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by boffenl
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:41 am
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Is the switch from international school to local school easy
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

I've been back and forth for the past few months--husband is still in Clementi! My daughter truly misses her classmates at Pei Tong--and I miss the academic rigor. :) Truly!
by boffenl
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Why is there no Costco, Tesco etc. in Singapore?
Replies: 33
Views: 30204

Um, thanks. I agree, to each his own.
by boffenl
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Why is there no Costco, Tesco etc. in Singapore?
Replies: 33
Views: 30204

Which part Brah?
by boffenl
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Is the switch from international school to local school easy
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

Ouch SMS--I miss you (and the Forum!). :D
by boffenl
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Why is there no Costco, Tesco etc. in Singapore?
Replies: 33
Views: 30204

I have to say--shopping at Target, Wal-Mart and Sams Club is one of the absolute highlights of being back in the States.
by boffenl
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Parent Voluneer in local school for P1 admission
Replies: 10
Views: 4288

In the 5 years my daughter attended local school I was never asked (nor was it even hinted) for a gift. This is false information and should be highlighted on this board as such.
by boffenl
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 3:40 am
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Parent Voluneer in local school for P1 admission
Replies: 10
Views: 4288

Can you share the site that you quoted the donation from? I've never heard of that before today and I have many friends with kids in local school who are not Singaporean!
by boffenl
Tue, 01 May 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: 8y boy with no school in clementi
Replies: 4
Views: 7263

Did you try Qifa Primary? I dont' understand how if you're in Clementi with a Clementi address they haven't placed your son. School is in session now, if they don't have space, you've got to move onto another school--school year goes from January to November, so they still have half a year of school...
by boffenl
Thu, 22 Mar 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Transfer from international school into local school
Replies: 3
Views: 9457

Hi, I have a friend who moved his daughter from SAS to the Haig school about two years ago. He has said it was the best decision he ever made--especially since they will be here long-term. From his stories, the school is very warm and nurturing. Plus, they do a lot of arts related intercurricular ac...
by boffenl
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Dealing with bugs
Replies: 44
Views: 22230

In the 5 years we've lived in an HDB we've had 4 roaches in our apartment--and all four died soon after they crawled in because of the bug bombing in the garbage bins/vents. I used to tape our garbage "vent" but it's been over a year with no roach and we've been leaving our windows open all that tim...
by boffenl
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Transfer from international school into local school
Replies: 3
Views: 9457

I know of two families who did that. One went for a very local school (Muslim converts) and the other for SJI. They are both very happy--they took 6 months to research the options and the kids had as much input as the parents. The stress was really on the parents who lost a community at the internat...
by boffenl
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Local school classrooms airconditioned?
Replies: 14
Views: 11163

Primary school classrooms are usually not airconditioned--however the library and some science labs are as well as the front office. It can get warm--but the kids are all well hydrated and know how to play safely. It was alos one of our concerns--we just keep getting our daughter cool water bottles ...
by boffenl
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Primary 1 for local schools - Phase 3 registration
Replies: 21
Views: 28949

Given other family issues, we held off on the examption process. But, if we go forward I'll let you know.

Glad this forum is helping!
by boffenl
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: tricky situation - resigning from a job
Replies: 22
Views: 8362

Random query: as a PR our employer is NOT empowered to garnish wages for taxes, correct? I thought companies could only do that for EP's??
by boffenl
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Top International Schools in Singapore
Replies: 89
Views: 57829

You're right SMS. The decision for expats on schools here must have a more flexible criteria than just international surveys and rankings. As SMS mentioned, there are multiple factors that would sway parents one way or another. Not just the best school system, but the best system for their kid. Jus...

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