Yvonne Lim worries about son adapting to Singapore's education system when family moves back from Taiwan next year

The local actress opens up about her decision to move back, juggling education and safety concerns for her kids

Local actress Yvonne Lim said the earthquakes in Taiwan is one of the two reasons she’s moving back to Singapore.
Local actress Yvonne Lim said the earthquakes in Taiwan is one of the two reasons she’s moving back to Singapore. (PHOTO: Instagram/yvonnelim928)

This is home, truly - for local actress Yvonne Lim.

Lim has spoken about her love for Singapore and desire to return home, but she recently shed more light in an interview with Shin Min Daily News.

Plans have been made to return to Singapore next year and Lim is making preparations, along with searching for a suitable residence and interior designer.

Lim has been living in Taiwan after marrying former Taiwanese boy band member Alex Tien. They have two children together - Alex Junior, eight, and Alexa, six.

She is especially worried about her son’s ability to adapt to the education system here and shared, “He’s eight now, in Primary Four, I’m worried he can’t keep up so my husband and I have considered dropping him a level. His sister is six and it’s still okay. If we move back next year, she’ll start from Primary One.”

Though Taiwan schools teach lessons in Mandarin, compared to Singapore which uses English, Lim said that her children’s standard of English is “still okay”.

Lim also revealed that there’s not much for them to bring over to Singapore, as they’ll still keep their house, in Taipei so they can go back during the holidays and visit her husband’s family.

“I’m now considering whether bring back the pots I usually use. Because I love to cook, if I don’t bring them back, I’m afraid I might not get used to it when I cook here,” she added.

Moving back because of earthquakes

She has two big reasons for moving back, one is her children’s education but the other is because of the earthquakes.

Lim told Shin Min, “Taiwan frequently has earthquakes, it happens a few times a year. Even though it’s for a few short minutes, and sometimes not even a minute, but time feels very slow when it’s happening.

“The scariest was when there was an earthquake for three consecutive days, so that’s why we prepared a survival bag in the house, with earthquake helmets, space blankets, and other things.

“When an earthquake happens, we’ll help the kids put on the helmet, and hide under the table, to avoid getting hit by falling objects.”

Whenever there’s an earthquake, Lim and her son will feel scared and anxious.

“My son will ask, ‘When are we returning to Singapore?’ My daughter is more like her dad - they’re calmer and feel like everything will be fine as the earthquake will end after a while,” she said.

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