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by ComingSoon
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Affordable Flights
Replies: 24
Views: 7228

Just be very careful if you book flights through Kayak, Expedia, or the Singapore one whose name escapes me. Unlike booking through the airline, where, for a fee, you can change your ticket, almost all tickets purchased through travel sites are non changeable and non refundable. I tried Kayak the o...
by ComingSoon
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Affordable Flights
Replies: 24
Views: 7228

Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who replied. I've checked out the suggestions and found some good flight possibilities. I wouldn't have found those sites without you pointing the way.

Cheers!
by ComingSoon
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Affordable Flights
Replies: 24
Views: 7228

Affordable Flights

Hello, Does anyone know the 'best' site (or alternate method) to purchase affordable flights? It seems like the shorter flights around Asia are fairly inexpensive, but longer hauls (ie NY) are quite pricey. I've looked at a few online so-called 'discount' sites and haven't been impressed with the of...
by ComingSoon
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What to do? Bad experience with air conditioning service.
Replies: 74
Views: 79140

^^^^^^^ Gas at "0" is a scam unless your units are not cooling. If cold air is coming out, then freon levels are OK. And if they've disconnected the evaporator coil for chemical cleaning, then it's their responsibility to top up any freon loss. Cheers for the heads up! I figured I'd be better off w...
by ComingSoon
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Question for Canadian expats
Replies: 3
Views: 2068

Re: Question for Canadian expats

Hi- When he wires his money back to Canada (Vancouver) from both his Singapore bank account and his CPF, is that taxed by Canada? His concern is that because of the large taxes in Canada, the tax department will treat that money as income and tax it. In most cases tax won't apply. Canada uses resid...
by ComingSoon
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: What to do? Bad experience with air conditioning service.
Replies: 74
Views: 79140

Groupon Experience

Hi All, I used a company from Groupon and thought I'd share my (mostly good) experience (with a warning). At the suggestion of a neighbor we booked a company on Groupon to service 3 units for only $49. A pretty good deal, assuming that's what you actually end up paying. Things started out rather rou...
by ComingSoon
Fri, 17 May 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Minimum Salary for Employment Pass
Replies: 3
Views: 3767

Rani's wrote:Thanks, that's very helpful. I can see already that the news I heard was not accurate, or at least doesn't explain the full criteria.
It's possible that the $12K you heard was in relation to a PEP (personal employment pass). The amounts required for that pass are in the $12K range.
by ComingSoon
Wed, 01 May 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Cost of Local Schooling
Replies: 12
Views: 5763

It's a whole lot cheaper than international school, if you don't like it then you don't have to come, simple really! We don't need foreigners who come over here trying to rock the boat, if you are here, remember you are a guest. I don't have school age children. I'm just surprised the cost of educa...
by ComingSoon
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Cost of Local Schooling
Replies: 12
Views: 5763

. Actually, education is a basic right for ... ahem ... citizens (which is why education is heavily subsided for Singapore citizens ). For non-citizens, you can't exect it to be a 'basic right'. After all, non-citizens have the choice to come to Singapore to work, being fully aware of the limited n...
by ComingSoon
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Cost of Local Schooling
Replies: 12
Views: 5763

http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/2012/06/adjustments-in-school-fees-2013.php Wow - thanks to both SMS and Scooby for setting the record straight. That's far more than I thought it would be considering education is a "basic" right. Surprised there hasn't been more push-back considering how much tro...
by ComingSoon
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Cost of Local Schooling
Replies: 12
Views: 5763

Cost of Local Schooling

Hi, In a recent thread: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic94562.html one of the posters indicated that the cost of local schooling would increase substantially for foreigners. While I can see how the schools might use a 'means test' in determining fees, I can't see them going any where as high ...
by ComingSoon
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: No OpenNet!
Replies: 6
Views: 4389

[/quote] Although, I'm not a gamer so not sure if that's fast enough these days![/quote]

Cable is probably fine. I just feel silly contracting for 2 years of cable when fiber will be available in a few months. Oh well - it's probably not avoidable this time around!
by ComingSoon
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: No OpenNet!
Replies: 6
Views: 4389

BillyB wrote:Do you use local-based or mainly international websites?
Mostly I use overseas websites, but I do a lot of video and a bit of gaming, so stronger connections are preferred.

I wonder if I could just use my cell phone for a few months as a wifi hotspot for the desktop???
by ComingSoon
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: No OpenNet!
Replies: 6
Views: 4389

No OpenNet!

So I contacted OpenNet today and they informed me that my area doesn't have OpenNet fibre installed yet, but it should be set up by July. Does this mean that I can't order Starhub or Singtel fibre broadband until OpenNet is completed installations in my area? The main companies (M1, Starhub, Singtel...
by ComingSoon
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Information fishing trip to Singapore
Replies: 17
Views: 4466

Re: Information fishing trip to Singapore

Hi, As we are travelling with our little one, we were wondering if we could find a cheap self-catering accommodation for the period. Are there any sites / realtor / any other method of finding this? If it were just the two of you (no baby) then I would suggest using a business hotel (3 stars / 4 st...

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