Expat Guide

Is It Better to Lease or Buy a Car in Singapore?

Is It Better to Lease or Buy a Car in Singapore?

We have very few drug problems in Singapore. I suspect it’s because cars are so expensive, even Colombian coke dealers need a second mortgage to buy one. As that’s kind of a problem, we’re left with either public transport, or car leasing. And with big companies like Daimler now making the offer, it’s something worth considering:

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The Expat’s Guide to Getting a Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore

The Expat’s Guide to Getting a Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore

After a long, turbulent flight that had you praying every hour, you finally land at Asia’s “little red dot.” You then find yourself in a long immigration queue, followed by an even longer customs check queue (queuing is a national pastime here). Provided you weren’t carrying bundles of heroin, tiger penis, or anything else that would land you in Changi Prison, welcome to Singapore!

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Singapore’s Best Bank Accounts for Expats

Singapore’s Best Bank Accounts for Expats

I’m a big believer in field testing my articles. But I can’t do it for this one, because I’m not an expat. It’d be silly to even try thinking like one, ha ha. “You renounced your citizenship and migrated back didn’t you?” Yeah. And also, I’m wearing a beret and carrying a plastic baguette while I write this. If there’s one thing mainstream media’s taught me, it’s that journalism’s not far from method acting (Thanks Noose!) So if I were an expat, here’s the banks I’d use:

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The Expat’s Guide to Phone Plans in Singapore

The Expat’s Guide to Phone Plans in Singapore

I don’t understand why expats would need a phone plan. I mean, if they could travel 50,000 miles to work and live, they probably don’t need phone calls from Aunt Sue back home. “Uh, some people aren’t finance bloggers, so they have to maintain friends and work.” Really? Ever since I named my shadow Fred and moved into the sewer, I’ve found such things to be highly overrated. I guess those expats would need these phone plans then:

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The Expat’s Guide to Singapore’s Internet Service Providers

The Expat’s Guide to Singapore’s Internet Service Providers

Singapore has a wide range of Internet Service Providers. Assuming your definition of “wide” is “barely not a monopoly”. The scene is dominated by three big companies (M1, Starhub, Singtel), with the rest still battling for scraps. Singaporeans hop between them on a regular basis, depending on freebies and pricing policies. If you’re new to this country, here’s a primer so you can join in:

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7 Survival Tips for Expats In a Singaporean Company

7 Survival Tips for Expats In a Singaporean Company

Singapore’s a great place to work, assuming you’re a workaholic in need of acceptance. To everyone else, it’s worse than joining an ass kicking contest with a case of haemorrhoids. We’re one of the toughest work environments in Asia: Come unprepared, and you’ll last as long as Ghost Rider 2 did in the cinemas. But even in the hell pits that pass for an office here, there are ways to come out on top. In this article, I look at how our expats can adapt and even thrive:

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5 Money Saving Ways to Buy Electronics in Singapore

5 Money Saving Ways to Buy Electronics in Singapore

Before forking out money for your new iThing, you need to know Singapore is bargain city. The big malls don’t always offer the best prices, and Sim Lim is populated with more sharks than Sea World. So if you must be on the cutting edge of gadgetry, at least be informed. In this article, I look at some prudent buying tactics when it comes to electronics:

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Why Singapore’s IRs Stopped Boosting Home Prices

Why Singapore’s IRs Stopped Boosting Home Prices

The Integrates Resorts (IRs) were all the rage back in ’07. They were touted as the source of 35,000 jobs, awesome parties, and a major boon to the loan shark industry. More importantly, IRs were supposed to raise the value of nearby homes. Which they did…right up till the IRs were actually built. Then the hype deflated faster than Moses Lim’s stamina on a staircase. In this article, I examine the possible reasons:

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5 Cheapest Ways to Enjoy Sentosa

5 Cheapest Ways to Enjoy Sentosa

Sentosa’s pricing is only acceptable to (1) maths deficient tweens with overpaid parents, and (2) tourists who forgot to pack their common sense. To the rest of us, everything’s more overpriced than the civil servants living there. Still, there are occasions when you’ll end up going. Family day, concerts, or the all important friend-from-overseas. So when that happens, keep these in mind. They’ll save you from an all month instant noodle diet:

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How to Save Money While Clubbing / Pubbing in Singapore

How to Save Money While Clubbing / Pubbing in Singapore

To be honest, the most I recall about my clubbing days is a sort of bluish haze, followed by the taste of toilet tiles. Oh, and being the only one leaving with a full wallet every night. Because I’m so kiam I preserve fish just by standing close. That’s right; alcohol (and in fact crowbars) will never part a dollar from this tight-ass fist. See, once you learn the Tao of Cheap, you can club / pub as much as you want, and not go broke. In this article, I reveal the way:

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