But it didn't last. The quick profits soon became quick losses. And the more I lost, the more I poured into the market—in hopes of hitting a jackpot.
I was practically gambling my money away. The final stroke came during the dot.com crash in 2001 which resulted in me losing $50,000 just weeks before my wedding.
All my savings were gone in a split second. I couldn't give my wife the grand wedding she wanted. What's worse is I had to take a $50,000 loan from her to pay for our wedding expenses and could only hold our dinner banquet at Dragon Gate restaurant—instead of a five star hotel we initially planned.
Determined to pay her back, I started working two jobs. But even so, my income was not enough to pay back my wife, and earn back what I had initially lost.
What followed were years of hard work and self reflection to get back on my feet.