Hey, 2018 is almost upon us. Taking the cue from his lovely wife, Heartland Boy thought that this is a good opportunity to set aside time to meditate, reflect and reminisce about the highlights of 2017. In no particular order, here are the top 10 highlights of 2017 for Heartland Boy.
1. Watched His First Ever Concert
Through her gym instructor, Heartland Girl managed to purchase tickets to one of the most sought-after concerts held in Singapore in 2017. Perhaps this was the only time Heartland Boy approved of her going to the gym so frequently. It was his first time watching a concert and boy was the money very well spent on Pen A tickets. Heartland Boy knows for sure that he will never get sick of watching the videos that he has taken during the concert.
2. First Overseas Trip As A Family
Excluding trips to Malaysia, his family has never travelled overseas together. In 2017, something magical happened as the entire family took a plane together to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a country that many Singaporeans would be familiar with; hence it makes for a suitable first family holiday destination. A confluence of factors made this overseas trip possible. As a son, Heartland Boy is glad this milestone has finally happened because it is impossible to tell when the next opportunity would come by again.
3. Completed His Jakarta Posting
In October 2017, Heartland Boy repatriated back to Singapore to embark on a new role within the Group. Besides the appeal of learning the ropes in a new industry, Heartland Boy also thinks that too much time spent apart is also not healthy for his marriage. Therefore, he decided to cut short his overseas stint after spending 22 months in Jakarta.
This was a highlight in 2017 because Heartland Boy had completed all the objectives that he and his supervisor had drawn up since the beginning of his stint. The sense of accomplishment at the end of the day is truly satisfying.
4. Weekend Getaway To Luxurious Villa With Friends
Sometime during February this year, Heartland Boy and his group of friends, with their respective +1s, embarked on an overseas trip together. Even though it was such a short weekend get-away but they had such a blast at the villa together. Without his friends, Heartland Boy would never have the opportunity to stay in such a luxurious villa. The villa even comes with a mini-movie theater room! The fond memories and fun that they had means that they will definitely look back fondly about this trip during future meet-ups.
5. Public Appearance At Invest Fair 2017
During the 2017 edition of Invest Fair Singapore, Heartland Boy made a public appearance as one of the panellists. He was invited with some other bloggers to speak about investing at the various stages of one’s life (during your 20s, 30s and 40s). Heartland Boy shared his own challenges of investing in his twenties and the various strategies that he adopts.
This is definitely a major highlight of 2017 since this was his first ever public appearance as a blogger. The truth was that this was a unique opportunity to be able to learn from his seniors who have had more investment experience under their belts.
6. Gave His First Investing Workshop
2017 is proving to be a year of many firsts as Heartland Boy accepted the request from InvestingNote to conduct a short workshop about his investment strategy. From the feedback that he had gathered, Heartland Boy was glad that the audience went away learning a thing or two about the investment strategy of Value Momentum. Honestly, the session was even more beneficial for Heartland Boy. As a result of the vigorous questioning during the Q&A segment, he has plenty to ponder as he continuously seeks to improve his investment strategy.
7. Celebrated Heartland Mum’s 60th Birthday at RWS
2017 was also the 60th year that his mum has lived on planet earth. To commemorate this joyous occasion, Heartland Boy and his siblings held a celebratory dinner at Tunglok Heen Restaurant in RWS. Suffice to say, a dinner like this will never be able to measure up to the gratitude that the children have for her dedication and sacrifices.
8. Participated in SGX Bull Run 2017
The last fun run that Heartland Boy did was the Nike Run 2012. During that time, he was still chasing after Heartland Girl. (metaphorically of course) Therefore, the 2017 SGX Bull Run made him reminisced about the courtship days again. The SGX Bull Run was one of the events organised by SGX to raise proceeds for the beneficiaries of SGX. It was even more special as both Heartland Girl and Heartland Boy were able to complete the run with fellow financial bloggers and their readers!
9. Attended Dining In The Dark
As part of a corporate training programme, Heartland Boy had the privilege of attending Dining In The Dark by Singapore Association of The Visually Handicapped in 2017. To be stripped of his eyesight was an experience that he has never gone through during his life. It was a very surreal and enlightening moment and he would readily recommend this as a very meaningful activity or CSR event.
10. Heartland Girl Got Her Clinic Up And Running
Finally, in 2017, Heartland Boy became a proud spouse of a budding entrepreneur. Heartland Girl successfully opened her psychotherapy clinic and began life as a private counsellor! Throughout this journey, Heartland Boy had ringside seat and witnessed how all her hard work and struggles had finally paid off.
That’s it folks. Do take some time to cherish the highlights of your 2017!