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This was not my best year.  Professionally it was a difficult one in PNG with nothing much going right at work.  I have to hope 2019 is better.  I couldn't imagine it being worse.

Roger is still in Sydney and Rex is still in Tennessee. 

Roger hasn't been studying or working.  He wants post graduate opportunities in neuroscience but is finding they're limited.  I think he's pretty much given up on Australia and he recently applied to schools in the US & Canada.  Fingers crossed that something comes up.

Rex is in his senior year of engineering at Tennessee Tech.  He's applying for post graduate opportunities in US colleges, too.  He wants to focus on ecological engineering (not environmental engineering).  He says it's a relatively new field and not many schools offer it.  He's making progress with his applications and will hopefully move on to post graduate study in 2019.  He seems confident as his GPA supports the application requirements.

I intend to go for his graduation in May -- an ideal opportunity to visit the US.  I went with Rex when he started college in 2015; on that trip I was only there for 4-5 days.  This time I expect to take a few weeks' vacation and visit a few places.  I'm looking forward to it.

I don't mention Kung every year but we're getting along well.  As she's in Thailand and I'm in PNG we've settled into a routine of when we see each other.  It's not often but we seem to deal with it.  I go to Thailand 3 times a year for 2 weeks each trip.  She doesn't come to PNG because she looks after her family.  In 2019 there will be one less trip and therefore less time together because in May I'll go to the US instead of Thailand.

At Kung's family home in upcountry Thailand


Another planned highlight of 2019 is a family gathering in February.  My sister Kim, who lives in Ashland OR, will visit my sister Barbara & my father who are both in Adelaide.  As my father is 93 there may not be many more chances for us to get together.  They asked if I can visit and the timing is at the end of my trip to Bangkok so it worked out that I can spend some time there, too.

With a mini-family reunion in February and a trip to the US in May, 2019 is already looking like a better year.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.


Best wishes to you and your family in 2019.

All the best ... Neil

2019 ...