Goodbye, b5media

It all started with an email and a voice chat via Skype. I was running my small but thriving all-women’s blog network, (one of the first at the time), back in 2005. The network was 30-blogs strong, with 20+ amazing women.

It was a challenge, single-handedly managing all of it, on top of my other commitments – including new motherhood. It was a wonderful challenge, nonetheless.

However, when Jeremy Wright and company approached me with an offer to become the fourth partner at the then-dozen-blogs-strong and very young b5media, my women bloggers and I were all thrilled with the prospect of teaming up. When the deal was done, we even called it a “marriage” of sorts. We were giddy with excitement.

Thus began the b5 roller coaster of my life – from getting our first $2 Million Dollar round in funding and becoming a Canadian company, to growing our staff to dozens and blog numbers up to 300+ strong… to all sorts of things that happened in-between – like merger and acquisition offers and corporate changes to blogging conferences and press/media coverage.

For a moment, it all seemed too good, too fast. We even ended up raising another few million dollars during a second round of funding some time in September 2008.

But, times are tough, I was told.

Even with the fresh injection of funding, the economic times aren’t cooperating.

So, it all ended with another Skype chat. Well, sort of. On the 14th of January 2009, I used Skype to pay for the call to the b5 conference line – where the company COO and CEO broke the news to me.

Times are tough.

And that’s how it ends.

I know I’ve done all I can to bring b5media to where it is right now. I know it will bring itself to where it should be one day. It doesn’t need me to take it there.

The thing about working online though is that you don’t get the chance to look people in the eye. To offer warm hugs to people you’ve learned to care for over the years. Or, to wave awkward farewells as the doors close one last time.

There are no tearful goodbyes in a virtual office.

But, I’ve already lost something… someone… very important – just 8 short months ago – without getting the chance to say goodbye. When my dad passed away suddenly on the 13th of May 2008, I never had the opportunity to give him one last hug, one last kiss… just to let him know how much he meant to me.

That’s why I’m writing this right now, right here… to say goodbye to people that I wanted to say goodbye to. I hope you know who you are without me naming each and everyone of you. You’re the ones I chatted with, cried with, laughed with, brainstormed with – even just with LOLs and dancing ninjas. You’re the ones who saw me past the titles and the brand. To you, I say thanks. My life has been forever changed, just because you’ve been part of it. I hope you will continue to be part of it, one way or another.

So, here’s the million dollar question of the moment: Where do I go from here?

Right now, I’m just weighing my options. I’ve got a couple of projects brewing. And, I intend to continue working on some of my blogs as personal projects. But, in terms of everything else – I’d like to take a bit of breathing and thinking space. So, even though things might be a bit tight in some areas during this time, I know that between my family and friends, we’ll work something out.

A good friend already reminded me that I have had a lot of experience starting and building businesses over the years… and that I have had a good track record in my work life in various areas. So, when it comes to experience, knowledge, talent, and passion – I definitely have a good inventory, wherever I go… and whatever I end up doing.

Sure, it has been tough times, in more ways than one. After all, I score very highly on the stress test at this stage of my life – what with everything that has happened over the last 12 months alone.

But, in the words of the great Gregory Peck, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do, remember?”

Who knows what the next Skype chat will bring?

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  1. says

    Just discovered that B5 is no more, thanks to a visitor to my site who pointed out that one of my links to a b5 story was broken.

    My question is: why did the content die with the company? Could it not have been put in cold storage?

    • says

      Hi, Jeremy. B5 is still around and still runs a number of sites, I believe. However, a few of the older sites have been taken offline. I have left a while back, so I’m not sure what happened when they decided to take some of the websites/blogs (and content) offline.

  2. says

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life – I am sure you can carry the past in your heart with all of its ups and downs. See you soon Shai. xo

  3. says

    I am sure these are troubled times…. although I empathize with you for this status I sure do not want to sympathize… As you rightly mentioned tough people are designed to last. You are a tough person as I see and you sure will do well. Do your best!!!!

  4. says

    Wow, what a heartfelt post; I teared up as I read this. Here’s to the most fantabulous life possible! (And, my condolences about your dad.)

    *smiles and hugs*

  5. says

    Will miss you a lot for sure. I’ll have this blog, plurk and twitter to stalk you with :). I’m looking forward to seeing that you’ve got up your sleeves for the future. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Maricar says

    Hi Shai, I’m not saying goodbye, you know. You have more great things ahead of you. hugs…

  7. says

    It’s one thing to make a big change in your life, quite another to have that change thrust upon you. I hope you can take this time to think about all the new directions you have the potential to go in and discover a new pathway for yourself (that perhaps involves blogging in between snorkelling on the reef and sipping strawberry daquiris.)

  8. says

    There are indeed tearful goodbyes Shai. You just can’t see them but they’re still there. I will miss you so much but I will be watching to see where you go next.

  9. Nikki says

    Thank you for everything Shai. Having worked with you since the days of the kids channel, then joining, and now working at b5media, I’ve been extremely lucky and grateful to get the chance to take this journey with you. I look forward to seeing what you do next. Whatever it is, it will be fabulous!! And I’ll be watching :)

  10. says

    I am so sad Shai. You are going to be missed more than you can even know. I have loved the community chats you have done and the emails here and there and finally meeting you face to face at BWE. You are one amazing woman!

    I definitely plan on keeping an eye on your blog projects and keeping in touch with you.

    Enjoy your breathing and thinking time. I think great things are to come! But…I am still very very sad. :(

  11. says

    Nicely written, Shai. However, I thought you’d gone back to doing some therapy sessions again; was I wrong? Either way, I hope to still always be able to find you blogging somewhere.

  12. Jeanne says

    Shai, it has been great getting to know you. We had a really fun time in Las Vegas (the three shopping amigos!) and I will always remember that. Don’t be a stranger, okay?

    p.s. I had to laugh because I was never able to hear you on the Skype calls. I could always hear everyone else but not you. Here’s hoping your next Skype call is a good one with clear reception :)

  13. says

    I read the email this morning. Though I’ve never interacted much with you, I look forward to your blog posts and emails. I guess for now, we’d catch you mainly on plurk, flickr and your personal blog. Whatever it is that you decide to do in the future, I hope that you’d be happy and fulfilled.

  14. says

    hi shai — i’ll always be grateful to you for asking me to be part of AW. It opened the doors of pro blogging to me.

    Don’t be a stranger and if you need anything, I’m here for you!

    C xoxo

  15. says


    Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into b5 and for always being you. I’m so glad I got to meet you at BWE and have really enjoyed getting to know you. I can’t wait to see what you and you’re super creative mind do next – maybe that idea we talked about in November? Please keep in touch!

  16. says

    Hi Shai,
    While I’m kind of sad you won’t be working with b5media anymore, I can’t be too sad because I’ve known you outside of that. I’m always glad to have known you. I attribute my online success to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It will be interesting to see what develops next for you. I am certain it will be something exciting. And if you need any help with it, please don’t be afraid to ask. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love ya heaps. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. says

    Gosh I’m not sure what to say! I know that transitions of any sort are not easy, but I also believe that no door is closed without a window being left open.

    Whatever you are meant to do I hope that it lands gently in your lap when you least expect it. You are such a talented and inspiring person I would think there should be offers banging at your door.

    I know it’s not exactly the same thing, but when I get laid up after getting injured at work I turned it into an opportunity by enjoying the extra time for my many hobbies and now (especially with the economy) going back to school.

    Sending positive thoughts your way that your next direction comes to you with ease!

  18. says


    I’m so sorry to hear about this! I know that you’ll land on your feet and I’m really sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You’ve had a hard year. I’ll pray for you and I really and truly wish you the best. ~Robyn

  19. says

    I can both understand and commiserate where you are right now. I’ve recently lost a few cornerstones of my life.

    But as has been said, you are a very smart and independent woman and I have no doubt you will be back on top again.

    Many blessings to you in whatever your future endeavors are! :)

    PS: I just posted an inspirational video on my blog regarding facing life’s challenges head-on that you might enjoy, if you’re interested.

  20. says

    Shai, I know the answer will come one day. Just you know, you are one of the first bloggers that inspired me to reach higher goals . Good luck.

  21. says

    Shai, meeting you and having you get me involved with the Adelaide Bloggers meet-up has been life-changing. Thank you. I am sure I speak on behalf of many when I remind you that the positive ripple effect you and your writing has had on so many of us must surely stretch so wide now it would be impossible to record. Sing out if you need to bounce ideas – I am just one of a very large web of support you have.

  22. says

    OMG- I had no idea your media group was in trouble- I guess money has to come from somewhere to pay for hosting and stuff! Is it just you going or the whole kaboodle- I didn’t quite get it. It will make a big hole in your online life at least- hope you find something you would like to fill the gap! Meanwhile, keep on Plurking, Facebooking and Twittering with us all!

  23. says

    Hi Shai (I’ll never get tired of saying that!)

    I enjoyed our chat yesterday morning/evening – we never got to really know each other but from what I think I’ve learned about you and from I read, once you’ve gathered yourself back together, you’ll end up on top.

    I’ve had many tough things thrown my way and my friends have learned to laugh – but in a kind way. People like you and I always end up landing on our feet somehow. We may not know how or when, but somehow it does work.

    In the meantime, you know where I am and please don’t stay a stranger!


  24. says

    The comment here at our house was rats we never got to meet you in person! So regretting not going to Vegas this year.. But then.. this does’nt mean we won’t now does it!
    You will rock at whatever you do next! you have a great talent for bringing people together to one purpose..

  25. says

    Hi Shai,

    It was truly a pleasure working with you and I feel privileged as one of the few b5er’s that actually got to meet you face to face. This is a beautiful post that actually choked me up and just shows how classy you are. I have no doubts of your continued success with your multi-taking entrepreneurial talent, and I wish you all the best.

    You will be missed, keep in touch mate!

  26. Richard Frost says

    Hello Shai,

    We talked last year online about when you lost your father. I totally understand what you went through. I lost my father to cancer in 2001 and realised just how hard it was to say in words how much I loved him – something we all know but rarely say directly to our parents. My father knew how much I loved him as I am sure yours did about you. Thank you for sharing what you went through with me as I know how hard it is. When I do meet you one day, I will raise a drink to him and my dad too. Our dads will always be a part of us and we wont forget them!

    I wish you all the best in your new venture, and maybe we will meet one day soon where I will encourage you in your next new project ahead, one you will surely excel at.

    Richard Frost

  27. says

    Hey Shai!

    While I don’t know you that well, I’ve heard only good, wonderful things about you from my mother (Jeanne D.). As a hard working, intelligent (and also very beautiful) woman I know that you can only move ahead. And say goodbye to the people who’ve done you wrong and, as I’ve seen in the comments, people who try to kick you while you’re down. Instead of mourning the goodbye, now you can say hello to a whole new part of your life. New adventures and opportunities.

    Thanks for being such a strong element in the creation of what B5media is today.

    Best wishes, Shai!


  28. says

    Hi, Shai. I hear ya about Skype, it feels so impersonal. I would much rather meet someone face to face than on chats. So I am extremely glad that we had that chance in Las Vegas. From being the first to meet you at the hotel to dropping you off late at the airport, (with everything in between) we had a great time. It would not have been the same without you. I am so sad to see you go. You were the highlight of my b5 experience. Please, whatever you end up doing, know that you have friends in Alberta who’ll do anything we can to help.

  29. says

    I assume, Shai, that’s one reason you took your other blog back off the market? Please share the link where you’ll be doing most of your writing again.

  30. says


    I wish I could have met you in person, but even without that, it’s always been clear to me that you’re a person who will succeed at anything you want.

    I hope the sadness you feel will soon turn into excitement for what your future holds now. And I’ve got you on Twitter, so it’s not good-bye! : )

  31. Michelle says

    I don’t “blame” you Shai. In the end we are all held responsible and accountable for our actions or our lack of action. I guess I just felt compelled to point that out

  32. says

    hi ate shai. word reached me while i was in baguio for a short vacation. not saying goodbye — im sure well still see each other when you visit the PH. Good luck with your other endeavors!! :)

  33. says

    I am not worried about you. I know that you have the heart, the brains and the guts to move on to the next project or job.

    One of these days, we will finally be drinking mojitos together. Can you imagine, it has already been almost 10 years since we first had contact :)


  34. says

    One door closes, another one opens. Sorry to hear about the b5media thing but I’m sure it won’t be the end of you.

  35. says

    You’ll definitely be missed:-( Thanks for all the wonderful things you did to make b5 seem like a community. Big hugs to you. I follow your blogs, and stalk you on Twitter so I look forward to hearing about your next great adventure:-)

  36. says

    Hi Shai. Let me thought about this as a blessing in a sense that you will be able to do new things, stuff that you like the most, and experiment on ideas that you have as well. I look forward in catching up with you.

  37. says

    Sorry to hear about this but I agree with what Janette said about this being a blessing in disguise. Things happen for a reason and I believe that there’s something much better in store for you. All the best and God bless! :)

  38. says

    YOu have a great talent, I’m sure you’ll do great. I wish you luck with your future endeavors. Skype is ringing….. ring rinng ^___^

  39. says

    It is said that saying ‘goodbye’ is the most difficult part in life. It is a fact. Others would try to suppress the feelings, but still it doesn’t change the fact that leaving is one painful act. But, life is not just all about ‘goodbyes’ but ‘hellos’ too.

    My friend, when I learned about you making a name for yourself, a person whom I used to work with even in a short span of time–I stood up and say, she is a Filipina and she makes me proud being a Filipino.

    Your contribution to the Internet revolution is by far something I will forever cherish. You may be parting from a group you have poured out your talent, still it won’t go to waste. In time, you will see the fruits of the seed you have planted as it grows in the coming years.

    Yes, times are hard, but it is just a phase. The lesson you’ve learned over the years is enough to sustain you to further advance in life. If God closes a door, he meant by opening more windows of opportunities. He meant, you are ripe d for a greater task. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. says

    Late to the mix here, but I’m sorry that b5 doesn’t have you with them anymore. I hope that the future holds nothing but good things for you in whatever you choose to do. You always brought a certain of air of fun with you into the chats I’ve been a part of. Take care and look forward to that Skype chat with the opportunity of a lifetime.

  41. says

    We’ve had some great experiences together, Shai, from the AW days (when you introduced me to blogging) and earlier (when I wrote for your web sites and taught online writing classes). Then you encouraged me and brought me along to b5. I’m sure we’ll enjoy some more fabulous adventures together. You’ve taught me to embrace the future and not be afraid of change.

  42. says

    Hi, Mary Emma. I just realised that I missed responding to your comment on this from a long time ago. My apologies. In any case, really, you are a shining example of someone who’s always willing to adapt and to learn. You’re definitely an inspiration! Thanks so much for always believing in me and the things I do. You are very much appreciated.

  43. says

    Hi, Michelle. It’s funny how you say that as if you blame me for something that happened – and that I am being “punished” for it. Maybe you’re just looking for vindication somewhere and I’m the best target at the moment because I am in this situation. Something about kicking a person while they’re down?

    But, I don’t know you that well – and you don’t know me at all. And, there are a lot of things that you don’t know about what happened. The same way that there are things that even I didn’t know about. As you can see, there are decisions in the company that even I as a shareholder/co-founder do not and cannot make in certain situations.

    If you insist on blaming me, that’s entirely up to you.

    But, I believe that this is more about something else – not something that “came around”. My life is not a product of someone else’s actions in that way.

  44. says

    Thanks so much, @JimBob51. Hearts DO have an amazing way of learning how to do what they need to do both in the good and tough times, don’t they? It is the start of a new chapter of my life. Thanks so much for being in it! Looking forward to catching up again soon. *hugs*

  45. says

    @Unoblogger – I just learn to dance to whatever music the world puts on for me. Sometimes, I stumble when the rhythm changes – or a new song starts. But, it doesn’t matter. I’ll just keep on dancing. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  46. says

    Thanks so much, @Michele – for sharing this moment with me. And for your wonderfully kind words. I’ll raise my virtual glass to you – for cheering on fantabulous lives. I wish that for you too.

  47. says

    Thanks, Dexie. Will definitely miss working closely with you too. Especially having you around to chat with and have virtual parties with. But yes, I’d like to believe that our connection is more than just about the name of a company. I wish you all the best too!

  48. says

    Hi, Maricar. We’ve been working together online long enough to know that goodbyes will never be the ‘real case’ between us. :-) And, I’m very, very grateful for that. I’m especially grateful to have met you in person – as I learned that you’re fabulous both online and off. Thanks so much for believing in the project that we started years ago – and for everything else. I’ll always remember. Take care.

  49. says

    You are so, so right, @Melissa W. While that idea sounds very, very appealing right now – I think I’m just going to keep my options open at this stage. Maybe I’ll go ahead and pursue more blogging for a living. Maybe I’ll do snorkelling or make strawberry daquiris for a living. Or, maybe… I’ll come up with a different project altogether – that will still enable to go snorkelling on the reef, with a glass of strawberry daquiris (or other drink of choice). ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wanna come? :-)

  50. says

    Aw, Sherry. *hugs* I suck at tearful goodbyes. But, thank you. Thank you so much for being here with me, even if I don’t see you. Please know how grateful and humbled I am to have worked with someone like you. Do stay in touch. And, take care!

  51. says

    Hey, Nikki. I really hope that I’m able to show just how much I appreciate you. I really cannot thank you enough for all the support and caring that you’ve been giving me all these years. Nearly a decade now, can you believe?! You are a wonderful, wonderful person. And, my life at, AboutWeblogs, b5media – and the rest of it – have been so much richer because of people like you. Nothing will ever change that. Thank you so, so much. I wish you all the best too!

  52. says

    Thanks, Mitch! No, I’ve been working at b5media part-time since October 2006 (I worked in psych back then) – and full time since February 2007. At the moment, yes, I definitely plan to continue blogging. Thanks again for your support!

  53. says

    Hi, Julie. It has been a wonderful experience having been able to work with you – and meeting you in person. It saddens me too, knowing that I’ll never do our group Skype chats again – and run virtual parties and all that. I’m not even sure when that’ll all completely sink in. But, I do hope that you keep in touch. I wish you well with everything in your life. Take care.

  54. says

    Thanks, Jeanne. Yes, we’ll always have Vegas. Although I thought we shared more than just shopping. And, it is a shame about that on Skype. But yeah… I think wonderful things can come from anywhere (a static Skype – or elsewhere). I’ll be here, ready when they get here. Take care.

  55. says

    Thanks, Clair. It is a shame we didn’t get to chat all that much. But hey, as you said, it’s never too late to get to know each other better, right? I look forward to more interactions! Thank you again so much for your kind words and wishes.

  56. says

    Hi, Christine. Well, I may have introduced you to problogging and all that. But, you’ve introduced me to someone (and her partner) who became great friends (and godparents to my children). I can’t ever say thanks enough for that. And, thank you too for believing in the little AW project that I started almost 4 years ago. Being one of the first people who I invited to take part – and accepted – I’ll always be grateful for that kind of support that you’ve given me and AW. It was such a pleasure to watch you grow and rock the problogging world. I’m really proud of you! I’m definitely looking forward to more. Take care. *hugs*

  57. says

    Thanks, Karen! And, I will miss you too. How can I not? It has been a great pleasure for me to work with you and get to know you bit by bit. I hope our paths will continue to cross. What with my new employment status, I’ll probably need to read your blog even more! ๐Ÿ˜€ Again, thanks so much. Please, please keep in touch.

  58. says

    You’ve always been too kind to me, Heather. You are such an amazing person that I will always thank God for the day that we’ve met online more than a decade ago. I am very blessed to have met you and gotten to know you, as well as to have met you in person- and to have had the opportunity to work closely with you (back from my li’l projects like eWriteLife + Scribbles ezine, etc. & all). AW was a dream I created, partly because I wanted a way to continue working closely with people I care about like you. So, thank you so much for believing in that dream. And for the dreams I’ve before it. Most of all, for continuing to believe that I can do more – and better. I wish you well, my friend. You deserve all the good things and the success you’ve got – and more. You know I love ‘ya heaps too. :-) *hugs*

  59. says

    Hey, Kari. It’s always tough to put thoughts and feelings in to words in times like these. So, thank you so much for offering your kind words! And thank you for always being here with me over the last what… 4 odd years or so?! You have been such a great encouragement and support to me. And, I can’t say thank you enough. I’m not sure yet how quick or easy the next direction will come… But, I know something will work out. Eventually. :-) *hugs*

  60. says

    Hi, Robyn! It has been a very tough year in more ways than one. But, I’m trying to keep things in perspective. Anyway, on a time like this, words of comfort and encouragement (and prayers!) – are the only things that I’m holding on to for dear life. So, I really appreciate it!

  61. says

    Thanks, Rachel. The next move is always a tricky thing after something like this, but it sure will be interesting to find out what life has in store post-b5. It was a pleasure to work with you! Do keep in touch!

  62. says

    Hi, Michelle. It’s always tough to go through losses, isn’t it? But, facing life’s challenges comes with the package. It’s just great to have people to share our ups and downs with. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement! Take care!

  63. says

    Wow, Noemi. Knowing what you’ve accomplished – and continue to accomplish – in this industry, I am honoured by that comment. Thank you so much. Your life and your ability to go through tough times with such aplomb is an inspiration. I am blessed to have met you online (and in person) – and gotten to know you a bit better over the years. I look forward to more!

  64. says

    This is just an amazing thing to say, Steve. Really such an encouraging way to remind me why I do what I do. And, to reiterate just how wonderful you are as a person – and a good friend. I look forward to many more get-togethers… and to experience the next stage of my life with the knowledge that I have incredible people like you cheering me on. Thank you, thank you… *hugs*

  65. says

    Hi, Kay. I’m not sure how I’m able to explain the whole situation without bogging you with the details. But, short story: At this stage, b5 will continue to operate – without me. I will no longer be working for the company. And yes, it will be a different life for me now online. Things will change and evolve. But, I’d like to believe that it’s only a “gap” if I let it be that way. I’m definitely going to be around still… We’ll just see what the next stage will bring! Thanks so much for your support too!

  66. says

    Hey, Marijke. I hope you never will get tired of it! :-) Thanks again for your concern and encouragement. For reaching out. And, for being part of many wonderful community chats! You are a very talented, passionate, and tenacious person – and I’m really glad to have met you. We may not have gotten to know each other on a closer level the last few months. But, it’s definitely never too late to get there. I’ve been around long enough on the web to know that. :-) Take care and definitely keep in touch.

  67. says

    Hi, Denise. It is a shame that I never got to meet you and Brian (and the rest of your home crew) in person. But yes… who knows what life will bring in the future? It’s such a pleasure to get to know you better over the last year or so. And, I don’t know why I get the feeling that if we ever do meet in person, that we’ll probably end up talking and laughing up a storm? And that last thing you just wrote there – WOW. I don’t even know how to begin letting you know just how much I appreciate that. Thank you so much for everything!

  68. says

    Exactly, Michelle. Exactly. See, what happened to me is what happened to me. Whatever happened to you (you know what I mean) – is whatever happened to you. Mature people know how to take responsibility for their own actions. I never wished ill will for you and your family.

  69. says

    Chad: Thank you so much for this note. I really really do appreciate hearing from you – and reading your words. It was a great privilege to have met you in person too – both in Toronto and New York at that. How can I forget walking along Times Square for the first time with you?! You were fabulous to talk to and be with. Thanks so much for your humour and your kindness. I’ll definitely miss working with you. Take care!

  70. says

    Thanks so much for your wonderful words of kindness and encouragement, Lauren. You are a very smart and caring person . And, that’s no surprise knowing your family. I can’t tell you just how much I appreciate all the support you all have been giving me. I hope to be able to say thank you in person one day. Keep up your fantastic work! You’ve got amazing things ahead of you. :-)

  71. says

    Oh, Jyle! You are such a fantastic person. I am very, very grateful to have shared my BWE Vegas experience with you and Jeanne. Definitely wouldn’t have been the same without you both. You made it all so sweet and special. I am so, so grateful. Alberta sounds like a good place to see one day. Perhaps. And please do know that you and your wonderful family will always be welcome in my home here in Adelaide. Do take care and please stay in touch.

  72. says

    Hi, Mitch. I haven’t completely taken off the JMMO blog off the market yet. Just paused it due to holidays and such. But now, ‘am definitely considering that option. And yes, will keep you posted for sure. :-)

  73. says

    Thanks for that amazing vote of confidence, Peggy. Meeting up would’ve been fabulous. But hey, you never know! Life brings all sorts of twists and turns, so… :-) In any case, yes, I will miss working with you… but, it’s not goodbye. Definitely please stay in touch!

  74. says

    Hi, William. Thanks again for the well wishes. You were such a pleasure to work with. You know that I’ll be more than happy to have the honour again one day.

  75. says

    Thanks so much again for this, AnP. Getting the chance to work with you at AW and b5 was amazing. It really showed me how online friends make great supporters. You leaving b5/problogging was really sad for me. But, I’m glad that we continue to keep in touch somehow. Reading your blog is a great way to do that too. :-) Thank you once again. And yes, we should definitely find that opportunity to meet one day. We’ve known each other for soooo long, that I consider you very much a part of my life. *hugs* back.

  76. says

    Thanks, Jen. You’re very right – it’s not the end of me. That’s the beauty of not tying one’s identity with one’s occupation. Life goes on, even when work situations change. Thanks so much again. I look forward to catching up again soon! Take care.

  77. says

    Hey, Linette. ‘am definitely missing you too. That’s really kind of you! And please, please do keep in touch. I will keep you posted on the next stage of this adventure.

  78. says

    Hey, notsquare. No need to be sorry. It will be okay. But yes, thanks for joining me during this time of my life. I really appreciate the support. And, I’m glad the quote lifted you up too! Take care always.

  79. says

    Hi, Janette. Yes, it’s a matter of perspective sometimes. I take the good with the bad; the strength from the tough times; the beauty from something that seems unpleasant. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, I know things will be okay eventually. And yes, that’s part of the excitement of something like this: Now the world is wide open with options and opportunities. :-)

  80. says

    Hi, Jaypee. Yes, I love believing in “the best is yet to come.” So thanks for that and for your kind words and encouragement. I really appreciate it!

  81. says

    Thanks, Jude. I really appreciate all your kind words of support. Don’t worry about me. I believe that things WILL work out well in the end. For all I know, this ending might just turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. :-)

  82. says

    Thank you, Roberta. Late is okay at a time like this. Thanks so much for your kind wishes. Skype or no-Skype, I’m sure a wonderful opportunity awaits. I wish you all the best too!


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