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by beppi
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Can EP holder with an MNC work as part time teacher in a private institute?
Replies: 12
Views: 2014

Re: Can EP holder with an MNC work as part time teacher in a private institute?

The OP sent this to me (and probably not just a few others) by PM - and also did the same on at least one other Internet forum (I received a PM from him there, too!). He is thus extremely Kiasu and I would call him a SPAMmer. He does not deserve your constructive replies - but that MoM is monitoring...
by beppi
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Expats not living the typical expat life?
Replies: 33
Views: 15390

Re: Expats not living the typical expat life?

Yeah, it's been quite a while!
The birth of our son (who is male and thus not SG citizen for the known reasons) made my long-term plans to return to the country one day next to impossible, thus I'm not a regular on the forum any more - I was just bored today and checked back for sentimental reasons!
by beppi
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Expats not living the typical expat life?
Replies: 33
Views: 15390

Re: Expats not living the typical expat life?

As far as I know, the term "Expat" describes people who live and work away from their homeland. Don't forget the large number of third world citizens working in Singapore on WP as construction workers, household helpers, machine operators, etc. They all earn far less than the average local...
by beppi
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Dual Citizenship Baby - MY + SG
Replies: 24
Views: 25461

Re: Dual Citizenship Baby - MY + SG

I don't know the Malaysian rules regarding citizenship, but by Singapore rules a child that has two citizenships by birth (e.g. by being born to mixed parents) can keep both until 21 years old (and then has to renounce one of them). If the Malaysian rules are similar, or more lenient, your kid can s...
by beppi
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Catholics & Christian in Singapore
Replies: 25
Views: 6191

Re: Catholics & Christian in Singapore

Catholics were not the first Christians: Ethiopian, Coptic, Armenian and a few others became distinct in 431a.D. Neither is there just Catholic and Protestant. The church has split several times - one of the biggest was the so-called Shism (1054a.D.) into Orthodox and Latin branches, with the latter...
by beppi
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Tenancy agreements/leases and your rights as a tenant
Replies: 751
Views: 514254

Re: Tenancy agreements/leases and your rights as a tenant

My recommendation (even if not entirely legal): Just sit it out and not pay the last month rent until you move out. That way you lose one month deposit (plus a few potentially uncomfortable weeks). Forget about SCT and other legal actions: If she has no money, you will not get anything (and only gen...
by beppi
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Tenancy agreements/leases and your rights as a tenant
Replies: 751
Views: 514254

Re: Tenancy agreements/leases and your rights as a tenant

1. She can ask you to leave, but it will take longer than you are planning to stay to enforce. 2. Legally speaking, no, you can't. But this is nevertheless quite common practise. I'd recommend you move on and forget about your one month deposit loss, as it will be too difficult to recover. 3.+4. Thi...
by beppi
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home', back
Replies: 45
Views: 5022

Re: At what point do you remain here, and sell your 'home',

I'd never sell my home.
A house maybe, which I own somewhere, but only if it's not my home.
by beppi
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Inc Tax - I work in another country, but employed by SIN com
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: Inc Tax - I work in another country, but employed by SIN

Most EU countries tax residents on their world Really? I always thought the only western nation doing this was the US. Many articles and posts here have led me to believe this. I thought so, too... but reviewing a couple of countries tax codes, perhaps not. OTOH, all of them have tax treaties with ...
by beppi
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: initial information needed
Replies: 23
Views: 2944

Re: initial information needed

PS: guess I need to learn more about these districts listed in the condo list Can you suggest a map linked twith names to all districts (in google map seems not be be applicable -or I am just too tired) The "district" system was officially abolished before I moved to Singapore in 1996. It...
by beppi
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Inc Tax - I work in another country, but employed by SIN com
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: Inc Tax - I work in another country, but employed by SIN

There is no point having a Singapore EP if you do not work and reside there. But if you do have one, I suppose you'd have to tax your income there. Tax rates are low. Most EU countries tax residents on their world income - unless a bilateral tax treaty specifies otherwise this may lead to double tax...
by beppi
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: initial information needed
Replies: 23
Views: 2944

Re: initial information needed

I'm also German and lived in Singapore for 12 years. housing allowance: I look for a 2 bed-rooms app., new building, compo incl. gym & pool, next MRT, max 30 min. to office (Kallang) / airport [*]I heard rent on standard level is min 2.500 SGD / month. [*]is that sufficient or is a 3.000 / 3.500...
by beppi
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Moving to Singapore in 45-60 days!
Replies: 211
Views: 26815

Re: Moving to Singapore in 45-60 days!

Moving damage insurances are notoriously difficult to deal with once you want something from them. Once it took me over 6 months to claim damages that were clearly (and undisputedly) caused by bad packing and handling - the amount in question was just a few hundred dollars (less than the insurance p...
by beppi
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 3:52 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Paid childcare leave
Replies: 11
Views: 2818

Re: Paid childcare leave

You are eligible for child care leave to look after your sick child, just like anyone else who works in Singapore (regardless of nationality). If the company does not want to grant you this right, call MoM for assistance!
by beppi
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Banking woes
Replies: 34
Views: 4774

Re: Banking woes

I ditched my ICBC account for the esact same reasoin years ago - but then found other banks are just as bad! My solution was not using cheques any more - unbeknown to many, rent and other payments can be paid by bank transfer or standing instruction between Singapore banks. In the few instances wher...

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