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Happy New Year
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:12:59 AM »
Happy New Year to all on Koratfart.   Let’s hope that 2018 does not get too lively. Mr Trump..keep calm.

I have decided on one New Year’s Resolution...I am going to retire this year..I have tried to retire twice before but this time I really mean it. 

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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 12:21:26 AM »
yes and a hny to you T/T - and all. Thaiga


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Re: Happy New Year - The world rings in 2018
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 12:35:24 AM »
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Revellers around the world ring in 2018

A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018:

The New Year in Bangkok was ushered in with a bang, as fireworks exploded over Countdown sites in the centre of the city and along the Chao Phraya riverbank. But Thailand's new year began later than in a few other countries.


Tens of thousands of New Zealanders took to streets and beaches, becoming among the first in the world to usher in 2018.

As the new year dawned in this southern hemisphere nation, fireworks boomed and crackled above city centres and harbours, and party-goers sang, hugged, danced and kissed.

In Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as five minutes of nonstop pyrotechnics exploded from the structure's upper decks.

But on nearby Waiheke Island, 30 kilometres away, authorities cancelled the planned fireworks display because of drought conditions and low water supplies for firefighters.

New Year's Fireworks 2018 Auckland New Zealand 01/01/2018


Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour a few hours before midnight Sunday, kicking off the city's New Year's celebrations.

Around 1 million people were expected to gather to watch the festivities. Security was tight, but officials said there was no particular alert.

During the midnight fireworks display, a rainbow waterfall off the Sydney Harbour Bridge was planned to celebrate recently-passed legislation legalising gay marriage in Australia.


Those willing to brave the cold in Beijing will join a countdown at the tower at Yongdingmen Gate, a rebuilt version of the Ming dynasty-era landmark gate at the southern end of the city's north-south axis.

Bells will be rung and prayers offered at temples in Beijing, but the Gregorian calendar's New Year's celebrations are typically muted in China compared to the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, a time of fireworks, feasts and family reunions.

Authorities throughout China are also on high alert for stampedes or terror attacks at large public gatherings. Police in the central city of Zhengzhou are putting 3,500 officers on duty across the city while residents gather to watch a light show and cultural performance in a public square.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that President Xi Jinping sent a New Year's greeting to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, saying Beijing is ready to boost cooperation with Russia in 2018.


Many Japanese are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dog in the traditional way of praying for peace and good fortune at neighbourhood Shinto shrines, and eating New Year's food such as noodles, shrimp and sweet black beans.

Barbecued beef and octopus dumpling stalls were out at Tokyo's Zojoji Temple, where people take turns striking the giant bell 108 times at midnight, an annual practice repeated at other Buddhist temples throughout Japan.

North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes cast a shadow over Japan's hopes for peace, said 33-year-old cab driver Masaru Eguchi, who was ready to be busy all night shuttling shrine visitors.

“The world situation has grown so complex,” Eguchi said, adding that he also worried about possible terrorism targeting Japan. “I feel this very abstracted sense of uncertainty, although I really have no idea what might happen.”


After spending an exhausting year that saw a presidency toppled by a corruption scandal and nuclear-armed North Korea firing missile after missile, South Koreans enter 2018 in need of a happy distraction. The upcoming winter Olympics just might do it.

Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets near Seoul's City Hall for a traditional bell-tolling ceremony to usher in the new year. The group of dignitaries picked to ring the old Bosingak bell at midnight includes Soohorang and Bandabi -- the tiger and bear mascots for the Pyeongchang Winter Games and Paralympics in February and March.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to eastern coastal areas, including Gangneung, the seaside city that will host the Olympic skating and hockey events, to watch the sun rise on 2018.


Security was tight in the southern Indian city of Bangalore to prevent a repeat of incidents of alleged groping and molestation of several women during last year's New Year's Eve celebrations.

Sunil Kumar, the city's police commissioner, said at least 15,000 police officers were on duty and were being aided by drones and additional closed-circuit television cameras.

Last year, police first denied that any sexual harassment had taken place during the celebrations in Bangalore, India's information technology hub. But later, police detained at least six men after several video clips of women being attacked by groups of men spread on social media.


Hours before midnight, authorities had already reported that at least 86 people had been injured by celebratory firecrackers in the Philippines, which has some of the most raucous New Year's celebrations in Asia.

Although the number of injuries has tapered off in recent years, largely due to hard economic times and government scare campaigns, the figures remain alarming. President Rodrigo Duterte signed an order in June confining the use of firecrackers to community-designated areas, such as near shopping malls and parks.

Many Filipinos, largely influenced by Chinese tradition, believe that noisy New Year's celebrations drive away evil and misfortune. But they have carried that superstition to extremes, exploding dangerously large firecrackers and firing guns to welcome the new year despite threats of arrest.


Security measures were ramped up across Turkey, which was hit by a New Year's attack a year ago that killed dozens.

In Istanbul alone, 37,000 officers were on duty, with multiple streets closed to traffic and large vehicles barred from entering certain districts. Several New Year's Eve street parties were cancelled for security reasons.

Early on Jan 1, 2017, an assailant shot his way into Istanbul's Reina nightclub, where hundreds were celebrating New Year's. Thirty-nine people were killed -- mostly foreigners -- and 79 wounded. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

On Sunday, some 100 people gathered outside the nightclub to remember the victims of the attack.


Romanians prepared to usher in a new year in which the focus is expected to be an anti-corruption fight as the government seeks to push through legislation that critics say will make it harder to punish high-level graft.

Television stations broadcast live from supermarkets full of last-minute shoppers, while beauty salons reported full bookings as revellers geared up for traditional celebrations of copious meals that can run to hundreds of euros.

Others meditated and prayed at Orthodox churches and monasteries. In rural eastern Romania, villagers danced traditional pantomime-like jigs to welcome the new year, wrapping themselves in bear furs or dressing as horses.

In his New Year message, President Klaus Iohannis praised Romanians who staged the largest protests since the end of communism.


Tens of thousands of revellers will ring in the new year in Las Vegas under the close eye of law enforcement just three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Tourism officials expect about 330,000 people to come to Las Vegas for the festivities, which are anchored by a roughly eight-minute fireworks display at the top of seven casino-hotels.

Acts including Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and the Foo Fighters will keep partiers entertained before and after midnight at properties across Sin City.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will have every officer working Sunday, while the Nevada National Guard is activating about 350 soldiers and airmen.

The federal government also is sending dozens of personnel to assist with intelligence and other efforts.
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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 06:20:45 AM »
Wishing everybody a very happy and safe new year
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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 11:47:56 AM »
Wishing everybody a very happy and safe new year

Me too! Have a good one all of you!


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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2018, 02:03:39 PM »
i'm here,happy new year, as it's free to say,unless your unsociable that is,thanks for the fun of the forum and to those that snapped back ;D

as for retirement good luck mr tum,it doesn't come easy for some,although they have looked forward to ending their life of work,when the time comes they feel quite lost and sort of useless,missing the daily routine,to the new,the unproven and the unfamiliar. many of us may be tempted to retreat,to change our mind and reverse direction,making life as what it was before,rather than forge ahead into the unknown,we may decide to become unretired.

transitions,  first is starting school,after school you have the rest of the day to yourself,then you grow up and start work,you work all week looking forward to the weekend off,then finally comes retirement,careers are over and the work is finished,you retire and have the rest of your life to yourself.

not easy for some as the routine for so many years was.  Get up. Get dressed. Go to work. Have lunch. Come home. Eat. Go to bed.
You might even run some thoughts,who am i,now,what is my purpose at this point and am I still useful in some capacity. some take to having a hobby,much easier if your an expat so no worries there. Good luck to all for the coming year. :)
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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 06:18:44 PM »

what a cosy little thread there, who started this niceness  ;) so we got over the formalities now what's the New Years resolution gonna b.
Mine is not to be so generous. Like my visit at new year where i normaly treat the family, but not no more, yesterday the men folk were all 3 parts to the wind, with there hand out asking the jolly old farang, buy beer, buy beer.
it's a one way street with some. so today their kids got this years treat, from the happy farang. the beer swillers were livid ho! ho! ho!

now the problem with unretiring, so hard to say no, is when your offered a silly amount of money, more than enough, from people who know you'll do a good job.

got any new years resolutions, i'm sure we would all like to hear them ...'s New Year's Resolution Commercial - Funny, LOL.
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Re: Happy New Year - pop in to a coffin and Wish for 2018 Luck
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 08:38:54 PM »
Believers in Temples Take to Coffins to Wish for 2018 Luck

A believer on Tuesday in Suphan Buri lies in a coffin to wish for good luck.

Believers Monday flocked to Buddhist temples in hopes of being reborn into a new and better life – by lying inside a coffin on New Year day.

Wat Maneepraison, a temple in Tak province’s Mae Sot district is known by believers to be a holy place for such ritual. Clad in white, people on Monday lied inside coffins placed in a row in front of Buddhist monks as they chanted and prayed. This signified symbolic death and rebirth, a new and better life.

Phon Saensak, 60, a resident of Mae Sot district, said he went to the temple because he has suffered from gastric ulcers for many months and doctor have failed to heal his condition. He said he may heal after the ritual.

Elsewhere in Suphan Buri province, another temple hosted a similar ritual. The coffin in this case came with an inner lining of colored cloth reflecting that of the believer’s birthday, from Monday which is yellow to Sunday which is red.

Some people believe they will live a longer and more prosperous life by carrying out such ritual.
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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2018, 03:41:17 PM »
great bargains in the new year sales
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