A new year, new hopes, new goals and hopefully a better world for all of us.

I wish I could say that I've been too busy to blog but truth be told, I just didn't feel like writing for a month. Saddam Hussein's swift execution almost tempted me; so was The Times' cover on the reopening of the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Well, time to pick up the pen, or in this age, the keyboard - and to start blogging again.