Where not to go for retirement?

I was just chatting to a friend on the phone about retirement today. She now lives and works in Singapore and has lived there for the past six to seven years.She seemed pretty settled in Singapore and intend to make her home there for the future of herself as well as her future children, if any. The idea of living in a condensed high rise flat with my children was simply too revolting for me to consider. I could not understand why anyone, if given a choice, would choose to bring up their children in a flat without their own garden but a cummunity area shared by tens and hundreds of other families. The reason given to me was that she is used to the lifestyle there and does not think of it as a major issue anymore.That makes me wonder, do people adapt their thinking and principles to suit the convenience of their circumstances? This is not a case of hardship where there is no other option. This is a conscious decision. I was brought up in a homely environment where I could keep pets and helped out with my mum on her gardening and constantly chasing around with my siblings. I would love my children to be able to have that kind of fun rather than sitting in front of the computer all day or play playstation or Xbox non-stop. I wish her well and hope she will make the right decision.

2 thoughts on “Where not to go for retirement?”

  1. Hi CK, WL, I have to agree with you guys. I truly enjoyed my childhood of kicking football with my brother and cousins in my house compound (breaking altar, tree branches, lamps and glass windows along the way!). Also, having a pet dog and the fact I went for cycling around the “Taman” every evening with friends – something difficult to do if you live in a high-rise unit. But it’s always a circumstantial issue, isn’t it? To buy a landed property in Singapore…. you can build a bungalow in Ipoh or Melaka for the same price!! LSM

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