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Like many parents, I sent my eight-year-old daughter Deborah for extra lessons during the June school holidays which end today. But she didn't attend an enrichment centre in Singapore; she spent three days at an elementary school in Cauayan city, a nine-hour drive north of the Philippine capital Manila. It came about after my daughter came home from school in early January asking why she did not get to go overseas during the December school holidays. "My classmates went skiing and to Disneyland," she protested. Our family did not go away on holiday last December, but we have taken our children to Malaysia, Thailand and Japan previously. My wife and I were taken aback that children as young as eight were already comparing where they went for vacations. Worried about where this might lead, we wondered how to give our daughter a bit more perspective about life and holidays. W...

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