Do we need more foreigners in Singapore?

  Crowded trains and the cadence of foreign accents – the increase in Singapore’s population size is hard to ignore. Especially when you recall the halycon days – when trains were empty, and Singlish was popular. Earlier in May this year, the Police Workplan Seminar held a dialogue with about 200 junior college and polytechnic […]

“IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLL, WHAT THE ROCK! IS COOKIN’!”

That was all my tired mind could think of as I watched that astonishing clip of wrestling on the road. None of that ‘ang moh’ or xenophobic rubbish, really. There isn’t too much in the clip to conclude who it was who caused the accident, but if it’s only the clip we’re going to go […]

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Why is Singapore Overcrowded?

John owns a shoe factory. He has about 10 employees and some machinery. Business has been bad. He hasn’t got any new order for months. He may have to close shop soon and let all his employees go. His employees sense the situation and are very worried. Then suddenly, he receives a $1 million order to produce 12,000 pairs of shoes […]

No Minister: Expats shouldn’t have a separate economy from us

  Lorraine Boon had published in the Straits Times Forums last week (Mar 08 2014, Why Cost of Living Survey Matters) her opinions on why luxury goods should be considered in a Singaporean’s cost of living. Five Stars and a Moon caught up with Lorraine and asked her what she thought about the cost of […]

Common expat complaints – and some textbook responses

  Expats complaint a lot hor? We know it’s tempting to scold back “If you don’t like it why don’t you go back to where to came from!?” But, may we suggest some more measured comebacks? Here’s a cheatsheet…   Common Complaint #1: It’s hot What you want to say: “F***off then. Go live in Alaska” […]

Re-thinking Singaporeans First

Should we always hire Singaporeans First? If ever I were to pose this question to an audience of Singaporeans, the answer would probably be unanimous. Of course Singaporeans first la! What kind of stupid question is that?! A valid one, actually. Singaporeans ‘first’ could come with two meanings. One, Singaporean applicants should be considered first […]

To live in Dubai or Singapore

  Standing in the middle of the metro, the public train transportation in Dubai, after a typical day at work, I felt like I was in “United Nations Central.” I had squeezed into an all-female carriage, designated by law in Dubai where one carriage in every train were for women only while the rest of […]

Get me a job!

Summary: Is Singapore’s current job market able to support the growing number of potential young PMEs? What are some of the pressing issues and concerns expressed by young PMEs? How and where can young PMEs seek support to address their career concerns? So I attended a wedding last weekend. Amidst getting the groom drunk and […]

Help the unskilled, or help the businesses?

  So I was having Popeyes (y’know…Louisiana Fried Chicken) last night with Edmund.   We sat, he ordered and we ate.   In between mouthfuls of fatty goodness, a staff marched up to the table adjacent to us and hastily cleared a mess of chicken bones and oily paper plates. His name tag spelt “Junaz […]