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Postby SGBoyxxx » Wed, 19 May 2010 11:13 pm

sakyant wrote:the fact that people are conditioned to take up such issues is reflective of the terribly conditioned society which Singapore is.
Just telling your postcode and it is possible to locate your exact apartment adress and name. This goes against personal intimacy.

On the streets such things as benches to sit on and park areas for each urban district with people picnicking etc is non existent.

Most children will never grow up playing in their own garden.
Dogs get to be locked in apartments instead of playing in the fields.
Some condo complexes have up to 20 14 storey buildings with only perhaps 5 restaurants and 3 shops around. In Thailand this would be madness. One 14 storey building would have about 50 hawkers, 10 hairdressers, restaurants, laundry, doctor and clinic, dentist....

In Thailand you walk down from your condo and will find all your daily needs in front of your face.
In Singapore you may have to walk ten minutes just to buy a packet of cigarettes.

If after 9pm in the suburbs, the place is a ghost town.
In Thailand the streets are full of life and hustle bustle, lights, food, music..

In Singapore the streets are dead and empty at night.
Thailand is 24/7 - even if the nearest shop is 5 minutes walk, there will always be motorbike taxis parked to either take you there, or even go order and bring you your food etc if you pay him to do so.

You don't see kids or even adults hang out on the street or in parks - this is discouraged (for the same reason they never build benches to sit on on the green areas). Why have all these beautiful green areas and then prohibit people from sitting and hanging out?

Many Singaporeans retort to this that "well it is safe, no crime etc"
Well yes, thats true, but if you have to give up the basic Human freedoms to acheive this safe society, then we lose the game.

The only place you will see people having a picknick and beer on the pavement is in Little Thailand's Golden Mile complex. At 6 pm or so the Thaiscome and sit on the floor hang out and talk, driink, eat together etc.

Nowhere else in Singapore is such a thing permitted it seems.
Or dont Singaporeans know how to enjoy life?



well to be fair every countries in this world is not perfect.:)

ya some countries look good nice to stay but there are problems which we don;t really feel it or notice.

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Postby ed_17_17 » Mon, 24 May 2010 10:42 am

i don't like the weather here in singapore...its just too humid.....even the summer back in the Uk is better....

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Postby Vaucluse » Mon, 24 May 2010 10:46 am

ed_17_17 wrote:i don't like the weather here in singapore...its just too humid.....even the summer back in the Uk is better....


two days of no rain can hardly be construed as a summer
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Postby mulatto » Wed, 09 Jun 2010 9:05 pm

morenangpinay wrote:1) Body odor
2) lack of coordination
3) Had several "Spanglish" moments when i always tell them my name.. "florrrrrrrrrrrrrr" not Flora.


The government should consider item (1) the same offense as appearing nude in public.

But it DID help me develop an uncanny ability to guess when was the last time they washed their pillows and beddings. *spidey sense tingling*

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Postby KittyJules76 » Fri, 25 Jun 2010 3:59 pm

Is it me or all this local SME are like this. It's the way they manage people. It's all the same. May be that's why these companies have high turnover. May be the company is way super doper small that they dont have a management style at all.

- No empowerment at all to the employees. uh-huh. nope. nada. (Well it's more like you have this powerful bomb in your hand and you thought it's all yours but what you dont know is the bomb will only work when your boss press the control button)

- Rules, policies, procedures keep changing so fast that everyone lost track (Eg. Staff Handbook, after changing, reprinting for 11th times in past 8 months, I gave up)

- Communication broke down (oh yep happen like zillion times everyday)

- Office politics (For crying out loud!! It's a company with just under 50 employees, I have never seen so many drama kings and queens, last time I worked back in my country, the company has 600 employees but never in my life had to go through this much trouble)

- Working Environment (You will feel like working in an enemy territory, walls have ears, seriously, you cant even sigh in front of anybody, next thing you know your boss will call you and ask why you sigh)

- If you keep quite they will say you dont know anything, you dont have initiative but if you show some, they will throw you with tons of workloads even things doesnt have anything to do with you or within your jobscope
(Eg. Asking me to repair/do maintenance everytime there's problem with office PCs, printers, faxes, copier machine after they saw me once I repaired my paper jammed printer)

- Memos ( If you have like a dozen of them every month, dont worry, you can recycle or can even learn how to fold into a boat, aeroplane etc.)

- Pretend yourself busy as much as you can otherwise you will be doing odd jobs if your boss see (Eg. Manager in my previous company become very irritating when she found me taking a break after my lunch and asked me to fold plastic bags into stupid small triangles for half an hour)

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Postby carlsum1986 » Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:39 am

Girl_Next_Door wrote:I read on a local website that a guy was ordering another pregnant lady to give up her seat on the MRT, for his pregnant wife!

One would think that you would ask someone who is NOT pregnant to give up the seat...

Then again... this is Uniquely Singapore, right?


that is not very nice

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Postby vivienna » Wed, 07 Jul 2010 1:40 am

humidity would be on top of my list

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Postby carlsum1986 » Thu, 08 Jul 2010 9:59 am

hidden costs,unclear procedures and steps for application and approval of documents.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 08 Jul 2010 11:32 am

carlsum1986 wrote:hidden costs,unclear procedures and steps for application and approval of documents.


:???:

I find the government processes are some of the easiest in the world to negotiate and understand. Not only that, they are pretty helpful on the phone (if you can get through to a real live human).

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:03 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
carlsum1986 wrote:hidden costs,unclear procedures and steps for application and approval of documents.


:???:

I find the government processes are some of the easiest in the world to negotiate and understand. Not only that, they are pretty helpful on the phone (if you can get through to a real live human).


but the opposite is true for private companies. i hated talking to that lady when i was applying for a credit card.
:x

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Postby carlsum1986 » Thu, 08 Jul 2010 2:16 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
carlsum1986 wrote:hidden costs,unclear procedures and steps for application and approval of documents.


:???:

I find the government processes are some of the easiest in the world to negotiate and understand. Not only that, they are pretty helpful on the phone (if you can get through to a real live human).


yes they are helpful on the phone.

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giving up seats

Postby Peacock » Sun, 11 Jul 2010 2:51 pm

that husband should just take a cab if the wife is pregnant and not feeling well lah!

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Postby weewaa » Mon, 09 Aug 2010 1:40 am

I don't like how workers at the shops talk to me in mando...just because I'm an asian it doesnt mean i can speak or understand it!! :oops:

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Postby black_knight » Thu, 12 Aug 2010 1:07 pm

If there's one thing I don't like in Singapore, it has to be "chopping" seats with whatever one can get a hold of - tissue papers, umbrellas, namecards, company tags, keys, wallets.... and someday maybe hair. Imagine sitting down, and someones comes screaming after you, "Can't you see my hair on the table???"

The other day, I was stepped into a JCO coffee outlet in a mall, and happened to take a seat with a newspaper on the table. So I decided to flip the newspaper thinking that belonged to the place. WTF, a voice shocked me and said "That's mine!" How the hell am I supposed to know?
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Postby Saint » Thu, 12 Aug 2010 1:12 pm

As I've said many times in the past that any empty table is far game in my books, doesn't matter what they might have used to chop it! This is when I'm out with Mrs S's family for dinner they will send me in first to nabbed a table :cool:


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