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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 5:02 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:The variety of expats in Singapore is pretty wide although not as wide as Thailand or Jakarta (mainly as the visa/work pass situation stops the more interesting hippy/missionary/poor entrepreneur /loafer/retired military/retired businessmen/old colonial planter types from living here). The biggest issue with expats here is how itinerant they are. You'll make a friend and poof - suddenly they're gone forever!


expats = nomads forever in search of greener pastures.
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Postby the lynx » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 5:08 pm

Well they don't call Singapore a transient country for nothing!

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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:41 am

What is a common, and false, generalization about expat men is that they are all crazy for asian women. This not true, only about half of the men are crazy for the LBFM and the others prefer the Whiskey Tango or, heaven forbid, non 197A compliant other type.
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Postby JR8 » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:48 am

offshoreoildude wrote: You'll make a friend and poof


Oh OSOD I didn't know you were that way inclined :wink:

RATM. Not forever, I think that applies to very few. IMHO being an expat is a career stepping-stone, for most, but 99% will end up going home, after 3 -max. 10 years away.

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Postby Brah » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 7:56 am

Am I the only one who thinks the OP is a wind-up?

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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 8:02 am

Brah wrote:Am I the only one who thinks the OP is a wind-up?


No, her concerns are pretty standard for Aussies who think they're all egalitarian mates.
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Postby Brah » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 8:12 pm

What I meant was is the OP really an Aussie and not a local posing as one

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 8:25 pm

Brah wrote:What I meant was is the OP really an Aussie and not a local posing as one


She's definitely posting from an Aussie ISP that's for sure.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 8:48 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:No, her concerns are pretty standard for Aussies who think they're all egalitarian mates.


I find that some Aussies can be tiresomely snobbish, about how egalitarian their society is.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 9:01 pm

JR8 wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:No, her concerns are pretty standard for Aussies who think they're all egalitarian mates.


I find that some Aussies can be tiresomely snobbish, about how egalitarian their society is.

:wink:


A good foil then for how some Singaporeans are tiresomely snobbish about how meritocratic Singapore society is.

Are snobbish people snobbish towards other snobbish people?

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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 9:49 pm

Managing Australians is like... (analogy fail).

Their egalitarian crap really gets in the way.

I'll give you a real life example;

Me (Mgr): You need to redo that please.
Employee (Workman): Who are you to tell me what to do mate?
Me: 1. I'm not your "mate", 2. Because in the company org chart, put on that wall over there, I'm your direct supervisor.
Employee: Phuck off you kunt, we'll see what the union has to say about that!

Saying that, Aussies are actually far more productive work wise than your average Sinky.
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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:04 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:Managing Australians is like... (analogy fail).

Their egalitarian crap really gets in the way.

I'll give you a real life example;

Me (Mgr): You need to redo that please.
Employee (Workman): Who are you to tell me what to do mate?
Me: 1. I'm not your "mate", 2. Because in the company org chart, put on that wall over there, I'm your direct supervisor.
Employee: Phuck off you kunt, we'll see what the union has to say about that!

Saying that, Aussies are actually far more productive work wise than your average Sinky.



Aussies are generally easy going in the workplace, very jovial and tend to take their work very seriously and will put in their quota of shift if they had to.
I've been working all my professional life around Australians with 2 different companies.
Thursday 3pm : Beer O clock mate, lets grab a few cold un's and get back straight into it ay?
me: lets do it! *shakes head*
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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:08 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:Managing Australians is like... (analogy fail).

Their egalitarian crap really gets in the way.

I'll give you a real life example;

Me (Mgr): You need to redo that please.
Employee (Workman): Who are you to tell me what to do mate?
Me: 1. I'm not your "mate", 2. Because in the company org chart, put on that wall over there, I'm your direct supervisor.
Employee: Phuck off you kunt, we'll see what the union has to say about that!

Saying that, Aussies are actually far more productive work wise than your average Sinky.



Aussies are generally easy going in the workplace, very jovial and tend to take their work very seriously and will put in their quota of shift if they had to.
I've been working all my professional life around Australians with 2 different companies.
Thursday 3pm : Beer O clock mate, lets grab a few cold un's and get back straight into it ay?
me: lets do it! *shakes head*


Not always but I like the story.... been there a lot too. I and another Aussie are the only two Asiapac reps for a large US Oilfield company and they really like us (as Aussies) so it swings both ways. It's just that in Australia... you're not really meant to excel and be a tall poppy.
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Postby JR8 » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:32 pm

nakatago wrote: Are snobbish people snobbish towards other snobbish people?


Oh gosh yes, it's game-on, turbo-snobbery.

The ego/vanity version of the 'Keeping up with the Jones''.

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 28 Mar 2013 4:14 pm

I haven't found many snobs in Singapore, certainly not enough to warrant avoiding living in Singapore!
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