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by boffenl
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Censorship question
Replies: 25
Views: 9832

I was just behind an older Malay guy on the MRT with a Marley shirt on and a HUGE marijuana leaf in green and gold shiny foil-like color--no kidding. Seriously doubt most folks know what it means, but for those who do--it'll be a very bad impression. Of course, you'd be a hit out on Sentosa in those...
by boffenl
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Special school with mainstream education, living expenses
Replies: 18
Views: 11405

You can do it with $10k per month salary. It will be tight, and I'm not sure you'll be able to save much money. But if you're going to be living in an HDB, then you shouldn't have any problem getting your daughter into a local PAP kindergarten--maybe right in your estate. That way you'll save time a...
by boffenl
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Chatsworth East (Cheap School Fee, Why?)
Replies: 18
Views: 18978

Primary school is $4,272 per year for non-ASEAN international students, sorry, I assumed you were from around here, in which case you'd pay $2,952. I don't think this is cheap, and just another reason I'm so glad we're PR's--my $51 per month is looking cheap now! Granted, you also don't have to pay ...
by boffenl
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Chinese tutors for kids - Local vs Chinese (mainlanders)
Replies: 21
Views: 31224

I'm honestly really surprised by this comment. We had friends from China visiting and they got a few sentences out of my daugher--exclaiming--"Her accent is amazing!" I've heard that a few times, maybe they're just surprised an ang moh can speak any intelligible Chinese? I don't think so, since our ...
by boffenl
Fri, 30 Dec 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Phase 3 of Primary 1 Registration Exercise 2011
Replies: 39
Views: 31251

Cantonment is a great school. I'm sure he'll have a great time where he ends up. Good luck!
by boffenl
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Moving to Singapore - should I just buy rather than rent?
Replies: 65
Views: 35665

Um, One North/Biopolis is certainly NOT remote. Just because it's outside the CBD doesn't mean it's remote. In fact, with the new MRT line it's become a hot location. Remote in Singapore means Kranji or possibly Tampines.
by boffenl
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: US Aircraft Carrier Dock Location
Replies: 9
Views: 5328

You don't have to be a member of the Navy league to host sailors when they come to town. Just shoot an e-mail to homehospitality@aasingapore.com
Home Hospitality coordinator
American Association of Singapore

She'll keep you on her list of organizations interested in hosting.
by boffenl
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Phase 3 of Primary 1 Registration Exercise 2011
Replies: 39
Views: 31251

Hi metroguy--sorry to see you head out, you've had some great comments. Was part of your decision based on not getting a spot for your son? or were you offered a spot before you left?
by boffenl
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: local primary schools
Replies: 25
Views: 26167

My daughter's school store is now a Popular shop--good for us since the prices seem to have gone down since last year for books! Don't forget to get his nametags!

Good luck--so happy for you both!
by boffenl
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 8:32 am
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: local primary schools
Replies: 25
Views: 26167

That is fantastic news! Congratulations to you and your son. I'll be thinking of him and all the new kids on January 3! It does pay to keep in close contact with the school closest to you geographically--plus they then know you're serious! Have you bought his books yet? We just went to Popular last ...
by boffenl
Tue, 27 Dec 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Need advise (visa rejected 3 by US )
Replies: 19
Views: 11754

You may have actually then had a shot to explain why you were absolutely in love with that school and curriculum for a reason other than it being in the US, but probably didn't answer well enough. Oh well. I guess it's good practice for you in a few years when you'll be swearing up and down about h...
by boffenl
Tue, 27 Dec 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: kids barber
Replies: 17
Views: 19176

The new QB (3rd floor I think) at the Clementi Mall has kids chairs (fire engines, etc) and big tv monitors for the kids to watch. It's also directly across from mini-tunes and a candy kiosk, so lots to talk about and see!
by boffenl
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Beauty, Health & Fitness
Topic: Good Haircut for Ang Mo
Replies: 9
Views: 7015

I think you got a great deal! I was scammed into a $85 cut and waited another 1.5 years to get my hair cut again! UGH. $35 is certainly below average--seems like you didn't get the ang moh price! :)
by boffenl
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Cost of Living
Replies: 60
Views: 23717

Just one example--I doubt Ringo 100100's entertainment venues are much different. Unless you're talking about dinner at Vivo and a movie (plus taxi and after movie drinks) you'll still spend over $200 for that evening. If you're talking about a date at a Hawker place and moonlite walk by the canal--...
by boffenl
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Cost of Living
Replies: 60
Views: 23717

I also never go out was was stunned last Saturday when we spent the evening at Clark Quay. $45 p/p for dinner--no drinks! $25 cover charge for the club p/p, $35 for TWO drinks p/p and you're already over $100 per person. Dinner was NOTHING fancy, no beef. I was shocked when we added it up, and won't...

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