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by GSM8
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Travel & Holidays
Topic: Rent a car in Australia during holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 315

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: 522

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: 690

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: 24
Views: 22522

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: 24
Views: 22522

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: 24
Views: 22522

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: 21
Views: 7627

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: 1510

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...
by GSM8
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Business in Singapore
Topic: Social engineering: convincing stateside Americans that Singapore is not horrible
Replies: 8
Views: 1919

Re: Social engineering: convincing stateside Americans that Singapore is not horrible

Singapore IS the choice of location for arbitration. The court system is open and uncorrupted. It also has a lower cost option: "The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)" which is the only arbitration institution in Singapore. The SIAC administers most of its cases under its own Rules ...
by GSM8
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Singapore PR chances based on scheme
Replies: 20
Views: 6139

Re: Singapore PR chances based on scheme

He'll probably get it under the family ties scheme as Singapore does not like to lose Doctors and as he's married and if he cannot get PR, when his PEP is up, they might just tell Sg to KMA! Or the ICA may look at it as doctor is unlikely to migrate out of Singapore as licensing/registration in oth...
by GSM8
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?
Replies: 8
Views: 1958

Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

1 gbps is only the theoretical "last mile" speed from the providers (e.g. Singtel) server to you. Actual speeds are limited by the data speeds along the path to the node you are connecting to (limited by intercontinental under sea fiber + server where the website is hosted). Typically speeds are as ...
by GSM8
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 9:31 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Self deposit in Singapore CPF account.
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: Self deposit in Singapore CPF account.

VJK - what are you trying to achieve? You can do cash top ups or if you are self employed you can pay your CPF EE/ER contributions as well. I think the point that OP may be trying to make is that if he has no Singapore source income, any contribution to CPF would voluntary and there are no tax (ded...
by GSM8
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PTS Scheme or Spouse Scheme for PR application
Replies: 7
Views: 1572

Re: PTS Scheme or Spouse Scheme for PR application

Family ties scheme. Please search previous posts in the forum. Its been addressed in fair amount of detail. Thanks for the reply! I try search in the forum but couldn’t get any relevant thread with such topics. Can you advise which Thread addressed such topic? Much appreciated. I found a few releva...
by GSM8
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PTS Scheme or Spouse Scheme for PR application
Replies: 7
Views: 1572

Re: PTS Scheme or Spouse Scheme for PR application

Family ties scheme. Please search previous posts in the forum. Its been addressed in fair amount of detail.

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