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Postby JR8 » Mon, 09 Dec 2013 9:38 am

'Is owning a pet animal common in SG, why do you see so few dogs?'


p.s. I know the answer, but pre-arrivals might not.

pps@SMS. +1, it struck me the same way.
Got me thinking about the UK Peasants Revolt (of 1381)...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peasants_Revolt

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Postby livingontheedge » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:02 am

Is it actually possible to survive on the dog food served at the hawker stalls?

Is Singapore's income tax is as low as it is promoted to be after taking into account GST, Service Charge and CPF?

Is the HDB Program really a scheme to provide Affordable Housing to Singaporeans?

Is Singapore land really that scarce to justify the high housing price or more like controlled supply of land?

Is it true that in Singapore you can witness a variety of hybrid offsprings?

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Postby smartcard » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 1:43 am

"Why are there so many Indians here? I thought Singapore was Chinese."
:D

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 9:30 am

smartcard wrote:"Why are there so many Indians here? I thought Singapore was Chinese."
:D


"Why are there so many Indians here? I thought Singapore was in China."

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Postby local lad » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:48 am

Is it better to live amongst my nationality or locals?

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:03 am

Is Indians rioting a regular thing?

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Postby taxico » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 1:09 pm

YoungTraveller wrote:nakatago - thanks for the inputs mate!

"Can I bring in my own chewing gum?"

<groan> That's an obvious one that I need to put in, good catch.


yes you can. (really)

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Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 1:29 pm

They don't give shit about chewing gum at customs, even though it is banned.
You can even bring in prescription medications, they don't care (unless you're bringing a full bag of it), though it is at your own risk.

They only care about cigarettes, alcohol, cocaine, heroin etc.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 16 Dec 2013 6:52 pm

Sergei82 wrote:They don't give shit about chewing gum at customs, even though it is banned.
You can even bring in prescription medications, they don't care (unless you're bringing a full bag of it), though it is at your own risk.
They only care about cigarettes, alcohol, cocaine, heroin etc.


You can bring in sufficient chewing gum 'for personal use'. I.e. it is not banned, at least, it certainly isn't via Changi.

Of course you can bring in prescription medications. But if it's off at the fringe (of potential abuse) I imagine they have a right to see a copy of the prescription. (I.e. I don't think I'd want to roll up at Changi with a 500 pack of Valium or what ever, without the prescription/copy...)

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Postby PrimroseHill » Tue, 17 Dec 2013 9:54 am

My daughter does that, each time we are coming back from UK or Msia, she rolls up at Changi with a year's supply of gum.
Me - it is hayfever tablets and tons of paracetamol

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:10 am

PrimroseHill wrote:My daughter does that, each time we are coming back from UK or Msia, she rolls up at Changi with a year's supply of gum.
Me - it is hayfever tablets and tons of paracetamol


What do you use for hay-fever? I seem to get it pretty badly here. I've been through Cetirizine, and Xyzal.

More broadly Loratidine [Clarinase] as a decongestment, and Acetylcysteine [Fluimucil] to try and unblock most respiratory channels.

It's odd, as back home I might only reach for any of the above (Clarinase?) a week a year. Here, any day it hasn't rained and I seem to need it.

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:37 am

Does it snow in Singapore?

Yes, it does.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:05 am

Looks more like ash from Indonesia. :lol:

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:09 am

Got up this morning. Smell of smoke really struck me. And it was very hazy (still somewhat now).

Is this haze now all-year-round, rather than just in the summer?

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Postby PrimroseHill » Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:40 am

I use hay fever tablets as decongestant here.
Yes, what's with the haze?


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