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by singapore eagle
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Banking woes
Replies: 34
Views: 6502

Re: Banking woes

Similar experiences here. I got into some difficulties last year when DBS refused to clear a cheque just ahead of me having to make a bunch of payments out of the account. The supposed problem was that the cheque was addressed to initial surname when, for whatever reason, the account is in the name ...
by singapore eagle
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Undergraduate Dissertation Research: PRs in Singapore
Replies: 10
Views: 2413

Re: Undergraduate Dissertation Research: PRs in Singapore

Right, I'll have a first crack at this. (I remember struggling years ago with surveys for GCSEs/A-levels/etc. so maybe there's some good karma in helping out.) Thoughts as follows: 1) Living overseas with people from a different culture and mindset has made me understand better what my 'identity' is...
by singapore eagle
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Online Vigilantism
Replies: 15
Views: 2866

Re: Online Vigilantism

I can't see the government rushing to bring new laws in. The weakness/absence of consumer protection here hasn't come about by chance. It's been a conscious government policy. All those surveys that have Singapore as the best place in the world to do business have a flip side - weak consumer protect...
by singapore eagle
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Newbie in need of advice regarding job offer / budget
Replies: 28
Views: 6602

The above posts have the main points for me: rent too high; groceries too low; kids can be expensive. We have a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old and the amount of money that they can eat up continues to astonish me. For example: - although you've got the My First Skool fees about right, you may well visi...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Researcher Seeking Info on Bathrooms in Singapore.
Replies: 37
Views: 5688

When we renovated our house four years ago, the contractor installed electric storage heaters. Individual storage units for each individual shower/bathroom, that is. Ever since we moved in, it's struck me that this is odd. I don't believe I was taken for a ride; this just seems to be the practice he...
by singapore eagle
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: P1 Registration: MOE Rejects application
Replies: 56
Views: 21779

I have decidedly mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it's very hard to argue that the Singapore government somehow 'owes' foreigners on EP/WP/etc. a spot in the Singapore public education system. On the other hand, it's clearly not realistic to think that all such individuals can afford ...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Mangled metaphors, scroowy sayings
Replies: 86
Views: 11294

Is anyone else getting emails signed off "Thanks much"?

I had an email yesterday in which the recipient acknowledged the information I sent her with "Noted pls".
by singapore eagle
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: In a bit of a pickle...
Replies: 24
Views: 3586

Re: the PEP route. I'm not sure some of the statements above are completely spot on. When I moved here in 2008/09 my set-up was: - have wife form a new company; - obtain PEP; - take employment with my wife's new company; - channel the income from my existing UK business through my Singapore company ...
by singapore eagle
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Moving to Singapore in 45-60 days!
Replies: 211
Views: 29524

Re: wt?

Wanted to add something positive, we went to get fingerprinted for visas and it was easy and fast. They are efficient and friendly and it wasn't crowded. Our agent seems to constantly tell us that the contract is standard and impossible to change...our agent probably just wrote in what they thought...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: joseph schooling
Replies: 16
Views: 4325

To be fair, most of the comments I saw last week were very positive. There were a few ignoramuses who assumed he was bought-in foreign talent, but they were quickly corrected. If you look on the loony sites, you'll see that even the posters there were mostly saying that they were proud of his medals...
by singapore eagle
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Moving to Singapore in 45-60 days!
Replies: 211
Views: 29524

Re: week one

IMO the best food in Singapore isn't the expensive stuff, but the $2-5 meals you'll get at hawker centers. I agree wholeheartedly with this. Make your way around the hawker centre offerings and you'll be surprised what you find yourself liking. I have regularly been disappointed by restaurant food ...
by singapore eagle
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 57
Views: 7083

More generally, I can't help feeling that today marks the end of one crisis and the start of another. There's no way that the parties are going to make good on the promises that the three Westminster leaders made Scotland *and* satisfy the English and Welsh populations, at least not in the timetable...
by singapore eagle
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 57
Views: 7083

JR8 wrote:Blair
Eh? I know he was born in Edinburgh, but we can't really blame the sweaties for that one.
by singapore eagle
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 57
Views: 7083

Some of the points about the mindset up north are a little over the top. If you've been up over the border recently, you'll have seen that some towns have been completely ruined by the withdrawal of heavy industry. In these places, I'm not surprised that there's a big Yes vote - the people can be fo...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 57
Views: 7083

JR8 wrote:It's a win-win for England
I'm afraid I don't see it that way. At least in the short term.

It will be chaos politically and economically across the UK if there is a Yes vote next week.

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