So, it's the end of yet another year. This blog has been mostly silent all year, for which I apologise. It's not that this wasn't an eventful year but simply that the bad events got away from us. They got so bad that they more or less eclipsed the good.
There was good though. We did take a trip to Hawaii where we spent half of the trip in the amazing Disney Aulani resort and the other half in the much less spectacular Hilton Hawaiian Village.
It was a great holiday and our best days there were spent hanging out by the pool with Disney characters. These guys with their painted on smiles and infectious good spirits kept the darkness at bay for a little while in between gloomy events.
I think I lost a lot of my faith in humanity this year. I underestimated how far some people would go to make the lives of others miserable. How corrupt even the whitest of institutions could be and how quickly people can turn on those who helped them in the past.
Luckily, this year also brought some wonderful people out of the woodwork. Some new friends who are worth many times their weight in gold, some work colleagues who provided a lot of much needed understanding and support, overseas family who provided a bright spot and a strong shoulder when things got too difficult and last but not least, my online community of friends without whose advice, humour and support our year may not have been a survivable event.
I thank you all and look forward to interacting with you in a year that doesn't end in 13 and doesn't have a dark cloud hanging over it.
Until then, all the best for the year end festivities.