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by midlet2013
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Unfair system for Citizenship Application
Replies: 88
Views: 12962

Re: Unfair system for Citizenship Application

Recently, my wife was telling me about a couple who is moving to Canada. They want to live here but their children PR was rejected even tho the parents are PR. So, you expect future citizens to be fully committed and yet you reserve the right to judge the usefulness of people who are willing to comm...
by midlet2013
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Unfair system for Citizenship Application
Replies: 88
Views: 12962

Re: Unfair system for Citizenship Application

I think the first course of action for the OP is to stop referring to these cases as his friends because you are clearly not friendship material. A citizenship is a reward for you past commitment to Singapore with a hope that it stays that way in future. Just hope, not a bond :)
by midlet2013
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Fresh PhD holder salary in industry
Replies: 7
Views: 4680

Re: Fresh PhD holder salary in industry

The reason why experience is preferred over Ph.D. or graduate degree is mainly due to the quality of managers here. Most can talk, delegate and pray. But they cannot mentor or train or teach or lead by example. Therefore, it is always safer to get someone who has low long-term potential but has some...
by midlet2013
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:45 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PR chances or pursue dream of my job?
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Re: PR chances or pursue dream of my job?

When I went to get PR card, they asked me if I am in the same job. I was but what I gathered is that it wont matter even if you change jobs. I suggest follow your dreams rather than compromize. Hi there! Just to shed some light on your situation, I applied for PR in April 2016. I quit the company wh...
by midlet2013
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Student Pass rejected
Replies: 16
Views: 2947

Re: Student Pass rejected

At the same time, it is possible some error happened in your STP application. So, appeal mite help. I did my PhD in Singapore. And my EP was rejected not once, but twice. Both due to misinformation in the application. Thanks to HR. And when I applied for PR later, I got it in one attempt despite the...
by midlet2013
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Student Pass rejected
Replies: 16
Views: 2947

Re: Student Pass rejected

Really sorry to hear this. I hope it works out for you. But working remotely does not sound good. Most PhD students anyways do courses in the first year or so . They really work with supervisors later on. My advice will be: Request NTU to defer admission by 1 semester. If your case is approved, join...
by midlet2013
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: How to manage a new maid who argues a lot
Replies: 29
Views: 21594

Re:

This is simply not possible unless you have spoken to the Indian maids which I doubt. So, you have basically heard such stories from others who may or may not be exaggerating. Although, I know of a India fren who is a nice guy but two of his maids ran away and one complained about his wife. So yes, ...
by midlet2013
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Renounced PR outside Singapore, how to return to Singapore?
Replies: 10
Views: 2004

Re: Renounced PR outside Singapore, how to return to Singapore?

Why dont u apply for visa. U can sponser her. I dont see why her visa shd be rejected if it is to complete formalities.
by midlet2013
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Decision on Purchasing House
Replies: 38
Views: 13467

Re: Decision on Purchasing House

I think a better way to put it would be Financial Freedom rather than Early Retirement. If I dont need to work for money, I can be happier n enjoy working more. Whether one does gardening or research should not matter, as long as its his passion. However, dont defend Conservative, SafePlay and Compr...
by midlet2013
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Decision on Purchasing House
Replies: 38
Views: 13467

Re: Decision on Purchasing House

Thanks Valleyman and everyone else. I guess the gist is Long term plans. I dont have cuz I can leave, mainly for better career opportunities. And I feel I am very close now. Wd40 fails to generalize. Every answer is based on his own experiences which I guess is a bit negative due to Sg policy on ind...
by midlet2013
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Decision on Purchasing House
Replies: 38
Views: 13467

Re: Decision on Purchasing House

Honestly, instead of whining about costs and doing unnecessary cost analysis which is beyond my control, I would focus on growing my earning potential by career advancement . I am not worried about 2k rents and have never considered buying an apartment just to save a bit more, which is the de facto ...
by midlet2013
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Decision on Purchasing House
Replies: 38
Views: 13467

Re: Decision on Purchasing House

@Wd40 : What would you do if you were a PR. The reason why I have not bought a house is bcus I cannot settle in a place just to save rent. I should be convinced that my career is good and I am doing well and am happy. Unfortunately, Singapore is not 100% convincing when it comes to my field of work ...
by midlet2013
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Decision on Purchasing House
Replies: 38
Views: 13467

Decision on Purchasing House

Hi How can I decide what kind of house to buy in case I want to? My wife and I are PR (8 yrs and almost 3 yrs). So we can buy HDB if we want. But we can probably afford more also. In short, we both have Phds and have decent careers with potential growth in future (I am a data scientist which is in d...
by midlet2013
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Term or Life Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 3184

Re: RE: Term or Life Insurance

ok thats a good point. i think the premium > 175$ a month. but depends on content of the package. i think we can afford to pay, but my intention is to understand how useful n necessary something like Term Insurance is. i hope some other people also answer so i get diverse perspective. Hi I would lik...
by midlet2013
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Term or Life Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 3184

Term or Life Insurance

Hi I would like some info/advice on whether I shd take Term Insurance. My wife is keen on it. Currently, we are convered by medical insurance from our companies. We also upgraded MediSave/Shield with Aviva which allows in-patient coverage (quite comprehensive, includes Private hospitals). But recent...

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