2016 Mid Year Review

Getting myself to write has been hard. There are always ‘better’ things to do. Things that are more important, more impactful, more easy to do. And so I don’t write.

Today, I am writing to hold myself accountable to the goals (yes, yes resolutions) I set at the start of the year. To live more by reading, exploring, challenging myself. So here goes:


I had set out wanting to read 40 books by the end of the year. So far, I have read the following X books:

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  2. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
  3. And the Mountains Echoed By Khaled Hosseini
  4. Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others by Ben Collins-Sussman and Brian W. Fitzpatrick
  5. Five point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
  6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  8. The Marc Andreessen blog archive by Marc Andreessen
  9. Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

That’s painfully short of my goal. ☹ But I have high hopes for myself.

As Dory says,

“Just keep swimming (read: reading), Just keep swimming (read: reading)” ☺

On a side note, I did start listening to the Andreessen Horowitz podcast this year, and am thoroughly enjoying it! It’s my constant travel companion as I walk to and from work everyday.


I had no particular goal in mind with regards to what kind of places, or how many places I wanted to visit this year. I did, however, want to travel with different groups of people, namely family, friends, strangers and by myself. I haven’t been able to get the opportunity to travel with complete strangers yet — something to look forward to as the rest of the year unfolds.

So here goes, enjoy the various pictures I took while on my travels!

Munich, Germany
Prague astronomical clock — Prague, Czech Repblic
My passport after visiting Checkpoint Charlie — Berlin, Germany
Nice, France
After waching the Monaco Grand Prix — Monte Carlo, Monaco
Watching my brother graduate — Bremen, Germany
Rhine Falls, Switzerland
From our visit to Lucerne and Mount Rigi — Switzerland
Paris, France
Colosseum — Rome, Italy

Note: A lot of these pictures are taken from my brother’s Instagram. Credit where credit is due. He’s good! :)

Challenging myself

I’ve always been hopeless at sticking to a steady exercise regime. Going to the gym is just not exciting enough. I also moved to Australia last year — the land of the Great Barrier Reef, which means that not being able to swim might as well have been a crime. So I enrolled myself in swimming lessons! And so far not a lesson missed! Progress is slow. But I’ll get there.

Not the actual pool where I learn how to swim. Just some Insta porn to brighten your day!

That’s my quick recap. Here is to writing again. Kind of. Sort of. Maybe. :P

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