Happy 2008!

January 2, 2008 / Daily Life / 13 Comments

Happy 2008 to all my visitors. I had a good time out with some friends dining at East! at Queen Street West, then watching National Treasure. Then I got home at 1AM after having a treacherous ride on the subway, which is FREE on New Year’s from 12 – 4AM. People were either feeling too festive or too high to act decently.

Strangely, the highlight of the night is going to the East! bathroom. It is amazingly designed; not even Hilton or the Four Seasons make toilets like that. I forgot to bring my camera so I have no visual proof but if you ever come to Toronto, do dine at East! sometime. A corner of the bathroom is illuminated by a vase that had light coming from the bottom of it. The cubicles are illuminated by the wall between them. The entire bathroom is covered in black marble tiles, except for the ceiling, which is painted a really dark brown. Too bad it took me a while to figure out how to turn on the faucet. It is placed on the mirror. SERIOUSLY, WHO THE HELL PUTS A TAP AWAY FROM THE FAUCET?!

I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to talk about my New Year’s resolution. To be honest, I’m not the type to make New Year’s resolutions. If I forced one out, I’d forget it the next day so I see no point. Besides, if I really had something that I desperately needed or wanted to do it wouldn’t matter if it was New Year’s, April Fool’s, Valentine’s Day or a simple Saturday afternoon. I’d do it anyway. I guess having been raised from a family that grants me a lot of freedom from a young age, tradition is something I don’t quite understand.

So I shall make a New Year’s wish instead:

I would like to confirm an exciting and decent-paying job in Shanghai before I graduate from this concentration camp school in June. Then I would like to be able to do a good job with my new job, and become more successful than Bill Gates by the time I’m 30. Then I will use my newly-found wealth and power to reform the world’s education system so that the next generation will never have to see what war, discrimination and poverty tastes like because I will make sure they rise above it.

World peace can only happen in a society that’s untainted by the world’s evil.


  • Wow, that bathroom sounds nice!

    I have made a much needed resolution that I implemented before New Years but I had to remind myself anyway!

    Your wish sounds lovely, if we actually had more people in the world who were brave enough to make such changes, I think our world would be a better place. It’s crazy because everyone talks about world peace but everyone is so afraid of government and such, that they’re afraid to go through with their actions. I believe that with enough brave people with high hopes on a dream such as yours, changes could truly be made.

  • But it’s both the good and evil that makes the world go ’round…

    Anyway, Happy New Year again! 🙂

  • what is this “East!”

    does it have a website or something? point it to meee <3

    UofT = concentration camp…NICE! I never thought of that LOL that made me laugh =o

    LOL nice goal =o

  • Thanks for dropping by^^ Haha, I guess their bathroom was much more memorable than their food 😀 The bathroom sounds very elegant indeed. The faucet thing is a bit strange…but sounds very high tech XD I’m completely with you about the new year’s resolution thing. I make their every year yet I get less than half of them done -.- I guess my resolution should be “do the things that I planned to do last year” XD

  • Tap placed on the mirror sounds… unique. I guess, it’s because people will look at the mirror first, just look good?

    If you ever move to Shanghai, be sure blog about stuff in Shanghai 😀

  • Happy New Year, Ivy!

    LOL about the bathrooms.

    Good luck with your New Year’s wish! LOL, I don’t have a New Year’s resolution either, but lucky you to have a lot of freedom!!

  • Hey Ivy sorry for this late comment but… HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ah wells New Year celebrations over in Malaysia is very insane too, you see roadblocks everywhere (the police wants to keep out those that kicks up a big fight or something), and despite repeated warnings people still indiscriminately spray snowfoam onto innocent passerbys (some who are gangsters and whatnots), leading to really big fights and equally big newspaper headlines.

    Anyway, this made me die laughing: “SERIOUSLY, WHO THE HELL PUTS A TAP AWAY FROM THE FAUCET?!” lol! Perhaps it’s their way of exquisite interior design? Hmmm 🙂

  • Happy New Year ! :]

  • Sounds like a cool bathroom. Too bad you didn’t happen to have a camera with you.

    I think just like you when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think I have ever made any, because I don’t see any point in it. Then again, I have always lived life as it comes day by day and haven’t planned things too much. 🙂

    Happy 2008!

  • Concentration camp, eh? So does that mean there is a U of T sufferage post-exam campaign or something? Just joking!
    I dunno if you got my SMS (but you got my Facebook wall post I assume) but I really am in love with this layout! I love staring at it! =)

    Happy 2008 to you too, sister! <3

  • Happy new year, and I hope you find a good job 🙂

    lol, nice bottom quote. I would say:
    World peace can only happen in a society that realizes it is evil.

  • lol its hard to even imagine time spent on making a bathroom really nice for th public but that one sounds pretty good, anyway happy new year, hope this year’s gonna be good for you.

  • don’t leave out necessary evil (a.k.a. me). hehe… happy new year!!