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Postby JR8 » Thu, 16 May 2013 9:41 pm

nakatago wrote:
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JR8 wrote:- Everything at the shops is bagged and double-bagged.

And those bags are quite small (why???) - they need to use a dozen of them each time to pack your stuff.


I buy 15 SGD's worth of groceries from NTUC and I get 4, 5 bags. :shock:


Wow, I think I got a record today - triple-bagging.

Bottle of wine > 1 bag
Pack of beer > 1 bag

Both put in an additional double-bag.

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Postby Wd40 » Thu, 16 May 2013 9:54 pm

Its funny. In India, groceries stores recently started charging extra for plastic bags, Indians being Indians, now take their own carry bags, to save the additional money.

In Singapore, NTUC gives like a discount of what 5c if you refuse carry bags, but I have never ever seen anyone refusing them. May be if they charge extra then people will be discouraged.

I know Ikea charges extra and they are more successful in discouraging people from taking plastic bags from them

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 16 May 2013 10:30 pm

Viewing property? Expect a full house!

At minimum it's you and your agent. But most likely it's you, your agent, plus owners agent.

Next step is you, your agent, owners agent, and owner (why oh why!?).

And so it goes. Today we viewed a place, wife and I, our agent, mother in law, her maid, our moody teenage niece, 2-3 or so people from landlords agent (we just opened a door and it was like 'Oh! And w2ho are you?). About 10 people all rattling around a small unit.
Never been to so close to wishing to strangle the M-I-L! Us discussing the precise details of the diplomatic clause.... her barging into the kitchen... 'Hey, isn't kitchen very small lah?'

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 17 May 2013 9:18 am

JR8 wrote:- 'Lowrys Farm' clothes shop. Wonder what country that's from, and, they forgot the apostrophe.


It's from Japan: http://www.point.jp/lowrysfarm/
Yes, I also thought the name was a bit retarded and have previously looked it up.

JR8 wrote:- 'Commuter carriages' with no seating. That suggests to me that the MRT is running over-capacity. I don't think I've seen this anywhere else in the world... not even Tokyo.


Hong Kong and Shanghai both also have cars like this (save a few handicap seats) and run them pretty tightly packed.

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Postby Sergei82 » Fri, 17 May 2013 10:20 am

JR8 wrote:Viewing property? Expect a full house!

At minimum it's you and your agent. But most likely it's you, your agent, plus owners agent.

Next step is you, your agent, owners agent, and owner (why oh why!?).

And so it goes. Today we viewed a place, wife and I, our agent, mother in law, her maid, our moody teenage niece, 2-3 or so people from landlords agent (we just opened a door and it was like 'Oh! And w2ho are you?). About 10 people all rattling around a small unit.
Never been to so close to wishing to strangle the M-I-L! Us discussing the precise details of the diplomatic clause.... her barging into the kitchen... 'Hey, isn't kitchen very small lah?'

My case: me + landlord wife and husband + 3 (three!!!) agents from my side + 2 agents from landlord's side = 8 people

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Postby Barnsley » Fri, 17 May 2013 11:04 am

nakatago wrote:
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JR8 wrote:- Spray on, 'high-top' shorts on girls. The waist band must be just under their breasts I think. Doinky looking.


These drive me nuts, and they're EXTREMELY unflattering. I don't know if it makes the girls just look fat, or they really all are. But god most of these girls should never wear those.

It's on the magazines for the past few months, so it has to be the "style" regardless weather, location, your body shape, etc. :?


Will you be sporting a pair at the Gathering on 21/28 June :D


I hate seeing those. Reminds me of really old people who have their belts waaaay too high.


Out last night near Bugis and saw a couple of girls wearing the type of shorts in question.

I think they look OK , as Lynx said though , they have to be on the right person. :)
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Postby JR8 » Fri, 17 May 2013 2:33 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Your description brings to mind a certain mode of desert transport. :o :lol:

And I'm not talking about a hummer either. Although they can be often found together.


Quite, 'toe much information' man :wink:

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Postby iloverice » Fri, 17 May 2013 3:02 pm

nakatago wrote:
Barnsley wrote:
iloverice wrote:
JR8 wrote:- Spray on, 'high-top' shorts on girls. The waist band must be just under their breasts I think. Doinky looking.


These drive me nuts, and they're EXTREMELY unflattering. I don't know if it makes the girls just look fat, or they really all are. But god most of these girls should never wear those.

It's on the magazines for the past few months, so it has to be the "style" regardless weather, location, your body shape, etc. :?


Will you be sporting a pair at the Gathering on 21/28 June :D


I hate seeing those. Reminds me of really old people who have their belts waaaay too high.


I wont be wearing it, just like Nak said, it reminds him of old people, and I'm still so young :D

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Postby BillyB » Fri, 17 May 2013 3:18 pm

JR8 wrote:
nakatago wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:
JR8 wrote:- Everything at the shops is bagged and double-bagged.

And those bags are quite small (why???) - they need to use a dozen of them each time to pack your stuff.


I buy 15 SGD's worth of groceries from NTUC and I get 4, 5 bags. :shock:


Wow, I think I got a record today - triple-bagging.

Bottle of wine > 1 bag
Pack of beer > 1 bag

Both put in an additional double-bag.


On a related note to this - do you find that supermarket staff 'double-bag' stuff by putting heavy stuff into one bag, tying that up and then putting it into another? But what's the point of that - both sets of handles are supposed to be used to take the pressure off so it doesn't break. I've explained this a few times and get the open-mouthed, blank, gormless stare.......... ](*,)

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 17 May 2013 3:38 pm

BillyB wrote:On a related note to this - do you find that supermarket staff 'double-bag' stuff by putting heavy stuff into one bag, tying that up and then putting it into another? But what's the point of that - both sets of handles are supposed to be used to take the pressure off so it doesn't break. I've explained this a few times and get the open-mouthed, blank, gormless stare.......... ](*,)



Yes, good point. There seems to be no 'added value' in the exercise at all.

[Then the next day they'll be giving you 10c off for bringing your own bags.... hehehe/sigh.

Anywayz, we just use all the extra bags to send rubbish down the chute... saves buying refuse bags!]

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Postby Sergei82 » Fri, 17 May 2013 3:39 pm

That is why I'm not even trying to explain that, just "rearranging" my bags myself after the counter.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 17 May 2013 3:41 pm

Sergei82 wrote:That is why I'm not even trying to explain that, just "rearranging" my bags myself after the counter.


Yup.... same same. ALL the bags get put in my mini-rucksack, and off I go...

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Postby Addadude » Fri, 17 May 2013 5:01 pm

JR8 wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:That is why I'm not even trying to explain that, just "rearranging" my bags myself after the counter.


Yup.... same same. ALL the bags get put in my mini-rucksack, and off I go...


Sergei is completely unfamiliar with the concept of a mini-rucksack. As you'll discover at the next Eagle Gathering, the bag he typically carries around is large to warrant a $4k - 15k monthly rental depending on the district.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 17 May 2013 5:10 pm

sergei, it Friday and they're after you again! :lol:

Just don't go gettin' all green on us, okay? :mrgreen:

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Postby Sergei82 » Fri, 17 May 2013 5:45 pm

Addadude wrote:
JR8 wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:That is why I'm not even trying to explain that, just "rearranging" my bags myself after the counter.


Yup.... same same. ALL the bags get put in my mini-rucksack, and off I go...


Sergei is completely unfamiliar with the concept of a mini-rucksack. As you'll discover at the next Eagle Gathering, the bag he typically carries around is large to warrant a $4k - 15k monthly rental depending on the district.

What to do? Gym stuff...


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