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The Economist Intelligence Unit has named Singapore as the world’s most expensive country for expats. This was reported in its Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2014 report. Singapore overtook countries like Tokyo, Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. One of the factors that the EIC says pushed overall cost of living upwards? The COE needed to buy vehicles. So What? This...

It’s very comforting to know that our cheng hu cares that cyber-bullying is going on and wants to tackle it  by introducing new anti-harassment legislation. But for those of us affected by the gahmen’s bullying tactics, what recourse do we have? We could hide in a corner and cry, but even then, probably still kena caught by CCTV (then even more pai seh).   What’s...

Interestingly enough, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has spoken out in defence of the Health Promotion Board’s controversial FAQ. But, while sounding square, it’s difficult not to feel a certain anti-homosexuality vibe creeping into his statement. Mr Gan says that relationships need commitment, and its possible, regardless of whether one is gay or straight,...

Switching jobs this year could lead to a significant pay increase. Unless – you’re working in Singapore.   (1) Happy Across the World Recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters expects employees across the world to command an average 15-20% more salary this year. This is based on a global survey of those who switched jobs in 2013, and the firm says the trend...

If you’re angry at the soon-to-rise transport fares, there’s a mass protest that’s expected this Saturday (25Jan) against the hikes It’ll take place at Hong Lim Park at 5pm.   (1) Why Cow Beh? Fare hike were approved even though our two transport giants SMRT and SBS are still operating profitably They made $120 million and $18 million...

More than 80% of Singaporeans don’t believe their current financial plans won’t tide them over in the future. That’s a terrible shame, considering that we’re often touted as a First World Nation. Are we, really?   (1) Die Lah This sad fact was revealed through a survey by research company, Nielsen. Close to 70% of Singaporeans have lost...

Opinions are like assholes – everybody’s got one (thanks, Dirty Harry). Same can’t be said of hospital beds in Singapore. Even if you’re up to your neck in shit, you’ll probably have to wait some 2 days to get a bed if it’s crunch time. And by crunch time, our dear MP Dr Chia Shi-Lu means “holiday season”.   (1) Chia Ba Bo Sai Pang   Dr...

The monthly entry-level pay for cleaners will soon be set at $1000. That’s been mandated by the Singapore government, and companies have until September next year to comply with this new regulation. This new salary amount is supposed to be 20% more than the median wage of today’s cleaners. This sounds good for cleaners, but what does this mean for us?   (1)...

Posted on Jan 8 2014 - 4:39pm by CowBoyJohnny
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Mr Lui Tuck Yew could be mistaken for a Britney Spears fan. And he’s probably been playing “Oops I Did It Again” on overdrive in whatever car he drives. Here’s the new, higher COE prices, after all the promises of “price moderations”.   Category A Perhaps the only drop amongst all the categories, though still terribly high. $72,369...

Acceptance of multi-racialism? Sure. Promotion of multi-racialism? Nada. I’m talking about you, Mediacorp. Thanks for reinforcing the notion amongst many of our foreign friends tuning in to the New Year Countdown show that Singapore indeed is somewhere in China.   Pre-Countdown, we’ve got a wannabe Brit boyband belting out songs unrecognisable to most locals. And...

Very strange, the Singapore government. On one hand, it wants to encourage married couples to have more children. And on the other, it down-sizes out living spaces such that a family with more than 2 children will find them unlivable.   (1) Sure or not, Khaw? Under the Khaw Boon Wan HDB regime, Singaporeans will have to put up with more 2-room flats, in newly-developed...

Now comes the time of the year look back and repent and hope for a better tomorrow. In girl-speak, that means losing another five kilograms. But on a serious note, here’s my hopes for Singapore for 2014:   (1) an educational environment for our children which allows them to play and enjoy themselves, instead of rote book learning (2) affordable public housing...

Posted on Dec 18 2013 - 5:50pm by CowBoyJohnny
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If the Singapore government is going to extend the alcohol ban in Little India, it might as well slap a ban on the SBS too. The Singapore Police Force says it is enforcing the ban because it believes intoxication caused the riot. How about the bus that crushed a man to death?   (1) Drinking Games   People get drunk every weekend. Some curse, others fight,...

Posted on Dec 17 2013 - 9:50am by CowBoyJohnny
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It started out as a road traffic accident. How then did the Little India incident erupt into a full-blown riot, with an estimated more than 400 protestors taking to the street? Besides blaming drunkenness and Indians (or simply drunk Indians) for the fracas, the Singapore Police Force must also shoulder part of the blame.   (1) Guts & Glory? Nah…   Police...