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2010: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2010

2010: A Year in Review

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Now that 2010 has come to an end, it's a good time to look back on what the year has been - accomplishments, failures, works-in-progress, should-have-beens, could-have-beens, lessons learned, etc. It's always a good idea to do this annual introspection if only to get a sense of bearing on where you are on the journey. Sometimes you lose yourself in the thick of things that it's easy to be reactionary to what's immediately in front instead of keeping focus on the big picture.

2010: A Year in Review
snorkling at Apo Island, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Erica Boucher, my yoga teacher, put out her annual year-end reflection and stated that it's easier to write down the failures or misses than it is to write about your accomplishments. But with a little effort, it trickles down, becomes a flow, and it becomes hard to stop. We've usually accomplished more than what we give ourselves credit for. I'll give it a try.

Personally, 'failure' is such a strong misplaced word. Even with deliberation, I can't think of one. It's not because I haven't failed on anything. The fact that I'm living life on loaned money can be seen as failure. But if you're open to take on anything that calls out and you've given it your 100%, even if you don't get what you aimed for, it can't be a failure - at least not in my book. I view that episode as a process that needed to take place to clear the way for other things to happen. I would simply relegate the objective as something that was never for me to begin with. There's got to be something else for me out there.

Ah...there's many. In fact, I don't think there is such a thing as a finished product. Everything can still be improved upon and everything is in a state of evolution. They're all subject to change. I welcome change.

Lessons Learned
I learned these things, some like a kick in the teeth.

Year-end Dimlights
While it had its highs, 2010 was a difficult year characterized by transition.

Year-end Highlights
Highlights do happen, but with tight resources, they can be far in between and fleeting. I cannot rely on chance to feel good about anything. For my psychological well-being, I generate my own excitement, some with a little help from friends.

Special Thanks
This is an opportune moment to give thanks to all the people who helped shape the year in a positive way for me.

Ending Thoughts
Altogether, 2010 has been a challenging year. The prospects are still undefined and I remain unsure what happens next. I can only hope that whatever I've done this year paves the path to an easier 2011. To all the blessing of 2010, I'm profoundly grateful.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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