In the last two years of my high school days, my father was retrenched. He was unable to perform optimally at work due to a yearlong lever complication. My mum took over and became the driving force of the family. She pushed and helped my father setup our small, book rental shop; she made cakes and tidbits for me to sell in school, etc. Despite all efforts, my parents still couldn’t afford to enroll me in a decent university. No doubt, I’d receive financial assistance from my uncles and aunts; but, imagine if I had to put up with such emotional responsibility for the rest of my life!
Fortunately, I received a full scholarship to study abroad; my parents did not have to spend a single penny, not for study, nor for allowance and accommodation. My allowance was good enough to fulfill my needs, and even supported my pursue in religious study and spirituality.