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by BigginHill
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Safe entry Singapore?
Replies: 16
Views: 941

Re: Safe entry Singapore?

A thought.... you have less chance of being "identified as close contact" if scan entry "in" then exit "out" 10 seconds later (i.e. carry on shopping inside for an hour or so). Bit irresponsible; I am not advocating. That's a bit low rent isn't it. Noone will be flagged for quarantine just because ...
by BigginHill
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 2:02 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Safe entry Singapore?
Replies: 16
Views: 941

Re: Safe entry Singapore?

@sgboyxxx: Yes, safe entry for malls and shops, so If you step into a mall, you'll do once in the mall and then the shop you go. I went to a mall and then a supermarket today and boy was it tedious, had to scan 4 times (2x in and 2x out) and temperature taking 2x. I think for elderly, the younger o...
by BigginHill
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Travel & Holidays
Topic: "Entry only if essential international travel" (Tourism is dead!)
Replies: 12
Views: 700

Re: "Entry only if essential international travel" (Tourism is dead!)

The 2nd wave of infections is expected around August-September. I reckon, only after this there will be enough data to speculate. Agreed. I think we're talking end of year, unfortunately. I don't see anything but grave hesitation of opening borders at the moment. Sure, there's all this talk (and st...
by BigginHill
Sat, 30 May 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?
Replies: 44
Views: 2332

Re: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?

For what it's worth, I thought SMS' blunt statement was a bit uncalled for as well - everyone's fairly stressed out during these unique circumstances, and riling each other up probably isnt' the best use of everyone's time and energy.

Stay safe everyone.
by BigginHill
Fri, 29 May 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?
Replies: 44
Views: 2332

Re: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?

Haruki wrote:
Fri, 29 May 2020 6:41 pm
...but the ones in my area are pretty cautious. Most smoke on their own, but on the rare occasion when I see 2 at a time, they're clearly keeping at least 2 metres away from each other. I feel that the people around here are generally careful too.
That's been my observation too.
by BigginHill
Fri, 29 May 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?
Replies: 44
Views: 2332

Re: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?

10 hours at a desk wearing a mask. It just shows how out of touch the Sg authorities really are. I'll be staying at home. Ditto...10 hrs with a mask, pass. I won't be going back to the office either until masks aren't mandatory; our company is generally fine with WFH, also pre-virus so that makes i...
by BigginHill
Thu, 28 May 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PR approval chance in 2020
Replies: 187
Views: 22859

Re: PR approval chance in 2020

the GIP requires that I work as management of a company with over USD 50M in annual revenue in the past 5 years... Limit is USD 200m/year. (USD 0.5b/year if it's a next gen business) These days it's pretty much only major businesses or family offices either courted or invited here, who qualifies fo...
by BigginHill
Thu, 28 May 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: renting in singapore
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: renting in singapore

My money is on it being one of those typical bait and switch scams that some of the more fly-by-night agents tend to pull here. Once you send an inquiry, they typically come back with a "Sorry, that one has just gone, but no worries, we have another one, very similar, only the rent is somewhat high...
by BigginHill
Wed, 27 May 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?
Replies: 44
Views: 2332

Re: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?

I think the mask rule may stay till a vaccine is found. So I guess the whole year might be a masking up year. I just hope they moderate its compulsory usage a bit, especially outdoors use, which really feels like an overreach. Compulsory mask usage until a vaccine is found would also entail no dine...
by BigginHill
Wed, 27 May 2020 12:34 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?
Replies: 44
Views: 2332

Re: When do you think we can stop wearing masks?

does this mean we're all pretty much doomed to wear masks while outside until there are 0 cases islandwide? I'm afraid it'll probably be mandatory for some time, even beyond a zero case period. The approach here is very cautious. I absolutely hate wearing the things. No choice unfortunately, it's t...
by BigginHill
Mon, 25 May 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: When do you think Singapore will open its borders?
Replies: 16
Views: 1119

Re: When do you think Singapore will open its borders?

It is just interesting that such a huge property would be taking reservations 75 days out without some knowledge. Aug 1 would be around 1 month into "phase 2" of the non-circuit breaker circuit breaker. Not inconceivable tourists will technically be allowed in by then, but still fairly doubtful 14D...
by BigginHill
Sat, 23 May 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: When do you think Singapore will open its borders?
Replies: 16
Views: 1119

Re: When do you think Singapore will open its borders?

Regional governments seem highly cautious of opening any borders at the moment. (sans onerous quarantine regs) Since March 21st, work pass holders can't even get back into SG at the moment, full stop. I think we're looking at upwards of 6 months before we'll be able to go to Oz or HK without quarant...
by BigginHill
Sun, 10 May 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PR approval chance in 2020
Replies: 187
Views: 22859

Re: PR approval chance in 2020

...and I’m quite surprised that no European people post here at all. There's just a low quota (unpublished) for westerners. PR is mostly intended for nationalities closer aligned with Singapore. PR isn't seen as a casual change in residency status either - it's effectively seen as a path to citizen...
by BigginHill
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Average duration of stay of expats in Singapore?
Replies: 18
Views: 6437

Re: Average duration of stay of expats in Singapore?

Article link in original article is now gone - what did it say? ('+10 years' in the Gulf countries?) I've been here since 2005 - westerner, own company, 15 years on EP. (& 3 rejections for PR, so far...I should have applied in 2006-09) I used to think 15 years was a long time on EP. However, I've me...
by BigginHill
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: 2019 PR Rejection: How long to wait before re-applying?
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Re: 2019 PR Rejection: How long to wait before re-applying?

I am single... Of the (few) caucasians I know, who've gotten PR within the last 3-4 years, all of them have been married & applied as a family. I think the "family = stability = will settle down in SG = will become a citizen" thing also applies for the caucasian sub-category, so singlehood may not ...

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