My 2018: Welcoming the new year - and saying goodbye to 2018steemCreated with Sketch.

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Writing this on 1st January 2019. Happy new year everyone!!

2018年除夕夜到朋友開的一家酒吧度過。 酒吧位於豐原,在台中市外。乘搭公車大約要一小時,經過台中洲際棒球場。台灣著名樂隊五月天當晚在哪裏表演跨年演唱會。 我隨便拍了一張棒球場外的照片,發了給幾位五月天鐵粉絲朋友,讓她們羨慕一下。酒吧賣的是近年新興的手工精釀啤酒。 釀酒場就在酒吧旁邊,我順便參觀一下。 當晚有現場樂隊表演, 有不少人很開心在跳舞。 差不多踏入子夜時,大家一起在倒數。很久沒有 在這麼興奮熱鬧的情況下度過除夕夜。


I can't remember the last time I actually celebrated New Year, must have been quite a few years ago. Last night I decided to brave the cold (yes it does get a bit cold in Taiwan) and went to a new years party held at my friend's bar.



LAST TEASE OF THE YEAR

The bar is out in the sticks from the city and the bus ride took about an hour. On the way, we passed by the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. I snapped this photo from the bus as a teaser for some of my friends. The most famous band in Taiwan, Mayday (dubbed the Chinese Beatles) was holding their new year'e eve gig here, saying goodbye to 2018 with 25k fans. They are are massive in Asia, and the 250k tickets for the 10 gigs here were sold out within 15 minutes after they were released a few months ago. I thought it would be fun to send the photo off to a couple of friends who are die hard Mayday fans to tease them. And my plan worked!! Sucesss!!!


3 GIANTS

Got to my friends place before 10pm and there were a bunch of people there already. 3 Giants is a craft beer founded by two South African brothers and an Irish guy in Taichung. You may (or may not) remember a few months ago I went to a local beer festival. That time 3 Giants had a stand there but I got a bit distracted by all the other stands and didn't get round to try their beer. New year's eve is as good a time as ever.


The microbrewery is on site and you can see it from the bar area. I took the chance to go inside and poke around. It's always good to know where the stuff you're putting inside you comes from.





LIVE BAND


At around 10pm the band had set themselves up in the tent outside the bar. The crowd was starting to fill up, not a massive crowd as this was more of a private party. And also you have to bear in mind this is out in the sticks, outside of Taichung city which isn't exactly one of the most cosmpolitan cities in the world. Anyway, it was a good enough crowd for a new years eve party.


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ME AND MY FRIENDS

Here's me and April, the beautiful bride to be, who invited me over.

Some of April's friends whom I met at the party.



And here's Adriaan, one of the owners of 3 Giants and the lucky groom to be photobombing us.


April is a wine connoisseur, and runs wine appreciation events in her spare time. That's a tad bit of an irony given her other half sells beer for a living. Or perhaps that's a perfect complement. Anyway, sometime during the evening, she figured the wine glass wasn't big enough and her boot could hold more drinks, and starting pouring it into her boot!!! Ha ha! Just jokng. It was just a small spillover accident.



SAYING GOODBYE TO 2018

And that's how I spent my the last day of 2018. Celebrating with some very good friends saying goodbye to 2018 and welcoming a better and brighter 2019.



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Happy new year 😀

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Thanks Wilh. All the best for 2019 and hope you move up the ranks in SM!

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Thanks again, likewise 😀

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Mayday should have livestream theri countdown concert, preferably for international audience haha.

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You know they actually did that last night! The concert started later than usual so they could be there for countdown. It was live on YT a few minutes before midnight and went on for about another hour. When I sent the photo off to my friends in HK, they all said they were waiting for the live broadcast.

You a Mayday Fans as well?

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Ah I missed out that part then. Was desperately looking for live stream of countdown concert since I'm staying home.

Went to their concert once knowing just more than half of their songs(those really famous one). After that started listening more of their music. Great concert, I often say that was "full of sincerity", unlike Jay Chou...

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Even a lot of my friends rave about them all the time, I've never really listened to them before, till this morning I watched last night's countdown and a bunch of their MVs. Starting to understand why they are loved by so many now.

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Yeah their MVs are really something. I would say they are one band that is quite positively energized. Taiwanese should be proud of them.

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And they're so deserving of their two decade longivity

很棒呀~
新年快樂🎉🎉🎉

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新年愉快 @kona!!

@livingutaiwan新年快樂,看完這篇文章自己視乎也感染了現場的氣氛。心情大好年輕了很多😁😁加油

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保持心境年青很重要喔!

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