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by aster
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 1:11 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Casting Call for American sci-fi thriller motion picture
Replies: 10
Views: 2160

Re: Casting Call for American sci-fi thriller motion picture

I could give you Jack Bauer's younger brother or a much younger version of Jean-Luc Picard, coupled with the baldness and even the French language (!).

No 0-6m kids though that I can think of. 4y+ would be an entirely different story.
by aster
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 1:04 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Some interesting currency moves today
Replies: 627
Views: 117400

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

At the end of the day it was cheap financing that caused any of this. Greece gained access to it by joining the Euro. Suddenly they were legitimate and could borrow cheaply. Which was their intention all along... There is nothing inherently wrong about the Euro itself, in fact it is a great idea for...
by aster
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:38 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: AirAsia QZ8501 - Another missing flight!
Replies: 62
Views: 6504

Re: AirAsia QZ8501 - Another missing flight!

The whole fly-by-wire thing doesn't change anything from a navigational standpoint. Today's cars like those big SUVs are fly-by-wire technology too when it comes to the gas pedal. It simply means that there is no physical wire going from the gas pedal to the engine itself. The yokes on Boeing's plan...
by aster
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Some interesting currency moves today
Replies: 627
Views: 117400

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Greece was doing just fine before Germany forced it to join the euro. You think Greece wanted this chaos? No, it was Franco-German empire building that knew no logical bounds. Greece is wholly responsible for its own mess. 100%. Not even 0.000001% can be attributed to anyone else. They simply took ...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: The "good wine deals" master thread
Replies: 73
Views: 142255

Re: Re:

We also signed up for the "Just Wine Club" of NTUC. 1 year membership is $20 and gives you 8% discount on all wines, even already discounted ones. Seems like you'll make back your investment after only 10 bottles (or so). I know, I should have done that ages ago. :) I've used the 5% discount when p...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Computer, Internet, Phone & Electronics
Topic: Intl Streaming - Use provider's VPN solution or DIY?
Replies: 20
Views: 6269

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

A lot of their so-called US users have nothing to do with the US. The question is do they want to decimate their user base in such fashion, because ultimately they will have to post lower numbers if they do so. Of course there will be situations where they will have to do something about the situati...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11815

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

What is considered average vs. good on mileage accrual on local cards? I get 3x per 1$ on travel and 2x on dining/entertainment as a baseline. Just curious.. It all boils down to whether you want to juggle separate cards for different types of spend to maximise your earnings ratios, or whether you ...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: AirAsia QZ8501 - Another missing flight!
Replies: 62
Views: 6504

Re: AirAsia QZ8501 - Another missing flight!

Yes, blaming things on whether the plane was allowed to fly on that day of the week is ridiculous. In fact it doesn't shed bad light on Air Asia but instead diffracts it upon Indonesia itself. How is a plane allowed to officially check-in passengers at a major airport and take off... if it shouldn't...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Some interesting currency moves today
Replies: 627
Views: 117400

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

I think this is a warning sign to Greece to keep its ship going at its current heading. Greece completely flopped when it came to financial responsibility and needed others to step in, sort it out, and sent it sailing in the right direction again. Now if they decide to do things their own way again ...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Stamford American vs Canadian Internat'l vs Dover Court??
Replies: 19
Views: 14208

Re: Stamford American vs Canadian Internat'l vs Dover Court?

FWIW I wouldn't even put the names UWC and Nexus in the same sentence. The former is one of the better educational options on the island, whereas the latter is not in the same league so to speak. In terms of profit or other goals I think they're all quite similar in the end. Last time I checked some...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11815

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

Just to add, DBS and POSB share ATMs and POSB is one of the most common ATMs around Singapore (especially for commoners). You tend to see more DBS ATMs in expat-ish areas and POSB in heartland areas. Citi is always in every MRT stations. For almost every transaction, you can pay using online bankin...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: AirAsia QZ8501 - Another missing flight!
Replies: 62
Views: 6504

Re: AirAsia QZ8501 - Another missing flight!

Exactly, it's quite uncommon to lose a plane at this stage of a flight. I think what we witnessed was not so much a general structural issue based on wear and tear (as just as you mentioned planes are built and expected to withstand enormous stress throughout their life-span), but rather extreme eff...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 2:47 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: DBS vs. CitiBank: Opening accounts vs. ease of use
Replies: 37
Views: 11815

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

You can pay telco or Singapore Power (includes gas and water) bills directly via internet banking. For telcos you can also pay onine using CCs. Not sure using foreign CCs is a good plan, even with no special fees you will likely still be hit with fat currency conversion rates on each transaction. Pl...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 2:10 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Next GE predictions?
Replies: 26
Views: 2934

Re: Next GE predictions?

they allowed property price to rise so much. It is easily the biggest expenditure in a household. Many people felt trapped having to pay such an astronomical sum. It is also a very divisive issue. Some wants it to go up while others want it to come down. They "snookered" themselves into this situat...
by aster
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 1:58 am
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Russia is F#*ked!
Replies: 16
Views: 2089

Re: Russia is F#*ked!

Russia's economy is a one trick pony and reality has finally hit the fan. Russia is like a guy high on dope who thinks he's superman and that he can fly. In truth they are a superpower on the same level that their Rouble (or rather Rubble) is a global super-currency. :) Their economy is the size of ...

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