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by aster
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 1:17 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Looking to move back to the UK
Replies: 34
Views: 11533

Re: Looking to move back to the UK

I dont mind moving to Australia if I could be granted some form of residency. We are now at Stage 0 of planning, but will definitely look into it. Been to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and Perth seems to be a great place to raise young children. For starters it depends on whether you need to be *phys...
by aster
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 1:06 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Delete your social media before going to a certain country
Replies: 1
Views: 3114

Re: Delete your social media before going to a certain country

Could you elaborate? Do you mean... the US?
by aster
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:43 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Is It Getting Hazy Again?!?
Replies: 8
Views: 2486

Re: Is It Getting Hazy Again?!?

..or am I imagining it? The view out over Marina Bay and up the East Coast is decidedly brown, and has been for the last couple of days, but nothing on the interweb about it. I flew in on the day you posted and asked the cabbie the same question as there was definitely something in the air when we ...
by aster
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: The Eagles are getting Muddied on Fri 21 April!
Replies: 42
Views: 29690

Re: The Eagles are getting Muddied on Fri 24th.

Any chance of an Eagles gathering in April? :)

Flying in for 19 nights on the last day of March and would love to have some beers with everyone!
by aster
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11821

Re: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use

Couldn't care less what ATM I use. You realise your card will work in other machines, right? There might be the odd $3.50 fee charged, hardly worth stressing over In Singapore this is totally incorrect. Your ATM card will only work in your bank's ATM or the network that is associated with it. Contr...
by aster
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11821

Re: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use

And now what you're saying is besides the point... The point was that if you are going to maintain a global network of accounts with a single financial institution then it helps if they give you that status/benefits throughout. HSBC does this, Citi doesn't. Not sure about US transfers, closed down ...
by aster
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 1:56 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Some interesting currency moves today
Replies: 627
Views: 117454

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

I think they're doing so on purpose, trying to equate the Euro with the USD (or rather just let the Euro devalue in the near future) to stimulate the economy. The US sent its own Dollar down the drain to 1.60+ against the Euro at one stage, and let's not forget that when the Euro was launched it was...
by aster
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: POOR PEOPLE HAVE NO ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Replies: 29
Views: 5723

Re: POOR PEOPLE HAVE NO ACCESS TO JUSTICE

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Sounds like pretty good justice to me. UNLESS you were not the defendent, that is.
+1 :) Just what I was thinking. :)

Nanana, what did the case concern? Any reason a decision wasn't made in your absence since you were not even given the chance to present your case?
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: Intl Streaming - Use provider's VPN solution or DIY?
Replies: 20
Views: 6271

Re: International Streaming - Use provider's VPN solution or

Obviously they want as many customers as possible, but they also can't afford to piss off the studios they license the content from. Of course, this is just one big balancing act. Netflix wants as many people to subscribe to its services, but at the same time it wants the studios to think that it i...
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11821

Re: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use

And how much does HSBC require you to keep with them to have Premier? Somewhere like $200k? IMO if you have that much available to sit in low-earning bank accounts but you're worried about the fees on xfering money, you're missing the forest for the trees... You can change your phone number and add...
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Some interesting currency moves today
Replies: 627
Views: 117454

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

JR8 wrote:There's no doubting who thinks it rules the Europe of supposed equals.
As much as I don't want to see them dominate other aspects, I think the currency is one area where I'd give the Germans 100% control and tell everyone else to find something better to do. :)
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: The "good wine deals" master thread
Replies: 73
Views: 142277

Re: The "good wine deals" master thread

Wine-buying is a lot easier in the UK, as you can use prices as a general guide in terms of what to expect. In Singapore if you don't know a wine the price might be genuine, or it can be a trap. There's just no way of knowing because sometimes the distributor will be in rip-off mode so the wine will...
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Cancelling EP/DPs - how long can child stay in locsl school?
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Re: Cancelling EP/DPs - how long can child stay in locsl sch

Thanks sms - can the child still go to school during that last month before departure after an EP is cancelled and a 30-day Short Term Visit Pass (STVP) issued?
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Cancelling EP/DPs - how long can child stay in locsl school?
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Cancelling EP/DPs - how long can child stay in locsl school?

I understand that after one's last day at work the EP/DPs are cancelled and 30-day short stay passes/visas are issued. What happens if someone has a child in a local school? Can the child continue going to school during those 30 days (up until departure) or is he or she no longer allowed to attend a...
by aster
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11821

Re: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use

So I closed my account with Citi a month ago. I opened an account with DBS (which was super easy), and they have a multi-currency account that allow you to keep US$, S$ and other currencies. I'm happy not having to deal with Citi Singapore. Hope this helps. Ditto that. I have several accounts here ...

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