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by RobSg
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: I feel so sad having to choose between SG and Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 3574

Re: I feel so sad having to choose between SG and Canada

Your dilemma is the exact same as what my best friend from China had to choose from. He received his Singapore PR first in 2005 and then a year later received his Canadian PR. His desire for strong LGBT rights and having considerably more opportunities in a large country like Canada made the decisio...
by RobSg
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Retiring PR
Replies: 33
Views: 6369

Re: Retiring PR

I'm glad I read this thread. I was under the impression that if you retired in Singapore and had been a PR for a number of years, as long as you were financially stable in retirement, you'd have your PR (REP) renewed. I still look at this message board every week to see how life is in Singapore, as ...
by RobSg
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Top 5 reasons to move to Singapore
Replies: 18
Views: 5530

Re: Top 5 reasons to move to Singapore

There are certainly lots of "hidden" destinations and interesting people to meet in Singapore. However, in my travels, I think you can visit "hidden" destinations anywhere you go. Also, I also think that no matter where you live, there are always very interesting people. That is ...
by RobSg
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Top 5 reasons to move to Singapore
Replies: 18
Views: 5530

Re: Top 5 reasons to move to Singapore

I was in Singapore for about 23 years, and I'd say that the first reason for moving to Singapore is safety. Second reason is that you are right in the center of cheap travel opportunities in Asia. Third reason is the mass transit- you really don't need a car. Fourth reason is the food, but the food ...
by RobSg
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 1:11 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Earning US Social Security Credits while overseas
Replies: 15
Views: 2085

Re: Earning US Social Security Credits while overseas

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) deducts a certain amount of social security income if you were overseas and your company had it's own retirement program. You can look here to see the information: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10045.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Soci...
by RobSg
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Earning US Social Security Credits while overseas
Replies: 15
Views: 2085

Re: Earning US Social Security Credits while overseas

Having taught in an international school in Singapore for 20+ years, I was concerned about social security also. Unfortunately, the only way I could contribute to social security, according to a representative from the American Embassy in the Philippines (the headquarters for social security in SE A...
by RobSg
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 12:21 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: US Credit Score : Moving from Singapore to the US
Replies: 14
Views: 4783

Re: US Credit Score : Moving from Singapore to the US

I returned to the US from Singapore last year after 25 years. However, before I returned, I visited the US one year before for about 5 months to spend time with my 92 year old father, who has since passed on. While spending time with him, I tried to buy a car and get a car loan. I could not. I had n...
by RobSg
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What do I miss and don't miss
Replies: 30
Views: 5022

@bgd- The change of season took some getting used to. My future plan is to become a "snowbird", as they say it here. The Pacific Northwest is wonderful during the Spring and Summer, but then for about 4 months, it's nice to visit warmer areas and be a "snowbird". Options are Hawa...
by RobSg
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What do I miss and don't miss
Replies: 30
Views: 5022

Being 30 minutes from Vancouver from where I live, I visit there two days a week. My close friend, who also lived in Singapore, has an apartment there. There have been times that I forget I'm in the North America, because the area he lives in (not Richmond) is so Asian, that I will sometimes think I...
by RobSg
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What do I miss and don't miss
Replies: 30
Views: 5022

What do I miss and don't miss

Every week or so I look in on this forum to see what's happening in Singapore. It allows me to not feel so far removed from a place I lived for 25 years+. I'm approaching one year from the time I left Singapore. As I reflect on what I miss the most, it's the total convenience. I miss walking outside...
by RobSg
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Where is home?
Replies: 64
Views: 10584

I am retired. I get US$5,000+/month in retirement income, and it goes up a little every year. My job is to stay healthy, and I get paid for that. As mentioned in a previous post on this thread, I lived in Singapore most of my working career, but felt compelled to NOT retire there. It could never be ...
by RobSg
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Where is home?
Replies: 64
Views: 10584

This is a very interesting thread, because I'm relieved that others who have returned to their home country still do not feel at home. That's how I feel. I was an expat teacher in numerous countries (Vietnam, Korea, Liberia Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Singapore). I taught and c...
by RobSg
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: My perspective about being back in the US
Replies: 9
Views: 2820

Lynx, My only concern about moving to Washington was the wet cloudy weather I heard winters were like here. I'm not sure why, but this winter has been pretty dry and clear, but cold. Yesterday is was sunny with a high of just above freezing, and the rest of the week will be the same. I'm looking for...
by RobSg
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: My perspective about being back in the US
Replies: 9
Views: 2820

My perspective about being back in the US

After living in Singapore for almost 25 years, I returned to the States last October. I gave up my PR and felt that at least for me, a quality retirement was not really possible in Singapore. I rented apartments, since up until my retirement, the place I worked at always provided a hefty housing all...
by RobSg
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Lawsuit against a school teacher
Replies: 38
Views: 15728

I'm sure there are shadow teachers in the other schools, but in my 25 years knowing teachers in Singapore and being a teacher myself (just retired), that's my opinion. I'm sure you very well informed, but it's just my observations. I hope it's ok to make observations here. As one who just retired in...

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