The year of 2007 went past fine for me. Most of 2007 was spent writing my Master's thesis proposal. I am working on the task of aligning English sentences with their equivalent Thai translations using various approaches in computer science. (I don't want to elaborate on that :)
I am still working at the Center for Research in Computational Linguistics (www.sealang.net) in Bangkok. I am learning so much about the field that I want to go on to a PhD program. If I ever do a PhD, I would like to work on Burmese word segmentation.
I also travelled to Chiang Mai (a northern Thai town). I visited Saw Htaw and Kelly, my college friends, who are now living there and working for the Summer Institute of Linguistics. I had a wonderful time there with them and their adorable son, Jeremiah.
Chiang Mai is a lovely small city. If you are thinking about early retirement, it's the right place. The living cost is so low that you will probably be able to retire without working until 60. :) And, of course, you will have an opportunity to help the helpless and needy people from Burma, who, instead of working in poverty-stricken Burma, came to Thailand in search of better lives.
I hope that 2008 will be a prosperous and happy new year for you. Thinking about you now at this time of the season for family and friends!