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by uk-kiwi
Sat, 24 Jan 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: One Income (High School Teacher) & 3 kids - enough money?
Replies: 4
Views: 3045

I doubt a teachers salary would be enough for 5 to live on here. Teachers are usually the trailing spouses of a much higher earner here or both spouses are teachers. You may get one child fully paid for at school but you wouldn't get all when they eventually need it and that's 2k per month per child...
by uk-kiwi
Wed, 21 Jan 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: childcare/helper question for working moms
Replies: 5
Views: 3444

I also disagree that a maid can't offer suitable stimulation. What do you think Filipino mothers do with their children all day? My maid is amazing with my children - she's ok at housework, cooking etc but really excels when it comes to games, crafts etc. That said, I do not work at the moment but i...
by uk-kiwi
Sun, 14 Sep 2008 1:18 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Bullying behaviour in condo
Replies: 8
Views: 3193

oh please...RNT. That's a ridiculously long winded way to go about things. Obviously this person needs more than a subtle hint. I think you remove your child from the situation, tell them not to play with that child. If you are the only parent (rather than maid) in the playground and you can see oth...
by uk-kiwi
Sat, 20 Oct 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Which British School and When?
Replies: 24
Views: 22088

schools

I liked Chatsworth, partly because they have the civilised start time of 9am and go through to 3pm like the primary schools in NZ where i grew up. They also start K1 at 3 years so that's a plus if you want your child in a full day playschool because you are working etc. However, some of my friends r...
by uk-kiwi
Sun, 01 Jul 2007 9:00 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: With Children... do I need a car?
Replies: 8
Views: 3566

I would say that with your children being old enough that they don't require car seats that it's not a requirement. They can hop in and out of a cab themselves, help with shopping bags etc. If you are living near orchard then you're probably within walking distance to a lot of amenities. Most after ...
by uk-kiwi
Mon, 18 Jun 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: International or Local School
Replies: 11
Views: 4105

PP, good exposure to what exactly? There are plenty of international schools that teach Mandarin and are truly multicultural. Local schools are full of Singaporeans, sure there are ethnic chinese, malays and indians but they're still Singaporean Dover and UWC still have good reputations and Dover ma...
by uk-kiwi
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 9:42 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: What age do you send your child to International School? why
Replies: 11
Views: 5906

Patrick, UWC does not take children until K1. Your son will not be eligible to enter until Aug/Sept 08. Since you didn't know this, i'm assuming you haven't seen the school? How do you know you really want to send your child there? If you do want him to go, enrol now. There is already a large waitin...
by uk-kiwi
Mon, 13 Nov 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Visas for non-degree holders
Replies: 7
Views: 2392

having worked in the UK for a large IB myself, i can tell you that your lack of experience and degree may not be that much of an issue depending on what you are currently doing. i've moved here because of my husband but have already been asked to work in the industry because of a lack of locals with...
by uk-kiwi
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 5:11 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Job for spouse?
Replies: 8
Views: 2932

Federal - is your wife a westerner, ie. lots of experience with western hair, specifically blonde? i can't help you with your specific questions but my hairdresser is a kiwi lady who runs her own salon from her home and because of the lack of local salons that have true experience with blonde hair, ...
by uk-kiwi
Wed, 26 Jul 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Motorbikes
Replies: 20
Views: 6705

Ignore the first two replies. I don't think you sounded as if you were gloating at all. Many, many people talk packages on this forum and also the other popular expat forum and i've never seen such rudeness in the responses. It's true, there are people that earn a lot less than you are going to but ...
by uk-kiwi
Wed, 19 Jul 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Prenatal Care
Replies: 4
Views: 3917

Not sure if JKL did something different but a blood test is part of the OSCAR - they screen the maternal blood which helps them assess the likelihood of Trisonomy 13 & 18. You don't have to have an Oscar but most people i know do regardless of age as it gives you a very clear idea of whether you...
by uk-kiwi
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Moving to Singapore from Perth - quarantine rules?
Replies: 2
Views: 2608

No quarantine for cats but you have to make sure all of their shots are up to date and they have to have a ghonnorea (?) shot too. Keep in mind it will be different going the other way.
by uk-kiwi
Wed, 05 Jul 2006 10:16 am
Forum: Entertainment, Leisure & Sports
Topic: Take-out food and home delivery
Replies: 8
Views: 3715

Pizza Hut and Canadian 2 for 1 both do home delivery. These are terrible US style pizzas (stuffed crust and anything else you can think of) though rather than Italian styled - more is less. Banana Leaf Appollo is the only Indian restaurant i know that delivers. Lovely food and you get a choice of No...
by uk-kiwi
Tue, 04 Jul 2006 5:21 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Serviced Apartment Recommendations -- Any Advice Please?
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

Forgot to mention, most of the serviced apartments have shuttle buses that take you to the main central areas if you don't feel like the walk. Tanglin Mall, Suntec etc.
by uk-kiwi
Tue, 04 Jul 2006 5:20 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Serviced Apartment Recommendations -- Any Advice Please?
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

Hi, Not sure about the others but we stayed in Le Grove when we first got here and it was a great place for my 18mth old. Quite small and friendly, good breakfast room where he could get down from his chair and wander to a large reception where people were very relaxed about him milling about. I use...

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