Fall in love with a Singaporean? No, thanks

Ask her to be your girlfriend and she will turn it down in a flash.

Having worked here for nine years, Miss Jean Castro, a Filipino domestic worker, says she "doesn't need such problems to disrupt her work life in Singapore".

The 39-year-old says: "It is better to have peace of mind. I will avoid such things at all cost."

The single mother-of-two is not fond of the idea of finding a man here.

When she was told by her previous employer during a casual conversation of the Marriage Restriction Policy, she wondered why anyone would even want to get into such a dilemma even if approval can be given.

"What is the point of expecting and hoping that everything will work out like a fairy tale when the law says you shouldn't?" she says.

Not that Miss Castro has not been approached.

"When male friends end up asking if I want to be more than friends, I just get straight to the point and tell them that I don't want to be in a relationship."

Determined to fulfil her dreams from the time she got here, Miss Castro claims no relationship or marriage proposal can deter her from that path.

Her dream? To give her family a better life and save enough money to build a boarding house for university students in her hometown in Iloilo City.

"I never came here to have a relationship. I came here just to work and help provide for my family in the Philippines.

"I have a plot of land near a university and my dream has always been to build a boarding house and rent it to students," she says.

"I have to think about the long-term income for my family and providing a good life for them is my biggest dream.

This article was first published on Jan 18, 2015.
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