What If Singapore Ran Out of Food?

It’s been a long time since Singapore had major food security issues. I remember growing up watching Channel 8 dramas about World War II. Besides the fear of being tortured and killed, I vividly remember how people struggled terribly with the lack of food. There was one scene of a man complaining to his mother…

How to Survive The Shock of Retirement in Singapore

You must be wondering, isn’t retirement in Singapore or elsewhere after a lifetime of work the holy grail of working? The enlightenment stage in the end of our career where we have earned and invested enough to attain financial independence, and can finally relax and travel the world? Retirement in Singapore isn’t so simple. As…

Yes to Unemployment or Redundancy Insurance

What is unemployment or redundancy insurance? Unemployment insurance (sometimes packaged as redundancy insurance) is a type of unemployment benefit which you can receive if you lose your job involuntarily. If you’re retrenched or made redundant, payouts from redundancy insurance can help tide you over temporarily till you find a new job. Payouts from your unemployment…

Why Freelancers Need Clear Contracts

A YouTuber, Ben Matchap, famous for parkour stunts among others, revealed in an angry Facebook post that he was denied payment by a customer (Kenneth Jeyaretnam) who thought he had leaked the video to The Online Citizen, which apparently wasn’t invited to the event. Source: Ben Matchap YouTube/Redwire Times Ben also added two screenshots of…

Petition Asks Singapore’s PM To Apologise To China

An online petition, which has garnered 30 signatures so far, has proposed that Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong should apologise to China and ask for safe return of our property (the 9 armoured vehicles from Taiwan which were seized in Hong Kong after passing through Xiamen). Source: Straits Times Here are some excerpts from the…

Extra Chairs Will Start Appearing In Meetings Around Singapore, Here’s Why

There was a collective enlightenment seen in the audience as Shane Owenby (VP & Managing Director, APAC, Amazon Web Services) shared an office hack. Picture: Cult Furniture Bring an empty chair into unproductive meetings Flashing a photo of a red office chair, he told the predominantly PME crowd, that in Amazon meetings, if the discussion…

Trump Wins the US Presidency, What Does This Mean for Singapore?

Republican candidate Donald Trump just won the 2016 US Presidential Election today. What does that mean for Singapore? 1. Return US citizens their jobs? 2. American MNCs are recalled back to US to give their citizens jobs? Including McD, Starbucks, MBS, Google, Facebook etc? 3. No TPP? Well at least we still have our existing…

How Bad Are The Changes To Singapore’s Elected Presidency?

A few changes were announced to the next presidential election, namely: Criteria #1: the candidate should be the most senior company exec with at least $500 million in shareholders’ equity Criteria #2: each race must be represented within 6 terms There are 2 common threads I’ve noticed on my Facebook feed on the news of…

Does Neil Humphreys know Singapore better than Singaporeans?

Who is Neil Humphreys? He’s a self-declared ‘white trash’ bloke from England who decided to come to Singapore for 3 months in 1996, but ended up staying here till now (except for a period Down Under which made him miss Singapore even more). Neil Humphreys at his ‘Rich Kill Poor Kill‘ book launch at Kinokuniya While…

Should We Stop Condoming Singapore’s Economic Growth?

The MOM Labour Market Report has completely eclipsed Zika (for now) as the “oh shit” topic on Singaporeans’ minds. Basically, don’t be surprised if you lose your job, and if it takes more than half a year to find a new one. By the way, there were more foreign jobs (11k) created and Singaporean jobs…