1. Our Education System.. and my Mother
|Most cheem, I read maybe 30%|
|Classic Childcraft. I read half when I first got these, aged five|
|My favourite of the lot. I guess I preferred comics to encyclopedias.|
Yes, I had all three sets.
It started in primary school, where I was doing pretty well. Well enough to be consistently second in the level. Second, due to my typical carelessness when it came to exams. I'd easily have topped the class if I were a little more meticulous, and that was what bugged my parents - particularly my mum - back in those days. It didn't matter that second place was good enough. Somehow, I didn't particularly care for grades, until a series of events transpired between my classmate who topped the level and me. I then decided of my own volition to reduce the number careless mistakes in the exams, and topped my school for PSLE. It was a measly 271. "Neighbourhood" school lah.
|Not the exact ones I had, but they all sucked, without exception. |
No offence to onSponge Books.
Parents, here's a quick tip for deterring your children from engaging in acts of sexual (or any other form of) deviance. EDUCATE them on it. Force them to watch lots of
pornography/documentaries, then make them answer questions on the various forms of sex/taking drugs/gambling/drinking. Grade them, and chastise them endlessly if they get poor results. Should they be unusually talented, simply remind them that education has no application to real life.
|I hated studying|
2. National Service
3. Cost of living vs salary increases
Contrary to popular belief, HDB has always been operating on a "market subsidy". In the simplest terms which I can understand, this means that the sale price of flats from HDB includes the value of the land, on top of construction costs. While both construction and land costs tend to follow market trends, cost of land can be fully controlled by the authorities. It is the skyrocketing cost of land which has largely contributed to the increase in flat prices.
If you are sharp, you might have caught me out on my quoting of resale flat price increases despite HDB's losses, but there is relevance in this. Readers enlightened enough to even consider alternative media such as our humble blog might realise that flat prices set by HDB invariably chase resale prices due to the "market subsidy" approach. This creates a positive feedback loop: Resale prices rise, causing HDB to jack up their prices, causing resale prices to further increase, causing... You get the picture.
|Strangely, HDB's market subsidy operates on this logic...|
4. A serious case of nothing to do here
What would I like to do, then?
- Ride a bike on the road without a high risk of getting killed
- Have much more places to ride bikes off the road, without sweating like a pig every time
- Be able to visit a pristine beach without crossing international checkpoints
- Be able to go scuba diving without crossing international checkpoints
- Be able to go for a nice scenic drive on weekends, without crossing international checkpoints
- Surfing (I've got to learn this), again, blah....
- Decent sailing...
- Sit in a jam at a border crossing
- Choose between doing nothing meaningful, or enduring the above to do something meaningful
- Have to rack my brains to plan my leave and stake so much (time, money, mental energy) preparing for trips further afield.
|I still miss you...|
For Australia where we are headed, I don't have exact figures, but I expect insurance plus their equivalent of road tax to cost under S$2k per year for a typical mid-range sports car.
Some might ask: How would the lack of anything on my list affect my offspring?
My answer: Apart from the father (me) being very cranky, what little I enjoyed in my childhood here has been practically wiped out. At best there's a bit of mountainbiking to be had at the few trails we have. I would not want to let my kid spend all his time on a smartphone or tablet the way many parents these days seem to have no problems allowing their kids to do.
5. Genetics - the big question mark
Call it an excuse, but to me, it reeks of sheer irresponsibility to pass on such traits to my kids.
6. I'm "selfish"
Just like those who choose to have kids because they want to. At the end of the day, doesn't such a decision boil down to the basest level - what the individual wants? Nobody decides to have kids just because they know their kids WILL make a difference in the world. Nobody chooses not to have kids just because they care about the future of humankind.
Would migration be the solution?
Of course, if we ever change our minds, we'll be sure to inform you guys and gals!