Career path vs Family. I guess with Morris coming along, the intention and the career minded self changed to one who prefer to spend more time with family. Having more energy to priortise and focus on the loved ones are far more important than to advance in career. Unfortunately with the high living standard in Singapore, both parents are required to work so to own a relatively comfortable lifestyle. I hope that my priorties remains unchanged and family should always come first at all times.
Education vs Affordability for Morris. We have been speculating alot when it comes to putting Morris in school. The seperation anxiety from GrandmaKwan is severe and it is extremely difficult to find a school that meets her requirement. After some discussion, we decided to place Morris in a playgroup - Chelseakidz while still having grandmaKwan to babysit him. The playgroup is a 2 hours session from Mon-Fri which we believe it will let Morris to explore a little more. Most importantly, it is for him to grow some independency as well as to be less shy like how he is now. It cost us alot more than the usual playgroup but We just hope to bring him FUN which we are not providing at the moment.
Traveling. Both of us loves traveling and exploring new countries. This year wise, we hope to explore places we have yet been to instead of going to Taiwan / Hong Kong again. Hoping that we can clock in either Korea / Australia this time round. Adding on, my first Girlfriend trip to Tokyo together with Cynthia will happen in March!!! So excited that this is materializing! Something i have not done before but i know with Cynthia along, things will be awesome!
Home Sweet Home. Something that will change this year is that we will own our a place that is ours. The need involved in maintaining cleaniniess for the place as well as grocery shopping (oh! i love Groceries shopping) for our home. Most importantly, hosting for gatherings and have friends coming over for meals are what we hope to have in future!
Self-reflection. I guess i am lacking the drive in life and i do hope that in 2017, i can find something that i really like doing and have passion in as it does feel kind of sucky to be leading a mandane life. Or maybe this is the path for me. Will be looking at courses to attend for the year and i am considering to pick up property license. Let's see how it goes!
Savings. With increase in expenses as well as school fees for Morris, it may be difficult to maintain the current savings target. I need to review and adjust the target to ensure that a certain amount is set aside for monthly savings. I am hoping to save at least $1000 a month? lol! Afterall, renovation cost us a bomb and savings greatly depleted.
Okay, Hoping for the best in 2017!
Tan Family signing off.