The $5 Challenge

According to the Department of Statistics, 105,000 families in Singapore are earning on average $1,500 or less per month. After paying utilities, schooling, housing rental or loan instalments and medicals, they are left with about $5 a day for food and transport per family member. 

Only $5 a day for food and transport, do you think that’s possible? To find out, I took up the $5 Challenge, an online initiative by Singaporeans Against Poverty. Follow my journey on instagram to see how I fare.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far. (1) To save transport costs, I would need to find a job near where I stay. (2) Eating out is not an option. (3) It’s really hard to eat healthy on a shoestring budget.

My $5 challenge ends tomorrow. Honestly, I feel relieved that it’s ending, and I cannot imagine living like this every day. The cruel truth is it’s impossible to eradicate poverty in any society. But what can we do to minimise poverty, and help the poor gain social mobility?

Goodbye Singapore, Hello Beijing

Hi there.

By the time you read this, we’d be on the way to Beijing, and wouldn’t return until eight sunsets later. We’ll be deconstructing Peking ducks, sneaking into ancient courtyards and scaling the great firewall of China. Awesome. But right now, I need to sit on my luggage to make sure it doesn’t pop prematurely. See you!

xx

Oh. My. Gosh.

A good half of the photos in this blog now have broken links because someone in Facebook Inc. did something to my albums. Pulls hair.

While I try to fix that, a long and tedious journey beckons, please employ your imagination when browsing ancient posts.