Today I launch my newly designed website and blog. I hope to leave a small mark in the digital world and share my thoughts, views and musings on life with all those who care to read.
Today is somewhat special. It is Human Rights Day. Sixty-one years ago, that often neglected and misunderstood document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. But it was also ten years ago that I formally finished my secondary schooling and on this day, in 1999, I realised that my passion lay in the people and world around me. I felt a need to engage with the world. On this day in Sydney, while being honoured with the Human Rights Youth Medal, I realised that I wanted to be so part of the world that I have only read about.
Now ten years later, living in The Hague. The city which is the seat of international law and justice, I am launching my personal web journal, so that I can record my travels in Europe and the world, my journeys in life and my thoughts and observations on the human condition.
I like to thank my friends around the world who advised me on the site’s creation and also to the team at Your Neighbours for their hard work in designing and developing this site. See the colophon for the acknowledgments. Thank you all.
I am looking forward to this digital venture online. Looking forward to the many conversations, comments and constructive criticisms. To the many debates, dialogues and discussions. And looking forward to the many new friends to be made and the many ideas to be explored.
10 December 2009