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by scarbowl
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 'Shot Down In Ukraine...
Replies: 84
Views: 10546

Despite the tragedy, Angela Merkel is calling for peaceful dialog and sees no reason to sanction Russia. Unlike all other European leaders, looks like she has a love affair with Putin. What to do with that bitch??? No need to be sexist. The person you really should be pissed at is Gerhard Schröder....
by scarbowl
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:08 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: How to blacklist a Pinoy(PR) entering to SG?
Replies: 40
Views: 8791

Re: How to blacklist a Pinoy(PR) entering to SG?

there are giving more & more problems to SG, the worse thing is most of them're holding Singapore PR, I wonder how to make them blacklist by ICA? My experience is that Pinoys are kinder, more respectful, friendlier, and more helpful than your average Singaporean. This country would be improved ...
by scarbowl
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: AIS or GEMS
Replies: 13
Views: 5313

Go take a look. No harm in it. The campus isn't quite finished but they expect to open on time. It's a brand new campus and will have some startup issues. They plan to offer a stellar program. They just have no track record in Singapore.
by scarbowl
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 6:23 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Question about Singapore Job Offer
Replies: 28
Views: 4731

Furthermore, its kind of a double whammy because US is the only developed country in the world that practices citizenship based taxation, which basically amounts to double taxation if you are an expat. Apart from the tax aspect it effectively restricts most of your other investment options as well ...
by scarbowl
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: List of indian schools in Singapore
Replies: 17
Views: 7995

Did you ever hear of Google or other search engines? They do an excellent job for queries like this! Yes, this board works best when you've done some research and are looking for experiential information. If you ask for easily available information (such as your questions) you'll be fortunate to re...
by scarbowl
Sat, 14 Jun 2014 7:08 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Is my IC Number private?
Replies: 24
Views: 6958

I find my IC number is routinely requested but I rarely provide it. For movie tickets, for example, I say I am a tourist and I provide a fake passport number.
by scarbowl
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: Importing US pc to singapore(Help needed)
Replies: 8
Views: 1900

Any brand-name computer these days will run in the USA and Singapore. You'll just need a plug adapter. Printers are a different matter.
by scarbowl
Sat, 24 May 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Tampines Singapore On going Rental Scam
Replies: 99
Views: 14868

Hi Good faith( one month advance rent and deposit ) is tradition here. Uhm that much? only if you're a sucker. i think i paid some kind of good faith money to the landlord too. but it was just couple hundred dollars. Yes that sounds much more normal. Most expats I know ante up a total of 2 months r...
by scarbowl
Fri, 23 May 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Credit Card for Domestic Helper
Replies: 7
Views: 3056

Why not have a bank account with a debit card. They are widely used here and avoid the problems associated with credit.
by scarbowl
Tue, 20 May 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: How to keep young boys entertained in Singapore
Replies: 16
Views: 3753

Pools, parks, park connectors (w/ bicycles), hiking by the reservoir, skating at east coast parkway, playgrounds, skateboarding, the science museum, snow city, watching/participating in the shows at Jurong Bird park, the luge on Sentosa, the SEA Aquarium on Sentosa, the beach at east coast, the zoo ...
by scarbowl
Thu, 15 May 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: GEMS World Academy Singapore
Replies: 10
Views: 10694

Yes, they should prove themselves just as any other school. Average fees are just over $30k - pretty much the same as other large international schools in Singapore. They do offer sibling discounts which is uncommon here.
by scarbowl
Wed, 14 May 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: GEMS World Academy Singapore
Replies: 10
Views: 10694

They will open in September 2014 and are new to Singapore. No one on this site will have experience with the local school. The building will be new and if you like GEMS this may be worth a shot. They will be trying very hard to impress in order to fill the new campus.
by scarbowl
Sat, 10 May 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: GESS (German European School) questions pls
Replies: 6
Views: 3263

Yes, they are combining two locations into one somewhere off Dairy Farm. I heard they were leasing out their current location near the Swiss Club to another school but do not know which one.
by scarbowl
Thu, 08 May 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Holiday camps for teenagers
Replies: 5
Views: 2952

The Australian School offers a large-ish program.
by scarbowl
Thu, 08 May 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Americans: Does Singapore feel sterile?
Replies: 31
Views: 7392

I'm not an American (though I am NORTH American) and, yes, Singapore is fairly sterile. Probably better than being interesting in a difficult way (Afghanistan as an extreme example). The lack of creative thinking and the rigidity of most structures (no refunds at retail stores, banking requirements,...

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