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Tuesday January 22nd 2019

Singaporean left for work abroad in 90s and decided not to return home


Came across this site by chance and was curious what’s all about, read this latest article by Daniel and many more.

I was born and rise in Singapore, I left Singapore to work in the 90′s and was very tempted to come back to my motherland to work but after applying so many jobs in Singapore from overseas – no response. I was wondering why! Not till now, I know the real reason behind, call me a fool I was NOT in sync with the updates of Singapore.

Daniel is right about the so call family, friends, or whatever – don”t put your hope in them and keep believing in yourself and follow your heart. I know it’s easy to say but its the only lifeline you have for now, once you are back on your feet you are moving forward.

Now, even more I have decided to continue working overseas and not to return, perhaps just for food but NOT to stay here or even perhaps not to die here, come to think of it – it does not matter where you die you are dead.

No need to worry about Singapore. Singapore don’t worry about you or even care.

It is indeed very sad for me to hear from Singaporeans who are in such situation, rest assured I WILL hire Singaporean if the opportunity is available, but its up to you if you would like to leave – I know many Singaporeans are reluctant to leave for work overseas for many reasons.

Truly, I wish all of these Singaporeans ” KEEP YOUR HEAD HIGH and FOLLOW YOUR HEART WHATEVER IT TAKES”.  JUST DO IT…………

My best wishes to all.



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7 Responses to “Singaporean left for work abroad in 90s and decided not to return home”

  1. Owen says:

    Hi Matt,

    “No need to worry about Singapore. Singapore don’t worry about you or even care.”

    Very well said!!! This is what my thought too. So I have left sg too a few years ago and never look back. So happy now in down under and so surprised to know so many Singaporean there who left and settle down overseas.

  2. Jie Ming says:

    Hi Matt,

    No government in any country will worry for us. Same as Singapore. Therefore the first day I stepped into the working life, I never thought the government will help me so I worked as hard for myself. I always reminded myself there are no free lunch for us in this society.

    I mentioned in my reply to Daniel that there are plenty of reasons for stopping Singaporeans to work overseas but again I want to say it is better to try working overseas when young. In the event if you cannot it, you can still start again in Singapore it another country. The early bird catches the worms is right. If one think too much if wanted to work overseas, opportunities may be gone by the time they realized it.

  3. Low says:

    Nice article … I have been working overseas since I was 30 in Batam, Tokyo, Shanghai and Jakarta. Constantly looking for jobs in SG for the past 15 years without any interviews and sort of giving up any hope of returning.

    Never regretted leaving SG 15 years ago and now enjoying the fruit of my adventure …

    SG’reans are very popular choices in foreign MNCs management structure. If you are willing to bear the cost of culture differences, missing family at SG, and all sort of unfairness, inefficiency, you can command ard SGD10,000 – 15,000+ monthly.

    But opportunities are drying up fast as we r also competing with other powerhouses like China. Its now or never.

    Do not ask what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.

  4. bigozt says:

    “Do not ask what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.”

    Do not ask what your home country can do for you, ask what your HOST country can do for you.

  5. yes says:

    where would you recommend going?
    Am interested. Thanks

  6. Anthony Tan says:

    Hi Matt,

    You’ve done the right thing to stay put where you are right now. I will soon be heading back to London, the city where I have lived in the past 13 years, for good. With all those Singapore Day bullshits the SG government has been promoting overseas to entice Singaporeans to return home and contribute to the SG economy, Singapore companies, including the SG public sector, are still favouring Foreign Talents and NOT us the born and raise Singaporeans.

    • Matt says:

      Thank you Kindly Mr Tan,
      I wish you ever happiness, good health and prosperity.
      Wish we could meet someday to share our stories over a cup of nice Earl Grey Tea.
      Please do keep in touch. Email me.

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