Trying Not to Be Poor in Singapore
Yesterday, I was in the Philippines. Religiously called by my mom when it’s time to eat or she would bring the food upstairs so I could eat.
Now, I’m typing at a hostel with 7 other strangers (well, not entirely since I know the names of a couple of people now). In less than 24 hours, my life has changed. From the sheltered daughter, I have become an independent person. Or I needed to.
It made me wonder, since my frugal mom helps me save money every step of the way, how can I possibly save more in Singapore – without her? Or perhaps the more appropriate question is – how can I live without her? Survival is the game. Frugality is the name.
OFW’s or Overseas Filipino Workers share the same dilemma too. Everyday they go to work without no one to depend on but themselves while their families back home depend solely on them.
Today I’ve met with Manang (Or Tagalogs call it “Ate”) Grace. She has 4 kids in the Philippines and has been working as a Domestic Helper in Singapore (prior to that, she worked in the Middle East). Just like many other Filipinos, she’s having a hard time saving money in the Philippines so she tried her luck and went abroad.
For now, I feel a little different again. Because back home, I could save quite a lot. For one, the rent in my hometown (Iloilo) is quite cheap when compared to other cities. The food (oh drool at the price of our seafoods!) are way affordable. Everything back home suddenly becomes so affordable when compared to Singapore.
Anyway, today I learned that unless you try something, it’s always difficult. But once you’ve try it and realize you can actually do it, it becomes easier on the second try and you will have a better feeling about yourself. The same is true with saving money. It’s the hardest until you try it.
And unless you ask, the answer is always no.
For now, let me hit the sack, the other people at the hostel might be irked that I’m staying so late they might kick me off the room for keeping the light open at past 1:00 in the morning.
I’ll leave you with the following challenge:
Try abstaining or lowering down the activities that makes you spend more. If you have very expensive hobby, try those of lesser expenses and more physical activities (better for your health).