Pictures and numbers. Not things we usually have to worry too much about as stenographers. In fact most of us got into the game precisely because we are rubbish at numbers, and we would be rubbish at pictures too if Instagram wasn’t there chivvying us along, ADMIT IT.
Not enough HDR.
2016 was, propitiously, the 16th year of my career. It’s a wonderful thing to have started in the year 2000 for the singular reason of removing any mathematical doubt about that fact.
I am 36 years old. I know that for sure because I was born in 1980, without which fortuitous circumstance I would never know how old I am. See above again re numberical rubbishery.
It’s my seventh year living in Asia, and my fifth year writing this post.
This year, I did 19 overseas trips to 11 different countries.
I travelled 27,638 miles on these trips, or 44,497 kilometres.
If the year contains 260 work days, which apparently it does, that’s an average of 105 miles or 170 kilometres per work day; and that’s not factoring in the miles I did in my own current home city, Hong Kong. And I live far from town. No wonder I’m 76.2% tired.
I really tried, this year, to take better pictures. Crop out errant thumbs, straighten them up, use filters, stand still etc. I took approximately 1,376,494, from which the below are my favourite representations of this career which still gives me complete stenographic satisfaction. And you can’t really put a number on that*.
*On second thoughts, you can. 100.
You can click through the pictures for individual descriptions if you’re interested.
Wishing all my colleagues an unquantifiably restful break, and an unprecedentedly happy and successful MMXVII! ❤
The day before captioning for 18,000 people in Hong Kong. Empty stadium doesn’t look so intimidating – I always try to get in early for a look!
Worst in hotel lobby art. And there were a lot of competitors this year.
8am Sunday morning at Singapore Expo.
Hiked to the top deck of Stadium Malawati in Kuala Lumpur to check the audience view. I am unfit.
Line check. Creed. Boooooo.
A stunning view of Discovery View on the way out of Hong Kong for the billionth time this year.
Back in my favourite city, Shanghai.
More stadium thrills.
Hope no-one noticed that conflict. JUST KIDDING.
Everyone thinks this is typing but I’m still proud of it, STENOLYF.
Tech roadshow in Shenzhen, China.
Arbitration reception at the Ritz Carlton. View across the Bund.
Chinese/English steno machine family!
Meet-up with Yi Jiang in Hangzhou.
Out the window of the Zhejiang bullet train.
In the running for best hotel room view this year.
UN conference on the law of the sea. While we’re here, can we update the law of bad carpets maybe…
View from reporter meet-up at Ozone, 118th floor, Ritz-Carlton, Kowloon.
Had the misfortune of flying out of Hong Kong a lot during typhoons this year. This was the closest I got to flying through a T8, where the airport is shut down. We were one of the last flights out. The Rescue Remedy didn’t help.
Live-captioning at the Sino-European treaty signing in Guangzhou.
China subway fashion.
At the Taj West End, Bengalaru, for an arbitration – the oldest operating hotel in India.
View of the French Concession, Shanghai.
View of Central from Kowloon side.
Making friends outside the Bangalore Parliament.
Honoured to deliver a speech at the Chartered Shorthand Reporters Association of Ontario’s Fall Conference! Apologies for speaking too fast, mumbling, and swearing.
Ministerial conference in undisclosed location.
Karnataka High Court.
We’ve had the worst in hotel lobby art – now here’s some of the best.
Female counsel in India often wear saris to hearings. It’s my dream. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to tie it again after leaving the shop.
Another day, another flight through a super typhoon. Let’s get started.
Singapore in the rainy season.
Low view for Asia (35th floor) but quite beautiful!
Asian Film Awards – Sophie Marceau, Gao Yuan-yuan, and Johnnie To on the red carpet. This is my cue to take my seat/realise I need to go to the toilet for another nervous wee.
When I stand in the auditorium to see how the captions are going to look and tech guys bash away on steno machines.
In a plane somewhere. I don’t know.
Doing the line test at the 10th Asian Film Awards with the most handsome tech guy in the world, my husband (apologies to other tech guys I work with who are of course also terribly handsome).
Tag-teaming with Korean realtimers for the keynote speech of Google’s EO.
LEO FINALLY WINS and it even makes the front page in China.
Presser outside HK High Court.
Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai Ching address the press during the legislative crisis.
Lunch in Toronto.
Backyard of my host in Toronto! I spend so much time in foreign lands, it was almost bizarre to be in a Western country! Everyone was so big and loud! The trees were so beautiful!
Gorgeous view of the forecourt of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre taken when I was stuck in the storm that finished off HK Arb Week.
View from top deck of stadium in Malaysia when filled with people.
Unusually unsafe-looking VIP boxes at a captioning event.
Ready, set, write…
Unexpected and so appreciated thanks for the captioning and interpreting crew at the close of the event.
First time staying in a hotel with a 20-foot articulated elephant out the front.
Some sky, some water, some…where.
Another beautiful view of Lantau.
Is it day? Is it night? Doesn’t matter, still gotta write!
Singapore Chinatown: old and new.
Gorgeous garden in Bangalore.
Arbitration room in India, where everything is usually daisy-chained off one power outlet. India Power outdid itself on this job, with just a few flickers and the even the chandeliers mostly staying on.
5am airport call.
The second-tallest building in the world.
World Financial Center, Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Tower.
The most beautiful skyline.
Pearl TV Tower.
This was another trip where we went round five times and then landed in a lightning storm…
But I can’t get enough of this city.
Glad I didn’t see this until after the show had finished.
“Typing fast”, yet also writing super slow to avoid any errors.
Ending day 1 of an arbitration in semi-daylight – rare!
Usual time for ending arbitration day 1 and making it up for a swim – about 10pm.
HK. Grids on grids.
Ministerial summit in undisclosed location, part 2.
Porthole window life.
Favourite hotel room decor?
Marina Bay Sands.
The hotseats in the summit hall. (Note rapporteur hotseat was not nearly so luxurious or red.)
The halls of justice.
At dawn, we ride. I mean write.
Surprise galleon in mainland China hotel gardens.
A FLOTILLA! You just don’t get enough chances to deploy that word these days.
Google gala launch.
Korean steno keyboard.
Heartbreaking memorial for victims of Sewol ferry disaster in downtown Seoul.
International Women’s Day. The beautiful lady on the Korean 50,000 won note.
Too many chairs, Taipei.
Too many pickles, Taipei.
Not enough cake, Taipei.
Stunning skyline, Taipei.
Goes without saying.
Favourite hotel of the year, and probably ever – built inside a bookstore!
Most predictable work view.
So glad I left Lee Sedol hanging here – he went on to lose to a computer four times shortly after this pic was taken at the launch, embarrassing.
This is honestly the thing that will probably put us all out of a job one day but captioning it may have been the proudest moment of the year.
With lovely Lisa in her lovely backyard, last morning in Canada.
We ❤ captions.
Backstage with the charming, SEVEN-LANGUAGE-SPEAKING Acconci twins in Macau.
More press crush.
At the Niagara Falls before the 16-hour flight back to Hong Kong.
Stan smashing the captioning at CSRAO despite my best efforts to trip him up with words like “bogan” and “lamington”.
Ted’s amazing Stenoboard – one of the coolest things I’ve seen all year.
Outside Ryerson U, pretty much contemplating how amazing the Stenoboard was.
Arbitrations in India. They do it right.
This was two hours into a flight during a strong typhoon. A great moment.
This was only one hour into said flight 😦
My favourite colleague (apologies to all human colleagues) – my mate from the dog squad.
Pink glass in the windows in deepest Guangzhou.
“We don’t have a seat for you. Can you just sit at the sound desk?” “Are there any other options?” “No.” “Okay then.”
Deserted theme park outside tech con.
The big moment!
Sometimes you can’t find a coffee; other times you’re turning down champagne.
Getting the news in the mainland.
A smoggy day in Asia.
This view is amazing on a clear day.
Latest model Chinese steno machine.
Well someone’s gotta do it 😉
Fibonacci sequence at an arbitration centre. The toilets were down there.
Zhejiang. A beautiful modern capital city, but this is where the train pulls in.
Happy Chinese New Year!
That one time (actually this is about the third time it’s happened) where I nearly missed my flight because I forgot to check my tripod. Running back to the check-in counter to throw it under the plane (the choice being that, or throw it in the bin.)
It was my year this year, the Monkey. In a few weeks it’ll be Rooster. HNY to any Roosters!
All this for approximately 14 Singaporean cents. Hawker stands for life.
Tech launch, Tokyo.
I’m more amazed by these giant curved screens than just about anything else at these tech cons.
Although the content is usually mind-blowing. Robots with free thought and stuff. I mean realtime is the absolute least we need to be doing right now. ROBOTS.WITH FREE THOUGHT.
ALMOST the last work view of the year!
This is Chiba three days after the 6.9 Fukushima earthquake in November. Chiba is about 150 miles from Fukushima. We were woken by a sustained 6.3 aftershock. Then we walked to work in the snow. Two weeks later, I was on holiday in the Australian desert. This life is too bizarre at times. At least this tree is holding it down.
Favourite work pic of the year? At the sign-language restaurant, er, Signs, with Ted and Stanley ❤
Middle-of-the-night hotel check-ins.
Skywalk in Singapore. Not really work-related.
PS Rounded out the year with a 12,427 mile/20,000 kilometre roadtrip as deep into the Australian desert as we could go. To places where no-one’s ever heard of a steno machine and justice is primarily meted out by the 110F/43C sun, not the law. That’s important too. Do that sometimes.