My 2010

Another year draws to a close. 2010 was an eventful year, probably the highlight of which was me and my siblings' trip to Cambodia. On the downside was my aunt Conchita getting kidnapped back in my home town. Thank God she was freed, but there's no way to bring back the body guard and driver who were killed.

But on to more mundane things. Last year, my resolutions were:

  • Read more, fill up that book collection
  • Travel more, even if it just means taking the ferry to Vashon island
  • Explore more restaurants
  • Pay off my car

I got to read a whole lot this year. The book of the year for me is The Windup Girl, which I wrote about a couple of posts down. I think partly because it's one of the more recent books I've read, so it's still fresh in my memory, but it's really good. Plus, one of the protagonists is a crafty old Chinese businessman named Tan Hock Seng who could totally be some sort of distant relative!

Runner up: The Catcher in the Rye. The book every serial killer reads.

On the travel part, aside from Cambodia, I got to go to the Philippines, Singapore (briefly), San Diego, LA (briefly), and various parts of Washington State (but not Vashon island though). The restaurant part maybe I haven't explored as much this year (maybe a side effect of Rob moving to NC, heh). Oh and I paid off my car! So all in all, I think I mostly passed on my new year's resolutions.

One of my fitness goals for the year was to be able to do one (1) pullup. I just tried, I still can't do it :P. I feel healthy though.

2010 was also a year of gadget lust for me. This year, I got an iPad, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a desktop computer, a digital camera, and a Kinect. Plus various software that goes with these gadgets. Next year, need to do less gadget shopping, although I'm already wanting a Nintendo 3DS. Hehehe

Aside from all that, I switched teams at Microsoft, got on a paper published at PLDI, and put up my Christmas tree before Christmas. So all in all, 2010 was a good year. Here's to an even better 2011!