I can’t believe the year is almost over. I remember it wasn’t long ago I was here at the Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta having dinner with a friend. And 10 months later, here I am again (thousand upon thousand of miles away from home) sitting at a cafe reflecting what have happened since my last visit.

The world has gone crazy, the stock market has gone haywire, I have new websites, I took another trip to Jakarta, cousin is married, roommate is too, I went water-skiing and quad-ing (ATV) for the first time in my life, I made new friends and some enemies along the way, visited Children Hospital in my hometown in February and again a week ago, and I have a girlfriend.

But since it’s thanksgiving today, I want to take this opportunity to write down things I am thankful for. First and foremost I am very thankful to be blessed with good life and good health that allows me to wake up each and every morning (some people call it afternoon :-p) to live another wonderful day.

I am very thankful of my family and my friends, some of whom I consider as my own family (you know who you are). You guys are the greatest. The last two years have been up and down and I couldn’t have done it without all of you who have been a steady presence in my life.

And finally, I am extremely thankful to have met my girlfriend and won her heart. She is one of the most down-to-earth, caring, loving, and beautiful person I have ever met. I can honestly say when people talk about a person being beautiful inside and out, I know just the kind of person they are talking about. Although we live so far away from each other, right at this moment, I am looking right at her … sitting in front of me. I feel blessed.

Oh, I almost forget … I am also very thankful and excited Barack Obama won the election.

Happy Thanksgiving …

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