Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lets wait and see, son....

My son had a tete a talk with me last night... he told me a few officials from an established polytechnic in Singapore came to his school and briefed the students about what they have to offer...and my son was fascinated with the slides they put on for the students, the polytechnic was so beautiful and wonderful, so he said......

now the bombshell...

Serious note. ... "Can mum afford it?" he asked...

oh ..oh... Quickly, mentally, I did some rough figures..FIGURES... in my head... how much fees per year?? $sg3, 700/yearly fees....food and lodging $sg1,000 per month perhaps?? And the TOTAL approximately will be $15,000/yearly...and with the foreign exchange rate, it might come to around RM90K for 3 years!!
alamak...
I didnt give him an answer, I need an answer myself... do I have to sell my present house to stay with my mum, do I have to sell my car and buy a smaller one.... do I have to refrain from good food, do I have to get an extra job maybe??...do I, do I......etc etc......
Well, son, let me do more calculations first.... lets wait and see, meanwhile, PLEASE study well and lets pray for a scholarship blessing......

19 comments:

  1. so you better budget urself if you intend to sent your son to singapore Poly. One thing our exchange rate is low.so is better to apply for scholarship .

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  2. ....provided his results are good.. otherwise, forget about scholarship and start saving money and tightening my belt....

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  3. Singapore has the best facilities in education and having their certs is sure employable in the future just that life can be miserable as it is a paper chase country.... be prepared for the stress! hehehe my hubby is a product of NUS, scholarship and all..

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  4. stresses are everywhere in singapore... So, gotta study well if really make it..

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  5. thanks for yr comments..yes, i know singapore produces high quality students and graduates.. these few months, lets see how he does first then only decide..as a parent, we just have to do our best in supporting our kids..

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  6. Hello Reanaclaire, Hope your son gets his wishes...and the scholarship.
    By the way, maybe he can apply for scholarships in USA, Canada? If his results are above average, might be worth checking it out....
    Here's wishing you and son the best of everything. Keep well and have a great week, Lee.
    Ps, love your beautiful callsign.

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  7. thanks u lee for coming all the way to comment over here... yes, i know canada or US are good too ... the exchange rate is very much higher.. yes, unless there is a scholarship, otherwise, hv to abandon that idea .. :)

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  8. I bet you are amongst those very blessed. Mothers always try to give the very best for their children whenever possible!

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  9. i have always said, based on experience, that dreams do come true. just pray. one day, every thing will fall into place.

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  10. it is scary, isnt it? thinking about the $$ of education for the children, in fact i can identify with you, i am worried abt it, may be i will buy another apartment now, slowly pay for it, may be another 15 years sell it off for their education

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  11. Hi Claire,

    I bite the bullet and send my three daughters to UK to study medic all on fama scholarship. I have conditions for them: 1. failure is not an option; 2. they must cook their own food; 3. They will not come back home for holiday until they graduate in 5 years time or if they choose elective in this part of the world, whichever comes first; 4. They need to work part time during the first 3 years; 5. They need to work during the holidays; 6. They can travel to anywhere to see the world as long as they earn their own money; 7. They must be holy and attend church and cg; 8. They need to help us support my other children when they graduate.

    Hahaha... so many conditions. So far so good. They have gone to certain part of Europe using their own $$, they have gone all over UK as well.

    ok, it doesn't seem to answer your question. My point is that we need to stress our children a little in order for them to mature, grow up and be independent. He needs to find some part time work if possible to help with the expenses. Then of course, study hard and get "discount". I understand that the fees you mention may not be the end of the story. Probably there are conditions attached for "discount" but should not be a problem.

    I don't know what I say above is applicable to Singapore.

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  12. Education these days is sooo expensive...sigh.

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  13. Oh my, I can imagine when Amanda starts to talk and have her own opinion. Mesti selalu kena berus with her questions ;p

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  14. thanks a lot for all yr comments here..
    to william : I salute u..can support yr girls overseas..God blessings is indeed wonderful...sometimes when i think back, i dont really understand how to bring up my 3 kids while earning my meagre pay here.. God is indeed great..i just have to wait and see..as the saying goes, the bridge will become straight when i reach there.. logic?

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  15. As long as he can study, anywhere also can la. No need to stress. If it's too expensive, can always study locally and then go abroad for work, if he wants. There's the locals Us, locals polys offering Diploma programs like like Sg Poly, privates like TAR College... Not necessary have to go to SG.

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  16. of course there are many locals U over here, sg is definitely a bit too high for me...will think of the issue again when he has sat for his exams..dont want to think so much now..still a few more months to go anyway...

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  17. Wow. Don't be so stressed! Pray that your son can get himself a scholarship! *pray*

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  18. thanks dear..no, i m not stressed out..haha..(as yet)... I believe that God has His ways, what to do.. we can plan but He is the one who will decide..

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  19. ohhhh my dear .. is really nice post ..
    hopefully your son can get scholarship ...
    i will wish u all the best

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