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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    housing seems to be cheap, and traffic is good there. Even a small car could be useful. Or is that the min price to pay for even a small car is 1.9m baht ? would seem a bit expensive
    Off topic a bit..

    There are a shit load of high end secondhand European cars that are exported from Singapore.It is big business.probably because they are so expensive...and Asian being asians..the s'poreans really look after there cars well.They are also just prepaired to flick them for a reasonable price...no rich bugger with a 'face' would be seen dead buying a second hand luxury vehicle

    I've seen two/three year old BMWs/Mercs on the wharf at Auckland that look brand spanking new.

    When they are exported,you can do a duty drawback and get the tax back etc.Hence the good prices.

    Quite a few of these cars end up here......prolly imported by people with connections etc.

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    re. s'pore's casinos
    another 5 years before it is ready.
    wow that's a long time .. the LoS might get to open some sooner .. of the legal non border type ones

    i wager that will be one of the first things once the ole crowned head pops a gasket ... Suvanabhuni province seemed to be slated as the new las vegas but ... didn't happened

    for sure merkin, macau and ozzie "entertainment" orgs are eager to open wherever they can get their foot in the door and thais are pushovers
    where making (shady) quick money is involved regardless of moral or religious believes

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    Quote Originally Posted by in4zip View Post
    re. s'pore's casinos
    another 5 years before it is ready.
    wow that's a long time .. the LoS might get to open some sooner .. of the legal non border type ones
    The resort outside Pattaya which was slated to be the first Casino was surprise surprise owned by Thaksin. Back to the drawing board.

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    Looks like a really nice place to live SBF so clean, what do you do for a living?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post
    Looks like a really nice place to live SBF so clean, what do you do for a living?
    now i have a very boring job as an operations executive in a local shipbroking firm. I may well go back to working on oil tankers next year though, before my wife and I come to blows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post
    Looks like a really nice place to live SBF so clean, what do you do for a living?
    now i have a very boring job as an operations executive in a local shipbroking firm. I may well go back to working on oil tankers next year though, before my wife and I come to blows.
    I recall you mentioned making 1st mate. I've worked many moons ago as a marine (LLoyds & Gas free) surveyor and some of my collegues where ex sea captains in their 40s that seemed to have to quit their seafaring life due both to family and/or age.

    So even you if you did get your feet back on deck, how long do you think it would last (regardless of yer missis blowing you or not )

    I miss the euforia of command, lording over a construction site, the foreign adventure and all that rot, but no matter how many vitamins I am now taking, sooner rather than later I'll have to supplement the cocktail, with Viagra and Prozac if I want to achieve any "output"... if ya know what I mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post

    I've seen two/three year old BMWs/Mercs on the wharf at Auckland that look brand spanking new.
    My old man is currently going through the process of importing a Merc to Auckland from SIngapore - apparently because of no tax in NZ it is well worth doing.

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    I believe that once cars get to 10 years old in Singapore the government slaps on such a large punitive yearly tax, that they are not worth keeping.

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    One of these stalls is owned by a fat German who sells very average sausages at exhorbitant prices but the locals seem to love it
    I walked past him the other day with the wife

    We both sniggered as we looked at the 'Fat German'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post

    I've seen two/three year old BMWs/Mercs on the wharf at Auckland that look brand spanking new.
    My old man is currently going through the process of importing a Merc to Auckland from SIngapore - apparently because of no tax in NZ it is well worth doing.
    more than well worth doing.As long as you buy well,you can't go wrong.There is no tax on cars in NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    There is no tax on cars in NZ.
    Yeah, but who would want to move there ?

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    Bout the only "white mans country" i would consider moving to. Stunningly beautiful country with very friendly people.

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    ^ that's what I have been told. Planning to visit. However I was told by a native NZ that life was fucking boring there.

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    I'll be back in Singapore after Christmas, can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    Bout the only "white mans country" i would consider moving to. Stunningly beautiful country with very friendly hobbits.
    Thats just a fairy tale

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    American hobbits at that.

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    I had lunch at Tanjong Pagar railway station today. This is where you can catch the train to Malaysia and Thailand if you wish. There are fantastic (and cheap) Indian / Malay food stalls there and I went there with some Singaporean friends as a special treat as it was my birthday.

    Here are a few pics









    ^ My favourite biryani stall in all of Singapore



    ^ My favourite biryani. S$5.50

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    Belated Happy Birthday.

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    happy birthday

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    Happy Birthday Slim !!! will be in Singapore soon

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    Nice one slim , enjoyable pictures and tasty looking food

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    Just read this, the OP says his place was worth 6 million baht, I have just returned I bet its worth a minimum of double now, the OP was in 2006.

    Nice to see photos of a few years back, thanks.

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    I thought this was a new thread until I saw Sir Burr on the second page.

    Good nontheless

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkwahn View Post
    Just read this, the OP says his place was worth 6 million baht, I have just returned I bet its worth a minimum of double now, the OP was in 2006.
    We sold it at the beginning of last year to my wife's sister for about 10 million baht (and that was below the market price).

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    Returning after a short trip I can now finally resign myself to the fact that Singapore is beyond the reach of any mere mortal wishing to relocate there, unless of course they had already owned a property.

    Utterly bizarre that an unprepossessing house with a small garden in a nice area of an insignificant S.E.Asian city/state should cost 6 million SGP$.

    I understand the mainland Chinese laundering their ill gotten gains are the cause but it can't be good for the locals trying to survive. Those HDB flats will inevitably increase and one shudders at the leverage to which the average earner must enslave themselves just to put a roof over their heads.

    19 $ for a pint of lager at Clarke Quay and a meal for 2 by the Riverview restaurant 120 $. Ciggies 14 $ and a small can of beer out of a local 7/11 costing 4 $. The happy hour window may mitigate the drinking bill but still......

    I wonder if the PAP actually wanted this for their folk back in 1960s.

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