It was decades back, and I needed to decide on which university courses to enroll. My parents are uneducated and my elder siblings are diploma grads back then. They cannot help much in my decision.


My childhood ambition is to be lawyer. Unfortunately, coming from poverty-stricken family and living in a less than desirable estate with hokkien or mandarin speaking environment, my “England is not powderful” enough for me to be a lawyer. This is despite my photographic memory and good analytical and debating abilities.
I then look to my second choice as an architect. I did my research and find out that I probably need 8-10 years in university and apprenticeship, before I can earn enough. “My mum will be so old by then”, I thought!


It was in the nineties and Singapore had so many developments ahead and engineers were highly sought after