No one said emigrating is easy. Actually if I had known how hard it was in the beginning, we might have just stayed back in Singapore. However by then the wheels were set in motion, and we couldn't turn back, especially for my case. We already sold our flat, my dad was in the process of renouncing, etc.sundaymorningstaple wrote:Ouch.When we emigrated halfway through my JC, the reason we gave was we were going for vacation. My classmates knew I was emigrating, but not my teachers. Both my dad and I had return air tickets to prove I was coming back after the Xmas break.
I have known families who have packed their bags and gone back to Singapore because they found it so tough in the first few years. Of course they didn't have NS liable sons, so it wasn't an issue. If the Singapore government relaxes a bit, I think it will have an opposite effect. Instead of "fearing" people leave due to NS or whatever issues, let them leave. Once they find out how hard it is in western countries to survive, they'll come right back. Except for people like me, we can't. This just increased our resolve to "make it work" in our new country. Now 20+ years later, finally things are looking good - professional job and growing family. Long journey, if you ask me.
I'll give a few reasons why emigration is hard. So for those thinking about it, here they are:
1) Culture and language - there will always be racism (against you)
2) Weather - much colder than Singapore in some areas
3) Food - potatoes anyone?
4) Jobs - very difficult for new immigrants to get decent professional jobs
5) Cannot go back to Singapore again - in my case. Of course the Singapore I remember in the 80's was one with Singlish spoken everywhere.
Just my two cents. Now in hindsight, I don't see why my parents were so against NS, but hindsight is always 20/20.