01 July 2018

Year 14

Wow, I am starting my 14th year of blogging!

This blog is still going strong. If it were a child, it's a teenager now.

Nothing much has changed around here. There are still things I regularly talk about. I am still posting pictures of travels I have done recently, and I am still talking about travel, books, music, or theatre, which are the things I feel most interested in. There's still the random rant. This pattern will still persist.

Speaking of repeating patterns, I still travelled. However, in the past year I haven't visited a new country at all. I did come back to a few countries, however, such as Poland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands (twice), Hungary (twice), Mexico, France, and the USA. And as before, I also went to a few places within Germany. And yes, I am still in Berlin, as roots have been planted by now.

Some changes have occurred, however, the most major one being the fact that I left academia. I talk about it every now and then, but for the most part, I just keep it in the background. I suppose unlike when I was in academia, work doesn't pre-occupy my personal time that much. So I suppose that's a reason why I don't talk too much about work when I am blogging, as after all, I blog for myself and my own personal satisfaction.

So this is the beginning of Year 14. Again, I still don't know how long I'll keep this blog up, but for the moment, it will stay. It's a nice distraction anyway.

So there, onward to Year 14. I hope you'll still hang around.


  1. To another year! It's funny to see that we've been blogging for almost half of our life. Do you remember when you first heard of "blogging"? I think I had a personal page on Yahoo for a few weeks and I was frustrated with the lack of options to do anything, like writing. So I started on Blogger...

    1. Zhu,

      Ah yes, I first heard of "blogging" back in the late 1990s, with a website called Bolt.com. I believe it was the first social networking site, and it offered blogging services. I didn't do it back then, and only during the early 2000s did I start a blog with LiveJournal. I remember being frustrated that my parents found out about that blog, so I shut it down. I didn't open this one until 2005 when I was about to start graduate school and embark on a new adventure.