Jan 4, 2015

16 A Quiet New Year

All good for the soul, but not good at all .. because I spent my New Year gorging on the most addictive chocolate chip cookies. Now I feel like a well nourished potato, rolling her wobbly way around the house. I knew I was asking for trouble when I made the decision to bake the legendary Nestle Toll House cookie but my regrets aren't real. It brought me immense satisfaction. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie with Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds

Aah..2015. "Happy New Year! Happy New Year!", we cheered to each other. Some with renewed hope, others a little superficially.

You see, it's been a tough year for Malaysians in general. A year of sorts. It was a year for the extremists. We were torn apart by racial barbs. It was the year of kidnappings for ransom. That put a dent on the tourism industry. It was the year of aviation disasters. Flight MH370 remains missing, MH17 was shot down and QZ8501 had, it seemed, succumbed to bad weather. QZ8501, although an Indonesian plane, flies under the banner of Air Asia, a Malaysian low-cost airline.

To top it off, several states are facing the worst floods. The rain has been relentless. More than a hundred thousand people have been displaced. Homes have been washed away. Many of us have risen to donate and help in any way we can.

All this, as we try to usher the year in with positive thoughts. The skies remained grey and it was chilly throughout. I didn't stay up to catch the fireworks on the eve. That doesn't mean that I didn't have a good day. I did.

I snuggled up in bed with chocolate chip cookies and three movies. No whoops of joy with friends or running off to start on my resolutions. It was just a day to appreciate the little things more and to be grateful for what I have.

Happy New Year, everyone.

16 comments:

  1. Wow.. Your cookies sure look delicious.

    I remember those days when I used to go celebrate New Year eve at KLCC or Bukit Bintang; but now, esp this year, not feel like celebrating anymore. Hope 2015 will be abetter year for M'sia.

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    1. Thanks, Ez. Oh, me too. What a tough year 2014 has been. May 2015 be a good year for all of us.

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  2. Hope those are behind us now and 2015 will be much better. God has mercy on us.

    That cookie is very tempting Sharon. Wish I am staying next door then I can pop in anytime and munch on your baking. ^^

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    1. Haha..I wish you were my neighbour, Rose. Then, I can bake and cook more! ;)
      I'm praying for a better 2015 too.

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  3. I adore chocolate chip cookies. Add pumpkin seeds and almonds...and, I'd eat the whole lot of them, too! Happy 2015! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Happy 2015, Tina. I think I really overdid it this time..lol!

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  4. Happy New Year, Sharon!
    I am too a fan of chocolate cookies. This looks very delicious!

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Happy 2015 to you too! :)

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  5. Movies and cookies can't cure everything but at least they make you feel better for a little while. Here's to your country having a much better year! Have a good one Sharon! You are the best!

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  6. my heart goes to your chocolate chips cookies! We all pray for the best year for all. I know its hard to be true. Just keep finger cross!

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  7. Yummy. Cookies to start off a new year. Now you are talking :)

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  8. 2014 certainly has been a year of trouble for Malaysia it seems. I hope this year is a much better one for you and for your country!

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  9. yup to be grateful of what we have
    hope a better year in 2015
    MY-Emily

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    1. Phew...it's almost February and so far, so good! :)

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