A new year can be both exciting and terrifying because we can never know what to expect. Will this year be better than the last? Will I be able to make more money than I did in 2015? Will that promotion finally happen? Who knows?

Some things are inevitable because it’s beyond our control. But the great thing is that we can always make plans and have exciting things to look forward to, to make our 2016 a kick-ass year.

Here are some reasons why we think that 2016 is going to be an awesome year after all:


1. So many long weekends

Source: Flickr
Source: Flickr

We’ve said this many times before but we’ll say it again just for measure. There are at least 8 long weekends for Malaysians this year, depending on which state you live in. This means that we get lots of time off from work/school! And we also get to plan holidays or staycations because don’t we all need breaks to stay sane sometimes? 😉

2. “Dinner in the Sky” is back

Dinner in the Sky Penang
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Missed the first ever “Dinner in the Sky” event in Kuala Lumpur and kicking yourself for not scrambling fast enough to get your hands on those tickets? Still jealous until today over your friends’ throwback pictures and endless gloating? Fret not. It’s making a comeback! Fancy a dinner high above the ground in Penang? Make it a trip to remember. All you need to know here.

3. Sing along at these concerts

Source: favim.com
Source: favim.com

There’s no better place to sing along to your favourite songs than at a concert featuring your favourite artiste/artistes. So far, we know that Singaporean YouTubers The Sam Willows will be playing an exclusive show in March. In that same month, Richard Marx, EXO, and UB40 are coming to Malaysia. April will see the long-awaited Tame Impala debut while British girl group Little Mix will rock up to Kuala Lumpur in May. Phew!

4. Keep on running!

The Color Run
Source: The Color Run

Fitness goals and resolutions are as good as none if there are no events to support them. Luckily, for the health buffs, themed runs are aplenty this year. Can’t say no to some good ol’ motivation and a dash of fun thrown into the otherwise mundane workout mix now, can you? That’s not all – we’re pretty sure that more will be announced in time to come. Lace up, peeps!


5. “If music be the food of love, play on”

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Source: Pinterest

By nature of what we do, we can’t go a day without music. We’ve got music blasting in our cars on the way to work, at work to provide “brain juice”, in the gym while running, and even right before bed because #chilling. And we’ve already got our ears pricked up for some new music that’s slated to be released in the coming months! Off the top of our heads, here are some album releases that we’re looking forward to this year.

6. Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s opening

Shanghai Disneyland
Source: Shanghai Disneyland

What, you’ve never been to Disneyland? Then 2016 is going to be a big year for the Disney lover in you! The Shanghai Disneyland Resort is set to open its doors to the public on 16th June 2016. It’s about 3 times bigger than Hong Kong Disneyland, making it Disney’s second largest theme park, behind only its resort in Orlando, Florida. More details here.

7. Play couch potato

Channel Surfing
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We’re not sure if you’ve heard but there are this many TV shows to look forward to this year. January was already a promising month as it saw the return of some of our favourite series as well as the premieres of “Legends of Tomorrow” and “The X-Files“. And in April, “Game of Thrones” will return with season 6! We can’t wait 😀

8. Regional festivals galore

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Source: facebook.com/umfkorea

We love, and we mean L-O-V-E music festivals. What do we love more than music festivals? Travelling for music festivals! Ultra Korea, the go-to EDM festival in Asia, announced its expansion to 3 days for 2016, while Ultra Singapore 2016 is set to become a 2-day 3-stage festival. Meanwhile, ZoukOut also announced its expansion plans into the Philippines. 2 words: party time!

9. Movies to look forward to

Source: Coming Soon
Source: Coming Soon

If you thought that with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming out at the end of 2015, nothing will be able to top that, think again. 2016 is going to be an even blockbuster-er year what with all the upcoming films that are slated to be released. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“? “Suicide Squad“? “Captain America: Civil War“? “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“? Yes please! More in this super trailer.

10. Tiger White presents “Coaster”

Speaking of movies, last year, Tiger Beer Malaysia brought us exciting events such as “Tiger Translate” and the inaugural “My Tiger Bites“, and they’ve just kicked off 2016 with “Coaster”, the world’s first film crowd-sourced from digital and physical beer coasters. The project called on consumers to put on their artistic hats for a chance at being a part of this film project made by Malaysia’s creative talents with mentoring by “Everest” director, Baltasar Kormákur. The result? Pretty mind-blowing!

Watch the trailer below:

We know, right? It does look like something exciting is about to go down! Watch the full short film here.

It’s safe to assume that we can expect even greater things to come from our friends at Tiger Beer Malaysia this year. Cheers to that, we say 😉

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