Sunday, December 31, 2006

Last Post for 2006

In a little less than two hours, it'll be the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007. I thought this would be an apropos time to write the final post for 2006.

Having a blog is a great way of tracing the ups and downs of the past year. I just did a quick review of the highlights for 2006. On the whole, it's been a good year for me. I have much to be thankful for.

This was the year I went on three gruelling solo biking trips. I did Casaroro Falls and the Japanese shrine, the Siquijor circuit, and the Panglao circuit. A bit foolhardy to be travelling those trails alone, nevertheless I did it. Looking back, I'm grateful to be alive and in one piece.

Continuing last year's summer travels, I did the northwestern Luzon, travelling to Vigan, Ilocos Norte, and Pagudpod over three days. Alone, of course. One of these days, I must get myself a permanent travelling companion, but in the meantime, I am enjoying the solitude among strangers.

Blogwise, I gained a bit of notoriety for my Wowowee post. As with all things in the Philippines, it died down after a few weeks. On occasion, I've started weighing in on the hot political topics of the day, though admittedly, I am still a lightweight.

Problogging nirvana still eludes me, but I suppose it's because I don't have the voice, the discipline, or the temparament for that line of work. My entries are far too varied and personal.

On the other hand, I have not lacked for friends in the blogosphere. I've kept touch with friends from far away and I've made a few new friends. I've met up with some, and I am looking forward to meeting more. This has been the biggest reward of blogging: getting to know like minds whom I might not otherwise have met.

I spent three weeks in the Dumaguete National Writers Workshop. In a way, it was an affirmation of my ambitions. It was a fruitful time as I got to learn more of the craft. But most importantly, I learned much more about myself: that, although I have the seed of the writer in me, it was all for the best that it was the engineer that flourished. I do not have the writer's temperament.

That said, I should work on getting published in 2007.

I spent several weeks getting reacquainted with my technical side, courtesy of PhilNITS-AOTS. Two weeks of Java training, and six weeks of software engineering. These, too, were affirmations. Deep down inside, I am an engineer. Now I know it for sure.

I also devoted a lot of time with civil society groups promoting open source policies. In the process, I got to know many more people who share the same passion and commitment to free software. Open source hasn't made me rich, financially, but personally, it's been a worthwhile undertaking.

This year, too, I had my first breakup. Not as devastating as I expected it to be, though a little disappointing because the friendship did not survive as I had hoped it would. Quite possibly, a lot of it owes to my own pride. Well, that's life.

Finally, I think I've outgrown Dumaguete. The two years spent there have been very good, but now I think it's time to look elsewhere. Towards the end, that small town mentality has gotten stultifying, and I never really integrated all that well socially. Again, that's life.

And so, 2006, I bid thee goodbye. You've been very good to me, and the hiccups only serve to make me love you more. I shall remember you with much fondness.

And to you, too, dear friends, who've accompanied me on this leg of the journey: thank you very much.


  1. Happy New Year and you're welcome, Doms. Sad to hear you won't be in Dumaguete any more but I'm looking forward to hearing from wherever you may be next year.

  2. Or I should say, this coming year. :)

  3. Thanks so much, Chaz! Rest assured, if you guys do drop by Dumaguete, I'll make it a point to be there, too.