Divorce is getting increasingly common in Singapore, even among older couples, despite there still being a lingering taboo surrounding it. Just in 2015, it was reported that there were more divorces and annulment cases as compared to marriages. I certainly do not advocate divorce unless it is the only solution left in a broken marriage. And while divorce is definitely an unpleasant event, it is important to also look at the positive side of it.
Before one begins the process of rebuilding your life after divorce, it is essential to make sure that you are getting the right and proper legal guidance. It is not only important to find the best divorce lawyer but also making sure that the lawyer is a right fit for you. Divorce itself is already a stressful process, so it is essential to make sure that you are getting a good divorce lawyer. No one wants to waste money and time going through several lawyers only to increase the animosity between your spouse and further affecting the children.
When I became a mother, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a break off work for two years to look after my then toddler. I certainly did not foresee the challenges that came along with being a working mother after returning to the work force following that short break.
On an economical level, women are encouraged to return to work after having children. There have been committees and groups which were set up to help women remain in the workforce, facilitate non-working women to enter or return to the workforce. Flexi-work arrangements and telecommuting are just some suggestions rolled out by the government so that women could continue staying active in the workforce while at the same time care for their children.
Working mothers of today are often struggling to find that perfect balance. They face immerse pressure to perform well both at the workplace and home. We are supposed to be the modern career woman who contributes to the economy while helping our husbands’ shoulder part of the financial burden. At the same time, we are also expected to be the nurturing mother who raises her children well, while simultaneously managing other matters of the household. What happens if you choose to be on either side of the fence? Continue reading →
With Zika numbers still on the rise and new cases of which none are from existing clusters, it sure pays to be prepared. This is especially so if you have young kids to protect or in my case, when my workplace is pretty near to the largest cluster, I have decided to take precaution as well. So I have gotten these three different mosquito repellents from NTUC Fairprice to try out.
From left to right, there is the OFF! Lotion, OFF! Liquid and Tiger Balm’s Mosquito Repellent Spray.
The British Council had their open house for Napier, Toa Payoh and Marsiling branch on Saturday. We had initially registered for the trial class at the Toa Payoh centre but it was fully booked and they still had slots at the Marsiling centre. Thinking that since it wasn’t too far from our place, I figured why not. The Marsiling branch is located in the Fushun community centre.
The children singing along with the video that was projected onto the screen
I had been thinking of sending Asher to an english enrichment class and saw this as an opportunity to check out if such classes would be beneficial (you know, worth the money spent). When it came to selecting a school for english enrichment, British Council tops my list for obvious reasons. So you could say that I attended the trial lesson with really high expectations. Continue reading →
Today is mother’s day and while we take time to celebrate and honour the women in our lives. Let us also not forget a special group of women who are struggling with infertility and/or bereavement. Taboo topics which are often kept hush-hush and the victims left to suffer alone in private. Today, I want to honour all mothers, regardless of your current situation, I want you to know that you are not forgotten. Continue reading →
Finding a job can be a tough challenge especially if you do not have any experience. And yet to gain experience, one must first find a job. You may have a (good) degree but what are your options if that alone does not do much to differentiate you from your competitors? This is where internships and part time jobs for students play an important role in your career path. Internships allow you to gain valuable work experience, get a grounded feel of the industry and get noticed by employers seeking top talents.
My one and only internship was during my final year in Polytechnic where I was assigned to an IT department of a local firm and required to code in a programming language which I would only be taught in the next semester. Needless to say, it was a nightmare and dreadful experience. Looking back, I wished that I had the resources, knowledge and opportunity to find an internship, which was better suited for my skill set. Nevertheless, it was a learning experience for me.
There were things I wished that I had done differently to experience a more fulfilling internship experience. Here are some tips, which I would like to share for a successful internship.