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by offshoreoildude
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Drove to Kuantan on the long weekend
Replies: 40
Views: 11319

You can try Bukit Tinggi. It has French-themed resort up there. Went there when it first opened and it was really relaxing and romantic (keyword for your missus there!). It has been years since it was opened. I wonder if it is still as good. Closer than Genting and Cameron. http://www.colmartropica...
by offshoreoildude
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Potential move with 3 kids from the UK - can I afford it
Replies: 6
Views: 2893

Re: Potential move with 3 kids from the UK - can I afford it

Look at using a local school for the first 4 years (P1 to P4 are ok - it's only P5 onwards that the madness starts IME). But if the children aged 5 and 6 are going to try for local schools, wouldn't they go in the 'foreigner's school-place lottery'? I.e. one could end up at school at Changi and the...
by offshoreoildude
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Somebody is happy being a PR
Replies: 10
Views: 3323

11. Having an NRIC number for the whorehouses in Geylang 12. Knowing that having your IC stole will cost you $300 13. Knowing that your sons must do national service 14. Knowing that you can no longer run to "your" embassy when you run over some kids when drunk or Singapore has a national ...
by offshoreoildude
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Somebody is happy being a PR
Replies: 10
Views: 3323

Let's email him in a few years ....
by offshoreoildude
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: I.U Gripe!
Replies: 36
Views: 14180

Wouldn't tapping directly to the battery drain said battery over a period of time if not used? Wouldn't it be better to tap into the headlight supply? In Singapore the bike's headlight switched on automatically when the ignition is on? So, to me, that would make more sense. The older ones drain a b...
by offshoreoildude
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Typical interpretation of standard TA and Diplomatic clause
Replies: 11
Views: 3146

Re: Typical interpretation of standard TA and Diplomatic cla

Another way to look at it is that you have already paid 2-month rent's deposit to enter the 2-year lease. An extension of lease does not require additional deposit on top of what you have already paid. Hence it will not be treated as new lease. AND the diplomatic clause is no longer in effect becau...
by offshoreoildude
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 9:18 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Potential move with 3 kids from the UK - can I afford it
Replies: 6
Views: 2893

Re: Potential move with 3 kids from the UK - can I afford it

Dear All, We are a family with 3 kids (6,5 and 2 years) and have an offer to relocate to Singapore. The gross salary is around $210K per year and we would prefer international schools for the kids and a 3-4 bed condo minimum. Having read through many threads it looks like things could be tight espe...
by offshoreoildude
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 7:47 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Am i eligible?
Replies: 3
Views: 2187

Re: Am i eligible?

Hi I'm 30 f, Malaysian Chinese, recently got my PR couple of months before. I earn a basic $3500. Profession nurse. Been working here for 5 yrs. Married a foreigner(not PR). He don't wanna settle down in Singapore as he's self employed overseas and don't really think finding a job in Singapore not ...
by offshoreoildude
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 7:45 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: What are my chances to get a work permit?
Replies: 3
Views: 2761

Re: What are my chances to get a work permit?

Hello everyone, I'm sure similar questions has been asked a lot of times, so apologize for maybe bringing a boring question to the board, but I really hope someone can help me with an honest opinion. I am currently in Norway where I work for a company doing recruitment towards the oil & gas ind...
by offshoreoildude
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: UK EXPAT RETIRING IN SINGAPORE
Replies: 31
Views: 12241

The thing about Singapore is; although the cost of living is high, if you have bought a property or 2 here at the right prices, then the high COL actually works in your favour. There are several people here who do nothing but just enjoy income from rental. Developing countries will always remain de...
by offshoreoildude
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Western women runners
Replies: 34
Views: 6902

BillyB wrote:A little off topic, but why do people jog down boat quay at night when it's jam packed with people drinking?


Show off teetotallers...
by offshoreoildude
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: How not to SMS a Job Recruiter
Replies: 16
Views: 6315

Apart from the lack of english skills, the other thing to note is the applicant clearly doesnt care about the job. See how he/she has replied back to the recruiter. So childish. But I would imagine that the person is a exception and hence it appears on stomp. They're the norm actually. I normally h...
by offshoreoildude
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Bringing domestic helper with us from HK when we move
Replies: 4
Views: 1902

Leeleeandy wrote:Thanks for that I will check out that link.
She is from the Philippines.


He nationality is a big +

Have a look through the MOM website.

Worse case you might have to engage (pay) a maid agency to process her FDW pass.

Be aware you have to pay a levy (really a tax) on her here.
by offshoreoildude
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: any idea what's the average income for senior web developer
Replies: 10
Views: 4082

Web developers are dime a dozen in Singapore. There are throngs of Indians who know Java and .Net here and many of them trailing spouses working on LoCs for as little as $2.5-$3.5k I would say in the IT skills spectrum, web development is one of the lowest if not the lowest. True - I forgot the S-p...
by offshoreoildude
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Moms-to-be & Moms Group
Topic: Diapers in large quantities
Replies: 6
Views: 5222

Carrefour or Giant in JB might do it.

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