2010 for us is a year that did seem in many instances longer than a normal year and several other people I have spoken too said the same. This is the first year we have been in the Philippines as a family full-time and also the first year that we have started to expand out business ventures but what about everything else?
The World cup to be honest with you being the way the Philippines is I only knew it was actually going on from other expats I haven’t got an interest in the sport but from everything that seemed to go with it seemed a major success. Because out here its either Basketball or boxing nobody seems to entertain an interest in the other sports but then again its also the first time in a long time the Philippines national team actually achieved something towards the end of the year at The Asean Football Federation’s biennial Suzuki Cup in December which seen the national team beat Vietnam which may not seem a major thing except the Philippines rankings was 151st in the world when it comes to Football where Vietnam was the current title holder of the tournament and the Philippines hadn’t ever come close against Vietnam in recent history. This not only raised the profile of the team but nationally the interest has raised in the sport but is it a blip or are we about to see the sport develop. Currently there are internal issues including the fact some assistance coming from Germany including the offer of a professional coach.
Then there has been the oil spill in the U.S. which remains an environmental catastrophy which could and should have been prevented if it wasn’t down to the fact of profiteering that got round safety guidelines. Throughout the year we have seen disaster after disaster from volcanoes to floods and heavy snowfall signs the world is changing if we like it or not. The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20th 2010 killing eleven people and seriously injuring 17 others. At the height of the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico between 504,000 and 798,000 gallons of oil were estimated to be leaking into the gulf throughout the summer period. Approx 18 to 30 million gallons leaked into the Gulf which is seeing some horrific long-term problems already starting to appear.
The Pakistan Flooding disaster affected over 20 million people when huge quantities of rain began to fall on July 26th 2010 which has created the worst flood disaster in Pakistan’s history killing 1,700 and injurying 3,000 obviously this hasn’t included the extended figures that will be related to disease and population displacement as well as crop damage.
Now I could go on and on with the disasters of 2010 as the natural list is considerable bringing into it obviously the earthquake in Haiti the various tropical storms all over Asia as well as things like the Chile earthquake but I will cut the list off here.
The world recession is still the biggest story of 2010 even though it seems most people will probably not list it. Truth is the banking crisis actually caused the recession as they are tightly tied to each other based on fake growth it was just a matter of time until melt down all over the planet financially. Problem is 2011 is going to be worse than 2010 especially in the UK so no good news there problem is generally you don’t get everyone in recession at the same time which would allow a quicker recovery because neighbouring countries are normally better off allowing competative selling due to currency devaluation during a recession. This time round though its rocky for everyone another reason showing why the EU doesn’t work.
All I can say though is 2010 seems to have been a rough year for many although how you work through it differs from person to person. Consumerism has been a major problem in the Western world and at this time of year instead of competing with the neighbours invite them round and enjoy seeing out 2010 and looking forward to 2011 hopefully somewhere down the line something unexpected is going to rebuild some of the jobs and futures of people back in the UK and other countries but the main thing right now is letting people know what communities really should be.
For me what I can say is I am writing 2010 off as a year that was and moving forward with a fresh start in 2 hours and 2 minutes and looking forward to opening the doors to let in 2011 to lead to a brighter future and happy times..
A big cheers to happy times, good friends, loving families and prosperity.. ! !