Strangely, I have never done a review of an outgoing year on this blog but this year has been a major milestone in my life’s journey and I thought it was appropriate to do a review of 2010.
January :- “My Year, Baby!” After a couple of crappy years which were filled with stress and characterised by poor health, conflicts at work and the loss of both my elderly parents, I sensed that 2010 would be different. It was going to be MY YEAR. Interestingly, it was the Year of the Tiger (my year according to the Chinese zodiac). I started the year with much optimism.
February:- “Red-eyes” The Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver! Many sleepless nights watching the live broadcasts. Mostly I watched the curling but the highlight had to be the ice hockey finals between USA and Canada. My team WON!!!! Go Canada. That was so satisfying.
March :- “A Fallen Light” This month started with the sad and tragic death of a friend. Aha was an Orang Asli (aborigine) whom I had worked with. He was a rare individual gifted with ability and a passion to help his people. He had been involved in developing an ecotourism product run by the Orang Asli community which would help raise their standard of living. His death is a great loss and will have a big impact on his community. I wrote a poem in reflection.
April :- “The Haircut: How the Pampered Have Fallen” Although I had not yet announced it yet on my blog, I had made a decision to resign (giving 3 months notice) from my nature conservation job after serving in that capacity for over 15 years. I would seek to address the negative things affecting my life such as stress, poor health and lack of time for things that matter. Of course, I was a little concerned about my impending lack of income.
May :- “Life Hiatus” I took a break from blogging as I tried to settle things and to hand over my job to my replacement. It was a very busy time at work as I tried to tie up all the lose ends. Amongst the last things that I did was to attend a meeting in Taiwan. That was a wonderful opportunity to see Taipei but it was also a time of saying goodbye to many colleagues, both local and regional.
June :- “First Day of the Rest of My Life” I became a free man – free to starve to death, that is. But that thought was not really on my mind. It felt more like a re-birth and I celebrated it with a switch from Blogger to WordPress as a symbolic shift to something new. Also I was distracted by the soccer World Cup.
July :- “It’s Time” I did not really had time to worry about my financial situation when I was offered a couple of part time consultancy work. These would give me income to carry on while occupying only about a third of my time. Perfect. Also, World Cup was still going on.
August :- “Bali Squirrels & Pura Taman Ayun” I was blessed to be able to tag along on my wife’s business trip and to enjoy a full expenses paid holiday in Bali, Indonesia. A week there was just what the doctor ordered to de-stress this frazzled squirrel. Finally made it and became a beach bum.
September :- “Heroine Against Modern Slavery” I got older. 48 to be specific. However, apart from that tragedy, I had the satisfaction of seeing a longtime endangered animal smuggler in Malaysia finally get arrested and even more wonderful, I learned that a friend from Costa Rica had been honored for her work in rescuing and rehabilitating prostitutes.
October:- “Terror” The world was mesmerized when miners in Chile were rescued despite having been trapped for months underground. I faced my own terror. One of the things I had to attend to was the condition of my teeth. This led to 5 painful sessions on the torture rack known as the dentist’s chair.
November :- “A Whole Lot of Feeding and Jumping Going On” A time for celebration! A good friend and former colleague got married. A wonderful love story. Apart from that it was a quiet but busy month work-wise.
December :- “Pygmies of Darkest Borneo” I was doing some voluntary work when as part of the work, I was asked to visit a few conservation areas to study their ecotourism development. This meant that I was given opportunity to see some great places and even get paid for it I got to see many animals and birds (which I have posted on) and also bats (which I have not yet posted). Feeling very blessed.
It has been a good year, good ol’ 2010.
May God bless you and may 2011 be a better year in every way for you.