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A few days ago, HDB launched a record number of flats. Now they’re jamming the brakes and cutting supply again. What’s going on? Is it government mind games? A spectacular typo in an e-mail to the builders? Application of the strategic method known as scissors-paper-stone? None of them, because there’s actually a purpose behind the madness: Read more »
Ok now we’re pissed off. We’ve heard of ridiculous stories about companies refusing to give customers refunds but this is one of the BEST. If you’ve ever had to go through the pain of dealing with airline companies…no, wait…budget airline companies, then you may be able to somewhat identify with this situation. Some people just found out just how ridiculous the demands can get before they can get a refund.
One of the great mysteries of the Universe is Singapore’s taxis. Why are there loads of them when you don’t need them, but virtually nonexistent when you do? How do they warp time so they’re changing shift exactly when you start looking for them? What mysterious allergy to water makes them burrow underground and vanish when it rains? I blew $45 on cab rides to ask five taxi drivers:
With the current cost of living, a fair number of Singaporeans can expect to be happily retired. Maybe by the age of, say, 162. Now there’s any number of external causes you can blame for that: inflation, growing household debt, inadequate pension plan, etc. But some of the causes are self-inflicted…like these myths we keep believing:
How can taking out a home loan possibly be any more painful that it is now? Thanks to MAS property financing regulations and stricter limits on borrowing, the home loan process is a lot like trying to outrun a huge boulder, Raiders of the Lost Ark-style – except the boulder is made out of paperwork you need to fill out.
Buying a house does things to your brain. My personal theory is that the big numbers stun your left brain into silence, thus halving your IQ. It’s the only way to explain why, ever so often, people decide to pay more for the stupidest reasons:
For years you’ve taken a cut from my paycheck under the promise of social “protection.” In a way, you’re like a very well-intentioned gangster, protecting my money from well… me right?
To new investors, the stock market presents a bewildering range of options. There are dozens of systems and methods of investing, all with their pros and cons. But underneath it all, investing breaks falls into five basic methods:
Income inequality’s a big issue here, and we know why. It’s just that no one wants to point the accusing finger, and mouth the “P” word. Yeah, I’m talking about private property, which is one of the biggest causes of Singapore’s income divide. Property investments make bridging the income gap about as easy as pole vaulting Mt. Everest:
So you want to buy a BTO flat. Good on you, and congratulations on this new milestone in your life. There’s just one issue facing you: the steps, processes and terms. Which are so labyrinthine, you could house a decent sized family of minotaurs in them. I suggest you check out our handy flowchart, and save yourself the trouble of devising new profanities for phone operators: