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I usually write this a day before my birthday, but since I have been travelling the last 30 days I have not had the time to sit and put my thoughts down.

Ever since returning back to India from New Zealand in 2009, I have always wanted to return to New Zealand and spend a few days traveling around the north and south island. After 6 long years, this year December felt like the right time. Good weather, most friends and family being on vacation and a chance to turn 30 in a country I really like.

This year has been great fun. I dont remember the last 6 years going by as fast as 2015 did. I have to thank my niece Saanvi for being a big part of the reason why. Getting to spend more time with her as she grows up has been great fun. Friends who previously lived around India have now moved back to Mumbai, which was also an highlight of this year.

Spent a lot of time tweaking and making Brightpod better this year. A growing user base meant that we had to re write a lot of modules. Hoping to release the mobile app for Brightpod in 2016.

My goal last year was to travel to 6 countries in 2015, but I only managed to travel to 3. This year, I travelled to Australia, Bali and New Zealand. Thanks Sneha, Rajnikanth, Max, Vikas and Maddi for travelling with me. You guys were awesome fun to travel with. Looking forward to traveling more with you soon.

I also travelled to quite a few places in India this year. Vijaywada, Goa, Bangalore, Delhi and Nagpur.

With most of my friends now married, the pressure to also get married is now real :)

So much more to write, but this already seems like a long post. Things I want to do in 2016:

1) Build 2 iPhone apps and 1 Pebble watch app. 2) Drink more water. Avoid fizzy drinks. 3) Exercise at least 4 days a week. 4) Travel to at least 3 new countries. Japan being quite high on the list. 5) Read at least 1 book a month. 6) Make time to date someone seriously. 7) Focus on a few things. 8) Be less distracted when working. 9) Spend more time with family and friends.

Hope you all have a great 2016.

Sunil Shenoy @sunil
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