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Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Contents - John Lim Edi­tor-in-Chief @johneuhock

So here we are, in De­cem­ber: the yearly equiv­a­lent of Fri­day, 5pm, when we fi­nally get to kick off our shoes, spend time with friends and fam­ily, and set about our ex­cit­ing plans for the fu­ture. But more than that, it’s also a time to re­flect on the things we’re thank­ful for – sure, we could have done with a bet­ter econ­omy, more fes­ti­vals and not hav­ing to see our favourite cafés close down – but on the plus side, the world hasn’t turned into a blaz­ing nu­clear fire­ball un­der Trump and Kim.

Jokes aside, there’s plenty to be ex­cited about in 2018: It’s the World Cup year, for one thing (start plan­ning your leave days!), and there’s a line-up of big gigs in Jan­uary to kick us off on a high note. Still not con­vinced? See our fea­ture on the 25 things to do in 2018 (p32) that’s get­ting us stoked for the com­ing year.

It wouldn’t be a year-end is­sue with­out men­tion­ing our Food & Drink Awards (p12). This year’s list of win­ners and nom­i­nees is a par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable one – not only be­cause it’s my first time tak­ing a run at the Awards, but also be­cause of you, the thou­sands of vot­ers who showed your love for KL’s favourite bars, cafés and restau­rants.

Aside from that, we’ve got loads to read about this month: there’s our re­view of the year’s big­gest food (p50) and mu­sic trends (p74), gift guides for him and her (p58) and tips on where to go for Christmas feasts (p46). And the list doesn’t stop there – re­mem­ber to hit us up on time­outkl. com as we con­tinue to up­date the lat­est hap­pen­ings and places to check out ev­ery day.

Thanks ev­ery­one, and see you next year!

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