Happy 2014 (aka Will I Stay Awake Until Midnight?)

Spoiler: I stayed awake. But my initial post-by-email attempt failed. Let’s try this again (and pretend this posted about 10 hours ago!)
For those of us who work and play in the GMT +8 time zone (Me! Me! Me!), 2014 is less than an hour away. I haven’t even had a nap yet tonight, and am aiming to make it to midnight without one bit of whining to KMN about how I’m falling asleep. This might be the first year (in the 7 years we’ve been together) that this has happened. Shocking.

And although we aren’t exactly party animals, KMN and I are celebrating the new year outside of Singapore (although still in GMT +8). You see, not even an amazing trip to the zoo on Sunday:

could convince my parents to stay on for a few extra days. To distract me, and to take advantage of the work lull for KMN (sometimes the end of the year is quite hectic for corporate attorneys; this year’s quiet was more the exception than the norm for him), he booked us tickets to Hong Kong – leaving at exactly the same time as my parents flew out to return to New Jersey.

Believe it or not, Hong Kong is a popular destination for trail running and hiking in Southeast Asia. I’ve been itching to check out some of the trails here, and this was the perfect opportunity. So we flew in Monday night, and on Tuesday morning (today), we packed up our brand new Salomon packs (Christmas present!!):

and headed out. Today, we explored Dragon’s Back and some of the surrounding trails. Despite a bit of haze, being out on the trails in moderate temperatures and beautiful sunshine was amazing!

We have another 1.5 days of hiking planned, so I’ll be pretty much MIA until Thursday evening. But I have big plans to catching up on both blog reading AND blog writing (2013 recap, 2014 goals, race and training plans, stretching, hiking in HK, a recap of our visit to Pulau Ubin, and more!) this weekend. I’ll see you there!!

(Also, in the waning hours of 2013, I’ve learned how to post by phone. I hope. Provided this actually posts in something more than gibberish. Fingers crossed!!)

So to ring in 2014, I leave you with the delicious fries we enjoyed this evening. They were seasoned with honey and some other spices, and served with mayo/sambal chili sauce:

Cheers, and Happy New Year!!!

What’s the best part of starting a ‘new year’ for you?

Tips for posting by phone? I’m a bit scared of how my photos will come out…

16 thoughts on “Happy 2014 (aka Will I Stay Awake Until Midnight?)

  1. Char

    Happy 2014! I didn’t make it till midnight but that was never my plan. I wanted to be up at dawn to make the most of the first day of 2014. And now I’m ready for bed again!!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I think that a date night for folks with kids must be like a small miracle! Glad you enjoyed your evening. If/when we have little ones the same age as yours…I doubt that midnight will be happening. Sounds like a recipe for tears and very cranky parents on New Year’s Day!!

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  2. misszippy

    So great that your parents are there visiting! And how fun to try new trails in Hong Kong. Definitely envious of that.

    I actually made it to midnight, which is probably the first time for me in a decade. We went to a neighbor’s house an got to chatting, etc. It was a great way to bring in the new year.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Can’t argue with ringing in the New Year with friends!

      And I will say that, compared with Singapore, the HK trails are fabulous – and there is actual elevation change! However, still nothing like some of the vast swatches of parkland that you can get lost in throughout the US!!!

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  3. Alyssa

    Happy New Year! In my humble opinion, lots of coffee is the key! Usually the best part of a new year is the awesome party to ring it in ….. didn’t have one this year, so I’ll have to make the year extra awesome!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I had a most delicious espresso drink around 8:30 PM, and I think that’s what did the trick! I’ll be honest, though – I might be a little lame, in your books. I can’t REMEMBER the last year that I actually attended a NYE party. I have spent an inordinate number of new year cross-overs on a plane, however…

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  4. Karen@ La Chanson de Ma Vie

    Can you review your Salomon packs when you get through catching up with other blog posts? I’d really love to find one that has more cargo room than my Nathan Intensity but isn’t super bouncy like traditional hiking packs.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      YES. This was my Christmas gift from KMN; and he got one for himself, too. This is the first new pack I’ve had in awhile – and I love my old one (Ultimate Directions), but it is getting a bit old, and I too wanted space for more gear. This one has been great for hiking, and holds quite a lot – but I haven’t done a lot of run testing yet. Will want to put it through its paces before offering a review – but that’s something I’m very keen to do!

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  5. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    Happy New Year, Holly! Here’s to a healthy and happy 2014 for you and KMN! I hope you’re having fun hiking and running in Hong Kong. Looking forward to your recap and your 2013 recap when you return!

    Bill and I were all alone last night (i.e. the boys had better plans), so we went for a night time run and came home and hopped in the hot tub! It was a very relaxing New Year’s Eve for us!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Sounds like a great way to ring in the new year! Although we were out hiking and exploring during the day, we had a pretty mellow new year countdown as well. In other words, we declined to join the rest of Hong Kong to watch fireworks in person at the harbor. We watched them on the TV instead. šŸ™‚

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  6. Amy

    I LOVE HONG KONG HIKING + RUNNING! I especially love it in January when it is not ungodly HOT. I need a better shot of the Salomon packs before I can fully appreciate them, but I am sure they are great. HAVE FUN and say hello to one of my favorite places for me, K? And have some good, cheap Indian food, too. And go shopping (or not-I am not a shopper).

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Well, probably much better than what you found in the city where you were living! And it WAS beautiful weather – although I’m not sure it would be so nice in the summer, especially in the very cement-y city areas. We skipped the Indian food and shopping, honestly – for us, both are abundant in Singapore. We enjoyed some Italian food (better and cheaper in HK than Singapore, we think!) and other western goodies instead. šŸ™‚

      The pic of the pack was just a little gratuitous one. I’ll definitely be taking more pictures and doing a more comprehensive review once I put it through its paces.

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  7. Meagan

    Happy New Years, Holly! Your trip to Hong Kong sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to read all about your hiking adventures. Congrats on making it to midnight. I struggled, but did manage to see the ball drop on TV before falling asleep.

    For me, the best part of starting a new year is making tentative plans for all of the things I want to do in the coming year. It always kind of feels like a fresh page in a book that just totally open and waiting to be filled šŸ™‚ I know… I’m so deep.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I totally agree about a ‘fresh start’ – it’s not even that I had much that I wanted to forget about from last year, but still – after the rush and mess of the holidays, I was really looking forward to sitting down today and getting things straightened up and settled down and pointed in the right direction for 2014!

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