My Money: ‘My daughter’s therapy costs £5,490 each month’
Matt is 39 and has lived in Singapore for 11 years. He works for one of the big tech companies as a cyber security consultant. His wife Imelda works in IT for a large pharmaceutical company.
Matt and Imelda have a daughter named Alex who is four and has special needs. They rent a three bedroom flat in River Valley, central Singapore.
Singapore is mandating work-from-home, or “telecommuting” as much as possible due to Covid-19 and today was back-to-back meetings for me so I didn’t leave my bedroom very much as my workspace is at the end of my bed. Imelda works from home as well and her workspace is in the lounge/diner.
At the end of the day we had chicken rice (a Singapore staple).
Amazingly, $0 spent today!
Another day of the same… working from home. I was up at 05:00 this morning, partly because I wanted to watch the recording of Man Utd vs Southampton, but also because I had some documents to read and updates to prepare before the day started.
I was supposed to make smoothies for lunch today as part of our healthy week, we had already bought the ingredients at the weekend, but decided on going out for lunch instead. Imelda and I went to Kurry Korner in River Valley, one of our favourite Indian restaurants. We had the vegetarian lunch set, a total of Singapore $17.60 (£9.86) for the two of us.
Imelda was in the mood to order breakfast this morning, so we ordered from Fun Toast to start the day. A sardines toast, hot coffee and a mee siam set us back Singapore $15.29 including the Singapore $4.99 delivery from Food Panda.
I had a quiet morning and needed to get some thinking time in so I was able to walk through the neighbourhood for over an hour. I like walking through our neighbourhood because we live on the edge of a suburb of houses valued into the tens of millions of dollars. We will never afford them, but nice to look at!
Another afternoon of full on meetings and taking my daughter to her speech therapy session. As there is no NHS for us here, we aren’t Singapore citizens with a government backed medical savings scheme, the bill is Singapore $190 for an hour with a private therapist. We’ve been seeing value in Alex’s speech therapy but two sessions of this per week soon adds up!
We have a home cooked dinner tonight so that’s no spend today but it’s my Mum’s birthday soon so I transfer £150 to my sister to put towards the B&Q vouchers we are buying for some home improvements.
Total spend: Singapore $205.29 (£115.06) + £150
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