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  1. Singaporeans going to Bangkok, take note. According to one Singaporean who travelled to the wildly-popular Thai city recently in May 2018, a new kind of scam is allegedly going on at the airport there. This is copied from the Facebook User’s post: I don’t usually write such long posts on Facebook but the terrible experience at Suvarnabhumi Airport during my recent trip over the weekend has prompted me to do so. What I want to achieve is to raise awareness and to prevent more people from being caught in the same situation. I was travelling with 13 other Singaporeans and we landed in Bangkok around 9.40am on 18th May. Everything seemed fine, as per my previous trips to Bangkok – we went through customs, collected our luggage from the baggage claim area, and then proceeded to walk through ‘nothing to declare’. When we were about to exit the airport to head over to our AOT transport (to be clear, we were already out of transit area, about to exit the airport, so that’s where the public is free to walk around), we got stopped by Thai officers, and they asked me “how many of you?” and I replied “14”. I saw the change in expression followed by “oh, can you follow me to office?” With nothing to hide, we followed them to the Excise Department office. They told us they were going to search our luggage. Again, with nothing to hide, we agreed. Some of us came out relatively quickly but we soon realised 2-3 of us were asked to stay in the office with their passports confiscated. Background info: 14 of us walked out together in a group, carrying 6 bottles of Balvenie 16 which we got from Changi Airport Duty Free. Each bottle was packed individually in sealed bags to be carried on board the plane, and each bottle came with an individual receipt. However, 3 of such sealed bags were placed in 1 plastic bag, which meant 2 of us were carrying the 2 plastic bags (containing 3 sealed bags each). So, we are all aware that the alcohol allowance for hard liquor to be brought into Bangkok is 1L per pax. Were we well within our alcohol limit/allowance? You would think so, but NO. They told us we could be charged with tax evasion because only 2 people were carrying the alcohol (even though all of us said we were travelling as a group of 14), and that we LITERALLY were allowed to only CARRY 1 per person. They wanted to fine us up to THB 75,000 (~SGD3,160) BUT we were told they will lower the fine to THB49,000 (~SGD2,065) IF we paid IMMEDIATELY. Note: CASH ONLY, no cards allowed – they told us to get cash from our credit cards OR change our SGD and told us where the ATMs and money changers were. They even threatened to take all of us to the police station if we do not agree to pay the fine. Allow me to emphasize one more time – 14 of us bought 6 bottles of hard liquor. We managed to get them to lower the fine to THB 33,000 (~SGD1,390), not that I’m complaining we got a lower fine but isn’t it weird they could adjust the fine amount? We eventually paid the fine because we were in a foreign country afterall and it was extremely difficult to reason with them when they were threatening ‘jail’ in no time. They were definitely rushing us to pay up. Despite paying the fine, they only returned 2 bottles (out of 6) to us. We also realise that one of the officers was ‘stationed’ at the baggage claim area while we were there and was probably eyeing us the entire time but waited till we have gone through customs before stopping us. To highlight, the officer eyeing us at the baggage claim area eventually ended up at the airport exit, SUSPICIOUS MUCH??? That officer’s area of duty comprise of both INSIDE and OUTSIDE, and they could switch their duties as and when? While we were stuck there (the longest 90mins ever…), we saw a number of people being escorted to the Excise Department office too, comprising of a group of 10 (bringing in 8 bottles which is still within the allowance!!!), a couple (well, apparently it is not okay for the guy to carry the bottle on behalf of his girlfriend/wife), and another smaller group before us. Think about the amount of THB collected over that 90mins. By the way, there was a man from the Taiwan embassy who came up to me 20mins into this incident, asking me if I was Taiwanese. Apparently he snapped a few photos of us standing OUTSIDE the Excise Department office and perhaps he was going to help us if we were Taiwanese. However, he got called out by the Thai officers and they demanded him to delete the photos he took in a PUBLIC SPACE. They even took down his details and demanded to take a photo of his pass. After the episode, we found out from some of our (Thai/Singaporean) friends that they do this to both locals and tourists, that the officers in the airport will go out of the way to find reasons (even the 200 cig allowance) to justify the fines they impose on you. In my opinion, it was absolutely unfair. To my surprise, nothing came up when I tried searching on google for people with similar experiences, which means many people out there could still be unaware since we can’t be the first.
  2. I drive a honda ridgeline pickup truck and my wife drive a honda civic. I've been looking for a decent jumpstarter that would be powerful enough for both of our vehicles. Rather then having 2 various models it just seemed easier to get two identical units. After reading reviews on several various jump-starters I opted for this model. Now the most negative thing I could find about this thing was it lacked a flat charger so you couldn't leave it plugged in. For me that's not even a factor, after all I bought this to charge it and then put it in the trunk of my wifes car and in the cargo area of my truck. I don't intend on leaving this plugged in. So if you plan on using this HOW IT IS DESIGNED then you too don't even need to worry about the lack of a float charger. That being said, the unit itself is a bit heavy, imagine picking up really big battery, that's essentially what this is. It has some weight to it. The jumpstarter itself also features an interesting little light that pivots as well as an air compressor. I've heard/read back reviews on the air compressor, for me it's not why I bought it. But initial checks it looks like it works fine and even has somewhere to store the air hose which is really nice. The one negative I have on this thing is the power switch for the air compressor is on the back and is not protected. In other words it could in theory be flipped on and drain the battery. So when you need to jump your car the starter would be dead. I wish they put a cover or moved the switch but honestly it would take a perfect mistake for that to get turned on so it's really not that critical. To prevent this from potentially happening I actually went down to Target and bought 2 milk crates,one for me and one for my wife. I put a jump starter, first aid kit, oil, etc in the crate so it's essentially the roadside emergency crate and also protects the jumpstarter from getting knocked around and/or turned on. Overall I spent $140 total on 2 of these and I'm really happy with the quality. They charge overnight easily, the indicator lights show you the charge remaining on the battery and it has power ports for 12volt and USB which is an added bonus. If you need a jumpstarter I would definitely consider this one.
  3. I was quoted $1000 before gst for repairs to my Nissan Latio. Is this reasonable or is there another recommended workshop that is cheaper? Thanks everyone. This was what was recommended by tan chong - "RECOMMEND TO CHANGE ALL ENGINE MOUNTINGS,ROCKER, TIMING COVER CHANGE ROCKER/TIMING/C/SHAFT OIL SEAL"
  4. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/more-1000-motorists-caught-beating-red-lights-new-digita anyone got the full article? going digital liow. dun play play~!
  5. http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/03/06/reach-1000-inputs-on-budget-2014-have-been-received/ REACH: 1,000 inputs on Budget 2014 have been received March 6th, 2014 | Author: Editorial Dr Amy Khor The local media reported that REACH Chairwoman Amy Khor led an online chat session on the Budget recently. She revealed that more than “1,000 inputs on Budget 2014 have been received by REACH through its various platforms”. She said, “Over half of the feedback was about initiatives announced to build a fair and equitable society, such as the S$8-billion Pioneer Generation Package (PGP), healthcare affordability issues and help for older workers.” No surprise whatsoever, she said overall, while there was broad and strong support for the Budget, some had concerns, such as if higher social spending by the government will lead to higher taxes in future. Dr Khor also said others had lauded the fact that funds for the Pioneer Generation Package were set aside upfront so that the burden will not fall on the younger generation of taxpayers. With the details of the PGP out, it’s inexplicable that of all the ‘concerns’ expressed, our REACH Chairwoman chose to highlight the one concern about potential ‘higher taxes in future’. Many TRE readers and others on alternative media have little of such concerns. Instead, overwhelmingly, the issue for most is how the PGP $8 billion figure, a never-before one-off expenditure, could be magically set aside in one lump sum i.e. about 14% of total budget amount. Finance Minister Tharman did say that the government “will not draw on past reserves, as we have sufficient surpluses from the last few years”. However, he did not elaborate on the details in Parliament. Some also asked who and how the $8 billion will be managed. Mr Tharman had said that the $8 billion set aside for the PGP, with accumulated interest over time, will meet its full projected cost of $9 billion, including a buffer for inflation. Again, Mr Tharman did not elaborate on the details of how interest will be earned. Such online discussions on alternative media showed that Singaporeans are increasingly getting very sophisticated in their thinking and the government need to be even more open and transparent especially when Singaporean taxpayers’ monies are involved. The government should realise that it is now dealing with a different generation of Singaporeans compared to our parent or grandparent generations.
  6. I just wonder what is the possibility of true if someone said in the past 5 years he received 1000 emails per day? I mean what kind of job that a person will get 1000 emails per day? the person I knew that claim he got thousand emails per day is not a property/ insurance agent. he is also not selling/ buying anything in his job. he is working at top local science research center with very high position. maybe someone from here, ever received 1000 emails per day?
  7. SBS will buy 450 Mercedes Benz Citaro single deck buses and 550 Volvo B9TL double deck buses at a cost of $443 million. They are scheduled for delivery from as early as January 2013. All buses are powered by Euro 5-compliant engines and will have wheelchair-friendly features. Of the 1,000 new buses, 260 will be funded by the Government under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP), while SBS Transit will fund the 740 buses under its growth and fleet replacement plans. http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/press/2012-07-09-01.aspx
  8. RadX

    Woffles Fined $1000

    KNN....like 0.10c to him SINGAPORE: Prominent plastic surgeon Woffles Wu Tze Liang has been ordered to pay the maximum fine of S$1,000 for getting an elderly employee to take the rap for him for a speeding offence. The 52-year-old had abetted Mr Kuan Kit Wah, then 76, to provide false information to the police in November 2006. The car, belonging to Wu, was travelling at 91-kilometer (km) per hour on Adam Road when the speed limit is 70km per hour. The court heard that Wu also made Mr Kuan take the rap for him for another speeding offence in September 2005. This charge was taken into consideration during the sentencing on June 12. Wu could also have been jailed up to six months and fined. - CNA/ck
  9. Mass market home prices average $1mil 23 Sept 2011 Straits Times AVERAGE prices for mass market flats in suburban areas have surpassed the psychological threshold of $1 million, according to a new study. Values for new and resale private homes in the three months to June 30 averaged $1 million, up from about $970,000 in the same quarter last year, according to data compiled by Mr Ku Swee Yong, chief executive of International Property Advisor, and the Singapore Condo agency. There were 3,931 sales made in that period with sizes averaging 1,157 sq ft, making the average price of about $880 psf, the report said. Mr Colin Tan, head of research at Chesterton Suntec International, noted that the $1 million mark is a psychological threshold - developers have been reluctant to price their projects above that limit because they believe it is difficult to push homes at that price. However, with prices of suburban properties inching up in recent quarters, Mr Ku said, crossing $1 million was a 'foregone conclusion'. He added that with prices of Housing Board (HDB) flats continuing to rise, upgraders, who make up a sizeable portion of private home-buyers, are more willing to spend on their new flats. Senior manager for Asia Pacific research at Cushman and Wakefield, Mr Ong Kah Seng, noted: 'One factor could be that developers have already paid out a certain amount for land and that's why they are pegging their prices at that level. Also, the new homes could be built with more premium features to justify the increased price.' Singaporeans typically make up a large percentage of suburban home-buyers, but Chesterton's Mr Tan said foreigners are increasingly keen on units on the city outskirts. 'Singapore is becoming a well-established safe haven for people looking to invest their money. 'But with the strengthening of the Sing dollar, it could mean that foreign investors who would typically have their eye on mid-market homes are now also considering mass market suburban homes too,' he said. The other psychological barrier - $1,000 psf - is one of the final frontiers left to cross for suburban properties, say analysts. Several new suburban projects, including euHabitat at Eunos and The Luxurie at Sengkang, have already inched up to or past that psf threshold. But experts say those are outliers and it is unlikely $1,000 will be the new average psf price seen across the board. Cushman's Mr Ong said that while buyers will still be interested in projects with distinctive selling points, there may be a mismatch between sellers' expectations and home-buyers' willingness to pay such prices. Economic uncertainty is keeping some home-buyers at bay, but Mr Ku pointed out that if Singapore's economy keeps growing and the global situation remains stable, then average psf prices could rise. Suburban neighbourhoods of Punggol, Sengkang and Pasir Ris will see about 28,000 new homes, public and private, over the next five years, according to Mr Ku. But market experts do not expect prices to soften much in response. 'I don't think we will see the average transaction price and average psf prices come down, especially when interest rates are so low and there's still liquidity in the market,' he said. Cushman's Mr Ong also noted that even in the event of a slight price correction, opportunistic buyers will be quick to snap up flats, taking prices back to previous levels. He added that suburban mass market units are generally considered the most affordable private homes, so crossing the $1 million barrier could raise concerns about affordability among buyers ineligible for public housing or executive condominiums. WHAT WILL AFFECT DEMAND 1. Increased supply in areas of Punggol, Sengkang and Pasir Ris 2. Economic uncertainty 3. Continued interest from foreigners
  10. GOT VIDEO GOT TALK!!! Give this man A MILLION TIGER!!!
  11. anyone ever encounter the above? my ot has been consistently 1000 but after promotion they said i am not eligible for OT anymore but.... i still need to work OT because i am on standby.... damn sian...anyone wan to recruit me....
  12. Let's say you just step into the working society, planning to start saving for marriage and a HDB (BTO). Which will you choose base on the 2 options.
  13. http://www.sgcarmart.com/used_cars/info.ph...819&DL=1000
  14. Jan 27, 2011 Man fined for saying he was a terrorist at MRT By Elena Chong Kevin Teo Kok Leong alias Muhammad Riduan Teo, 33, was fined $1,000 for saying that he was a terrorist at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange. -- ST FILE PHOTO A MAN who caused alarm to an SMRT customer service officer by saying that he was a terrorist, was fined $1,000 on Thursday. Kevin Teo Kok Leong alias Muhammad Riduan Teo, 33, a mechanic, admitted to using threatening words at Mr Suasni Samuri, 43, at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Interchange on Nov 26, 2010. A Community Court heard that Mr Suasni was on duty when he saw Teo entering the train platform without tapping his ez-Link card. Mr Suasni gave chase and managed to stop Teo, who refused to hand over his ez-Link card to be checked. While Mr Suasni was trying to solicit information from Teo, Teo said: 'You know who I am, I am a terrorist, you know.' Teo repeated the words when asked what he had said earlier. He could have been fined up to $5,000 for the offence. Food can anyhow eat, word cannot anyhow say.
  15. have you guys encounter this? During idling, the RPM needle drops and the car will make this "GRRRRR" noise...after which, the needle gets back up and car went into the normal idling. This occurs about every 7-8 mins during idling. What's wrong???
  16. I am offering $1000 reward for anyone who can provide me with information leading to the whereabouts of the Orchard Road tissue auntie. It was reported in the New Paper about 5-7 years back that this poor auntie literally trudged her way from her studio flat in Bukit Merah or Redhill and make a 2-4 hour walk to Orchard walk just to sell tissue paper. The load she carried was about 5-10kg. After selling her ware, she trudged another few hours back home at night. The last I saw her was at the underpass ( not the underpass from Orchard MRT to lucky plaza side ) but think its the Shaw house underpass.. some 5-7 years ago?.. Damn I was so damn poor that time.. barely had money to survive. Facing a looming court case (some bitch framed me ) and I wanted to die. I saw the report in The New Paper while waiting to go court during that period of time and I spent about $30,000+ on my court case only to lose. Justice got no eyes and thats correct. I was damn down. I planned to die. But I saw this article, I saw this old lady and her grit and determination. I knew I will jump off somewhere within the next few days so I decided to give her ALL my money so that she could have a better life. I dont know Orchard well as I rarely go there. When I finally found her, I walked past her. She was unlike other tissue seller auntie. She was sincere and she was STANDING .. She looked frail and pitiful really. I cant describe it now. I walked to the ATM and withdrew $40 out of the $50+ dollars I had left in my only POSB account ( can someone who is familar with Shaw underpass advise if there is any POSB or DBS ATM there? ) ... I walked back to the poor auntie. I simply pushed the money into her hands, the $10 dollars, which were my last dollars of savings in my whole life. She was God damn happy.. She dint smile but she was relieved and extremely thankful to me. She couldnt say out a word... just point to the ground her wares and beckoned me to take the tissues. I knelt down and took 2 packets since she was so sincere. Old auntie probably dint know that $40 she was holding came from someone who had no will to live and from someone who was to die in a few days time. I took her two packet of tissue and smiled at her, turned my back on her and walked off. I couldnt help it but cry while walking back to the MRT station. I was so emotional after months of trials, attending courts, not working, zero morale, no future no anything. Totally at a loss in life. In the train, I told myself, na bei this poor auntie, no money, no family, no anything, yet grit and determination she got plenty. Save another day. I will survive and I will come back one day, rich. I made a promise to God that I will ensure this auntie stays at home to rest while I sponsor her daily should I surive this crisi without dying. . Yes, I lost the court battle, I lost everything and I had nothing. But I learned one thing - to survive. Now I m back. I have $100,000+ cash in my bank, I had two luxury cars, I had a good family. I stayed in a luxury condo and I owned several properties. I fought so damn hard. I perservere and I reached the peak. Please, anyone can help me? Is she selling tissue somewhere in Singapore? Or is she in old folks home? I hope the New paper team do something about it. Please help.
  17. http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sg..._to_accept.html
  18. Yaloryalor

    ICE @ about $1000

    Hi Guys, I will be collecting my 2nd hand JDM accord soon. I would like to check with you guys for the ICE at about $1,000 spending. What are the necessary items I could install and necessary to have? My idea is 1 set component speakers for front 1 unit 4 channels amp 1 set coaxial speaker for rear 1 sub woofer or active sub? Can the above be done at about $1,000? Which shop and which brand for recommendation? Sound proof needed for front doors?
  19. Vesfreq

    1000 day blooming flower tea.

    Any bros seen ths b4 in singapore? I thinking of buying it.
  20. Lightspeed

    1000 Miglia 17" EV-S for sale

    http://www.mycarforum.com/classifieds/clas...eds.pl?id=13377 Mel's selling his wheels... pls contact him directly (MELVIN 96413644) Refer to url for pics
  21. Apollo

    1000 quitters every year..

    July 21, 2008 1,000 S'poreans give up citizenship each year AN AVERAGE of about 1,000 Singapore gave up their citizenship each year in the last three years, said Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng on Monday. The reasons they renounced their Singapore citizenship ranged from marriage to foreigners to yearning for a different environment, he said in his written reply to a question from from Non-Constituency MP Sylvia Lim, who wanted to know how many Singaporeans had emigrated in the last three years. Most of them took up new citizenship in countries in Southeast-Asia, the United States of America and Australia. Mr Wong said Singaporeans who emigrate generally do not declare this to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) when they leave. The only available data which gives an indication of the number of emigrants from Singapore is the number of Singaporeans who have given up their citizenship and left Singapore. http://www.straitstimes.com/Latest%2...ry_259877.html i think we need WWE to save the ingenious kaisu singaporean. in another 5 more years, it will b a extinct breed of human. ----------
  22. Chisiang

    1000 guest online - wow

    Is this the normal traffic MCF got?? I saw the stats counter put 1000 guests online
  23. Dow Jones journalist fined $1,000 for punching cabby A FINANCIAL journalist got into a tiff with a cabby who did not have change for a $50 note in October last year. Andrew Bevan Jones, 35, of Dow Jones, then punched cabby Irwan Shah Saharim, 33, in the nose, at the driveway of Block 3C of East Point Green Condominium in Simei Street 3 at about 5.30am that day. Mr Irwan was treated at Changi General Hospital as an outpatient for a fractured nasal bridge. On Tuesday, Jones was fined $1,000 after he pleaded guilty to the charge. A district court heard that both men could not agree to drive to a 7-Eleven store to get change for the $25 fare and when Jones tried to leave the cab, Mr Irwan Shah stopped him. Jones then punched the cabby. Both men then started arguing again as Mr Irwan Shah tried to claim money from Jones to consult a doctor. Neighbours awakened by the shouting match called security. Two guards arrived and managed to calm down Jones, who by then had paid Irwan $50. As Jones was waiting for the lift to return to his unit, Mr Irwan shouted: 'You bxxxxxd, you better watch your back. I know where you live.' Jones immediately turned around and another bout of pushing and shoving ensued, during which Mr Irwan fell. A security guard persuaded Jones to go home. Jones told police that he drank about four glasses of beer at a pub before he boarded the taxi. Asking the court for leniency, lawyer P.E. Ashokan said that Jones has been working here since October 2006 and has never got into trouble before. He also said that Jones had offered to pay the fare with his credit card or get change from his apartment but Mr Irwan refused both options. Mr Ashokan also said that it was rather surprising that the cabby, having worked all night, did not have sufficient change. Agreeing, District Judge F.G. Remedios said that a jail term in this case would not be appropriate.
  24. Dow Jones journalist fined $1,000 for punching cabby By Khushwant Singh A FINANCIAL journalist got into a tiff with a cabby who did not have change for a $50 note in October last year. Andrew Bevan Jones, 35, of Dow Jones, then punched cabby Irwan Shah Saharim, 33, in the nose, at the driveway of Block 3C of East Point Green Condominium in Simei Street 3 at about 5.30am that day. Mr Irwan was treated at Changi General Hospital as an outpatient for a fractured nasal bridge. On Tuesday, Jones was fined $1,000 after he pleaded guilty to the charge. A district court heard that both men could not agree to drive to a 7-Eleven store to get change for the $25 fare and when Jones tried to leave the cab, Mr Irwan Shah stopped him. Jones then punched the cabby. Both men then started arguing again as Mr Irwan Shah tried to claim money from Jones to consult a doctor. Neighbours awakened by the shouting match called security. Two guards arrived and managed to calm down Jones, who by then had paid Irwan $50. As Jones was waiting for the lift to return to his unit, Mr Irwan shouted: 'You bxxxxxd, you better watch your back. I know where you live.' Jones immediately turned around and another bout of pushing and shoving ensued, during which Mr Irwan fell. A security guard persuaded Jones to go home. Jones told police that he drank about four glasses of beer at a pub before he boarded the taxi. Asking the court for leniency, lawyer P.E. Ashokan said that Jones has been working here since October 2006 and has never got into trouble before. http://www.straitstimes.com/Latest%2BNews/...ory_232280.html He also said that Jones had offered to pay the fare with his credit card or get change from his apartment but Mr Irwan refused both options. Mr Ashokan also said that it was rather surprising that the cabby, having worked all night, did not have sufficient change. Agreeing, District Judge F.G. Remedios said that a jail term in this case would not be appropriate. http://www.straitstimes.com/Latest%2BNews/...ory_232280.html now we also know where he lives....
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