The change need to come from them and internal rather than external as one needs to change their mindset first before going anywhere.
I fully understand his reasons and have nothing but well wishes for him and his family. For all you know, the exchange rate may one day drop to 1 SG to 5 RM so thats why even taking into account inflation, rises in property, it will still be possible for many to buy even then. Who knows?
As for me, i rather do something now then to do it when i am old and increasingly has lesser options with banks not willing to loan, etc.
I am glad things work out well for you in the end. It was supposed to be a weekend home in itself but it grew on my wife and she grew roots here without us realising. Friends came by the other day and now i have an Australian friend who keeps calling me to show him around.
Again, its not for everybody so to each his own. At least bro Greddy came out here and saw for himself. Many others simply dismissed it without even coming here once (which was what i once did)
Yah, prediction and guesses are a form of risky game.
I rather make an informed decision based on what's available in front of my eyes. Don't get me wrong, informed prediction (hindsight is always good of course) will get one very far. But with all these constant policy changes, it's as good as blind guess, if one is to make a prediction for a very far horizons ...
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There is never any guarantee. Even those who were in the system, given priority education or at least polytechnic, no matter how much you educate them, may still turn out to be prostitutes or some even become pornstars in the end.
Education is key but not everything, the right values, outlook in life is essential as well.
I think this is the biggest problem with most of the parents. They feel safer believing that everything is given, as long as they do what are required to secure a place at school etc ... Helping out eca, be a "lollipop woman" (sorry, cant help lol) at the zebra lines outside schools etc etc. it's really hard to break this mindset, I can understand, given that my parents did the same for me. I also think its a genuine concern that priority will be given to sgporean with spore educational background vs sgporean with foreign educational background, unless the foreign education is from the top school that's recognized worldwide ...
One thing i learnt is to never take anything for granted and never ever assumed things will stay the same 10-15 years down the road. Not for Johore, not for Singapore and definitely not the dynamics of how the world continues to evolve. Empires, countries and regimes come and go. What is spoken as a primary language today may become a secondary language in years to come. Who knows in life?
What works for the older generation may no longer be relevant right now. In the past, parents told one to study hard so that one can have a better future than the rest. How many U grads do we have right now? Even ah bengs have diplomas and even degrees these days.
Education is not the only differentiating factor nowadays with so many in the market, foreign or otherwise. How do you differentiate yourself from your nearest competitor? Upper class, first class honours or another MBA? Its like an arms race relentlessly evolving.
There is no 100% guarantee that education will get you anywhere these days even though its a still must have. It becomes a way to ensure that at least your skillsets are just par for the course and on even footing with all the talents in the world. There was a reason why they kept tweaking the education system in SG, even importing US ways as they realised the old ways are not good enough (or no longer as relevant) Being one step ahead, critical thinking and real worlds skills sets are what i hope to impart to my kids not just which ECA to choose to score more points.
Let us remember, there was never a dynasty in China which lasted throughout all time, every one was replaced by another one when the time was up. Qin by Han, Han by Jin, later Sui with Tang and Tang with Song etc.
Even after 1911 when the revolution came, so many things still changed after that.
The only permanence in life is change, the sooner we learnt to deal with it, the better.
Very true bro. Even workplace culture like loyalty is worthless nowadays. Job hoppers everywHere. Employers retrench the long-serving employees like no one biz. Such is the change and reality.
Kids nowadays should be taught on the entrepreneurship skills more than anything. I wish I was brought up with more of this skill set, instead of being trapped in this rat race. Nonetheless, everyone of us will find ways to sustain and survive.
Bro greddy, for a start, u need to get your wife to start reading this forum to have a chance to move and change her. Gambateh!!
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hi, who are interest the Bandar Batok Onn GARDENIA2 2450FT...
PM me ASAP, [email protected]
I'm no the property agent, just want to give up the house and get my booking fee back..
True.. What you have today doesn't mean you can still have it in 10 years times.. Live life as it is, but don't wait until full retirement.. Blackberry was once something every corporate executives want but now it is as good as dead.. Apple is now very popular but I am getting tired of using it.. Singapore has been on a good run for 40 years.. Today there is a national divide between the elites and the norms, and the elites are bringing in foreigners for their votes against the citizens.. How long can it continue? After building 2 casinos, what is next? Some teachers become molesters and making smart money as tutors than spending time coaching the poor students.. Principals went to buy sex from underaged girls.. Civil servants getting caught in cheating govt money.. Ministers all while justifying to get more bonus for themselves and yet so difficult to raise the social funds for the umemployable for 270 to 300.. The govt in our country and others will not take care of you.. Be prepared. Do be prepared.
i think bro wuqi understands my situation well (even though i have not really shared too much info about my life)
in fact, we have gone through thoughts of migration many years back... even applied pr to australia.
unfortunately due to global financial crisis, they tightened their immigration criteria. migrant managers become worthless and got to wait... trades and engineers get priority. i have lost touch of my tech skills years ago...
perhaps it is a blessing in disguise.. my wife is a fickle.. sees things only on the surface. i have prepared her as much as possible the type of life overseas.. encouraged her to read forums (and specific useful posts), flown there and met friends who stayed there.
i also sent her for driving lessons, to get a car for her due to poor public transport system over there.
she 'was' ready..
then my kids grow older.. started primary school.. her perspective change.. she wants the best for the kids.
she started to comment aussie gov education no standard too lax.. and private is too expensive.. so we dropped the idea after much debate.
last yr.. i started having thoughts of staying in jb instead.. done research, brought everyone there to look-see.
yes.. she 'was' happy and ready...we almost wanted to buy a resale.. then on deeper thoughts (after having laid down the potential issues).. she changed her mind again.
i have posted earlier, the kids attend extra classes at night/weekends.. so.. she won't compromise education, or anything that affects it (such as spending time traveling over the border everyday) even when the greener pastures are just out there.
well.. i have laid my cards on the table and done whatever i could.
we'll decide when the kids have grown..
that's life.. not everything goes your way.. paiseh.. a bit emo today
I didn't know jogs1 is a sis !
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