Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

As we hurtle towards the new year, I thought I’d take some time to look back at 2009, and collect my thoughts.

It’s been quite an amazing year for me, both professionally and personally.  I bought an apartment, changed 3 companies in a year and proposed to my girlfriend (now fiancee).  Someone once told me it was extremely hazardous to try and change your job and get married at the same time.  I guess I’m going to try and prove him wrong.  I think I will be an extremely busy man in the new year, juggling between working on Neoteny Labs and helping to make it a success, while pulling together all the apartment renovation and wedding logistics.

Wish me skill, because I’m going to need what little l33t skillz I have.  Luck?  There ain’t no thing as luck, as one of my Carnegie Mellon professors, Tom Sullivan once said.

To all my friends – my Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College classmates, CMU and Stanford batch mates and my ex-colleagues and people that I got to know from work – thank you for being a part of my life, be it in a small or big way. I will make it a point to try and connect with you more in the coming years.

I drew up a list of New Year resolutions at the start of 2009.  Here’s how I fared on its last day:

  1. I will endeavor to turn my upcoming 2-year stint at the new company into a success – more on that as things get confirmed. It’s funny where life takes you.  I was starting the year looking forward to my gig with Walden International, only to find myself freed from my bond and joining Neoteny Labs.
  2. I pray that I will learn greater understanding and patience, especially towards my loved ones. I’d like to think I passed with flying colors, though at times my patience was stretched to its limits.  This is one resolution I’ll be taking with me into 2010 as well.
  3. I intent to spend more time with myself in 2009 than I had in 2008, which wasn’t much to begin with. I had a good stretch of that in late September to November, but work has just picked up since.  This will be something I’ll continue to work on in 2010 as well.
  4. I resolve to buy myself a MacBook Pro to replace my 5+, almost 6-year old Powerbook, hopefully by Q1 2009. accomplished
  5. I resolve to get back into Photography in 2009 with my new rangefinder-ish black Panasonic Lumix LX-3 after I’d sold off my 20D + 17-40L + 24-70L + 70-200L IS towards the end of 2006. accomplished; I bought my LX-3 near the final days of 2008, and sold it off only a few days ago.  I picked up an Olympus E-P2, a micro-4/3 format camera with an interchangeable lens system and much improved image quality.
  6. I promise to remain true to myself and begin every single day with a smile on my face. Ditto for 2010.

Farewell 2009 – it’s been a wonderful ride, despite the long-suffering cold that the global economy has been blighted by.  I look forward to 2010 with much mirth.

Post card circa 1915 - New Year Resolutions

Post card circa 1915 - New Year Resolutions

About James Chan

James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.