In corporate India, it’s that time of the year where performance is appraised, and bonuses are awarded. Having been out of it for a year and a half, I still feel the need to evaluate myself even in this period of supreme idleness. So, how does it stack up? I’ve completed a year of blogging – it was April last year where my joblessness reached its peak, and I got this itch. I think I managed an average of 2 posts per week.
The past year saw us travel at least once every month – the top destination being Hoi An, followed closely by Singapore and India, then Sa Pa, Ho Chi Minh city, Halong Bay, Cat Ba, Dong Hoi, Da Lat, Tam Coc, Roma, Firenze, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, Angkor Wat.
And then there were family and friends visiting – Anshu, moms, Suman, Uju, Reva & Sara, Gaurav & Bhavna, Yshe & Viru, Appy & Deven, Bhaskar Ajoba – and many promises yet to be kept.
It takes ages to make new friends, but they then last forever – blessed to have good times in Hanoi with Bushra, Shweta, Amrita, the English class ladies, Book club ladies, and the Silly Girls Gang (only the silly girls know this one!).
Learnt some rudimentary Vietnamese, which doesn’t look like it sounds, so let me not ruin it by attempting to spell.
Attended 2 cooking classes in Hoi An, conducted (!!) two at home, baked at least a 100 cakes, tried very hard to burn off the calories & lost 6 kg, cycled hundreds of km, shopped worth millions (of Dong) and amassed 10000 photographs to tell the tales.
Now it’s time to get back to the laundry, and the cycle continues . . .