Farewell 2012

Lots of tumbleweed blowing around here…

Nope, I haven’t abandoned the blog; on the other hand, I haven’t really had too much to say, or energy to write it.

I had lots of good intentions for 2012, of course. As it turned out, though, the year can be summed up in these two images:

Work so hard that it destroys your health and crowds out any chance of having a personal life.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not in fact just surrounding yourself with assholes.

During the summer I managed to get some good work in with Cheng Hsin and Systema; that all ground to a halt after September due to pressure of work.

It wasn’t totally a wasted year. I’ve got more trees planted – more apples, plums, and pears. I have a new polytunnel up, where some fig trees and sichuan pepper bushes are sheltering from the winter weather. I’ve begun to learn how to use my old hand-powered Singer sewing machine, and started learning how to make clothes – with some quite good results so far, ie something I wouldn’t be ashamed to wear in public 🙂 I’ve also found another, related skill, that I want to develop (upholstering!) and I hope to train up in that next year! I have various other projects on the go, which have been on the back burner but I intend to develop in 2013.

Finally, a lesson that life is cyclical. As those of you who are Facebook friends know, it was 10 years ago this month that I left the UK and went to live in Singapore. That set me on a path of discovery that I count myself blessed to have experienced; much of it has been documented in this blog. To make that step, I’d had to turn my back on a toxic situation, an environment that was holding me back and crushing my hopes. It wasn’t easy, but eventually a leap into the unknown was better than staying. Ten years later… well, history repeats itself if you don’t learn its lessons, but I do learn…

So, no: this blog isn’t dead yet! I’ll pick it up in 2013, possibly taking it in new directions. I hope you all have a good time tonight, whatever you are doing to see the new year in, and I wish you all success and happiness in the year to come.


  1. I had pretty similar training experiences with my Bagua, Xingyi and TaiJi. Good to remember the Chinese proverb though…

    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. But the second best time is today.”

    Here is to 2013.


  2. Emlyn,

    Glad to see you’re still kicking it.

    Good luck with the upholstering, valuable skill even if the S(doesn’t)HtF.

    Best wishes to you and yours for the new year (anticipating the year of the snake).



  3. Happy 2013, and good to see you’re back.
    Here in Taiwan, university sucks more and more, especially administrative work, but also some collegues, work with students still making fun. MA-wise, still busy, Yin Bagua, Xiong Yanghe old Yang (and lots of his wide system), Yijian Yang system and since late, Chen style Huleijia in Zhang Suisheng’s line, again.
    Let’s get more time for ourselfs and our heartblood, and I try to retire early, lol.


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