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2016 — Not Looking Back In Anger


To be honest… 2016 was probably not the best year you want to remember, wasn’t it? I mean… really…

Just when you think that the death of Lemmy in the end of last year was the end of the count, you heard about David Bowie, and Alan Rickman within a week. And, when in the end of the month I told Mr. Fix-it that Terry Wogan was gone as well, he asked me to stop updating him with these distressing news.

But really… the big names were not the only ones going. The humanitarian issues from Syrian refugees, to the Rohingyas in Myanmar. The bombings both in the Middle East, and in Europe, and the terrorist attacks like those in Nice and in Berlin were just few of the examples. One that was much much closer to heart was the death of Jo Cox, obviously… The Labour MP who was murdered by someone who was and is still not worth mentioned or remembered. No… seriously, that ‘someone’ is so pathetic, that I refuse to mention his name in this blog — and after all that guy has already found guilty and I am glad with the decision.

When we mentioned Jo Cox, we would also remember Brexit, and when we talk about Brexit we also remember the 2016 US Presidential Election. Both were shocking for some people, and surprising for the others. I can mention some people who are still not able to move on from both events.

Oh yes…

2016 hasn’t finished with us really…

Both in the UK and in Indonesia, the rise of bigotry and intolerance increased with the rate I have never seen before. Seems like one side is fuelling the other with hatred… Same hatred, different side of the fence. It is getting both tiring and worrying, but not as worrying as MY own problem– my visa extension application.

It was done in the end, but… it was quite traumatic (if you want to know about the details, I would talk specifically about it later — but not now, because we are not talking about it now…), but gee… It is not as traumatic as finding a dead cat in our host’s house when we were visiting in laws in Wales for Christmas (yes… I know…).

So… there you go, 2016. It is almost the end of the year, and I do really hope that all those would make a good excuse for not posting for the last month. YES!!

All these effort to write an elaborate post just to excuse myself for slacking from writing. Apologies. I will try to do better next year…




Happy New Year


I would like to say Happy New Year to all of you 🙂 I hope this is the last time I would apologise for the unproductive year of 2015. New Year is always a good time to restart, and recharge — open a new blank page and begin again on a clean slate. Yes, I haven’t made resolution last year, but I would like to do it again this year. Obviously a more achievable targets this year:

  1. By the end of this year, I would like to finish my German tree in Duolingo. And its reverse tree. So I could, at least, converse in a very simple German lest I have the chance to visit the country this year 🙂
  2. I would also like to learn another new language. Preferably Welsh, French, or Spanish. It would be too ambitious if I learn all three at once, but I wouldn’t push it too far. I would rather be fluent in one language than knowing few random words in many.
  3. I would like to read at least 20 books. Yes, I read 16 books last year and I was pushing it. But this year I am planning on being more discipline too. So 20 book shouldn’t be too ambitious.
  4. I would post at least 100 entries this year. Yes, it means I would have to post at least one entry every three days. But I have more than one blog, so I think it should be much easier to post 100 entries in two blogs.
  5. I would like to finish NaNoWriMo. Now… this is incredibly ambitious. I have participated for so many years and I have never finished one. So, hopefully, this year would be a start.

There is another thing. My visa would be expired by the end of this year. I am not sure if I could get it extended easily. Of course Mr. Fix-It and I would work so hard this year to make sure that we could fulfill all of the requirements needed for this visa extension. I am not going to put this in my new year resolution list because… I don’t know. Just because. I don’t believe in jinx or anything like that. I just don’t feel like it. It feels slightly more personal this way.

So, was nun?

Frohes Neues Jahr! Ich wünsche dass 2016 wird immer spaß und glücklich sein.

🙂 Prost!