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How long did it take before you started enjoying living here?

Less than 1 month
6
35%
1-4 months
0
No votes
4-8 months
1
6%
8-12 months
3
18%
12 + months
2
12%
Still waiting to start
5
29%
 
Total votes: 17

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Post by JR8 » Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:59 pm

When they announced the LTVP+ wasn't a stated virtue of it subsidised healthcare 'more like PRs have'?

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Post by zzm9980 » Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:04 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:How to enjoy this bloody freaking country full of A***h***s in the gubmint.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/health-subsidi ... --moh.html

I give 30 years to this god forsaken country, give a son to their screwed up Navy and that's what they give me, now that I'm 64 and they've squeezed all the juices they can get out of me. Freaking A***h***s. :mad:
It's more about keeping the locals happy in a way they can feel quantifiably superior to non-locals, thats all.

"now 25 percent more subsidy also got la!"

Really, they should just bar PRs and EP holders from buying branded handbags and BMWs. I'm sure that would be more significant in the eyes of the locals :P

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:23 am

JR8 wrote:When they announced the LTVP+ wasn't a stated virtue of it subsidised healthcare 'more like PRs have'?
Typical government double-speak. So now, LTVP+'s will be more like PR's. They didn't give the LTVP+'s anything, just took more away from the PR. Again. Freaking A***h***s!

When I was younger and healthier no problem, never used it anyway, but now that "when I'm 64" is here, and the income starts dwindling, they wanna stump break me!. :x
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Post by JR8 » Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:26 am

Shaving 5-10% off health subsidy is going to do F all to the bile you see in Stomp and the like. Neither is revoking established families's PR. You're just going to turn PR sentiment against the gubment.

They're still importing PRCs like there is no tomorrow... this is something, one of the only things?, SGns seem to notice, the steady and continuing influx of foreigners. Tinkering at the edges of policy is going to do nothing to change the local perception.

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Post by imogenben » Sat, 14 Apr 2012 1:15 pm

I am another of those who found this place enjoyable (but only just) in a short time. It is comfortable and boring - maybe I don't like excitement all that much anymore at my age.

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Post by RobSg » Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:49 am

I would like to love Singapore and want to spend the rest of my life here. I'm just turning 65, and a semi-retired PR from the States. I like not having a car, relying on public transport, being around close friends I've known here for 24 years that I consider family, and living a relatively simple life. I do that here. I work part time only, and have a lot of free time.

I would consider staying here and fully retire. However, the monthly or yearly changes into what PR's can and cannot do are disheartening. I'm a single PR, and if I were a PR in any other country, I'd have almost all the same rights as a citizen of that country. I know Singapore is small, but still, PR's are slowly losing any rights or privledges they used to have.

I will leave in a year or two. It's no longer the country I came to love when I first moved here is 1988. Unfortunately, I find the mentality geared toward making money and accumulating material possessions opposite of what I am. No thanks.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:34 am

Rob, I wondered, way back when you first arrived on this board a couple of years ago, if the absence (your return back to N.America) had mellowed your remembrances of the Litte Red Dot. But you were right at that time, because the changes to our status here has only been recently in the last three years, especially for long stayers like you and I. They do have a very short memory when people help this country, but a very long one if you cross swords with any of the people in the Ivory Towers. I wondered, when you returned, how long it would take for your rosy outlook here to start to dull.

Damn shame too, isn't it. :(
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Post by RobSg » Sun, 15 Apr 2012 6:07 pm

SMS,
I went to the States to work from 2008-09 to see what it was like after being here in Singapore for 18 years. I had just turned 61. I lived in Vermont. I expected my year there to be awful, because what you read in the newspapers can somewhat distort what the States is really like. I did a fair amount of travel around the US, also, and I loved it. I now find myself thinking that eventually I will live in the States for full retirement. I think you mentioned you would, also. The question for me is where to retire- aiming toward the northwest, but I'll see.

I really don't think the Singapore government wants to encourage foreign expats to retire here. Do you? I honestly would like to remain here, because I can lead a very simple life. As mentioned though, the uncertaintly of what a PR here really means bothers me at times. Moreover though, it's the cost of housing. In 10 years from now I fully expect 3 room HDB flats to be renting for $5,000/month, and that's too much for me.

I'm here for now, contributing, and keeping busy. I have no regrets at all for any of my 24 years here.

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