The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 31 December 2012

Christmas lights in Perth's suburbs

Here we are, at the end of yet another year. And what is on my mind? At the moment I am busy trying to catch up on lectures and assignments on an astronomy course that I am doing online via Coursera (online courses offered by top international universities - for free!), and the part of my brain that had been sitting rather dormant since I left my engineering career six years ago is on overdrive with astronomic physics and mathematical formulae. We also just got back from a fantastic Christmas in Perth, and like all our trips home, we were kept incredibly busy with so many people to see but too little time. We had a great Christmas with our families, and it was a rather exciting one for our 4-year-old boy who got so many presents that we had trouble fitting them all in our luggage (unfortunately the large teddy bear that was as big as the boy will have to wait until we return for it next time). We left Perth last Friday in the midst of a week-long 40°C heatwave - very typical of Perth's summers, and something I do not miss - and right into a wintry cold snap currently affecting Hong Kong's weather.

Since it is New Year's eve, I shall keep this short and sweet. As we drove through Perth's suburbia, we saw a few houses decked out with sparkling Christmas lights. On a street near my mother-in-law's house, there was a house with lights that had been choreographed to upbeat techno Christmas tunes. It wasn't quite as sophisticated as the Gangnam Style one (also in Perth, but sadly the guy was forced to take the lights down only a few days after setting them up, and we missed out on seeing the whole thing in real life), but it was still impressive. Here is a 50sec snippet of what we saw:

Here's a pic of another house we saw that was so bright and full of lights, even inside the garage! This one was a simple one with no fancy choreographed flashing to music, but it certainly was a crowd-drawer in this particular street.

Shiny lights:

Hope you enjoyed the video and photo. Happy new year everyone!


  1. Oh Jean I am sorry we didn't tell you about this one... It was awesome -

  2. Hi Sam,

    Thanks for the link. It's great that some people put lights up for donations to a great cause :)