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2022 - Year in Review

blog Dec 31, 2022

2022 was a year like no other - a roller coaster ride, a humbling, chaotic, tumultuous, yet significant year.

From another round of lockdowns due to the pandemic, a war, social unrest, and political upheaval - we saw it all from a geopolitical point of view.

Reflecting on the past year, I feel the same monotonous feeling I had last year. Yet again, we are wrapping up this year, anticipating getting hit by another COVID-19 wave. It is like watching the same movie three times with three different casts - Delta, Omicron, BF.7.


Some Updates

One of the major highlights from 2022 was undoubtedly the Kubernetes certifications. I passed the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) and the Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) exams with flying colors.

Personally, I spent a lot of time learning new things. For a change, I wrote more posts this year.

Professionally, it was a slow year for me because of the "anticipated" global recession. However, I had enough time to pick up tasks that challenged me. My mentors guided me throughout the year.


Travels

I did not travel much this year.

In October, I moved to Bangalore for work - woot woot ๐Ÿ˜ญ


Finance

Since I started my experiments with investing last year, I have gathered around 14% to 18% XIRR (Extended Internal Rate of Return) on my investments. So I plan to play it safe and continue experimenting with the market.

I have built some automation that helps me time the market. More on that later in a different post.


Books read

I have to admit I did not read many books this year. But these are some of them -

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You - Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
    by Cal Newport
  • Container Security (Link)
    by Liz Rice and Michael Hausenblas
  • Kubernetes Security (Link)
    by Liz Rice and Michael Hausenblas
  • Web Hacking 101 - How to Make Money Hacking Ethically
    by Peter Yaworski

Things learned

  • Kubernetes Administration - I spent a lot of time accumulating hands-on experience for CKA/CKS exams.
  • I did some Capture The Flag (CTF) style events around Web Security.

Animes watched

As I am compiling the list for this section, I realize I have watched much more anime. These are some of my favorites -

  • Jujutsu Kaisen (+ Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie)
  • Tokyo Revengers
  • Attack on Titans
  • Demon Slayer - Entertainment District Arc
  • Cyberpunk Edgerunners
  • My Hero Academia (Started in December)

Games played

  • God of War (2018)
  • God of War - Ragnarok
  • Last of Us - Part 2
  • Grand Theft Auto Online - I finally picked up GTA Online and liked it. Although, I have to admit that it is a bit of a grind.
  • I started Elden Ring - My first Souls-like game ๐Ÿคž

2022 could not have been better. Few exciting news awaits next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here's hoping everyone finds happiness, health, prosperity, and dexterity in whatever comes our way!

I hope 2023 will not stop us from advancing into a brighter future. ๐Ÿ’ช

I wish you all a Happy New Year 2023 ! ๐ŸŽ‰

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