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  1. Hi all, This thread is to recommend some of the undiscovered places in Korea for those who love a little adventure to self-drive or go on a driving holiday to explore Korea. To start off, we would like to share more about what you need when preparing your driving holiday in Korea. The PASSPORT to driving in Korea: International Driving Permit Korea Driving Tips Stay tune to this thread as we bring you more information to inspire your driving holiday in Korea! Brought to you by: Korea Tourism Organization
  2. RogerNg_185295

    Populist policy in Singapore

    I frequently read that populist policy will not work in Singapore. What's wrong with such policies? Will it really ruin the country? If so, how they know it will ruin the country without even trying to implement it? Moderators Please delete this if not appropriate for discussion.
  3. Another ownself praise ownself article https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-ranked-best-country-for-children-to-grow-up-in?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&xtor=CS1-10#link_time=1527832332
  4. Singapore is least corrupt country in the world: survey By Ewen Boey
  5. Do you guys agree that Singapore is a democratic country? By wikipedia: "Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians." — Che Guevara, Marxist revolutionary[57] Democratic is usually referred as a freedom of speech...... But do you think Singapore has it? I still kind of find that Singapore is a "Communist" Democratic Country......... Singapore is dominated by the only single party where people have no choice ...... There is lack of freedom of speech where people cant protest when they are not happy....We can only complaint.... And the people usually get Govt pushing blame around its Govt agency.......Example : SPF, LTA, URA..... Furthermore......L** family are most powerful and dominant within the country which held important and crucial positions within Govt itself........ A friend of mine once told me, Singapore is not much difference of Noth Korea......
  6. You can't keep the rich down for long. Global wealth made a remarkable comeback in 2009, increasing by 11.5% to $111.5 trillion. That's according to a new report, The Boston Consulting Group's Global Wealth 2010 Report, released Thursday by Boston Consulting Group. The report breaks down wealth by region and by country, creating a geographic portrait of where the world's wealth is accumulating and at what rate. North America posted the largest absolute gain in households with assets under management. Its wealth totaled $4.6 trillion (a 15% jump over 2008). But the largest percentage gain occurred in Asia-Pacific, where wealth skyrocketed by 22%, or $3.1 trillion. That's nearly double the global rate. Latin American household asset growth rose by 16% to $3.4 billion, and Europe, despite the massive debt problems it now faces, was the wealthiest region with more than $37 trillion in assets under management, an increase of 8.8% from 2008. Millionaires Hold 38% of Global Wealth Boston Consulting Group's report includes a revealing list countries with the highest percentage of millionaire households, but before getting to that, here are some interesting tidbits: The number of millionaire households in the world represents less than 1% of all households. Even so, these most fortunate ones owned about 38% of the world's wealth in 2009, up from 36% in 2008. In North America, Africa and the Middle East, millionaire households represented more than half of the wealth in those regions. Another juicy morsel: The number of millionaire households rose by 14% in 2009 to 11.2 million, and the U.S. had by far the most millionaire households, with 4.7 million. But that doesn't mean millionaires are crowding U.S. streets or that sumptuous yachts dominate the nation's waterways. In fact, you're more likely to find those conditions in Singapore, which had the highest percentage of millionaire households in the world. Yes, that puts Singapore at the top of Boston Consulting Group list of the top 10 countries with the greatest proportion of millionaire households. You may be surprised by the full run-down: 1) Singapore Population: 4.7 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 11.4% Who would think the tiny Republic of Singapore would be crammed with so many millionaires? The country, all of just 247 square miles, has emerged from the recession and has rebounded in a big way. Its GDP, exports and manufacturing are all rising, and so, too, are home prices. That has led Singapore to boast the highest concentration of millionaires anywhere on the planet. Among its very rich: Ng Teng Fong, a real estate tycoon, and Wee Cho Yaw, who runs United Overseas Bank, one of Singapore's big lenders. 2) Hong Kong Population: 7.1 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 8.8% Hong Kong, the home of Li Ka-shing, who runs conglomerates Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa, had 205,000 millionaire households in 2009 and takes the number two spot for percentage of millionaire households. Hong Kong's close relationship with mainland China brings benefits and risks, but it's been good for many of the wealthiest, who made their money by investing in a real estate market that has no shortage of swanky hotels and malls. 3) Switzerland Population: 7.6 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 8.4% The Swiss economy is recovering from slow growth during the recession, but a good many of its citizens thrived during the upswing, bringing it to third place in percentage of millionaire households. The country boasts 285,000 of them, up 19.5% from 2008. Driving the recovery: manufacturing, rising exports and consumer spending. Among the country's rich: Swiss biotech tycoon Ernesto Bertarelli, who is, perhaps, better known for winning the America's Cup in 2003. 4) Kuwait Population: 2.8 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 8.2% The rising price of oil has led to more millionaires in this tiny country. With some 100 billion barrels of crude, Kuwait has been growing rapidly. But the oil-dependent nation now plans to spend up to $140 billion over the next five years to diversify away from oil and to attract more investment -- a move that could help it ascend this list's ranks. Such a strategy may help billionaire Nasser Al Kharafi, chairman of one of the most diversified and largest conglomerates in the Arab world. His food division, Americana, has the Middle East franchise rights to KFC, Wimpy, TGI Fridays and Pizza Hut, among others. 5) Qatar Population: 841,000 Percentage of Millionaire Households: 7.4% Qatar's economy expanded by about 8.7% last year, thanks to growth in the natural gas business. That helped the country, already the world's largest gas exporter, to emerge from the global economic crisis pretty much unscathed, leaving many of its millionaire households in good stead. Among its megarich: Bader Al Darwish, with a fortune of about $1.7 billion. Al Darwish runs Darwish Holdings, which operates businesses including real estate, investments and retail services. 6) United Arab Emirates Population: 4.9 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 6.2% As the world's third-largest oil exporter, the UAE's economic growth is expected to rise to 3.2% this year, after posting a 1.3% increase in 2009,. Like others, its oil business has generated wealth among its citizens. It also helps that UAE isn't expected to suffer from the eurozone debt crisis. The country is home to Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair and his family, who run Mashreqbank and the second-largest flour milling company in the Mideast, as well as megamalls. 7) United States Population: 310.2 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 4.1% The 4.7 million U.S. millionaires in 2009 was up by 15.1% over 2008. But as a market percentage, the U.S. falls relatively low on the top 10 list. The country, which is home to two of the world's wealthiest people, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, saw its economy bounce back in 2009 from the year before as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40%. By the end of 2009, the economy grew at its fastest pace in more than six years, even though many businesses put the brakes on hiring. 8) Belgium Population: 10.4 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 3.5% Suffering from spiraling debt andpolitical problems, Belgium still managed to hold on to a number of millionaires. The country has set a goal of getting its budget deficit to 4.8% of GDP in 2010, which is far below Europe's average. But Belgium's total debt will rise above 100% of GDP, placing it behind only Greece and Italy. The debt crisis in Europe will also likely take a toll on the country's economy in 2010. The good news is that Belgium has a trade surplus, and household savings are high. Among its richest: Albert Frere, who founded the media, utilities and oil conglomerate, Compagnie Nationale a Portefeuille. 9) Israel Population: 7.4 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 3.3% Unlike other markets, the story in Israel wasn't about rising real estate values or credit, but about gains in technology, which some say will help lead the country to continued economic growth. While 2009 was a good year for the economy, the current eurozone crisis could hurt Israeli exports because about 33% of them go to Europe. Rich man in Israel: shipping tycoon Sammy Ofer, worth north of $6 billion. 10) Taiwan Population: 23 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 3% Taiwan may be last on the top 10 list -- but that's still quite a feat. The country was hit hard by the recession mostly because its economy depends on trade. But as the world economy skittishly improves, Taiwanese families have seen their fortunes rise. The country now has some 230,000 millionaire households. That's an increase of 22.1% over 2008. One of its richest is Terry Gou of Foxconn, a maker of electronics for Apple (AAPL), Nokia (NOK), Nintendo and others. That company has been in the news recently because 13 of its workers have committed suicide or tried to. Sources: Population figures: The CIA World Factbook Percentage of millionaire households: The Boston Consulting Group's Global Wealth 2010 Report. Original Link
  7. http://m.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-island-country-club-offers-poverty-simulation-programme-members BY FRANCIS LAW francislaw@mediacorp.com.sg PUBLISHED: 8:24 PM, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 UPDATED: 10:50 PM, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 SINGAPORE — At one of Singapore’s most prestigious country clubs, members will have a chance to see life from the perspective of those living on the poverty line, through a workshop conducted by a voluntary welfare organisation (VWO). Called a poverty simulation exercise, the workshop was advertised in the Singapore Island Country Club’s (SICC) members magazine, and is set to be held next month. Typically conducted for schools and volunteers, it is the first time Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) is holding the workshop for a country club. Participants will be called upon to role-play and manage challenging scenarios, like supporting a family and making ends meet on a meagre income while juggling health issues. An MWS spokesperson, responding to queries, said the programme aims to stir compassion and nudge participants towards doing more for the community. “Based on real-life family profiles, the poverty simulation exercise helps participants to be aware of situations and the consequent hard decisions that people living in poverty have to face every day,” the spokesperson said. SICC members TODAY spoke to had mixed reactions, calling it a good effort on the part of the club, but pointed out the club could go further and organise more community service activities, for example. One member, Mr Joseph Ng, 54, the chief executive officer of a company in the energy sector, said he hoped the workshop was not a “stunt” and would serve its purpose. “Hopefully somebody (will be) touched, but I’m not so sure about that,” he said. He suggested that club members spend more time on volunteer work instead. “When you go to the homes you actually see the state they are in, you actually see the situation, the circumstances and the environment that they live in, and how people actually live,” he said. Another member, Mr Frankie Lim, 65, felt it was “a worthy cause” that could “highlight the concerns of the poor and to create awareness among members of the public”. “It’s good to start off this kind of thing, so maybe other organisations can follow. They might say ‘hey, since SICC is doing it, why not we do it too’,” he said. Adding that he would consider signing up, Mr Lim said: “For me, I grew up in poverty. We had to give up our bus fares and walk to school just to buy simple luxuries, so I think it will be good to experience what it’s like to be poor now.” Contacted by TODAY on why it decided to hold the workshop, the SICC would only say: “The club organises various programmes and activities to cater to the wide interest of our members.” MWS has been conducting the programme since 2011 for its church members, other VWOs, and schools. Participants are given roles, such as a single parent, or a person living alone. They then go through “four weeks” of the person’s life — spending 15 minutes on each “week” during the exercise on various scenarios that crop up, such as getting their children to school, seeking medical attention and keeping up with bills. For example, they could be “Casey”, a 45-year-old technician working in a small company who has to pay S$200 a week to cover his renovation loan from a bank, while providing for his hearing-impaired wife and two children. The MWS spokesperson said participants who took part in such workshops generally came away with a better understanding of poverty. “They are able to better understand and empathise with the challenges and frustrations faced by people in need,” he said.
  8. Anyone of you heard that we are number 1 according to this PISA test? Are we really the smartest ? I do not see any Nobel prize winners coming from Singapore nor any great inventions? http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/09/18/spc-vital-signs-genius-and-creativity-a.cnn
  9. would like to know which country i can attempt to export cars to in order to get a better sale price. i can't seem to find exporters in singapore, and the dealers and lowballing. anyone knows which are the general market we can direct export our cars to in order to sell? i know to export cars to UK must pay at least 30+% of duty and tax. export to malaysia must pay $50k RM for the licence. i know australia stop allowing import already.
  10. I had check google and doesn't mention which country make for engine on Nissan Cabstar. Anyone know which country made? Example: Nissan NV200 engine is Renault made.
  11. Featured on: http://www.petrolicious.com/singapore-no-country-for-old-cars :) :) :)
  12. tudorpapa

    25 happiest countries in the world

    25 happiest countries in the world. . . The UN has declared 20 March the International Day of Happiness, and in commemoration of that, we bring you the 25 happiest countries in the world, as listed in the UN's World Happiness Report for 2013. It's based on life freedom, GDP per capita, generosity, social support, perceived corruption and length of life, and survey respondents were asked to rate both their emotions and lives as a whole. Their answers are then placed on the happiness ranking with an overall score. Singapore ranks at number 30 on the list, the highest among its Southeast Asian regional counterparts as well as above Hong Kong, Japan, China and Taiwan. See the UN's full report here. #25 France #24 Brazil #23 Oman #22 UK #21 Belgium #20 Venezuela #19 Luxembourg #18 Ireland #17 USA #16 Mexico #15 Panama #14 UAE #13 New Zealand #12 Costa Rica #11 Israel #10 Australia #09 Iceland #08 Austria #07 Finland #06 Canada #05 Sweden #04 Netherland #03 Switzerland #02 Norway #01 Denmark From: Yahoo news. Here
  13. Kklim

    "I love your country."

    Florida congressman mistakes govt employees for India delegates http://rt.com/usa/175744-fl-congressman-mistakes-indian-gov/
  14. Blogtowkay

    Malaysia ranked top safest country

    I don't know what to say
  15. http://www.nocountryforoldmicra.com/ Incredible. All the best to them.
  16. till next week, from noon till 10pm daily
  17. Just saw a RED FERRARI GIM 698 ALONG cross street. Simi country one???
  18. Mazdaowner

    King & Country

    Anyone here into this collectible?
  19. More scandals that we duno? [laugh]
  20. Given the recent thread on MRTs from PRC, ive been wondering are most people bothered by country of manufacture when buying expensive goods? For example tvs or fridges? I for one prefer made in japan or europe and would be happy to pay a premium for that.
  21. Anyone can advice, if I travel with four friends non smokers. And back to Singapore, can we bring in a packet of cigarette into Singapore. It's just like buying Duty free liquor. 4 non drinkers and but they can buy liquor behalf of me. Anyone got the actual answer?
  22. HP_Lee

    The World's Richest Country

    Woah!! We are the richest in the World, now!! But I guessed the majority are migrations from other countries. Money World
  23. saw a toyota land cruiser with car plate 23-33-CC @ PIE today, anyone knows which country it belongs to?
  24. I find that generally, a german, or french, or jap, or italian car, etc has the design which tells you they come from that country..... and most of the time, for example, a german car will not look like one from italy / france / japan / korea. Are there any exceptions? Does the new look Hyundai, eg Elantra, still look korean? or more like another country? Somehow, i dont think a german car designer will come up with something which looks like a typical toyota. Or a toyota designer will not do a alfa romeo look.
  25. I received this from a friend. Quite a candid reflection of our city state : I just checked the latest results for COE bidding out today and found that the COE for big cars has crossed the $80K mark[Lnk]. Singapore has the highest cost of car ownership in the world and I wonder if we have the highest cost of car ownership excluding the price of the car! In many places you can get a brand new Mercedes for less than the price of that piece of paper[Example]. The COE is just one example of an extreme that Singaporeans have to cope with in their struggle for a better quality of life. While it is often argued that these schemes are necessary for various reasons, we should think about the outcomes and the cumulative effects of these extremes on ordinary Singaporeans. For me, I find it quite amazing how Singaporeans have come to accept these extremes - the same situation that will make citizens of other countries jump and scream - yet our leaders express their view that Singaporeans lack resilience [Resilience building challenging for S'pore]and are too dependent on the govt. Singaporeans pay the 2nd highest electricity tariffs in the world[Link]. Our leaders are paid the highest salaries in the world even after the recent 'cuts'. We have the most expensive public housing in the world. The biggest income gap among developed countries - nobody comes close except USA which occasionally beat us...but the people there have been occupying Wall Street for months due to the income inequality and we can't even find people to show up at Raffles Place. Our fertility rate has plunged to be the lowest among 222 countries. [see CIA's factbook]. We now have the 2nd highest population density in the world[Link]. Highest foreign influx outside the middle east. We have the 2nd highest per capita execution rate in the world[Link] after this country known as Turkmenistan which is run by mad dictators. Singaporean workers work the longest hours according to ILO[Link] (without minimum wages). Workers have the 2nd highest stress level in Asia[Link]. Singapore has the fastest growing number of millionaires [Link] likely due to the naturalisation of high net worth individuals here for the low taxes. The 2 casinos here have overtaken the total revenue of casinos in Las Vegas[Link], Lee Kuan Yew left his PM job as the world's longest serving prime minister[Link]. We also have the world's the longest-serving prisoner of conscience, Chia Thye Poh [Link]whose detention exceeded that of Nelson Mandela[Link]. Singaporean workers are the world's unhappiest[Link]. Singaporeans shoulder the heaviest share of healthcare expediture among developed countries and our govt % expenditure of healthcare is the lowest. Our expenditure on defense express as a % of the govt budget exceeds that of Israel. The foreign maids in Singapore are the among lowest paid in the world[Link] - large part of what you pay goes to the levy yet the whole country can debate for months over giving the maid one day off per week when this is mandatory in every other country where they are better paid. Singapore probably has some of the best educated cabbies in the world due to severe structural unemployment - it is not uncommon to meet a cabby with a degree and if you're lucky, you can meet the one with a PhD from Stanford[Link]. Our team based (GRC) election system is quite unique in the world and generate results that are also very unusual - a govt opposed by 40% of the people has 95% of the seats in parliament. We have elderly cleaners [Elderly toilet cleaners a sad reflection of society here] - they are sometimes so old that even people from developing countries like China and Phillipines get a shock when they see these cleaners. Singaporeans have the highest savings rate in the world due to the CPF scheme but more than half will not have enough (minimum sum) to retire on. Singapore has one of the highest reserves per capita in the world - large part of which comes from the the sale of public housing to Singaporeans many of whom now have great difficulty retiring unless they are willing to lose their homes. It is strange how we have come to accept some of these extremes as normal over time. When you talk about spending a little less on defense some Singaporeans will worry about being less secure. When we discuss about giving maids one day off Singaporeans worry about what the maids will do during their day off - yet they trust the maid to look after their expensive homes and their children. When we cut the pay of our leaders which was the highest in the world, we cut it to a level that is still the highest in the world. The govt is terrified of giving a little more aid to the poor elderly so that they do not have to work yet they are okay with with losing a few tens of billions of our reserves in bad investments. There is a tipping point when people begin to see reality for what it is and the distortion becomes hard for the mind to accept. There will be a point when change becomes inevitable and people begin to push things from the extreme back to normal - the propaganda can only do so much for so long. I often wonder if it is going to be a long slow process towards normality or we are going to snap out of this deep hypnosis by a single event in 2016.
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