“When I get angry, those living above and below me could hear me [scold my son],” Jeff, who is now based in Taiwan, said.
“In our community group chat, someone even said, ‘I think I heard something’. Truth be told, what they heard was me.”
The 45-year-old was in Singapore for two weeks to renew his permanent residency. He also spent time visiting friends and explored the possibility of bringing Taiwanese F&B businesses to Singapore.
Jeff’s 14-year-old son, whom he has with his Singaporean ex-wife, arrived here earlier for a longer holiday.
This single father’s way of teaching his son, only known to the public as Qi, used to be traditional and strict.
As an advocate of the Chinese idiom, “beating is a sign of affection and scolding is a sign of love”, Jeff said that he’s now parenting differently from before.
After an instance where he spanked his son so hard that he left an imprint on the boy’s buttocks, Jeff stopped physical punishments.