by Brina Tan
Growing up was difficult as my father was often out of town for work. As a result, he and my mother had an estranged relationship. I became the messenger whenever they had to communicate on matters of the home, as well as the main caretaker for my younger siblings. These responsibilities made me grow up much faster than my peers.
Once I became an adult, I figured I had to depend on sheer diligence and tenacity to succeed. Having zero trusts in men, I was all ready to focus on my career and be single for life. A job opportunity came in 2010 and I relocated to Hong Kong, as I was curious to “see the world”. My husband (then-boyfriend) and I also began our long distance relationship the day I left Singapore.