Before I begin my 2002 chronicles, let me say a big “Thank You” to everyone who responded to last year’s newsletter. The deluge of emails, letters and phone calls was extremely heartwarming and I’m grateful for your friendship.
It’s been a very eventful year. It began with an intense workload and monthly trips to South Korea, went slightly awry in September with a retrenchment from PwC Consulting but finished in a blaze of glory when I decided to return home to take up a managerial position with PwC Malaysia. Here’s to new beginnings.
Highlights of the year included:-
- Losing 10 kgs…hip hip hooray!
- Spending a dinky di Christmas and New Year with the Mawbey family in Dubbo, New South Wales. Their hospitality was outstanding – one of the clan threw a goat on the barbie and put on a special “bull riding” rodeo show just for me!
- Driving through the Blue Mountains at the height of the Sydney Christmas bushfires accompanied by fire trucks and heli-tankers
- Completing the “City to Surf” which is a 14km race from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach and yes…I have a medal and certificate to prove it
- Winning 50,000 won in a karaoke competition in South Korea, with an earth-shattering rendition of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”
- Enjoying Korean cuisine to the fullest – kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbap and boiled silkworms!
- Stumbling into Tamworth to enjoy a good dose of country music in the form of John Williamson (the guy who sings Waltzing Matilda during Wallaby Games) and Troy Cassar-Daly
- Watching the rugby union test match between France and Australia. Wallaby no.16 is a real cutie!
- Buying my first apartment in KL which will be ready for visitors in 2005. Bookings are now open to all overseas visitors - who are invited to bring in their full quota of duty-free alcohol
- Being invited to give the “best man’s speech” at a mate’s wedding in Malaysia.
- Combining weekend drives with some glorious walks in Bundanoon (Morton National Park), Mudgee (wine), Jervis Bay(dolphin & whale watching), Berry (shopping), Canberra (Floriade & Italian masters exhibition) and Hunter Valley (more wine!)
- Hauling mum & dad on a farewell tour of Oz. We drove from Sydney to Brisbane and back. Stopped by Coffs Harbour to see the “Big Banana” and fell in love with a beautiful little town called Armidale on the way back.
- Saying goodbye to my old love Russell (the Nissan Pulsar) and falling in love with Boomps Elvis (the farting gnome)
- Realising that I want to be in the People Investment Business. I have found my passion in Change Management and cross-cultural communication and these will form the basis of my career aspirations. This focus makes it so much easier to get out of bed in the mornings!
Peter Drucker, an eminent management guru, once said: “The only way to predict the future is to create it yourself”
So be brave, live your dreams and have a wonderful 2003!