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by merichan
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: Any reliable Filipino TV service supplier here?
Replies: 2
Views: 1945

Re: Any reliable Filipino TV service supplier here?

Since we don't have cable anymore, we subscribed to TFC.tv so our helper can watch her tv shows on the tablet/computer.

But TFC also exists as a package from Starhub.
by merichan
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Why so many miscellaneous purchases at school?
Replies: 13
Views: 2566

Re: Why so many miscellaneous purchases at school?

In my daughter's school there's a few extra purchases ( like the MOE-approved calculator, the supplies they use for their CCA's it probably happens about once a term in average)
by merichan
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Why so many miscellaneous purchases at school?
Replies: 13
Views: 2566

Re: RE: Re: Why so many miscellaneous purchases at school?

No, but my wife is. Does that affect things? Then. From what I know, you can't home school :) let's wait for others to add some input It is possible to homeschool as a PR/citizen. You have to request an exemption at the MOE ( The steps are on the MOE website, but to give you an example, anti-vaxxer...
by merichan
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Are pets allowed in rented HDB flats?
Replies: 21
Views: 9995

Re: Are pets allowed in rented HDB flats?

I'm not saying anything else than you, I'm just pointing out, that in current climates, in most estates, the no-cat rules is treated in a similar manner to article 377A. It's illegal, we're not going to change it, but we won't enforce it most of the times. Look at all the hoarder cases that made the...
by merichan
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Are pets allowed in rented HDB flats?
Replies: 21
Views: 9995

Re: Are pets allowed in rented HDB flats?

Nowadays though, they manage together ( HDB, TC, CWS and the people themselves with usually the CWS as mediator ) to find a peaceful resolution and people can most of the time keep their cats. Quite a few people have cats in HDBS, and HDB and the respective TCs are well aware that many people do hav...
by merichan
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Are pets allowed in rented HDB flats?
Replies: 21
Views: 9995

Re: Are pets allowed in rented HDB flats?

Officially cats aren't allowed in HDB flats, apart from the 2 estates that do have pilot registration programmes. However, as long as cats are kept strictly indoor and neutered, you're in a grey area where the cats will be tolerated as long as none of your neighbours complain. SCPA, the Cat Welfare ...
by merichan
Tue, 03 May 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: No slots left in e-Appointments System for PR Application Submission
Replies: 19
Views: 34933

Re: No slots left in e-Appointments System for PR Application Submission

adding on top. for appointments, best is you should book the earliest available date even if it is on january 2017. assuming that is your "best case scenario" at least you already secure a slot. note that you STILL can change your appointment date twice, therefore ... after grabbing a slo...
by merichan
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child
Replies: 36
Views: 7231

Re: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child

I agree with ecureilx, in terms of general acceptance and awareness things are changing for the better. Only schooling solution viable for expats will be Dover Court ( which has a special needs stream and a mainstream, but the special needs stream is usually full with a waitlist) or sometimes in li...
by merichan
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child
Replies: 36
Views: 7231

Re: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child

I agree with ecureilx, in terms of general acceptance and awareness things are changing for the better. I wouldn't worry to much about that. But on the question should you consider the move from the US here, I would also agree with other posters... don't do it, especially with a teen and a tween! Wh...
by merichan
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: SG mum returning home with 2sons
Replies: 28
Views: 12190

Re: SG mum returning home with 2sons

@Taxico Over the last 2 years it's been getting harder and harder to get into local school as a non-SC/non PR Between the pressure on school fees and the positive returns, more expat families are trying to get their kids in local school than ever... And as the ratio of foreign students can't go too ...
by merichan
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Volunteers required for our in-house son rise program
Replies: 32
Views: 8671

Re: Volunteers required for our in-house son rise program

The message in itself is a copy paste of recommended message to enrol volunteers if parents choose a son-rise program for their child. In itself it might lend credence that OP and message was genuine. The idea behind son-rise is actually nicer than a lot of other autism related programs and offers r...
by merichan
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: P1 Registration: MOE Rejects application
Replies: 56
Views: 17429

Just curious, how does it work in other low tax regimes like the UAE? All I can comment is that for HK, another low tax country, for expats and foreigners it is near on impossible. There are three choices; 1) Local school where kids must know Cantonese 2) ESL schools where education is in English 3...
by merichan
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: P1 Registration: MOE Rejects application
Replies: 56
Views: 17429

Not a new story, last year rejections were above 700 children, this year it seems to concern about 1000 children. The solutions? Mostly: - find a spot in an international school - Homeschool your child and get him ready for admittance in P2 through the AEIS next year in october. Given the number of ...
by merichan
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 9:07 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PR rejected second time 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 19093

There is a thread there about whether applying for PR increases chances to get into a local schools. The comments are very interesting :) I read the same post(s) and know exactly what you're talking about. I can only imagine the 27 page flame-fest that would ensue if that thread had occurred on thi...
by merichan
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Parental advice
Replies: 17
Views: 3674

Yes I can appreciate the alternate views however I don't think it is fair for our daughter to have continuous interrupted sleep when the new baby arrives which would be inevitable if we are all in the same room. We have the baby monitor but its not helping as our daughter seems to creep out of bed ...

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