I've been teaching my kid to appreciate her friends' presence rather than their present by showing her the shots of her happy friends. Somehow she does agree that her friends having good time is worth more than their presents for her.
I hope I am not making her a social outcast.
A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
Honestly what's wrong with what Xu Bin mentioned in the show.
In my parents time, you still stood a chance of getting what you want if you worked hard enough for it. Now? Your chances have been diminished even further due to the presence of foreign scholars. Heck, they've already learned what we've been learning a few years back. They don't have to study much and ace all their tests. And after they graduate, they can proceed straight to University while we Singaporeans still have to serve a mandatory 2 years of National Service.
You can now go live in your bubble that Singapore is still the same Singapore a few years ago and that video is completely BS, whatever.
You know in the past when Singaporeans migrated overseas or were studying overseas. What made us stand out? That we were willing to work harder than the locals, we were willing to take up part time jobs, we were willing to do what others wouldn't do. That gained us respect as doers and achievers. Unlike the young now who think rewards come without working hard, buying luxury bags while still an entry level staff and splurging on the "good life" because they deserve it. As for National Service, you would be surprised what is an liability to you is regarded extremely highly by many overseas nationals especially in the western world as service in the military is a sign of one's character.
Getting a flat at a young age means getting a housing loan is unavoidable. A flat for 200K will require a savings of 20K cash for 10 years. Can one save $1600 per month? Dual income will lessen the stress but when the baby comes, it becomes even more complicated.
Anyway, in Singapore, you have to work hard (all your life), there's no other way unless you're willing to take the risk and start your own business.
I used to worry about all these.
http://tinyhouseblog.com/ Different mindset. Adapt conform evolve compete survive.
This is beginning to sweep over areas of America where real estate is extremely expensive do to population density. Globalization is going to cause the common family to live in such a structure eventually.
Young folks are always wet behind the ears and so green. They feel they are immortal so they make foolish choices. They also think they are going to die tomorrow - same result foolish choices. Really they should relax and not fight it God feeds the birds every day OK...right??? lol
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In SG... unless you are born with a silver spoon, most of us are already used to the idea of living in a small apartment (most of us stay in Highrise building and not Houses in the traditional sense). My currently unit is about 90sq metre with 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom... enough for both me and my wife plus my newborn son.... and a permanent room is left for my mom as she shuffled between me and my elder brother places weekly looking after her grandchlidern....
As the old saying goes... Home is where the heart is...
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If you think you have to work harder than them to get what you want, then get your s*** together and start doing that.
Sometime it's also parents fault....if you are from small family...say only child....a lot of the things are provided by default and brand new.....whatever you earn is for your own consumption so you can get the latest gadget...spend 90% of your pay on lavish trip...sport car.....branded good....you still have a roof over your top and 3 meals provided.....but if you are from large family....then you will have much more consideration whether it's worthwile to do that
These stories r just to give excuses for opposition or guilable young irresonsiple adult to hate goverment, n make them feel its reasonable to "fail"
If both couple worked part time + few yrs full time working, dont tell me they can pay 5% deposite for a BTO. And a average bto takes 3yrs+ to build, dont tell me u cant saved another amount to reduce the loan n with yrs of working, dont tell me u cant get a hdb loan.
But if they couple wana buy EC, dbss, resale 5rm or prime location bto for more than $500k, and wana spend 70k for reno, then its their problem la.
As for wedding dinner, u can even earn $$ through wedding dinner. And if that young couple wana held their dream wedding at 5 star hotel, the its their problem la.
Knowing typical singaporean pattern. Sigh
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