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by Cath C
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Average Ex-Pat Packages Now..
Replies: 67
Views: 36605

17k per month is crazy high rent imho Yeah, it definitely is. This guy started off with a high allowance because he had a few kids and the allowance was largely based on family size. He also came from Australia, where everyone has a big backyard and wouldn't come to Singapore if he had to change hi...
by Cath C
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Average Ex-Pat Packages Now..
Replies: 67
Views: 36605

Base salary was $240Kpa plus 25K car allowance, schooling paid for (2 kids) and then all the normal relocation stuff - 10% allowance (so $24K) shipping home flights, home search with a reloaction agent, 4 weeks temp accommodation etc. A healthy package and comparable to ones that we did fairly regul...
by Cath C
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Offer to move to Singapore
Replies: 16
Views: 3484

Basically, there are 2 types of accommodation that you'd be looking at renting - either an HDB flat or a condo. HDB flats are cheaper, but not as nice and don't have facilities like swimming pool, gym etc. Condos are more expensive but are often brand new and very nice. If you get an older condo (ie...
by Cath C
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Ballet School for Toddlers required
Replies: 15
Views: 22436

Great that you found somewhere. For others thatmight read this thread, I know there is also a dance school on the east cost called Crestar which is meant to be quite good and does take toddlers.

HOpe your little one enjoys the classes. :)
by Cath C
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Moving to Singapore as a mid-twenties couple from UK
Replies: 5
Views: 2543

You should be fine meeting people and on the whole, Singapore isan easy place to live - safe, clean, excellent transport, good food. Are you also planning to work? I ask because if you're not married to your partner you'll need to work out your own employment pass etc. Other things you might want to...
by Cath C
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: happy holidays everyone!
Replies: 7
Views: 2704

Merry Christmas everyone! A quick joke to celebrate the festive season: When four of Santa's elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mom was comi...
by Cath C
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: may i have chance of getting work permit
Replies: 3
Views: 2178

Perhaps try this thread - someone in a similar situation. The general sense is that, for minor misdemeanors you could have a chance.

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by Cath C
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: may i have chance of getting work permit
Replies: 3
Views: 2178

I've said it many times before - you lose nothing by trying.

Whatever you do, don't lie about it as they'll run a background check on you anyway. (Not saying you were planning to but...well....just in case).
by Cath C
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Insurance
Topic: Do International Health Insurance plans work in Singapore?
Replies: 11
Views: 16599

We use Cigna and don't have any problems. I've also worked with a couple of MNC's that use Cigna for all their expats. Might be worth a look.
by Cath C
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Financing from Singapore Banks as investment &asset management co.
Replies: 11
Views: 4457

Re: Financing from Singapore Banks as investment &asset manage

Hello, I have a business idea investing in properties where most of my careers related to, but not much experience in lending from banks. I would like to set-up a Ptd Ltd and get financing 50%-80% and invest in Malaysian properties and high yield stocks for diversification purposes. Basically the c...
by Cath C
Sat, 22 Dec 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Child Psychologist recommendation?
Replies: 22
Views: 16771

the best thing is to have him properly assessed for any developmental disorders by a certified psychologist in order to rule out what he is or isn't. I think this is sensible - he mightnoteven have any kindofdisorder, but could benefit from some behavioural strategies to make things easier (at scho...
by Cath C
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Career advice in Finance & Accounting
Replies: 35
Views: 10420

Hi JR8, It was really interesting. How could he ask to talk with the person who would make the decision? Though mostly the company will pass it to the HR. Yes, it will need some balls to do it....I don't have that big...but I guess I have to start to try it. Aside to Cath, how can I know about the ...
by Cath C
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Child Psychologist recommendation?
Replies: 22
Views: 16771

If you don't need someone specialising in autism (sounds like you want someone more general) try Katy Harris at Kaleidoscope. She's not a psychologist, but a behavioural therapist. Might be able to help.
by Cath C
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Career advice in Finance & Accounting
Replies: 35
Views: 10420

I didn't realise that you had some local experience - that will help. A MNC may be more willing to recognise your overseas experience. I'd recommend approaching some recruitment agencies first. Check jobs.db and jobstreet.com. See which recruiters are active in your market for finance roles. Aproach...
by Cath C
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Business in Singapore
Topic: Private Home tuition . I Need Advice Please.
Replies: 8
Views: 4431

I'm not sure how you figure a course/seminar on digital imaging falls into " religion, race or community, cause, or political end" . Do YOU see a connection? The wording is quite ambiguous isn't it? I would have taken it to mean any one of these: any seminar, any conference, any workshop,...

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