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Postby x9200 » Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:22 am

nutnut wrote:Don't get a vespa, unless you want to end up under the wheels of a taxi in the first month of your stay. The locals seem to think the less road tax you pay, the more they have a right to drive at you!

Why this hardly ever happens to me and if, it happens with the same frequency regardless I am riding or driving a car? These are the riders who vastly contribute to such behavior. It is surely better to wait a week or two and observe the traffic first but majority who ride here every day will tell all the same: it is not (more) unsafe to ride here. As mentioned dozen of times already you have to learn the patterns and behave responsibly.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 15 Dec 2012 8:57 pm

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JR8 wrote:Only downside is there are (or were) only two condos, Trellis Tower and Oleanders Towers. Not sure of prices right now, but that area might be worth looking at.


I've been starting to look recently, and Oleander will definitely be within poster's budget. $3300-3800/month for 2bed there.


Thanks, interesting!

As I recall our rent was $3500 and rose to 3800 after a year. That was a 3 bedder, of c 1200ft2. But bed 3 was very small, more of a childs bedroom... it was used as my home-office/study. Next time I think we'd be fine with a 2 bedder, as we typically have guests to stay only every few months.

Trellis backs right onto the PIE, so you get that sort of permanent background rumble. It has a nice big pool though. But the units are more $ and smaller than you'd get at Oleander, plus you;re on the wrong side of Lorong 6 to 'get to anywhere' except a 24hr 7-11 at Block 163 which of course is pretty basic and $$$. It was built on the site of an old biscuit factory.

Oleander is a little older, and on the 'right side' of Lor 6. There are covered walkways almost the whole way to the MRT and town centre. Just around the corner (50 yards away, at Block 150) are a couple of auntie shops (local grocery stores), a doctors etc. If anything is odd about Oleander it is that there seem to be very few right angles in the architecture. Presumably this derives from the towers being cylindrical, and c5-6 units on each floor. But even the pool is the strangest shape (Google Maps it if curious*!) making swimming laps a challenge ... more swimming 'semi-circles'.


*Edit to add: but be aware much of the pool in the satellite image is obscured by the huge glass screen that sits about 20-30m high over much of the pool. It's kinda orange/yellow glass in the design of an oleander flower. Might sound a bit odd until you see it at first hand, when it makes *very* good sense!

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Postby vishalgupta2 » Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:31 am

I can add some Apple stuff.

My iPhone was from AT&T and my contract was done. It took a simple 15 mins call to AT&T to get it unlocked.

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 18 Dec 2012 8:13 am

vishalgupta2 wrote:I can add some Apple stuff.

My iPhone was from AT&T and my contract was done. It took a simple 15 mins call to AT&T to get it unlocked.


And now that AT&T unlocks, you can find online services that will unlock for you for about $25 usd. Most of these are small shady shops that know a CSR or someone at AT&T making $8/hr who does it for them. Sounds sketchy, it is, but it works, i know a dozen or so people who have used a couple.

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Postby vishalgupta2 » Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:11 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
vishalgupta2 wrote:I can add some Apple stuff.

My iPhone was from AT&T and my contract was done. It took a simple 15 mins call to AT&T to get it unlocked.


And now that AT&T unlocks, you can find online services that will unlock for you for about $25 usd. Most of these are small shady shops that know a CSR or someone at AT&T making $8/hr who does it for them. Sounds sketchy, it is, but it works, i know a dozen or so people who have used a couple.


wow!

Thanks for the info :)

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Postby taxico » Wed, 19 Dec 2012 3:53 pm

i'm not up to date with technology... but i remembered when i unlocked my phones (t-mo), it was a painless affair.

i always told them i was going overseas and needed to use the phone with an overseas sim pre-paid card, and they were happy to call me back and guide me through the process.

i assume it's probably the same for att...?

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 19 Dec 2012 8:54 pm

taxico wrote:i'm not up to date with technology... but i remembered when i unlocked my phones (t-mo), it was a painless affair.

i always told them i was going overseas and needed to use the phone with an overseas sim pre-paid card, and they were happy to call me back and guide me through the process.

i assume it's probably the same for att...?


Every phone model has a different unlock process. iPhones are controlled by a central backend at Apple. Some older phones had built in functions which would unlock the sim if you just entered the proper code.

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Postby Sares_85 » Sat, 22 Dec 2012 9:44 am

Hi Kelstra,

My partner and I are moving to singapore in January as well (we are both 27). I will be working as a research fellow, and he will be looking for work when we get there in project management. would love to know how you guys go! we are currently looking up places for rent etc..


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