My wife has completed her 2017 annual performance review and she just received her remuneration outcome – higher basic salary and a bonus. This is a better result than 2016, where she received no basic salary increase and a smaller bonus. That’s to be expected given that 2017 is a better year for the economy and bank compared to 2016.

I’m happy for my wife. She stepped up to fill in for a higher level role and worked hard to perform well. Even though she became busier with work, she improved her time-management skills to squeeze in personal training and gym sessions. I can see her evolving in so many ways to be better and I’m pleased.

The longer we work in Singapore, the more we start to expect a year-end bonus for our efforts. It’s our 4th year working here and we still can’t get over how big a …