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Old 17-07-2009, 11:58 AM
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Greed is the new world order if you donít know yet, a side effect of capitalism.

As an open economy, Singapore is of course part of the new world order.

Goldman Sachs just announced US$3 BILLION in profits and will give out an AVERAGE of S$1 MILLION in bonus to EACH employee.

Read about their fantastic history of greed in this amazing and controversial article:

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Old 29-07-2009, 04:13 PM
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iíve moved around a bit, from HK to SG to down under and now married to Netherlands. Iíve done my fair share of complaining about every place Iíve lived in, thereís definitely something in everywhere that I wouldnít be proud ofÖ SGís really well-governed compared to many places in the world, the standard of living is healthily high (unlike Europe)Ö Thereís really no perfect place once youíve lived long enough to discover all the dirty little secrets in every place

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Old 29-07-2009, 04:14 PM
Sena Gbeckor-Kove
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So Johnny, are you in Amsterdam? If so do you fancy a coffee or beer so I can pick your brain before I head off to Singapore?

Iím up in the Jordaan about 5 mins from Dam square.

If you do, drop an email to [email protected] and ask for Sena (CTO)


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Old 29-07-2009, 04:14 PM
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to: sporean in nl
Iím not denying Singapore is a good place. Even if itís the best place on earth, there are still lots to be improved upon (e.g. just ask the heartlanders). As our honourable MM Lee said (and I paraphrase), we have got to move ahead, otherwise weíll fall behind and become backwards again. So, what better ways to improve than to ask your own people - Singaporeans - for feedback and constructive criticisms?
btw, if Singapore is so good, why are you in NL?
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Old 29-07-2009, 04:15 PM
sporean in nl
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thereís something to improve on in any place and yeah youíre right, who better to make suggestions on changes than the ones living there?

like i briefly mentioned, i got married to a dutch so living in NL now. we donít know how long weíll be here but figured itís a good place to start, considering my husband already has a job here and im a fresh graduate (yes ie in between jobs :P).
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Old 29-07-2009, 04:20 PM
Sena Gbeckor-Kove
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To sporean in nl, previous suggestion about meeting up was meant for you not Johnny. Iím married to a Dutch/Vietnamese who also has her own business. Weíre moving them out to Asia Iíd be interested in your thoughts.
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Old 29-07-2009, 04:24 PM
Gordon Gekko
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Greed is good.
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Old 29-07-2009, 04:37 PM
welcome to S'pore
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to Sena Gbeckor-Kove, I say welcome to Singapore! The business environment is great, and so is the food. One thing youíll have to get used to is the weather, though of course if you;re mostly indoors that should be ok.

Only after a time spent here will you begin to see and hear the stuff you read on this page - the other comments. That will be up to you to interpret things as they are. Things can be tough, and so they are, but as a born and bred Singaporean myself, who has been around, I would say that thereís no better place than home - and that, my friend, is Singapore.

Work hard, save like crazy, spend/invest wisely, and you should be fine. I wish you all the very best.
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Old 16-08-2009, 03:15 PM
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interesting blog and comments. always good to hear different points of viewsÖ keep them coming.

when i was there the last time, i noticed that the cost of living has risen a lot(!!) in the last few years. singaporeans seem very affluent in general so this would probably not pose a problem for many; my heart goes to the poorer singaporeans though.


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Old 16-08-2009, 03:42 PM
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Jack, havenít you noticed the disproportionate amount of cynicism in cyberspace? Itís all due to the disproportionate amount of sycophancy in our one-party controlled mainstream media, which admittedly is of high quality except for local political issues. The journalists and editors simply do not want to risk their livelihoods by going against the Ďnormí. Sometimes it is so bad that they practise totally unnecessary self censorship and excess lopsided praise, so bad that if Iím a party elder I would cringe when I read those sycophantic one-sided Ďeditorialsí.
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