35!

While last year felt like it was dragging on, this one felt like it went by in a flash! Blimey!

35. What a milestone! I can definitely no longer say I’m in my early thirties. I’m still trying to process it haha.

I had a very quiet 35th birthday. I talked to my family on voice chat, and had dinner with some Tokyo friends in the evening. All in all, it was a very lovely day.

There’s not a lot I can say I did this year. I came back to Japan in January when the travel ban for residents finally lifted, and the country basically went back into lockdown right after that. I stayed in my apartment for the vast majority of the year, and it was such a relief to be able to get vaccinated in the middle of the year.

Work progressed really well this year. I’m really grateful I joined a company who took the pandemic seriously and let us work from home the entire year. I do have to say after 2 years of working from home that I am absolutely looking forward to going to work at an office again.

There were a few fantastic iOS conferences this year. I was honoured to come back and help run iOS Conf SG, try! Swift and NSSpain this year. I’m super hopeful that next year is when we’ll start to see conferences back in person.

Work on iComics progressed decently. I was able to ship a few updates that fixed some of the most egregious bugs that have come up recently. On iComics 2’s front, I’m doing a lot of R&D to finalise solutions to most of the foundational issues iComics has. Namely balancing loading image files on different threads without exhausting system memory. While I don’t have a lot to show, I am VERY excited by what I learned this year. 😀

In any case, kind of like what I said last year. It’s possible to lose a lot in a pandemic, so as long as nothing drastically changed, I’d be happy. And that’s exactly what happened. 😀

As for next year, I’m still deciding what I want to spend the year doing. There’s a lot of exciting change in the wind, especially now the pandemic is winding down, so either way, I think it’s going to be a helluva year.

Thanks again for reading my posts! See you next time!