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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Look back at 2016

The year 2016 started with water. Our hot water tank had burst, and water gushed out. We spent the evening cleaning up the room where the hot water tank was stored. Perhaps that was a sign of what the rest of the year would be like.

A few relatives passed away this year, including my maternal grandfather. We were away at the time of his passing, but fortunately, we were able to attend his wake and cremation service. I don't remember much from my maternal grandmother's funeral, so this one felt more vivid. The extended family had also grown, with many from the third generation shedding tears for the old man.

More recently, we found out that a distant cousin had died suddenly, just before his 50th birthday. Although I didn't know him, it made me think about the mortality of life and how anything can really happen.

2016 would be a year of big-name deaths in the entertainment field: David Bowie, Prince, Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder, George Michael, and recently, Carrie Fisher, to name a few. In Singapore, former president S.R. Nathan passed away.

Globalism and liberal democracy started to die this year, with the double whammy of Brexit and Trump's presidential win. And the climate continued to degrade, with the warmest year in recorded history. Reading about the melting polar ice caps is very depressing indeed.

Work had its lows too. There were many late nights in the office. Some colleagues whom I enjoyed working with left the company. And as my team grew, my leadership skills were put to the test to deal with personality conflicts and growing workloads.

But all was not doom and gloom. I got married this year! Something that I thought was unachievable just two years ago became a reality to me. We almost "didn't get married" when we found out that our original solemniser's licence had been cancelled. But in the end, I got to say "I do". As I tell those who ask, it was a surreal moment, as if I was observing myself going through the ceremony.

What will 2017 hold for me? I'll try to remain optimistic and continue to do what I can do best.