December 30, 2016

2016 roll up

People have been saying 2016 is the year of the Death. Lots of people died. One of them was my father-in-law, he lost his battle to kidney failure after 1.5 years of battling it. But I wouldn’t blame it on the year. It wasn’t the year’s fault. If you would nominate a title for the year of the death, you people should read about the history of the World Wars, black death or even the era when Genghis Khan laid waste to half the world in his conquest for greatness.

Anyway, I’ve fulfilled one of my pledge this year to start travelling the world. It was a plan my wife and I hatched back when we were childless, only to get delayed by a conception of Regine (we had to cancel a trip back then, due to the pregnancy, I recall). So the plan was held up until my daughter is big enough to appreciate finer things in life, and it became a family thing. Our first trip was to South Korea a few years ago, and then again to Hong Kong as a second trial for my daughter. She passed with flying colors. This year, we decided to kickstart the whole thing at full speed – we went to Germany and hiked the Alps in June. Then we hiked somemore at Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge in December. We saw cities, people and cultures. We ate weird shit and we mingled with the locals. And we walked till we almost drop. And this is going to be a permanent thing. I hope I’m going to be around until I’m at least 60 years old, or too old to walk (which I hope by then, someone has invented an affordable exoskeleton suit for old people to hike/walk without tiring out).

My daughter Regine has turned 10 this year. She’s officially a teenager now. She started to get annoyed at shit, and before long (hopefully not soon), she’s going to have her period. Some of her friends have already started to bleed, and she’s currently worried about that. My wife has prepped her with sanitary pads in her school bag in preparation for a sudden doomsday since a few months ago. She’s also started to bitch about not having a cellphone, and demanded faster wifi access. Looks like my life has entered another stage with tougher boss-battles and more complex enemy A.I.

2017, going to need a better camera lens, and a better physique to walk the world. Still wanted a bike. I hope I don’t need a shrink (or a heart doctor) from having to deal too much with a teenage daughter with rampaging hormones.

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