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Getting robbed can be a traumatic experience – especially if it happens in a foreign country, and ends in a surgery ward. You’d expect an ounce of sympathy for the victim. But this month, I found out first hand how far that sympathy extended, when it comes to my bank:
If you read your news from Yahoo! Singapore, chances are you’ve already come across a very interesting article from CarBuyer Singapore regarding the Renault Twizy. It’s a four-wheeled vehicle that looks and drives like a car, but is classified as a quadracycle. It’s also a vehicle that people who are thinking of buying a motorcycle in Singapore should fear.
Talking about the prices of cars in Singapore is a perhaps an exercise in what one could call “pointless venting”. But what is really irritating is the fact that some of the cheapest Toyotas in the world cost about one sixth the price of one in Singapore. And we’re not talking about some cheap country, but places like Japan and the US, with relatively high costs of living in the more metropolitan areas.
Once again, tuition fees for Singapore’s universities have increased. But should that really surprise anyone? After all, we do live in the world’s most expensive city, although some suggest that Singapore is only expensive if you’re an expat. Semantics aside, no one can dispute this cold hard fact – prices on almost everything rise every year or two, due to inflation.
I recently came across an interesting Channel NewsAsia article regarding piracy. No, it wasn’t about Somali pirates pulling off raids on commercial shipping along the Horn of Africa. It was about digital piracy. According to the survey mentioned in the article, 74% of Singaporeans aged 19-24 actively participate in digital piracy.
It was only a matter of time before the government’s 25% alcohol tax hike separated the “profiteers” from honest businesses. In fact, the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) recently checked up on 11 local businesses and discovered that more than 70% of the businesses they checked (including a big name operator) had marked up their beer prices by more than $0.50, which is considered overcharging.
Remember the days when public housing in Singapore used to be affordable? Yeah, chances are most of you weren’t even born yet when the word “affordable” was last used to describe public housing. You can blame decades of skyrocketing property prices (public and private) for that.
If you’ve ever watched the Highlander series on television, you’re probably familiar with the iconic tagline, “There can be only one.” It seems that the Housing Development Board (HDB), in its infinite wisdom, decided to apply that principle to HDB resale buyers and sellers by making a small, but critical change to the HDB resale procedure. Now, there can only be one “winner” in the resale process.
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.