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Monday, 11 June 2012

Greener pastures?


Those who left Singapore for greener pasture in places like Australia,Canada,USA and others aren't all happy. Cabin crew get to travel widely and would use their sentiments and feelings for the countries they night stop as a measurement for their immigration. They forget that stopping and having a short experience in a place for a few days is different from living there. Many made the wrong judgement and concluded that places like Australia,Canada etc would be the places they would spend the rest of their lives comfortably. Take for an example, an ex IFS called Kong (not his real name)who left SIN for Canada and then some years later made a U turn and wanted to come back to live in SIN. Before that,Kong boasted about lives in Canada. He often made fun of SIN and praised Canada as a place to live and retire comfortably. Little did Kong know that Canada was like a mirage. After living there for a few years,he found that life was tough.The weather was unkind.He used to stay in SIA provided hotels and did not realised the discomfort of the cold blistering weather outside during the winter months. Staying in a hotel is different from your own house.You can't afford to have the whole house heated 24/7 during the cold months. So it could be miserable to live in an unheated house. Jobs are hard to come by in Canada especially if you are an Asian. There are subtle discrimination everywhere and suddenly you would find the Caucasian passengers whom you faithfully served on your flights aren't friendly with you anymore,at least on the streets of Canada or Australia or USA. To make things worst,Kong's wife left him for a Caucasian man. Broken hearted and without a job and little savings,Kong tried to return to SIN. Bad news though cos Kong had revoked his SIN passport and now is not allowed to apply for citizenship here.

Another case was an IFS who left for Australia.He and his stewardess wife bought a big house. They thought they could lived happily ever after but they were wrong. They fought like cats and dogs and today he is 6 feet underground.

A few left for South Africa because it was easy to migrate there. Cost of living was cheap and with 100k you could buy a piece of land as big as a football field plus a bungalow house. Little did these ex crew realised that the crime rate was so freaking high that they were literally shivering with fear of being robbed or killed. All except one family returned to Singapore,contented with living in HDB flats.

Of course, there are a few who are happy living overseas. A few made their fortune there but I can count the numbers on my fingers.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

jobs are hard for those that are old and especially if you didn't graduate in canada.

Anonymous said...

This former IFS who migrated to Jo'burg was robbed four times. His house was also his prison.

Anonymous said...

This former IFS who migrated to Jo'burg was robbed four times. His house was also his prison.

Yaya Papaya said...

Dun joke la,robbed once only and then quickly fled back to S'pore.

Stories From The Air said...

I know it is true. I met the bloke and he told me what happened. In fact, he wanted to return, but had already revoked his ciitizenship.

Anonymous said...

True. This applies to most things in life. Migrating overseas, marrying someone, changing jobs, changing house types etc. The list goes on. I know a SFO (pilot) on SQ who said that flying presents no challenge at all to him and that life is so monotonous and meaningless. He was longing for a normal 9-6 job on the ground. Then there was this doctor who left the profession to become an insurance agent cos he said that he was sick and tired of doing the routine work everyday, he wanted something different and to always have a different day at work. Then there was this guy who left a good and comfy job and family (wife, kid) to go to a third-world country to be with another woman, about the same age as his wife, and he was only earning S$500-600 equivalent over there. Then there was this tennis star who once said at an interview that he did not enjoy flying around the world and playing at different tournaments and staying at top class hotels, he was sick of it, he wanted to stay in his home country and just relax in bed and lead a normal life. The point is, humans are seldom content with what we have, and often forget the many positives and blessings that we have. Humans are seldom satisfied, that is the main issue. However, in spite of the above, there is a saying 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'.

BookLover said...

I think the motivation to leave Singapore is important. If you leave because you are unhappy with Singapore for whatever reason or reasons and the new country offers better then it is an issue as the same country will have other other issues that Singapore does not has, examples you listed out are freezing winters, safety, or inability to get a job. Change is challenging. My mum went over to Canada to look after her first grandson and never return even though her grandsons borned in Canada and her son have returned to Singapore. She is happier in Canada than in Singapore. BL

Anonymous said...

Hi BookLover,
That's a good one. Your Mum is cool.