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by singapore eagle
Thu, 07 May 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: KL --> Singapore High Speed Train
Replies: 26
Views: 7674

Re: KL --> Singapore High Speed Train

I have my doubts about the Singapore government's enthusiasm for this project. It could be a real game changer, but the problem is that the economic benefits would accrue mainly to Malaysia. If Singapore really wanted to improve connectivity with Malaysia it would sort out the mess at the land borde...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 05 May 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Drivers Licence
Topic: Help on Driving License - Tickets on Probation
Replies: 34
Views: 12550

Re: Help on Driving License - Tickets on Probation

OK, I'm glad we have this sorted out. Transferring demerit points within the family is a criminal offence.
by singapore eagle
Tue, 05 May 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Drivers Licence
Topic: Help on Driving License - Tickets on Probation
Replies: 34
Views: 12550

Re: Help on Driving License - Tickets on Probation

Something's not right here. Since when have you been allowed to transfer demerit points within the family??

I'll be interested to see this 'literature'.
by singapore eagle
Tue, 05 May 2015 8:26 am
Forum: Business in Singapore
Topic: Singapore Ltd and Employment Pass
Replies: 5
Views: 2601

Re: Singapore Ltd and Employment Pass

I've been in a very similar position to the OP - albeit not in the field of IT - and this is what I did. 1) I entered Singapore on a standard tourist visa at the point where my wife and I had decided to move here 2) I applied for a personalised employment pass 3) My wife set up a Singapore private l...
by singapore eagle
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: WHP Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3046

Re: WHP Advice

I don't think JR8 is right. You can apply for the work holiday pass yourself.
by singapore eagle
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: VAT REFUND - UK
Replies: 15
Views: 4822

Re: VAT REFUND - UK

We feel the same way every time we see the numbers! (It is actually just slightly less unfair than you're thinking. £300 is £250 plus £50 VAT, so it is £50 VAT that can be refunded, of which Global Blue is taking £15.50 and you get £34.50.) As far as I know, this is the system and you have to live w...
by singapore eagle
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: VAT REFUND - UK
Replies: 15
Views: 4822

Re: VAT REFUND - UK

1. The retailer will give you a form, quite often in the form of an extra part to the till receipt. You only have to fill in basic details like name, address, passport no, arrival date, departure date. 2. Most retailers use an agent to process the refund (Premier Tax Free, Global Blue). They have re...
by singapore eagle
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: VAT REFUND - UK
Replies: 15
Views: 4822

Re: VAT REFUND - UK

Another Brit here who has successfully claimed VAT back at a UK airport. Just make sure you have proof of residence in Singapore - e.g. employment pass, blue IC. By the way, the big queue tends to be for HMRC customs (who have to stamp the VAT reclaim form). One tip is to pack the item you are recl...
by singapore eagle
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: VAT REFUND - UK
Replies: 15
Views: 4822

Re: VAT REFUND - UK

Another Brit here who has successfully claimed VAT back at a UK airport. Just make sure you have proof of residence in Singapore - e.g. employment pass, blue IC. By the way, the big queue tends to be for HMRC customs (who have to stamp the VAT reclaim form). One tip is to pack the item you are recla...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: The use of "Revert"
Replies: 27
Views: 8778

Re: The use of "Revert"

'Revert' is (IME) an Americanism that got incorporated into corporate jargon. Bullshit! No one in the USA uses revert. You can thank Indians for starting up this nonsensical use of the word. I shit you not. Even highly educated Indians working for Accenture in Singapore and KL continued to use 'rev...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Long term vist pass
Replies: 5
Views: 2143

Re: Long term vist pass

Not wanting to insult you intelligence, but let's take a look at what you applied for. A Dependent's Pass. Er...I think the poster said that he/she applied for a LTVP. So presumably he/she is a PR or a SC. (In any case, and I know you do a lot of sterling work round here which is appreciated by all...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Insurance
Topic: Eldershield
Replies: 3
Views: 6903

Eldershield

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has been confronted with the following... - I received a letter in the post today from Aviva - As a PR and CPF contributor, I am going to be auto-enrolled in Eldershield when I turn 40 in a few months time, unless I choose to opt out - The deal is that I will...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Is life in Singapore more relaxing than in London?
Replies: 35
Views: 11129

Re: Is life in Singapore more relaxing than in London?

As someone who is (currently) choosing to raise a family in Singapore rather than London, the factors that keep us here are broadly: - better average quality of schools in Singapore. The local maxim is that all schools are good schools, which I think is generally true. - the lower levels of 'social ...
by singapore eagle
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: PHL Embassy BS?
Replies: 21
Views: 2633

Re: PHL Embassy BS?

This is the Philippine embassy... nothing at all to do with UK. And this is supposed to be the procedure. You HAVE to have the airline tickets before you apply for the papers. I got a feeling i'm going to be screaming at someone in about 30 minutes. I would direct your anger at the agency. We embar...
by singapore eagle
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Banking woes
Replies: 34
Views: 6498

Re: Banking woes

Would it be completely off-the-mark to suggest that the cosy, uncompetitive nature of the market is a factor here? Judging by the replies to this thread, the banks must have made a fair bit of money in charges from us over the years. Maybe the stringent requirements around names, signatures, etc. ar...

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