January 20, 2010
My dad passed away on 31 Oct 2009 [...] (On 13 January 2010) night, my dad’s handphone rung umpteen times. Eventually, I picked it up. The guy claims that my dad owed them $6K and we have to pay up. They say they’ll give us 2 days to decide or they will continue with this. [...] For 2 days I called the Inspecting Officer in-charge - No Answer.
Recommended by yuhui: "Highlights the ineffectiveness of our politicians and police in solving the loan shark problem."
December 14, 2009
Yawning Bread said:
Naturally, I have forgotten what my PINs are, so I went to both DBS Bank and Citibank to get them updated. At DBS, they said I had to fill in a form manually and submit it over the counter. They'd mail the new PIN to me in four working days.
"Four working days? I'll be flying off by then, I said. Any way to do this faster?"
"No, this is the only procedure we have, they said."
"Can't I go to some office and collect the PIN myself?"
"No, we have to mail it to you."
"OK, then, I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope I get it in the mail on the day of departure."
I left the bank defeated.
At Citibank, I went up to the Enquiry counter with the same request.
"So, how can I get a new PIN? I asked."
"Oh, we can do it on this keypad right here, the young man said, pointing to a keypad on the counter."
He called up the relevant operations module on his computer, activated the customer keypad and asked me to key in whatever set of digits I'd want for my PIN.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "DBS = Doesn't Believe in Service"
November 28, 2009
May 06, 2009
The police took down the driver's particulars on a piece of paper, then when asked about the offence committed... then came his golden answer in broken English:" Sir, you eat keropok when driving, very danger! later get "Lang Gar" (colloquial for crashed in an accident) .. so i summon you.."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Amazed by the ingenunity of the Malaysian Police Force... they never fail to think of any reason!"
April 19, 2009
Ash Tong said:
As the recession might be hitting Singapore hard, I hope that the HDB will be transparent with how their market pricing model works.
I refer to the 4 room flats in Treetops@punggol project as an example. Treetop@punggol was released April 2008 and the indicative price range for a 4-room flat then was $208,000 to $254,000.
In the October 2008 half annual sale, the price range for Treetops was then listed between $235,000 -$309,000.
In The Half Annual Sale in April 2009, the same development is being sold between $276,000 and $298,000.
The difference translates to at least a 15% price increase. No amenities have been built nearby yet. Neither are there any differences from the master plan for Punggol 21.
Recommended by at82: "HDBs' price seems to defy gravity even as Singapore is facing its worst recession..."
February 24, 2009
The Digital Movement said:
Blogout! ’09 aims to help make sense of the social media landscape in Singapore. It is an event to celebrate bloggers' independent voices, emergent forms of social, web technology, to create change for their organizations, communities and society. Featuring top speakers Jon Yongfook of Open Source Food, Joel Postman of Socialized PR and Melvin Yuan of Waggener Edstrom
Recommended by suyuen: "This is an event that will be especially beneficial to both corporates and individual bloggers who are looking to use social media as a means of financial gain and marketing. Thought it'd be especially useful now that we are in the times of economic turmoil. "
December 21, 2008
No parking here for even lawmen?: A Singaporean couple Mr Ong Eng Chowg and his wife, Marilyn, spotted a police car parked at a "No Parking" area. They parked their car and approached the police officers to remove the police car.
Instead the couple got booked for illegal parking because they parked their car behind the police car.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Major FAIL."
December 08, 2008
Although we have wonderful Christmas music, Christmas decoration and a lot of Christmas Sales to get your Christmas presents, there is no real Christmas atmosphere here because of the missing Christmas weather. Although you could buy tons and tons of 1$ icecream at every corner, there wont be enough to cool down the temperature here to a nice zero degrees.
But there is help, for everybody in Singapore who definitely doesn’t want to miss his usual Christmas atmosphere in Singapore, here are the places where you will be able to see your breath evaporating in nice white fog just in front of you.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "The artcile nicely lists 5 places in Singapore where everybody who longs for colder weather, snow and winter can find at least a bit of salvation. I will definately go to one of these places this weekend. Its Christmas!!!"
November 26, 2008
This economic downturn is largely caused by external factors beyond the control of the Government / civil service ... Therefore, I don’t see why public officers should generally be penalised by a pay cut ... [ though ] one of the few justifications that I can see for this pay cut is that it serves as a reminder to public officers ... that they cannot go about their usual duties ... without consideration for the man-in-the-street.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Alternative view on why civil service pay should not be cut."
November 23, 2008
October 12, 2008
I wonder if it’s just me… the NS Portal is one of the worst and most badly designed website I have to access frequently. Do you have the same problems I have with this website? Is there any way we can make our opinions heard to effect changes? I have a feeling SAF don’t give a damn because NS is compulsory for Singapore male citizens and we have to keep using the lousy website regardless if it sucks to the core.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "True? Is it really that bad?"
July 14, 2008
Averal L experiences bad service at one of our hotels.
Jeri and I were walking around Amara Hotel and we saw a very interesting cafe, so we decided to walk in.
Case 1: The American Bakery at Amara Hotel
Owner: “Hi, how may i help?”
Me: “Just looking around, you have a very interesting shop layout.” While Jeri was standing at the side looking at the muffins and scoffles in the display.
Owner: “If you are intend to enter the building, please use the entrance at the side and not my shop.”
June 22, 2008
Aussie Pete said:
On Saturday, 14th June, Five suspected drug-traffickers were arrested and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) seized $1.3M worth of drugs in an Islandwide operation. This is the second-largest drug haul in Singapore for 2008.
Recommended by AussiePB: "These people are risking the welfare of our children and society in general - is the death penalty appropriate?"
June 16, 2008
Just Jean said:
Back in Singapore, I spoke to my friend and lodged a police report. Apparently, John is getting away scot free because this incident happened in Seoul. I am now back in Seoul to lodge the police report but they said they can only file it. In short, John had a free lunch.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "A Singaporean girl got molested overseas by another Singaporean guy only to find out that the Singapore police has no jurisdiction over what happens out of Singapore. That means a Singaporean can commit a seizable offence against another Singaporean and get away scot free. The blogger is now appealling for help, but all she gets is more insults. "
June 07, 2008
"Is this the same court that rule in favour of the wife of an americian millionaire who was killed in a car accident when he deliberately violated the traffic laws?"
"Or perhaps it’s not about you at all. It seem to me that the verdict could have depends on who you are contesting against."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Good comparison and exposure of double standards in court's verdicts."
April 28, 2008
One Seven said:
Our water supply was turned off at 10pm on the 25th of April 2008, Saturday. When we opened the back door to investigate and turn it back on, a few plain-clothes officers from the CID rushed in. Sam immediately tried to stop them and demanded to know what was going on. They told him that they were conducting a “spot-check". When asked what they were checking for, they simply repeated “spot-check". The officers refused to specify what they were checking for despite repeated demands. Sam also asked if they had a warrant to check the premises. They refused to reply.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "The Singapore police raids a local gay sauna without proper explaination or warrants."
March 27, 2008
Saw this post on omy’s forum by a person called 我的天 who claimed that local job search portal, JobsDB added a “reservist” option in their selection fields under “Personal Details => National Service”.
This is a very touchy issue as it concerns all Singapore male CITIZENS who have served National Service. Does the additional field implies it may be used as a screening criteria for potential employers?
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "discrimination of Singapore born males?"
March 17, 2008
While the protesters locked their arms together to safeguard their properties, the police picked the first protester, forcefully pulled him out from the tightly inter-locked group, and swiftly dragged him to one of the police vans parked nearby. Then they went back to work on their 2nd victim. Making their arrests one by one, it took the police several rounds of spectacles in front of a big crowd of onlookers gathered around to finish their most important job of the day. Finally, about 15 protesters, including Ms Chee Siok Chin were bundled into the police vans and sent to the Cantonment Police headquarters.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Good thing that the Singapore police force got their priorities straight — going after peaceful consumer rights protesters instead of wasting time pursuing an escaped terrorist."
March 13, 2008
All ads taken from Berita Harian and Straits Times, 2nd March 2008
Examine the prices on these ads carefully. One set is taken from a Malay paper while the exact same ads, with exactly the same products, are taken from an English paper.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "This would be viewed as illegal discrimination in most developed countries. I hope that some of our MPs could take action against this kind of discriminatory pricing. Imagine making one group of people pay almost twice as much as their fellow citizens!!"
September 21, 2007
A basic 512kbps line works fine for regular e-mail and Web browsing but tech-savvy households with multiple members engaging in huge file downloads, online games, video streaming and more will need a lot more bandwidth. With over a dozen broadband Internet plans offering a wide spectrum of prices and speeds, consumers may find it a challenge to choose the right plan.
To help consumers make an informed choice, IDA monitors and publishes the performance of broadband plans here. There are three main indicators to look for – price, throughput and latency..