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It would appear that Mark Zuckerberg may have gotten more than he bargained for when he bought WhatsApp for $16b billion. After a series of unfortunate incidents, there’s a new twist in the tale back home in Singapore. Here’s what has happened and our take on 3 alternatives to consider:
Ah, sushi! The one delicacy I can eat endlessly without feeling like I’m a deep breath away from an Aliens-like “chest bursting” experience. Of course, sushi isn’t exactly the cheapest fare to be enamored with, especially if you’re NOT a monocle wearing, Lamborghini driving, non-public transportation taking individual who won’t eat sushi unless it’s prepared by a Japanese “celebrity” chef.
So, were you sitting in front of your 42-inch flat screen television with a bag of popcorn to watch the Singapore 2014 Budget speech? *crickets chirping* Hmmm… didn’t think so.
The superficial answer to that question would be “yes.” But the truthful answer is well… you don’t need to me say it right? Recently, the Labor Movement, otherwise known as the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), brought up the issue of raising the Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions from 32.5 percent to 36 percent for workers above 50 to 55.
Yesterday’s announcement by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) that it would exempt owner-occupiers of residential properties from the current TDSR rules was an interesting move – especially when you consider how quick MAS moved to contest a Forbes article about a potential housing debt and credit bubble in Singapore.
Few questions divide Singaporeans as much as this one – What is CPF used for? As you process your own answer to that question, chances are the words “retirement,” “housing,” healthcare” and maybe “Ponzi scheme” are running through your head.
Can you really put a price on citizenship? A few years ago, I would have laughed at such a question. Maybe that’s because I view citizenship as one of the few possessions that you can’t put a price tag on. It’s like asking someone, “how much is your family name worth?” or “how much is your son worth?”
You’ve probably heard the saying “time is money” at least a hundred times right? Maybe your boss has used it as a verbal “whip” to get you slaving working harder. Or maybe you’ve heard it from some financial planner who was trying to get you to buy into an investment or insurance policy. Either way, you get the point – time adds value.
Changi Airport is more than just a group of terminals filled with duty-free goods, restaurants, and art displays like the kinetic rain (when they’re not being damaged by tourists anyway). It’s an escape portal to exotic destinations away from whip-cracking bosses, long working hours, and disaster movie-style overcrowding at public transport terminals.
Whether you believe it or not, Singapore’s healthcare system is not only one of the best in the world statistically, but it’s also envied worldwide for its efficiency and low cost. Whoa! No need to toss rotten tomatoes at me and brandish pitchforks! It’s true!