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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 15 May 2013 8:51 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
Wd40 wrote:If you were born in the 80s though, its unlikely you will do much progress without a degree


Oh, thanks for clarifying that. I was under the mistaken impression I was "progressing" rather well. Always happy to be corrected :cool:


"Unlikely" is the keyword there.

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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 15 May 2013 8:53 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:
Wd40 wrote:If you were born in the 80s though, its unlikely you will do much progress without a degree


Oh, thanks for clarifying that. I was under the mistaken impression I was "progressing" rather well. Always happy to be corrected :cool:


Once again, WD40, hoist by his own petard. Scoring a lot of own goals lately. I guess the PR rejection has befuddled his grey matter.


The PR rejection hasn't affected me in anyway, other than being a bit disappointed for a day or 2 and I am over it.

My posts have always been this way, and who knows it better than thyself :)
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 15 May 2013 9:07 pm

Wd40 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:
Wd40 wrote:If you were born in the 80s though, its unlikely you will do much progress without a degree


Oh, thanks for clarifying that. I was under the mistaken impression I was "progressing" rather well. Always happy to be corrected :cool:


Once again, WD40, hoist by his own petard. Scoring a lot of own goals lately. I guess the PR rejection has befuddled his grey matter.


The PR rejection hasn't affected me in anyway, other than being a bit disappointed for a day or 2 and I am over it.

My posts have always been this way, and who knows it better than thyself :)


:-k Valid point!

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Postby marc_h » Wed, 15 May 2013 9:24 pm

Thanks guys, you've been very helpful. I will be managing customers' projects with software. I'm sorry I can't give too many details about my job for privacy purposes. Is $6600 SD considered a good salary in Singapore?

Also regarding the political issues that some of you have been mentioning here, this is totally irrelevant for me. In Israel we have moslems/jews/christians that get along just fine, despite what you hear in the news. It's always the stupid & fanatic people that make everybody look bad.

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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 15 May 2013 9:36 pm

marc_h wrote:Thanks guys, you've been very helpful. I will be managing customers' projects with software. I'm sorry I can't give too many details about my job for privacy purposes. Is $6600 SD considered a good salary in Singapore?

Also regarding the political issues that some of you have been mentioning here, this is totally irrelevant for me. In Israel we have moslems/jews/christians that get along just fine, despite what you hear in the news. It's always the stupid & fanatic people that make everybody look bad.

thanx


Depends. What is good for Person A is not good for Person B. Lots of factors, you probably know that.

Things you must consider.
Whats the max the job can potentially pay?
How much will make you happy?

Have a look at salary surveys like Kelly's and you will get an idea about how much a job can pay.

How much you need/want, for that do lots and lots of reading on this forum and other places about cost of living.

It will take time, but its worth the effort.

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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 16 May 2013 10:30 am

marc_h wrote:Thanks guys, you've been very helpful. I will be managing customers' projects with software. I'm sorry I can't give too many details about my job for privacy purposes. Is $6600 SD considered a good salary in Singapore?

Also regarding the political issues that some of you have been mentioning here, this is totally irrelevant for me. In Israel we have moslems/jews/christians that get along just fine, despite what you hear in the news. It's always the stupid & fanatic people that make everybody look bad.

thanx


For a single person without any obligations I think you'll do OK, especially since you're looking for a studio. If you're OK with renting a room in a condo and having roommate(s), you should be OK. Also keep in mind your income tax obligation at this income level will be almost nil. Under 5% for sure. Not sure what Israeli income tax is like.

While you say Israel is like that, you'll find plenty of people in the region around Singapore much much more conservative. You may be tolerant, but they're not. You may have a hard (or impossible) time leaving Singapore to visit the two immediate neighbors of Malaysia or Indonesia. You're in for a long(er) flight for any weekend trips away from the island. Also note Singapore is extremely small, and it is very common to leave for the weekend. I would at least consider this and see how hard it is for you to get visas to visit Indonesia and Malaysia. You may be stuck doing short (90 minute) flights to Thailand and Vietnam for your holidays. For a single guy, I can think of worse things. :lol:

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Postby marc_h » Thu, 23 May 2013 9:40 am

Thanks zzm9980, that was some helpful information. I got the job and will be moving to Singapore in August if not earlier. I can't visit Malaysia or Indonesia since there are no diplomatic relations between them and Israel. I also have no desire in visiting such hostile environments :lol:

I think I would greatly enjoy weekend traveling to Thailand and Vietnam.. Where else do you recommend as weekend destinations other than those?

I would like to also travel to Korea, China, and possibly the Philippines.

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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 23 May 2013 9:55 am

marc_h wrote: I am a Catholic, I don't think they like Christians much over there :) correct me if I'm mistaken.

You're probably mistaken. From what I understand of Islam, 'people of the book' (Christians, Jews, Muslims) are cool since you all worship the same god. It's the polytheists, Ba'haii, and other new-age hippy shit that they have trouble with. And Israel as a state, not Jews as a religion. Yes, I know that is difficult to separate and very intertwined. Muslims kicked your ass already 600+ years ago during the Crusades. They're still fighting for Palestine (since none of the other muslim countries seem to have any desire in letting the Palestinians stay)

Anyway, getting too political and probably offended quite a few. Moving along.

I think I would greatly enjoy weekend traveling to Thailand and Vietnam.. Where else do you recommend as weekend destinations other than those?


Pattaya in Thailand for debauchery (although you can find debauchery all over). Da Nang or Nha Trang (nya zhang) in Vietnam for nice beaches and touristy stuff. Sapa (also in Vietnam) is nice too, and may be the closest place to Singapore with snow (sometimes).

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Postby the lynx » Thu, 23 May 2013 10:09 am

zzm9980 wrote:Pattaya in Thailand for debauchery (although you can find debauchery all over). Da Nang or Nha Trang (nya zhang) in Vietnam for nice beaches and touristy stuff. Sapa (also in Vietnam) is nice too, and may be the closest place to Singapore with snow (sometimes).


Vietnam:

Aside from the places that zzm have mentioned, you can also consider Mui Ne for great waves and winds for all types of surfing. Unfortunately I didn't find Da Nang beach to be particularly exciting but it is quiet and easy to access via one of three international airports available in Vietnam. You can consider going to Hoi An or Hue nearby instead for cultural and historical exposure.

Sapa is near Hanoi, another UNESCO Heritage site to enjoy. And you can hop over to Ha Long Bay or Ninh Binh (if you want to avoid the tourists) for beautiful karsts.

Cambodia:

Phnom Penh for great history, especially on the Khmer Rouge.

Siem Reap for the amazing temples in Angkor Wat Temple Park. Key activities: Visit famous Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom for Tomb Raider's site, Bayon for the thousand faces, Banteay Srie for women-constructed temple and also for the great sunset pictures.

And oh, the famous Tonle Sap lake, the largest freshwater lake in SE Asia

Batambang for the food and bamboo train.

Sihanoukville for beaches.

Laos:

Target Vientianne, Luang Prabang and Va Vieng. Planning to backpack there someday so no hands-on experience yet.

Myanmar:

Yangon for gold-and-jewel-crusted Shwedagon pagoda and other similar pagodas. Target here for water festival.

Mandalay, especially from Naypyidaw northwards, for the famous Inle Lake and lovely natural views.

Philippines:

Manila for chaos and history. Boracay and Palawan for pristine islands and beaches.

Thailand:

Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Trang, Krabi, Phuket for the islands and beaches. Party life is more on Phuket and Krabi. Food and seafood.

Bangkok for Emerald Temple, Wat Prakew and Royal Palace, floating market, shopping, food and party life. Target here for Songkran festival.

Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai for long-neck Karen tribe, elephants and food.

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Postby marc_h » Thu, 30 May 2013 1:13 am

thanks a lot guys, I would definitely look those places up when I'm all settled in Singapore. I look forward to this.


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