As we say goodbye to a mixed bag of nuts that was 2017, I thought I would look back at the year that was………..
January – The year could not have had a better start with the birth of my niece, Sofia. Shortly, she will be one year old…….a happy, chatty one year old who loves to dance to latin dance tunes. (Well, I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle)
February – I went to Japan to chill, eat sushi and attain inner peace amidst the zen environments there. A wonderful experience despite the bitter cold. Unfortunately, things in Malaysia was very far from at peace. We were rocked by abductions of church pastors and social activists (who remain missing till today) and by “Cold War” style assassination conducted by agents of North Korea. (Like in the Movies)
March – A quiet month which I spent daydreaming about my trip to Kyoto, Japan in February and fantasizing about going there again. My thoughts was particularly on the wonderful bamboo forest made famous in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . (Bamboo Forest Arashiyama)
April – June – This squirrel shook his head at what was going on in the world and decided to curl up in a ball and cover his eyes with his bush tail and tried to wish the bad things away. I kind of lost my way a bit and did not blog. Sadly, when I came out of hibernation, the world was not much better and the Twitter-in-Chief was still a twit.
July – Still trying to find my blogging feet again, I found solace in the rich biodiversity of Malaysia and celebrated the first successful attempt to capture the beautiful but rare Bornean Bay Cat. ( B.B.C. – Cool Cat)
August – When things are not going well in the country, there will always be groups of old men sitting in cafes drinking their coffees and gossiping about the scandals while whining and complaining. Only natural but it is pointless unless more is done and action taken. Don’t just sit and complain but get up and do something positive to make things better. So this squirrel resolved to do more to be part of the solution and an important start was to join a 40 day national prayer and fast. (Being a Watchman)
September – Another year older and a computer that decided to throw a hissy-fit. Despite my best efforts at dropping hints, nobody bought me a new computer as a birthday present. So another year older with a computer that reminds me about becoming obsolete. (Beyond Road Kill)
October – I went on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Some people walk for weeks to complete this long distance pilgrimage. I kind of just went straight to the final destination by Uber – you know, a short cut! This squirrel is not just a pretty face! Part of my little foray into Portugal and Spain. (The ‘Creaking’ Horror)
November – I was still recovering from the shock of being targeted by light fingered villains in Lisbon. I’ve been in the market for a good tamper proof backpack ever since. Despite my best efforts at dropping hints, I did not get said backpack as a Christmas present. I am beginning to think my friends are either very dense or are ignoring my perfectly reasonable hints. (A Series of Unfortunate Incidents)
December – This squirrel tried to avoid the trappings of the commercialized Christmas and spent time celebrating with loved ones as well as those going through difficult times; remembering that “the humblest of people catch a glimpse of their worth;
For it isn’t to the palace that the Christ child comes;
But to shepards and street people, hookers and bums. (lyrics from Bruce Cockburn’s Cry of a Tiny Babe) (Outside Looking In)