My eldest son, Terry, got married in KL last month.
Needless to say, I was one proud Dad! Unfortunately, due to circumstances that had unfolded here in Singapore, I could not be there with him to celebrate this momentous occasion. I can’t deny that I was disappointed, but with the situation being what it was, I connected with Terry, my daughter-in-law, our family members, our close friends, loved ones and relatives through a specially-made video and numerous phone calls on their special day.
It seemed like only yesterday that Terry was just a mischievous, bright-eyed tot, always ready for new adventures.
Now, Terry is embarking on a whole new adventure – as that a loving husband to his wife, Ai Leen. And very soon (I hope), as that of a father to his own little bundles of joy.
The exchange of rings and vows, the walk down the aisle and a new life together – this is just the beginning of a new journey for Terry and Ai Leen. I’m sure it will be a long and rewarding road ahead for them – one filled with its own share of joy, laughter, and happiness – and together with that, its share of ups and downs.
This is very much how I see the road that lies ahead for Dongshan. I know that we will have our ups and downs, our ins and our outs – which company doesn’t? But I believe that we will always be able to take away something from these experiences and, together with support from our shareholders, succeed and grow Dongshan into a great company.
Once again, words from the poem “If: A Father’s Advice to his Son” by Kipling comes to mind:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same
I’m confident we’ll overcome all obstacles and challenges, as we set the wheels in motion for Dongshan. Many exciting developments have been taking place. There are game-changing opportunities that will shape the course of Dongshan’s future. I’m very excited about these developments. Bear with us, we’ll soon be sharing them with you.
In the meanwhile, here’s to fresh starts and new adventures!