in Thailand and was with none of my friends from home. Got drunk, played pool, danced (kind of) and eventually as you can see from the video had a little count down at midnight as I counted down the last few seconds of one of the most memorable years I have ever had. I was pretty sad to say good by to 2009 as it had been such a great year but obviously quite looking forward what 2010 had in store.

That is about all I have to say really, it was a great night that lasted till the early hours. As you could see from the photos some guys didn't quite make it through the whole night and ended up passing out on the floor which obviously led to the usual tomfoolery with the drunken corpse. A very memorable NYE for sure and one I will remember for many years to come. I just wonder where I will be and what I will be doing this year!