Mr Aziz suffered hardship due to harsh working conditions experienced. This allowed him to learn values such as resilience, and changing his perception of life being easy. Although working in the Japanese Occupation was tough, he did not give up as he needed that money for his family to survive.
People had to use ration cards to get what they need due to the scarcity of necessities. This may be another option of getting food, but when the Japanese Occupation leaves, it gets tougher for them to earn money as they are not used to it.
Tan Hwee Hock had shown us that daily communities were valuable during the Japanese Occupation where he had to collect grains of rice outside a warehouse from warehouse labourers carrying gunny sacks of rice. For K Nadarajah, he needs to buy simple food like meat, eggs and rice at high prices at the black market. Teenagers had to change their daily lifestyle and adapt to war life style to earn money to support the family in terms of financial issues. Food and water was also very hard to earn at that time with even some women taking up jobs.
Joseph Seah managed to get a job at the Japanese Broadcast Station in the early 1943 to help his mother earn money to raise his 8 other siblings. Some teenagers would start work in order to support their families like Joseph Seah to buy food supplies. They would either take over or help out at their parents' workplace or find a new job.
Tan Ban Cheng continued to pursue his studies and he noticed that the school facilities remained poor during the Japanese Occupation. The schools were not well-maintained and even had a shortage of textbooks for the students to study.
Ever since he started working for the Japanese Occupation, subjects taught in school had remained the same like History and Geography but the language taught was different when English was changed to Japanese. The sports CCAs did not change but more cost-intensive CCAs like photography club were unable to sustain during the occupation.