Monday, May 30, 2005

SG Sitrep 07.

D.'s application package, which was sent out late last week, has arrived at DIMIA this morning.


Anonymous bohemianlisa said...

One obstacle down... good luck! :-)

May 30, 2005 6:53 PM  
Blogger gaston said...

I think you once dropped by my LJ to ask about my BASE user icon. Knight Of Pentacles, Serf... very familiar.

I guess what I really want to say it, it'd be sad to see you go (if you do emigrate). Singapore needs more intelligentsia, not people who run away.

Not that you're a runner. I'm just saying. Things will pick up pace, maybe you've grown impatient because I'm only 20 and you're a little older than that.

I'm not sure if you wrote that 500-word essay on why you want to emigrate. It's been a tiring day, and the word "sample" threw me off. If you did, I guess you've thought about it hard and strong, and yes, the economoic freedom, flexible loans and higher GDP will certainly unlock you from loans.

I'm still not sure, though. I've heard stories of 50% tax rates, Franco-weight category of state welfare. Nevertheless, I wish you all the best, if this is what you truly want.

There are places to go, places to see, and

places to return to.

June 02, 2005 10:37 PM  
Blogger gaston said...


*flexible, citizen-centric schemes

June 02, 2005 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Ted said...

The point is Gaston, you only heard, have you seen and read more for yourself?

Whose word do you take?

June 03, 2005 8:28 AM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...


BASE is an acronym for Buildings Antennas Spans (bridges) and Earth (cliffs). BASE jumping is the extreme form of skydiving, and is one of the world's most high-risk (and thrilling) sport activities.

Just as many non-skydivers consider skydivers to be insane for taking on unnecessary risks; some skydivers consider BASE jumpers to be insane for the same reasons.

Be gentle. I suggest benefit of the doubt.


You do not have to substitute the euphemism runner. We are all adults here, so you can say it - quitter.

Entry: intelligentsia
Etymology: Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intelligentia intelligence
Definition: intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite

I fear you have me mistaken for somebody else. If I were intelligentsia, I would have no need/desire to emigrate. The Singapore elite caste has a pretty good deal here - as preceived from a serf's point of view.

My parents' generation were offered that "things will get better" promise. Since I was in school, I was told a similar story. And now serfs in their 20s in Singapore are told the same thing (with an updated spin). Yes, you are correct that I have grown impatient of waiting for the promised More Good Years.

Yes, I wrote that Emigration Essay which has (unfortunately) attracted more attention than I would have desired.

The 50% tax rate is an urban legend. See my previous post Follow the Money for my analysis of the economic case for/against Singapore emigration to Australia. The details of the tax rates can be easily verified at the Australian Taxation Office website.

I do not understand what you mean by Franco-weight category of state welfare, but as a serf, surely even a broken form of welfare system is better than no welfare system at all?

I do not know if I would eventually end up back in Singapore permanently after a few years, but all I am asking for is the opportunity to find out and decide for myself.

June 03, 2005 8:31 PM  

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