So many questions for S'porean father

So many questions for S'porean father

SINGAPORE - With a name like Yan Faye, she would not stand out in Singapore.

But she is a Filipina who grew up in Cavite, a province in the Philippines.

There, her name gets strange looks. The 21-year-old also stands out due to her facial features and fair complexion.

During her school days, she was ridiculed by her Filipino classmates, who said she "didn't belong there".

She was repeatedly told to "go back to where she came from".

But where does she belong?

Miss Yan is not sure.

Her biological father is a Singaporean.

More than 20 years ago, her mother fell in love with him after leaving her village in 1991 to work as a domestic helper here.

She was less than a year into her contract when she met Miss Yan's father. He was working at a watch shop in Lucky Plaza.

"My mum wanted to buy a watch and after talking for some time, he gave her a discount and they started dating," she says.

In 1993, Miss Yan's mother went back to the Philippines after her contract ended. She had planned to return to be with her boyfriend.

Then, she found out she was pregnant.

She knew the risk she had taken. The rules for working here were clear - if she was pregnant, she would not be able to have her baby here, nor would she be able to return to Singapore.

Miss Yan was born in her mother's hometown that September.

At first, her father travelled between the two countries while her mother was pregnant. But after the third trip, just before Miss Yan was born, he stopped.

When she got him on the phone once, he said he stopped calling her because he had lost her number.

Those who were kind called Miss Yan a love child. Many others used harsher terms.

Her mother married a navy officer in the Philippines just after Miss Yan turned one.

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