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Singapore not Number 1 most expensive for expats!

Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 1:00 pm

...When you don't count the cost of rent, utilities, cars, or school fees.

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/0 ... ays-survey

Well gee, you don't f-ing say? :cool: What else is there for expats to spend money on? Chicken Rice and hookers?

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Re: Singapore not Number 1 most expensive for expats!

Postby the lynx » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 1:31 pm

zzm9980 wrote:...When you don't count the cost of rent, utilities, cars, or school fees.

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/0 ... ays-survey

Well gee, you don't f-ing say? :cool: What else is there for expats to spend money on? Chicken Rice and hookers?


Living costs for employees are affected by inflation, availability of goods and currency exchange rates, it adds. Some costs, such as home rentals, utilities, car purchases and school fees are not included in the ECA basket, as they are usually covered by employers as separate allowances, according to the statement.


Yeah right...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 2:30 pm

I gotta take my daughter to the airport tonight to catch her flight back to work where she's been for the past 2 years. Number 2 on the list. Luanda, Angola. :o

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Postby AngMoG » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 2:37 pm

Well, take out price of tobacco and alcohol, because not everybody drinks or smokes, and restrict to local food, and it is positively cheap! :P

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 2:47 pm

AngMoG wrote:Well, take out price of tobacco and alcohol, because not everybody drinks or smokes, and restrict to local food, and it is positively cheap! :P


take out OT as well, ... :evil:

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 3:55 pm

ecureilx wrote:
AngMoG wrote:Well, take out price of tobacco and alcohol, because not everybody drinks or smokes, and restrict to local food, and it is positively cheap! :P


take out OT as well, ... :evil:


And clothes that fit.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 8:12 pm

Take out transport, alcohol, smoking, accommodation, school fees, dining out...

Whatchaleftwith? A hole in the ground and box of chicken rice.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:56 pm

ecureilx wrote:
AngMoG wrote:Well, take out price of tobacco and alcohol, because not everybody drinks or smokes, and restrict to local food, and it is positively cheap! :P


take out OT as well, ... :evil:


OT is pretty cheap amongst "its peers" in other cities on that list. :cool:

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Postby Brah » Sat, 14 Jun 2014 5:37 pm

..and that many things are 2-3 times the price they are elsewhere - electronics, books, magazines, clothes

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Postby whiplash00 » Mon, 16 Jun 2014 9:16 pm

go across the causeway and shop there... definitely lower your cost of living

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 16 Jun 2014 9:37 pm

whiplash00 wrote:go across the causeway and shop there... definitely lower your cost of living


What do you travel to Malaysia to buy, on a day-trip in order to save money?

Where do you shop in JB?

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 17 Jun 2014 1:54 am

JR8 wrote:
whiplash00 wrote:go across the causeway and shop there... definitely lower your cost of living


What do you travel to Malaysia to buy, on a day-trip in order to save money?

Where do you shop in JB?


How much is his time worth, or the petrol in his car, also?

You'd have to buy in huge huge quantities and buy mostly junk anyway to make it worthwhile.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 17 Jun 2014 6:54 am

++1.

I am always amazed people are willing to spend half a day to save something like S$20 minus their traveling expenses, but if they feel allright with this, then it's their time and their money.

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Postby Max Headroom » Tue, 17 Jun 2014 7:50 am

I go to JB every now and again, try to get all my odd bits and bobs in in one session and then top off the trip by stuffing myself to the gills with the better makan places there.

The Chicken Rice place has roti that's positively to die for. There's also a sweet potato stall in City Square that we go to without fail, because their sweet potato are out of this world.

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 17 Jun 2014 8:40 am

x9200 wrote:++1.

I am always amazed people are willing to spend half a day to save something like S$20 minus their traveling expenses, but if they feel allright with this, then it's their time and their money.


To poor people, S$20 is a lot of money. But yes, their time and their money.

I wouldn't justify making grocery runs to JB unless I buy in bulk and I drive. Actually if you do that, you save way more (considering how cheap the petrol is in Malaysia in comparison to Singapore).


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