By Charlene Chua,
The New Paper,
Monday, February 10, 2014
This is his first Chinese New Year as a dad. So in accordance with Chinese custom, one of the first things that Terence Cao did was to send his three-year-old daughter, who is living in Shanghai with her mum, a nice hongbao.
He declined to reveal how much he gave her, but laughed at the fact that when she received it, she "couldn't be bothered" with it. He said that he has worked out a plan to spend time with his daughter.
Since she will be with her mum during Chinese New Year and visiting her relatives in Shanghai, he will make a trip there later in the year to see her.
Cao made headlines when he found out two years ago that he had fathered a child with a Shanghainese woman after she came here and introduced him to his daughter.
He said that he has remained good friends with his daughter's mum and is now focusing on being a dad. "I love my daughter a lot and we'll try to communicate on as many social media platforms.
"We FaceTime on a daily basis and what I've learnt is to let her lead the conversation. I've never been a parent so I'm learning new things about her every day. I don't think it's that difficult being a dad, being a mum is way more tough.
"As a dad, you get to be the good cop and ask her what she wants me to buy her, while mum is all about colds, fevers and cleaning up," he said. He added that his daughter can talk the whole day and he's the one who has to keep up with her.
"I will never separate mother and daughter, so I have decided to pay for my daughter to be educated in good schools in Shanghai instead of Singapore. I'm grateful for the chance to experience fatherhood."
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