That yearly post…

Well, I don’t give this blog as much time and attention as I should, but I figured I should throw up an update, since what can go wrong, it’s 2020 and the world seems to try to implode on itself.

Ended up spending nearly 5.5 months in Sweden this year, as I went to Europe for some business and then decided to help out my parents for a couple of months, which ended up being a lot longer due to the lack of flights, courtesy of the Wuhan virus.

My old man also kicked the bucket during this time, so in a way it was good timing, or I wouldn’t have made it back. I guess I’m weird, but it many ways I finally feel liberated and free. Maybe it’s not the feelings you should be having, but not all of us have the same relationships with our parents.

On the plus side, I manged to swap out my British license to a Swedish one, as the British one is not likely to be very useful after Brexit. A lot of things back home when it comes to dealing with government paperwork is so different these days compared to when I left Sweden almost 22 years ago. These days, if you don’t have BankID, it’s almost impossible to do anything that involves government agencies in Sweden and you can’t even shop online from many e-tailers, without it. It’s really quite bizarre that this power has been given to the banks in Sweden.

At least I have one of those now, but I need to renew it in three years time, which is about the same time I need a new passport, so if not before then, I have to go back to Sweden for that. It’s kind of frustrating getting a passport with only five years validity when you live abroad and there’s nowhere locally that you can get one. This doesn’t take into account that it costs five times as much to get one abroad (including the postage costs) and for me it would involve flying to another country to have one made anyhow. It’s the little things…

At least I managed to avoid catching the virus in Sweden, but it also mean that it was a fairly boring 5.5 months, as there was only so much one could do. At least I got to eat a lot of food that I’ve been missing and I cooked up about three months worth of meals for my step mum so she’d have something easy to eat once I left, as she’s not really cooking like she once used to do.

A lot of plans didn’t happen this year and might not even happen next year, but life goes on. Until next time…

Work in progress…

Well, wasn’t happy with the temporary site design, so here’s a slightly better one, but it’s still a work in progress and it’s unlikely I’ll be done with it any time soon.

Apart from that, well, life is what it is, but it’s not fantastic at the moment. Maybe I’m just reflecting too much at what I’m not doing instead of actually doing something about getting myself into a different situation…

Anyhow, we’ll see how things goes, they tend to sort themselves out one way or another, right?

New site design and some changes

Well, I’ve finally gotten around to do something of a custom design, not sure it’s the final choice, especially the colours, but it’s a work in progress. I’ve also updated the supermarket list, as some things were not up to date and I added another small chain called Kuma to the list.

I still suck at blogging regularly, but hey, such is life I guess. Been keeping busy with tons of work recently, too much in fact, but the good news is that I’m at least finally starting to make some money. Been doing a couple of video projects and learnt a lot along the way and I’m still learning. If this works out to be a regular thing, then I’m going to have to invest in some better equipment and as tempted as I am by Sony’s new NEX-VG10, it’s a bit outside of my current budget to say the least.

At least the weather has been ok the last couple of weeks, although a tad on the hot side with it hitting 36 degrees plus. Either which way it’s better than rain…

Computex aftermath

So, the start of netbooknews.com went much better than I hoped for and with Computex over and done with the real work is starting. I have to say that I’m very happy with the team behind the site and as long as we can keep up the momentum that we’ve started, the site should keep gaining popularity quickly.

Doing video content is an entirely new thing to me, but it turns out that at least the stuff I do isn’t all that difficult after all. It still freaks me out to listen to my own voice, but I guess this is normal. Still a lot of things to learn about how to do it all properly, but I guess I’m at least ok both in front and behind the camera considering I’ve never done any of this before. I’ve also figured out how to edit video, although this is still a serious learning process.

Apart from all this, life is pretty good. I even had someone I know from the UK that was over here for Computex come up to me and commenting on how happy I looked. I guess that’s a good thing ūüėĬ†It’s funny how things work out sometimes, but it looks like once again I’m off to new and exciting things, just fingers crossed that it all works out.

I’ve got a couple of ¬†things I need to finish off and get posted on the site and I’m really sorry about the lack of updates, but the past few weeks have been insanely busy.