2017 started off on a very somber mood as January 1 2017 was the day of the funeral of my brother-in-law Chieng Yew Kuok.
January 11 saw the passing on of Sarawak’s beloved Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Adenan bin Satem. Sarawakians had been pinning their hopes on him to bring much needed change to Sarawak. His untimely passing brought a lot of grief to Sarawakians from all walks of life.
As 2017 marched on, it turned out to be a good year for me and my family.
2017 was definitely the year of cryptocurrencies. My investments in cryptos have paid off handsomely but procrastination by me in March proved most costly in terms of lost opportunity. I had been thinking of making a USD10,000 investment in Ethereum when it was around $13. Because of my procrastination, I saw the price shooting up to $40 plus, then to $90 plus and then $400 plus. It is now trading at about $750. You can easily calculate how massive a fortune I missed out!
During the year, we rejoiced in the weddings of my nephews Lim Wui Hieng and Gerald Chieng and the wedding of my niece Krystle Lim.
We welcomed the births of our grandnieces Daisy Lim and Eunice Chieng and our grandnephew Joshua Lau.
We were happy to see the graduation of our nephew Ten Sie Yung from Swinburne University.
During Chinese New Year, my family comprising of my wife, my sons Clarence and Leslie, my daughter-in-law Amanda and I went on a trip to Japan with Amanda’s mother and brother. It was a great trip and did wonders for our family bonding.
My wife, my son Leslie and I made a trip to Malacca with my sister Lim Kim and my brother-in-law Sim Beng Gee in December after attending the wedding of Krystle Lim in Kuala Lumpur. It turned out to be another enjoyable trip as we managed to visit most of the attractions in Malacca.
As 2017 winded up, I got a surprise 60th birthday dinner that my family had been planning for about two months behind my back. A big thank you to my wife and my sons Clarence and Leslie and my daughter-in-law Amanda.
But 2017 ended up a bit sadly for me. After the second injection to my right eye on December 23, I start feeling a bit disorientated and sometimes have short dizzy spell. I realized a few days ago that I am experiencing double vision. The eye specialist said that there is nothing he can do about it. He could not say for sure whether the double vision will go away or not and asked me to see him again in three months’ time. What a lousy end to 2017!
Today is the first day of 2018. What will the year bring? I know 2018 will be another great year for cryptocurrencies. But will I recover from my double vision? I can only pray!