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by BigSis
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Passport with less than 6 months
Replies: 13
Views: 11615

Update for anyone else in this situation: I emailed the consulate back in May and they said no problem if returning for good - as the UK don't have the 6 month thing. I printed off the email and kept it with the passport just in case we got stopped. Flew back to the UK yesterday and got through with...
by BigSis
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: 10 things I hate about Singapore
Replies: 373
Views: 115668

Re: 10 things I hate about Singapore

In no particular order: 1. Hocking We've all heard it, the legendary technique of clearing ones throat in public with no consideration for others - a disgusting act, have repremanded a number of individuals, suggest others exercise the same. Yesterday on the MRT a woman made a very loud disgusting ...
by BigSis
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 7:30 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Let's talk about MOLD
Replies: 14
Views: 14940

We don't get much mold in our apartment although it's an older condo (well, old for Singapore - over 30 yeas old). I do get mold on leather shoes though so have to keep an eye on that - they usually just need a polish before wearing if I don't wear them often. Clothes smell musty after a few months ...
by BigSis
Sat, 16 Jun 2012 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What Happens When You Live Abroad
Replies: 19
Views: 6927

I now have friends in just about all corners of the globe and actually find myself far more reluctant to make friends with newcomers to Singapore just because I know that they'll be leaving too. In spite of what the author has said I do believe that it is possible to live abroad and not come home a...
by BigSis
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Last minute Father's Day ideas??
Replies: 3
Views: 3141

I had a look at a few places - Brewerkz was booked up according to their online reservation thing (and the phone number wasn't working) but it did actually seem a bit more like children's day than father's day (I doubt the dads are allowed on the bouncy castle!). Pauliner is probably booked but you ...
by BigSis
Sat, 09 Jun 2012 8:14 am
Forum: Entertainment, Leisure & Sports
Topic: cinema: english movies without subtitles
Replies: 5
Views: 12123

You get used to the subtitles - I don't notice them any more unless they put them in a stupid place, like over English subtitles if an actor speaks in another language ...............that happens on cable. I don't think I've ever seen a film at the cinema without subtitles but then again, I may not ...
by BigSis
Sat, 09 Jun 2012 8:06 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Canadian School East Coast
Replies: 8
Views: 15685

They have also made some weird admin decisions like building a putting green instead of a pool. LOL, what is it with putting greens in Singapore - quite a few condos have them, including mine, and I've seen people use ours twice in the 10 years that I've lived here :???: A putting green probably co...
by BigSis
Sat, 09 Jun 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: BBQ etiquette
Replies: 8
Views: 6655

I'd probably say to them that it's for adults only or something if you don't want kids there, but like Carteki says, if you've got kids who are going, then may as well invite theirs too. I've got kids but I don't feel offended if someone has an event and doesn't want kids there. I'd rather they did ...
by BigSis
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Expats - Don't shop at Hawker Markets
Replies: 19
Views: 9267

x9200 wrote:Isn't it a bit about the comfort of shopping without a constant need of 'knowing' and analysizng the prices?
it certainly is and TBH I've got better things to do with my time than spend 5 minutes haggling over a bloody melon.
by BigSis
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Expats - Don't shop at Hawker Markets
Replies: 19
Views: 9267

I do sympathise (kind of) with Travailes - I've had similar happen to me but I did not pay for the items - had a laugh and walked off. Actually OP says they got charged for them but didn't say they paid it - I hope they didn't! The thing is, with CS, NTUC etc - yes they're more expensive but at lea...
by BigSis
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Expats - Don't shop at Hawker Markets
Replies: 19
Views: 9267

I do sympathise (kind of) with Travailes - I've had similar happen to me but I did not pay for the items - had a laugh and walked off. Actually OP says they got charged for them but didn't say they paid it - I hope they didn't! The thing is, with CS, NTUC etc - yes they're more expensive but at leas...
by BigSis
Thu, 31 May 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Leisure & Sports
Topic: The Rink @ JCube
Replies: 4
Views: 6501

Hi There, glad you had a great time! have you ever tried the ice rink at Marina Bay's? and wondering whether you would know how much it would be at Marina Bay's (guess should be pretty pricey right?) Thanks! The Marina Bay rink is one of those plastic fake ice things. I haven't been on that particu...
by BigSis
Mon, 28 May 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Expat Schooling Benefits
Replies: 13
Views: 4976

I'm just playing devil's advocate :twisted:

My kids go private here and wouldn't at home but we're paying for it ourselves.
by BigSis
Mon, 28 May 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Expat Schooling Benefits
Replies: 13
Views: 4976

That one child in nursery often becomes 2 or 3 children in nursery upwards as families expand. And they always have the local school option - although you still have to pay something for those as an expat. Maybe you could have a local school policy - you will pay the cost of local school and if they...
by BigSis
Mon, 28 May 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine & Dine
Topic: Any good Italian Sunday Brunches?
Replies: 7
Views: 9411

Pete's place was pretty good - didn't seem very Italian though and only one kind of pizza going that I could see (maybe you have to ask to get different kinds, but I didn't ask as I wasn't eating pizza). Quite a bit of seafood (crayfish, anchovies, prawns, salmon.......that kind of thing). Decent de...

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