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Career, Jobs, Employment

Career, Jobs, EmploymentInformation of career, job, employment opportunities, working in Singapore. Including some links to job portals and career related site.

Expatriates FAQ

Expatriates FAQFrequently asked questions, including banking, employment pass, housing, immigration, schools, transport and living in Singapore.

Healthcare in Singapore

Healthcare in SingaporeInformation on healthcare, medical services and hospitals in Singapore.

House Hunt Guide

House Hunt GuideAccommodation and house hunting guide focusing on price, location and expatriate housing choice like an apartment or house.


InsuranceExpat Insurance is a leading provider of insurance for expatriates and business in Singapore.

International Schools, Education

Listings of international schools in Singapore, education system in Singapore and procedure to admit into a local school.

Medical & Health Directory

Medical & Health DirectoryMedical Services, Aesthetic Services, Dentistry, Specialist, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wellness.


Preschools Singapore Expats comprehensive list of schools from preschools to playgroups.

Procedure for Purchase

Procedure for PurchaseBrief information on the procedures to buy or purchase property in Singapore. Like apartment, house or other private properties.

Procedure for Rental

Procedure for RentalStep by step guide and information on the procedures to rent or lease apartment or house in Singapore.

Relocation to Singapore

Relocation to SingaporeGuides on relocation, staying and living in Singapore, information and tips when relocating to Singapore.

Singapore Immigration

Singapore ImmigrationInformation on immigration matters, Social Visit Pass, Student Pass, Visa, Permanent Residence Application, National Service.

Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore Travel GuideTips and guides on Singapore travel and motoring, includes MRT, bus and taxi. We also includes a MRT route map and detailed information of having a car in Singapore.


Singapore Expats provides a comprehensive listing of Universities in Singapore and abroad.

Useful Numbers & Services

List of useful contact numbers or links for all the essential services in Singapore.

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PR two times Rejected for my kids

This is regarding PR for my kids..
My daughter was born in India and my son in Singapore. Six yrs and three years kids .. we applied PR it got rejected in six months tht is ,we applied on jan 23 and rejected result we saw on 6 th July..... we don't why it was rejected. Next year my daughter is going to primary one no idea where and which place she will because no pr ????..
My husband is working here for past 10 yrs.
We both parents are PR.
And living in own house
Salary as mentioned and
We have started our own company its was just two months in which even I am working .
But still no pr don't know what to do and how to proceed.
Please guide us to appeal and apply for pr and how to proceed without any mistakes.


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Re: Singapore No.1 ... Again!!!

the lynx:
it's not about being a rebel or whatever. it's about understanding basic things about life and work. i can see texan kids earning their money by doing baby-sitting, working in fastfoods etc. to get a job they get training and certification (like CPR). they understand the basic relation life->earning->work->training (and workplace etiquette). most of the teenagers in my neighborhood work (and cinco ranch is not exactly a poor place)
sg kids grow up with a broken line of sight. they are led to believe that accumulating knowledge like a disk will get them success (how? they are not told, but they don't care - they are told they don't need to care). work? it's for the others. they are born to be managers. none of the kids in cinco expect the gov't to provide them with manager positions over graduation


Re: Curry puffs and kuehs contrabands

BMW - Bus Mrt or Walk Lah!

Re: Lee Kuan Yew

I think it is about the maturing average. Some 16yo are already mature, some not (much more variation than at around 18 yo).
And with the army and tougher times it's a paradox: a 16yo voluntary joining is likely to be mature and disciplined enough so he does not need the army to shape him up in that respect.

Re: Curry puffs and kuehs contrabands

Careful JR8, RATM is part of the "cartel". You can tell by his BMW bicycle.....


Re: Lee Kuan Yew


Personally, I think that would be a wrong assumption. But then again, the phychologist did find him okay. So, based on that assumption, I would have to assume that he knows precisely what he is doing and why, so therefore should reap the just rewards of his actions. My father joined the Navy and 16 and landed on Okinawa during the invasion landing as a medic. I joined the Army at 17 and spend 18 months in the NAM as a chopper pilot. At 16, you are an adult as far as I'm concerned and should be treated accordingly.

Re: Lee Kuan Yew


"The treatment of Amos Yee is disgusting and should be abhorred by all right thinking people, especially parents of young children.................

Amos is out. He came out in T-shirt and shorts, clutching a bag of his belongings to his chest. He looked shell-shocked to me, shuffling and looking down at the ground.

He did not look or behave like the boy I met not long after he was first charged. That boy was smug and cocky. The boy today is silent and downcast."
It is wrong to put a 16yo in jail for something like this. It is not wrong to discipline him. Probably NS-like thing could be the best option if available. Assuming he is mentally ok.

Re: Rental options for short term periods

Maybe one of our other regulars will have a idea of the Serviced Apartments located in/near the Bugis area. I'm a Flat owner for the last 16 years so am out of that and the rental market completely so am of no use there.

Re: Curry puffs and kuehs contrabands

Careful JR8, RATM is part of the "cartel". You can tell by his BMW bicycle.....

Re: RE: Re: Lee Kuan Yew


He did not look or behave like the boy I met not long after he was first charged. That boy was smug and cocky. The boy today is silent and downcast.andquot;

And he decided to appeal his back dated sentence .. in case you missed it ...

Double Eyelid Surgery Epicanthoplasty in Malaysia August


Does anyone have experience in getting double eyelid surgery and magic epi in malaysia?
I noticed that the price is much cheaper than SG
I am planning on heading there late August so it'd be great o have a travel buddy as well.

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

And one more from the Business Insider... who are the real capitalists? ... ign=buffer

Countries with huge corruption should take note. Greece and Germany are structured quite differently, their business environments, allowing corruption to thrive in the former.

"In fact, a huge chunk of the country's tax-collection problems stem from the fact that there are two and a half times more self-employed and small-business people in Greece than there are in the average country. And small businesses are expert at avoiding tax.................

If Greece were more socialist — more like Germany, with its giant corporations that have massive unionised workforces paying taxes off their payrolls — then tax collection would be a lot higher in Greece."

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'The shock result effectively calls the bluff of eurozone leaders and the heads of the European Commission and Parliament, forcing them either to back down or carry out drastic threats to eject Greece from monetary union.'...
' The EU's leadership was in utter confusion as it became clear during the day that support was swinging back to the "No" camp, despite blanket coverage from the private TV stations warning that a "No" meant Armageddon.

"The Greek people have proven that they cannot be blackmailed, terrorized, and threatened," said Panos Kammenos, the defence minister and head of the coalition's ANEL party.

French president Francois Hollande said he would bend over backwards to keep Greece in the euro despite voting no. He is to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris on Monday to draw up a joint response to what has turned into the biggest EU fiasco since the rejection of the European constitution by France and Holland in 2005.

Martin Schulz, head of the European Parliament, was still insisting on Sunday that a "No" vote must mean expulsion from the euro, but his view is becoming untenable.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission's chief, is equally trapped by his own rhetoric after warning last week that a No vote would be a rejection of Europe itself, leading to calamitous consequences. '...

'There is now a clear rift between Germany and France, perhaps serious enough to cause long-term damge to the coherence of monetary union. '...

' "With the rejection of the rules of the euro zone, negotiations about a programme worth billions are barely conceivable," he said. His hardline position was echoed by Slovak finance minister, Peter Kazimir, who tweeted: "The nightmare of the "euro-architects" that a country could leave the club seems like a realistic scenario after Greece voted No today."

Such an approach appears irreconcilable with the views of the French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, who said the EMU creditors are equally to blame for the crisis and must resist the temptation to "crush" the Greek people. "It is our responsibility to avoid a Versailles Treaty within the eurozone," he said.

Italy's Matteo Renzi said the sight of pensioners weeping in front of banks was a black mark on the conscience of Europe. "We must start to speak to each other again, and nobody knows this than better than Angela Merkel," he said. '
Continues... and again worth reading the whole article (if the subject is of interest of course ;))

I find it almost inconceivable that the 'rulers' of the EU could have completely stuffed up their project in such a savagely incompetent fashion. Heavens knows how this situation is going to get settled. ... I don't know, and no wonder, Germany and France clearly have no idea either ...

malum consilium quod mutari non potest

Re: Lee Kuan Yew

earthfriendly: ... nswer-for/

"The treatment of Amos Yee is disgusting and should be abhorred by all right thinking people, especially parents of young children.................

Amos is out. He came out in T-shirt and shorts, clutching a bag of his belongings to his chest. He looked shell-shocked to me, shuffling and looking down at the ground.

He did not look or behave like the boy I met not long after he was first charged. That boy was smug and cocky. The boy today is silent and downcast."

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Strong Eagle:
A joke is now circulating in Athens. A young Greek man visits the Australian consulate in Athens and asks for a work visa. “Why do you want to leave Greece?” asks the official.

“For two reasons,” replies the Greek. “First, I am worried that Greece will leave the EU, which will lead to new poverty and chaos in the country . . .”

“But,” interrupts the official, “this is pure nonsense: Greece will remain in the EU and submit to financial discipline!”

“Well,” responds the Greek calmly, “this is my second reason.”