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by singapore eagle
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 57
Views: 7087

It's actually quite scary to watch this play out. There's always been a hard core of Scots that favour independence - maybe less than 1/3rd of the population. Somehow, during the last year, a huge number of others have been persuaded that they should vote Yes. The reasons for doing so seem to be tha...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Living in Lorong Chuan
Replies: 11
Views: 4273

We're pretty happy with Shaws. Its owned and run by an Australian expat, so it feels a bit more western (i.e. relaxed) in approach than some of the kindergartens here. You should probably ask the school about fees. It's a bit of a moving feast depending on half-day/full-day, sibling discount, workin...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 2:04 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Living in Lorong Chuan
Replies: 11
Views: 4273

I used to stay in Springbloom opposite the MRT station. There's not much to say about the area. There are some condos. There is the station. There is a Junior College. Everything else is a 5-10 minute walk away. Our kids go to Shaw's pre-school in Lynwood Grove. It's walkable from the MRT station (t...
by singapore eagle
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: New taxi thread
Replies: 46
Views: 6219

Re: New taxi thread

* But on the flipside since the government has an interest in the other c84.5% then surely they could just dictate pricing? Same way they do MRT fares, ERP and COE charges ... same same how the exchange rate is managed! If you have a spare 5 minutes, the SMRT and Comfort financial results are an in...
by singapore eagle
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Parental advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4271

Good stuff. A couple of extra tips: 1) Talk to her during the day about how good she was to earn that first star and how great it would be if she gets another star tonight. Make sure the star is somewhere she can see. 2) Be firm about not giving a star if she wakes up before 5am tonight. Even if she...
by singapore eagle
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: Counter-intuitive or surprising facts (trivia)
Replies: 19
Views: 2668

Istanbul is further north than New York.

More such information here: http://www.priceoftravel.com/1063/107-w ... sing-ways/
by singapore eagle
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: Counter-intuitive or surprising facts (trivia)
Replies: 19
Views: 2668

How about: Edinburgh is further west than Bristol
by singapore eagle
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Parental advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4271

At 3 years 9 months, your daughter might respond to some sort of reward chart. Something like: if you can sleep in your room for the whole night, you get a sticker. And if you get five stickers you get a toy or a treat that you have been asking for. We used this with our oldest when she started cryi...
by singapore eagle
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Cars & Motorcycles
Topic: Guidelines to local driving patterns (motorcycle focused)
Replies: 26
Views: 11465

What do they say about one people separated by a common language? Us Brits call the lane nearest the hard shoulder the 'inside lane' and the lane nearest the central reservation is the 'outside lane'.
by singapore eagle
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Cars & Motorcycles
Topic: Guidelines to local driving patterns (motorcycle focused)
Replies: 26
Views: 11465

One other thought: a motorcyclist (or cyclist or even a car) in the inside lane has to be very watchful for cars coming out of side roads. The practice here is to stop three feet over the white line, not behind the white line.
by singapore eagle
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: Cars & Motorcycles
Topic: Guidelines to local driving patterns (motorcycle focused)
Replies: 26
Views: 11465

This is good stuff, but I'm not sure about this bit: "motorcycle riding between the lanes is common and often appears to be more safe than riding within the lane (i.e. in case of a car pile up accident)". When you look at your no.1 and no.11 - which are big issues - I'd say that riding between the l...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Child born in Singapore to Singaporean / American
Replies: 15
Views: 6186

PNGMK, have you tried speaking with one of the other international schools to get their take on this matter? I appreciate that none of the second-hand / out-of-date experiences that I and others have posted on this thread trump your contact, but something doesn't sound right here. Leaving aside kids...
by singapore eagle
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Getting to eat 'proper food' again...
Replies: 106
Views: 19983

We last went to Morton's a fortnight ago and I was very underwhelmed. The steak was nothing to write home about - in fact it was inferior to the $25 fillet mignon I get at our neighbourhood steak place (iSteak in Serangoon Garden). Our favourite restaurant in Singapore is Les Amis. Consistently good...
by singapore eagle
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Child born in Singapore to Singaporean / American
Replies: 15
Views: 6186

PNGMK wrote:How long ago?
Mostly in the last 1-2 years. All the kids I'm thinking of were enrolled in the international school by at least the start of K1.

This isn't something I have first-hand knowledge of myself, so I don't know what hoops they had to jump through to obtain permission.
by singapore eagle
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Child born in Singapore to Singaporean / American
Replies: 15
Views: 6186

In short MOE will NOT allow a SC child to school in an international school in Singapore (with some very extreme exceptions This is not my experience at all. We know lots of SC kids with mixed nationality parentage (US/Singapore, Aus/Singapore, UK/Singapore) whose parents have obtained permission f...

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