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by movingtospore
Sun, 07 May 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Singapore Retail Shopping in Danger
Replies: 18
Views: 3833

Re: Singapore Retail Shopping in Danger

I actually refuse to shop in Singapore unless I really have to. It's just such a profoundly annoying experience each and every time. Horrendous service, absurd prices, poor selection... But the whole system is a bit whacked...one or two companies own all the buildings, and set rents that are not ref...
by movingtospore
Sun, 07 May 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Talk me out of this
Replies: 5
Views: 2821

Re: Talk me out of this

I'm done with Singers too. Leaving in a couple months. Good luck to you!
by movingtospore
Sun, 07 May 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Living & Working in Hong Kong vs Singapore
Replies: 26
Views: 9509

Re: Living & Working in Hong Kong vs Singapore

Definitely HK.

HK also has a vibrancy from a work and career perspective that Singapore lacks. It's dynamic, challenging, and the people I've worked with over the years are pretty on the ball. Singapore has it's good points...but dynamism would not be one them. :lol:
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Montessoi preschool ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1042

Re: Montessoi preschool ?

I don't think there are a "top 5" so much as a range of options that may or may not fit your requirements. I would have a think about where you're working, where you're living, which curriculum you want your children in should you stay in Singapore for the long term, and then pick a school...
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Singapore - here we come ? few questions...
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Re: Singapore - here we come ? few questions...

Not sure where you're moving from, but generally the international schools are accepting of non-English speakers as long as they have the resources/space to support ESL. Special needs can be more difficult. Many of the schools do not have any in house resources to support this all. A handful do but ...
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Recommended nannies/ agencies
Replies: 3
Views: 1570

Re: Recommended nannies/ agencies

This is something best dealt with when you arrive, as you will have to apply through the MOM or to hire a foreign domestic worker, ie a maid. There aren't really nannies here like you might have at home - ie a babysitter plus who could help with homework and some household duties. By and large these...
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child
Replies: 36
Views: 7639

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

Hmm I should clarify it was the kids doing the screaming and shouting for the most part, not the adults. But it was still awful. :cry: It was way too crowded, and none of the adults seemed equipped to deal with anything other than trying to (literally) physically push the kids through their programs...
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child
Replies: 36
Views: 7639

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

I've seen this place advertised around town, which may be better. No personal experience with it though: http://www.winstedt.edu.sg
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Considering a move from the US to Singapore with an autistic child
Replies: 36
Views: 7639

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

Put it this way...my daughter is not autistic, and not on the spectrum. She does have a mild learning disability that she's thankfully grown out of for the most part. While we were still working through this one of the things recommended to us was to send her for occupational therapy to help with he...
by movingtospore
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Please assist
Replies: 10
Views: 2118

Re: Please assist

I'd say you're destined for an A+++ #-o
by movingtospore
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Cheap Private School
Replies: 4
Views: 7354

Re: Cheap Private School

Yep, ain't no such thing.
by movingtospore
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Nexus International School
Replies: 8
Views: 3944

Re: Nexus School

I would say, be wary of the very many private, profit international schools in Singapore. Look for the ones where the community/parents have some level of oversight and involvement. This usually means that they are Trust/non profit run schools. Ask them hard questions and don't assume that the IB de...
by movingtospore
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Lost international mail
Replies: 30
Views: 3838

Re: Lost international mail

I've had them leave parcels with other units in our building without leaving a note or anything. Sat there for three weeks while we tried to sort out where it went. Endless circles of pointless phone calls with no resolution. The person who had it was away...their maid had it...anyways eventually so...
by movingtospore
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: banned listed
Replies: 23
Views: 4119

Re: banned listed

I've not been on the board in a while. Entertaining read as I catch up on things!
by movingtospore
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: What's with the live-in maids?!
Replies: 82
Views: 27030

Re: What's with the live-in maids?!

I think a lot of the issue for local families is the working hours here. When you don't leave work until 7, who takes care of the kids after school? If working hours (and behaviours) could be adjusted so that 1) people actually worked at work, 2) they came in earlier, 3) they didn't take 2 hour lunc...

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