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by MikeJones
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Advice on Location and Salary
Replies: 13
Views: 2459

Re: Advice on Location and Salary

CPF is only payable by citizens and PR holders so you won't be paying that unless you get PR.


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by MikeJones
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Advice on Location and Salary
Replies: 13
Views: 2459

Re: Advice on Location and Salary

Certainly go for more money if you can :) One thing to factor in though is the tax rates, not sure what Luxembourg income tax is like but usually Singapore taxes are much lower than Europe. In my case in the UK I was paying around 30%, here my salary is roughly equivalent (or was pre Brexit) and my ...
by MikeJones
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Thailand equiv to this forum
Replies: 5
Views: 1455

Re: Thailand equiv to this forum

http://www.thaivisa.com/ Is the one I've heard of, never been a member though so no idea if it's any good.

Mike
by MikeJones
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Indonesia passes chemical castration law
Replies: 5
Views: 3135

Re: Indonesia passes chemical castration law

I think Barnsley's point in is, compensation for wrongful imprisonment is possible, bit more difficult after you've executed them. While I'm certainly not advocating being lenient on these types of people I'd be happier if Indonesia was equally committed to fixing corruption in their justice system....
by MikeJones
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: Accenture Helps You "Decode" Yourself
Replies: 1
Views: 3172

Re: Accenture Helps You "Decode" Yourself

Well that made me determined to never work for Accenture :) Then again I've always had a fairly jaundiced view of the big consulting companies, probably best summed up by this from Despair.com:
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by MikeJones
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Cars & Motorcycles
Topic: I drove for Uber last night so you tards could ask me questions
Replies: 37
Views: 31924

Re: I drove for Uber last night so you tards could ask me questions

You can use Grab to take standard taxis and eliminate some of the payment issues, have a credit card linked to your account it pays from that automatically and emails you the receipt. Doesn't make it cheaper or fix the frankly weird driving habits though. Oddest one for me was the driver who would d...
by MikeJones
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: Need advice on dehumidifiers
Replies: 12
Views: 10235

Re: Need advice on dehumidifiers

British equivalent phrase is Chelsea Tractor, same concept different city :)

MIke
by MikeJones
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: My chances to be allowed to stay in Sg 96 hours in transit
Replies: 12
Views: 2446

Re: My chances to be allowed to stay in Sg 96 hours in transit

Hmm the OP has not said when they are planning this "transit", but if it's this weekend with the GP on then I think the chances are approaching 0 :)
by MikeJones
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Everyone I know is leaving or already left
Replies: 268
Views: 57624

Re: Everyone I know is leaving or already left

What a truly lazy piece of "journalism", a poor copy and paste job from the original data ( https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/2016/singapore ) with the extended descriptions underneath not bothering to actually match the data displayed in the infographics. And given this is a publicly avail...
by MikeJones
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Entering Singapore and applying for EP on different passports, possible?
Replies: 21
Views: 5098

Re: Entering Singapore and applying for EP on different passports, possible?

Well the EP holders nationality is printed on the back of the card, but it's pretty unlikely airlines staff would be checking that. They'll check the photo and expiry date on the front and hand it back to you. Your mysterious country B immigration staff maybe but even then I seriously doubt it, they...
by MikeJones
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: BEST roaming data/sim
Replies: 6
Views: 2761

Re: BEST roaming data/sim

Not sure about Singtel but Starhub does have an "unlimited data roaming option" whereby as long as you use the appropriate partner network in the destination country your data roaming charges are capped at a daily amount. This is not a particularly cheap option but is better than normal roaming rate...
by MikeJones
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Entering Singapore and applying for EP on different passports, possible?
Replies: 21
Views: 5098

Re: Entering Singapore and applying for EP on different passports, possible?

I'll defer to Ecureilx's judgement on the application process, however once you have your EP you can change the nationality it is associated with. I've done this with my EP. It was originally associated with my UK passport, I changed it to my NZ passport when my UK passport was due to expire as I tr...
by MikeJones
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: 26 more Zika infections confirmed
Replies: 17
Views: 6737

Re: 26 more Zika infections confirmed

Google is your friend :)

From the US CDC
... through mosquito bites. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses
Mike
by MikeJones
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Financial Advice Please - Young couple relocating confused about taxes/saving etc
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Re: Financial Advice Please - Young couple relocating confused about taxes/saving etc

For the tax year in which you re-locate you will need to pay tax on your UK earnings up until you leave the UK, if you are not self employed this is likely already being paid via PAYE. When you leave you fill in a P85 tax form, available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/income-tax-lea...
by MikeJones
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: UK vote to leave the EU ['BREXIT'] - 23rd June
Replies: 333
Views: 40743

Re: UK vote to leave the EU ['BREXIT'] - 23rd June

I think you need to check your chinstrap, the tinfoil hat is slipping again. I seem to recall a similar international reaction to the (non-fatal) shooting of Gabrielle Giffords shooting a few years back.

Mike

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