SINGAPORE - There is no better reminder of how important it is to plan ahead for your New Year's Eve (NYE) outing than being surrounded by absolute chaos.
Of course, it is usually too late by then.
And red is the most detested colour because it seems like every cab has a "busy" sign on.
Every year is the same.
Here is my cheat sheet to ease your transition into 2014.
Beat them with a to-do list
Failure to plan is planning to fail, said someone who probably suffered one too many NYE outings.
Do not join the thousands wandering aimlessly like zombie chickens - similar to a headless chicken, just slower - around the city after midnight.
Start with 10 activities/locations you would like to take on - dinner, drinks or checking out the fireworks.
Then narrow it down to five that are within close proximity to each other.
Unless you have access to a presidential motorcade, forget activities that are far from each other - for instance, travelling from Boon Lay to Pasir Ris is off the cards.
Once you have five, choose two that you can miss without bursting into tears. This leaves you with three must-do activities.
Now, all you need to do is to plan your route of attack with military precision.