dpot wrote:What about the other side? Didn't you uproot your family, take them away from friends and family (and Job?) and then dig in your heels over a few days off?
That's a fair assumption, but my spouse is originally from se asia, though hasn't lived here for 20 yrs until now. Nobody came kicking and screaming...we're an egalitarian household, and one partner doesn't make a unilateral decision to move without 100% agreement. Again, taking/leaving a job is not a money issue for us...I'm not going to say more, but the issue is about the principle, and, as an adult, one has to choose whether or not a particular culture/lifestyle is suitable or not. The difference in my case, I suppose, is that I have a lot of options and freedom...so, I can live here on in the west; I can work or quit, doesn't matter.
I had an exit interview with HR today, and they were receptive...they have little experience with hiring westerners, and wanted to know how they might improve the hiring/employment process...it seemed genuine, and I know (and like) them personally...perhaps in 10-15 years, things will look a lot different in SG.
Anyway, to respond to a post on the other page, we were living in Europe before this, and got the same treatment as any citizen when it came to holiday and maternity leave, so SG was a shocker. Again, I don't really mind if people want to have a go at me, but I'd like to think that equality is something one would want to affirm rather than deny.
That said, SG has been a good destination, and this forum has provided me with a lot of insight (and laughter) during my time here; so for that, thank you!