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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I resolve to buy myself a MacBook Pro to replace my 5+, almost 6-year old Powerbook, hopefully by Q1 2009. accomplished
- 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.
- 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.