If I’d Die Alone

“What’s your deepest dip in life?” I asked as we sat on the rooftop garden.

“Career-wise, I have always been the winner. “ She brushed off the question, then explained: “When I was 17, 18, my father bought me to participate in the negotiation of various business deals because I was the eldest. He was in the logging industry. We traveled to Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and inland China. Well, my father is a fighter. He went bankrupt twice, then rebuilt his factories again.”

Looking at the landmark, she told me her story

“I was an accountant, until 30, I had always been my own boss. I started my first job application when I was 30. My first employer was HSBC. I scored pretty well during the apprenticeship, so I was sent to work in Exchange Square branch. It was sentimental tho. I used to be their business client, now I needed to work for them.” She sighed.

“I worked my ass off. My father’s words reminded me — You are not a smart person, so you have to work extra harder to be successful. I had a good boss. He was the one who came up the idea of Premier Banking service, which later was followed by other banks. But..” her fate twisted.

“ The financial tsunami in 2008 caused us laid off. A former client in the property business asked me to help him. My salary was cut 30 -40% off. There is nothing to lose. I switched to work another field. Then my current boss’ expanded his empire. I am helping him to manage all of his property enterprises now, from residential buildings to commercial buildings, hotel projects in Hong Kong or Mainland China.”

“I am 50 years old now. Looking back, I really can say that, I have always been the winner in my career path. But my marriage suffered. I start to wonder if I will be ever in love again, or if I will die alone”

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