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by GSM8
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Online stock brokers in Singapore
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Online stock brokers in Singapore

Looking for experiences/suggestions/pros-cons for online stock brokers who will open trading accounts for US citizens living in Singapore, who do not have a US mailing address Charles Schwab used to but now they are shutting shop and closing existing accounts. One alternative seems to be TD Ameritra...
by GSM8
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: MY SPR friends around or above 55 have a positive view on CPF compared to SC
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: MY SPR friends around or above 55 have a positive view on CPF compared to SC

Totally concur with your take and could never understand why many here seem to consider CPF as gahmen "stealing". Don't forget SRS either. A massive savings on income tax for both SPR and foreigners. One point about SRS though - it does indeed reduce ones current tax bill, but 50% of the withdrawal ...
by GSM8
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: The '$1.5mil' man
Replies: 11
Views: 811

Re: The '$1.5mil' man

The real issue is the rapacious management committee which is dominated by a bunch of idiots charging ridiculous fees. The Management rules sounded pretty ridiculous as well... As is so common, the messenger got shot (at least at the outset) There probably was a problem with non-residents parking o...
by GSM8
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 1:26 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Eagles Landing at Muddy's - Oct 25th 2019 - by request of SMS
Replies: 28
Views: 2938

Re: Eagles Landing at Muddy's - Oct 25th 2019 - by request of SMS

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:31 pm
Have a good flight GSM8!
Thanks SMS! I'm overdue for what seems to have become a trend of annual participation in an Eagles convocation. If possible I'll catch the next one before the year end, Gregorian or Chinese :wink:
by GSM8
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Eagles Landing at Muddy's - Oct 25th 2019 - by request of SMS
Replies: 28
Views: 2938

Re: Eagles Landing at Muddy's - Oct 25th 2019 - by request of SMS

I wont be able to make it to this one as I am flying out that evening. Hope to catch up on the next
by GSM8
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Should PMD be banned?
Replies: 16
Views: 1248

Re: Should PMD be banned?

I think PMDs are counter productive and they should be banned outright. Firstly, PMDs mean people dont get that "last mile" walk needed to promote a healthy population. Secondly, PMDs contribute to more traffic on the road not less, because reckless PMD riders mean that people who would otherwise co...
by GSM8
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Travel & Holidays
Topic: Rent a car in Australia during holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Rent a car in Australia during holidays

I know Japan requires the so called official "international DL" to accompany your local DL, and car rental companies there explicitly remind you of it while booking. But as SE said most other countries don't need it. I also rented in Aus and NZ from local (non-intl) rental companies and they didn't ...
by GSM8
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: IT - how to know if my email has been read?
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: IT - how to know if my email has been read?

From what I read somewhere a while ago, "'read receipt" feedback to the sender is based on a small embedded pixel in the email. So if you have a default of "load images", this pixel gets loaded automatically and the sender knows for sure the time and location that you opened it, regardless of whethe...
by GSM8
Sun, 24 Mar 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Can PRC driver license be used in Singapore on 6 month visit?
Replies: 2
Views: 780

Can PRC driver license be used in Singapore on 6 month visit?

Can a PR China driver license with official translation be used used to drive in Singapore on a 6 month visit? (its for my visiting father in law who knows driving well, but has not driven outside of China, and might need to drive my car occasionally while here) I checked the Singapore Police web si...
by GSM8
Sun, 24 Mar 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What happens if entry is refused by ICA at airport ?
Replies: 25
Views: 23826

Re: What happens if entry is refused by ICA at airport ?

Thanks for all the info. Updating my earlier post on this thread. At boarding in Beijing, airline did not ask parents-in-law for return ticket as they could see the return segment (albeit for 6 months later). At entry in Singapore also ICA didn't ask for anything and stamped a short visit pass - my ...
by GSM8
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What happens if entry is refused by ICA at airport ?
Replies: 25
Views: 23826

Re: What happens if entry is refused by ICA at airport ?

Thanks zzm9980 and PNGMK. We also figured more of an issue at the airline checkin counter in Beijing than at ICA. Original r/t business class ticket return date cant be changed without incurring a significant change fee as it was a discounted fare. On an earlier instance they flew in on one booking ...
by GSM8
Wed, 27 Feb 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What happens if entry is refused by ICA at airport ?
Replies: 25
Views: 23826

Re: What happens if entry is refused by ICA at airport ?

We face a somewhat similar situation and appreciate any experiences or opinions that fellow forummers can share. My wife's parents will be visiting us from China next month (my wife is originally from China, now Singaporean). Her parents have visited us before but only for a month at a time. This ti...
by GSM8
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: The Eagles are going to land on the 8th of March
Replies: 34
Views: 10202

Re: The Eagles are going to land on the 8th of March

Out of town this time. Would have joined if here
by GSM8
Sun, 10 Feb 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Credit Card Points
Replies: 5
Views: 1602

Re: Credit Card Points

Seems a good deal if you like to fly biz class for personal travel (less so for economy class though). Typically a $3000 r/t ticket in SQ biz class will cost 70-80k frequent flyer miles on award redemption. Derating slightly because award tickets don't earn miles, that's still about 4c/mile. Typical...

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