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by American
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Infamous and notorious commission payment upon TA renewal.
Replies: 19
Views: 6602

Re: Infamous and notorious commission payment upon TA renewal.

In my experience, agents kind of make you sign a separate document that tells that you need to pay agent fee if you renew the lease. In the past there used to be huge competition to get a unit to rent, so tenants would just sign this document, in the fear of losing the unit and also agents will tel...
by American
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Infamous and notorious commission payment upon TA renewal.
Replies: 19
Views: 6602

Re: Infamous and notorious commission payment upon TA renewal.

Thanks Sunny1123, x9200 for the quick response!! I had an agent and did not agree to have such clause included. I am trying to push back with the agent now. What's the ideal clause to have for renewal? 1. Is it just an option to renew without mentioning anything about agent commission? OR 2. Is it ...
by American
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Singaporean Identity...
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: Singaporean Identity...

Spent quite a few years in middle America where California Roll style sushi and Panda Express are the most "Asian" they will go. Have some close friends that visited SF with me; took them to Chinatown and they were utterly shocked by what they saw - poultry with the heads still on hanging in a windo...
by American
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Singaporean Identity...
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: Singaporean Identity...

Glad Mr Bourdain started a trend whereby he made it cool for ang mo hip westerners to try local street cuisine that their parents or aunts / uncles / bfe relatives would never touch.
by American
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Beauty, Health & Fitness
Topic: Cycling advice
Replies: 25
Views: 12403

Re: Cycling advice

Lucky you re your commute route. There's someone I noticed from my building that commutes to the CBD (Tanjong Pagar area), probably from the East Coast. I would be careful locking your bike like that - someone can easily un-install your front wheel in seconds and take the rest of your bike! Suggest ...
by American
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 1:57 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Singaporean Identity...
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: Singaporean Identity...

There's a definite overall pride for this milestone, yet with a strong undercurrent of slight cynicism while still complying for the age 30-40 set. I don't see the tried and true red gung-Ho singapore we love and are super proud of our nation pride rampant in the streets, but I do come across strong...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 1:48 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PEP application withdrawal
Replies: 1
Views: 1282

Re: PEP application withdrawal

don't think there's any issues with this. just don't activate your pep and stay on your ep. as far as consequences go, i doubt there are any official consequences. you can stay on your EP as you are today so long as your co keeps sponsoring you. not sure if the fact that you let your pep expire woul...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 1:36 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Singaporean Identity...
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: Singaporean Identity...

Another aspect I can think of is the multiculturism. Yes it sounds cliche. If I had been raised in a mono culture environment. I would have been a very different kind of person. Many (non-muslim) Singaporeans do not have unfavorable opinions of Islam. The recent xenophobia on social media took me b...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Singaporean Identity...
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: Singaporean Identity...

He also mentioned meritocracy. Elitism is well and alive in SG (one evidence is how the well-to-do like to flock to certain schools), however, so does meritocracy. Seems a bit of a contradiction huh? As a girl growing up in SG, I was treated as well as my male counterparts. We were taught we could ...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 1:14 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Singaporean Identity...
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: Singaporean Identity...

Here are some Singaporean Identity traits I have picked up on over the last year. 1. Constantly striving for a better economic position with education being the key. Strive for economic success above all else. Money-minded. Improving your standing in the world. Investment minded. Income minded. Hust...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Where to live - couple and pregnant!
Replies: 12
Views: 3019

Re: Where to live - couple and pregnant!

stick to the larger condo complexes (300+ units) and you're bound to form a mommy group. it's hard to go wrong no matter where you choose. you can stick to the 'red' line if husband is commuting to raffles place. can't go wrong with Newton/Novena - so many expat moms in this area. you'll have your p...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:43 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: need salary advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3158

Re: need salary advice

agreed. this is an OK offer - not bad, but could be better - depends on your speciality. developer for a bank? front office? back office? developing new software/innovations for a major enterprise software co? a major tech co? if so then 150-200K year.... or a more commodity skillset (HTML, JAVA?), ...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:42 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: need salary advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3158

Re: need salary advice

agreed. this is an OK offer - not bad, but could be better - depends on your speciality. developer for a bank? front office? back office? developing new software/innovations for a major enterprise software co? a major tech co? if so then 150-200K year.... or a more commodity skillset (HTML, JAVA?), ...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: Being Multilingual
Replies: 12
Views: 2737

Re: Being Multilingual

Who says Spanish is not an official language? Also have you ever seen how many languages there are on voting cards and DMV tests in California? Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, I'm sure there are a few others...
by American
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:25 am
Forum: Beauty, Health & Fitness
Topic: Moving to Singapore, will need furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 39092

Re: Moving to Singapore, will need furniture

the lynx wrote:Taylor B at Tanjung Pagar is worth checking out for a step-up above IKEA and cheaper than Crate & Barrel.
looks nice. looking for a new dining table/chairs, bookshelf/display case, and tv console. will check it out this weekend.

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