To­gether, yet apart

Me-time, cou­ple-time and fam­ily time – ELISA CHIA en­joyed them all dur­ing a four-day get­away at this Bin­tan re­sort.

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Watch our video. Visit www. young­par­ sg/dig­i­tal. Should we leave our kids be­hind and go on a va­ca­tion? It had been a while since my hus­band and I spent qual­ity time to­gether.

It turns out that I’m not the only one who’s en­ter­tained this idea. A re­cent Ex­pe­ sur­vey found that 41 per cent of par­ents in Sin­ga­pore would do that, mak­ing them tops among fam­i­lies in Asia – ahead of Hong Kong (27 per cent), Tai­wan (23 per cent) and Malaysia (19 per cent).

But when we broached the sub­ject with the kids, our five-year-old son turned on the wa­ter­works. Then there was the dis­ap­pointed look on our 10-year-old daugh­ter’s face.

Guilt won and we caved in. We would make it another fam­ily hol­i­day, but at Club Med. The re­sort chain al­ways comes to mind when we want to take a break from the

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