Singapore top city to do business in Asia


Singapore top city to do business in Asia

Recently Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a working visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 13th G20 Leaders' Summit (photo).

Singapore and Hong Kong are the eternal competitors to be Asia's ‘Best Place to Do Business'. Rivalry comes naturally to these two places which are both thriving former British colonies in Asia that heavily depend on foreign investment for economic development. That is why it is so important for both of them to be seen among foreign companies as the best place to start or expand a business in Asia.
In the past decades, Singapore and Hong Kong have gone head-to-head when it comes to being the best places in Asia to do business in.
Looking few years back in time The World Bank's 2014 Doing Business report, which measures each country's regulations on 11 business life-cycle events such as starting a business, permits, contracts, credit and taxes, Singapore and Hong Kong top the Asian countries to do business in. Meanwhile powerhouse China ranked lower than several African nations.
According to the report, “around the world, starting a business takes seven procedures, 25 days and costs 32 percent of income per capita in fees.”
Singapore ranks so high because of its early adoption not only of electronic filing for public administration but also of a “trade single window” aimed at easing trade by allowing cross-border traders to submit customs data through a single gateway. According to the report, “trading across borders has been easiest in Singapore since 2007.”
The latest trend is that Singapore is beating Hong Kong as the best place in Asia to do business. According to economists, the island-state leads in innovative thinking, length of the welcome mat for foreign businesses, and proactive management of potential economic issues, like aging populations. There are other governmental reasons. While Singapore runs itself, China runs Hong Kong. Despite Hong Kong's autonomous status, China is known for its legal inconsistency.
Singapore's economy is also more capable of containing shocks, according to Marie Diron, associate managing director in sovereign ratings with Moody's Investors Service. In that category, Moody's gives Singapore a “very high” mark, while it gives Hong Kong a “very high minus.” According to Diron, Singapore earned that distinction through “proactive economic management” such as planning ahead how to accommodate an aging population and on introducing measures to help core sectors such as finance and asset management. As countries with few industries are more prone to succumb to shocks, Singapore is more capable to absorb shocks thanks to their diverse industries.
According to the World Bank's ranking of the easiest places to do business, “Singapore continues to be the economy with the most business-friendly regulation.” Additionally, “efficient dispute resolution is paired with good institutions (such as specialized courts), effective case management and sophisticated court automation tools. And litigants can submit their claim online, pay court fees online and serve the initial summons electronically.”
According to the report, “economies that rank well on the ease of doing business also score well on such measures as the Global Competitiveness Index and Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.”
While Singapore offers world class transport infrastructure, language skills and overall economic freedom, it also comes in with lower “unit labor costs” making more cheaper and efficient for a foreign company to do business there.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong's salaries are higher, but this also translates into more productivity and cooperation in employee-employer relations. There are other reasons why Hong Kong is the right place for an investor to start a business. According to Healy Consultants, Hong Kong has a lower corporate income tax and is “strengthening its stronghold within the region. Despite its relative lower placing across the various categories of rankings, Hong Long could well still be the most ideal location for a certain investor to set up a company.”
What makes people nervous about Hong Kong is its dependence on China. Under a weaker Beijing system set of rules, patent protection, fair arbitration and other legal backing investors might rely could become harder to obtain. According to the Asian Century Institute, Singapore ranks world number 9 in rule of law and Hong Kong holds the 17th position.
“Singapore has been climbing up positions and is now generally considered a better offshore financial center than Hong Kong,” said Alicia Garcia Herrero, chief Asia economist with Natixis. “I would tend to agree and it can only get worse as Hong Kong rule of law is under threat.”


Speed cameras


Speed cameras

Behind the wheel's motorists have a strong believe that night time the percentage of been caught as a result of high speed is very low. They say that to be seen is not easy because the lights are as clear as during the day. Others also think that when they are approaching the cameras they will just lower the lights so that they will not be caught by the camera due to' malseeing'. Nevertheless, the drivers are shocked to hear their names with letters as a result of over speeding of which they are not aware what and when it happened. Thepolice are now dealing with them in accordance to the law. The new laser cameras are on to work. They were given to traffic police last Thursday May 19th. They have features which are more powerful and they are the places which are at risk of accidents at all time, be it night or day, they are constantly monitoring all the activities on the road.

The cameras are capable of detecting the vehicle's number plates even in the places where there is no enough light. They have flash which is infrared and no one can even see the flash using the eyes. They are also in a position to captures some videos and images without any limitation as far as light is concerned. These new cameras are very strong in the way they function, for instance their battery is seven times more compared to the cameras which were used before these new ones. On 19th Thursday briefing the media, Sam Tee who is the traffic police commander said that they have reviewed the areas which are prone to accident so as to enforce strategies which are to be developed. He also said that new cameras which are digital are the ones which are now used instead of the old cameras. He farther said that where the cameras are operating varies as per the locations.
On this same note on the new cameras. They can also be located in different areas especially the areas which are at a high risk of accident like Changi Airport, East Coast and Adam Road. The traffic police goal is to eliminate the road accidents. He said that the cameras are not fixed hence they can be carried anywhere. According to the reports there is a decline in accidents which are as a result of over speeding. In February last year the traffic police recorded a decrease in number of accidents from one thousand three hundred and sixty-three to one thousand one hundred and ninety-seven. This is a difference of twelve point two percent. This means that there are more lives which have been saved as a result on new cameras which are constantly monitoring the careless driver and those who are over speeding as well. The deaths which were recorded as a result of over speeding vehicles went up to forty-eight this year forty-three from the previous year.
There are also motorcycles which are black in color. They are also used to track and catch the motorists who are using mobile phones as they drive. These black motorcycles were introduced so that they may ensure maximum safety and obedience to the road signs. These was said by the police spokesman. However, he did not talk more about these new motorbikes to avoid the great concern of the operation. The commander of police said that the operation in which they ensure monitoring and safety differs in that the traffic police can use cars and motorcycle which have radar guns and laser altogether, but to enforce is all the same way during the night as well as day time.
The comparison of the new and old cameras is that: Old cameras have flash which is visible and captures the images which are near and the battery of the old cameras can last only for a duration of four hours while the new cameras have flash which is modular and infrared which is invisible to the eyes and can capture clear images even during the nigh their batteries can function at a duration of seven hours.


Finest singers in Singapore


Olinda Cho and Ng Chee Yang

The battle for the finest singers in Singapore for China TV show, featuring Olinda Cho and Ng Chee Yang.

Competition is the order of the day when it comes to selections in TV shows. The heights of competition are high and very unpredictable as new talent steps into the bloc each and every day. It is therefore the reason former crown bearer of idol in Singapore and a fellow young man who is a former superstar for campus are in the list of personalities comprised of 12 singers are battling out to ensure a spot in a glamorous China TV Show.
The duo will be given a chance to showcase the talent in singing as a routine procedure for selection to travel to China for the china super vocal. The show is moderated by experience judges in the music industry amongst other icon singers. The show is showcasing to improve its branding following a legal settling from its former Dutch owner, which was normally referred by another name.
The show brings pride to the singer's audience while giving them the nationalism and patriotism of bringing out the best talent from one of the smallest nations. The desire to showcase their talent is building on the audience confidence of the value of their precious resources being time and money. It does not come easy as the music idols such as Olinda Cho has to receive instructions and critiques during the newly started vocal lessons to bring out the best in her.
Olinda Cho is confident ahead of the show, stating that communication barrier is a non-issue in the meantime. She can communicate fluently in mandarin. The singer has stated that she will be performing a song by Wu Bai's Wanderer's Love song.
Na Ying, a Chinese singer and a judge in the China TV show is the hopeful mentor for Ng Chee Yang, hopefully if he makes it to the stage. Nurturing, supportiveness and critical abilities of the judge is what Na Ying believes he will gain from his mentor. The singer who is 26 years of age, won the campus superstar crown back in 2006 declined to reveal the song he has chosen.
The New York based artiste who wants to develop his singing career in the USA has been camping in Singapore for two fortnights ago for some singing projects before making the crucial decision of participating in the events vocal auditions. Na Ying is set to tour the United States with an American based acapella group known as the vocalosity in the coming years.
Veteran Taiwanese singers and rockers are some of the celebrity mentors that will pick the best showcased singing competence and prowess for further mentorship into the singing career.
In a previous show, a couple was among the contestants in the china based show but unfortunately mentors did not pick them. Over 2,000 concert tickets have already been given out for the event taking place at a major hotel in Singapore, where the 12 singers will battle it out.
Music producer and song writer Billy, Paul L. who is a singer as well a song writer and Mr. D. Lee are some of the personalities in the industry that are also judging in the show. The proprietor of Eeva productions, the company responsible for organizing and facilitation of the auditions, a renowned radio disc jockey Mr. E. Hsiang is also an outstanding judge in the show.
At the age of 52, Mr. Billy Koh who lives in china states that he is participating in the event for an update of the scenes of the music industry that is currently being controlled by the young generation of youths and young adults making up the population of Singapore. A personality with a human touch has an added advantage for gaining more credit from Mr. Paul Lee who is aged 47, whose argument raises the expectation bar of the contestant to a whole new level.


The atheists of Singapore


think freely for yourself

Like many of the growing kids, following the church teachings and laws is a norm, a way of life for all the kids in the neighboring. The kid will follow the parents and guardians to the church proceedings and will even at times be involved in church activities at their own call. The trend continues until the kid has grown up and has moved to the world, and starts to question the eligibility and authenticity to question the religious faith that has of the time been inculcated into his system.

It becomes even harder to contemplate, when the actions and orientation that the kids pick from the world are not the teachings they attained in church. Some turn into gays, others lesbians while others basically walk out of the church. We are not being judges here , rather trying to benchmark the extent to which the people and most often the young are being exposed to and ends up turning away from the teachings of Christianity, Muslim and all the many other faiths.
It brings much perspective into the nature of the so called Christians who lead a double standard life. These are the people that know the clear red line between what is accepted as right and what makes it a wrong. There are those that despite the orientation of sexuality of a person, they are still part of the church. Not all but some.
Being optimistic of standing out as being different may not last long. As people will from time to time question the reasons behind the move you made. Feeling left out or sidelined from the affairs that you are being involved are some of the predicaments that are likely to occur unto such a person. Being normal to Christians is having all qualities that can one can relate and point out from the bible. Being gay, according to the bible is not normal, it is as a result of wildly influence.
When such people decide to come out and declare their stand on some issues contradicting with the church values, chances are high that even the government authorities will come in and start probing them for other offences that they think they might have committed for the time that they had served.
There is an organization in Singapore that seeks to amend, cater and fight for the rights of recognition as being non-religious. It is a registered organization and members seek to register more when they create awareness of their existence to further their interests. At the moment, there are two such organizations, representing both the gays and those that are lesbians.
It is very alarming that most of the young people in Singapore are also taking deep roots into the gospel of a non-believer. People aged at below 15 years of age are also having a stand that they don't have the faith in the existence of God. This is probably due to the radicalization by the pioneer members of the sect.
Each day, each week and each month there are people that continually come out in the public limelight to declare their paganisms. There are those people that were raised in religion based homes and later left those believes to be non-believers. While for others, there were already communities in Singapore that had been pagans since time in memorial, they were therefore raising a generation of people that had no standards , morals and believes in any of the believers religions per say. These communities were very strict as there were consequences of not doing what was required for them, they were punished severely. To the worst of things some of the non-believers have at one point attempted suicide as a means to find refuge in being them.
In Singapore, we start with the irrefutable proposition that the alternative to multi-racialism… is genocide in varying degrees.
– Mr S. Rajaratnam, then Minister for Culture (1959–1965)

Singapore culture strives to be unbias to any or no religion. All people are equal before the law regardless of race, language or religion. Today, despite differences in ethnicity, religion and culture, people in Singapore live together as one united people.


The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew


The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew


Best known as the founding father of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew is credited with turning an insignificant island in Southeast Asia into a booming global metropolis.

Once Singapore gained its independence from the UK in 1963, Lee Kuan Yew became the first Prime Minister of the sovereign city-state. After governing Singapore for over three decades, he is also the longest serving prime minister.
A visionary thinker and transformational leader, Lee Kuan Yew is widely considered to be one of Asia's most influential political figures and credited with leading Singapore to transition from the third world to first world in a single generation. Thanks to his overwhelming parliamentary control at every election, Lee oversaw Singapore's transformation from a British colony with a deep harbor to an Asian Tiger economy.
As he instilled the principles of meritocracy and multiculturalism into the city-state, Lee made English the common language with the purpose of integrating its immigrant society and encourage trade with the West. Under his rule, Singapore became more a more cohesive nation since promoting bilingualism in school allowed students to preserve their mother tongue and identity while not favoring any language over another.
Here are some of his most memorable quotes from different points of his career.
“Even from the sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel that something is wrong, I will get up. Those who believe that after I have left the government as prime minister, I will go into a permanent retirement really should have their heads examined.” - National Day Rally of 1988, two years before his rule ended.
Lee's rule was criticized for curtailing civil liberties - such as media control - and bringing libel suits against political opponents. Despite the protests, Lee argued that such measures were necessary to achieve political stability and rule of law which are essential for economic development.
“I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn't be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn't be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters - who your neighbor is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.” - National Day Rally of 1986.
“I'm no longer in active politics. It's irrelevant to me what young Singaporeans think of me. What they think of me after I'm dead and gone in one generation will be determined by researchers who do PhDs on me, right? So there will be a lot of revisionism. As people revised Stalin, Brezhnev and one day now Yeltsin, and later on Putin. I've lived long enough to know that you may be idealized in life and reviled after you're dead.” - “Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going.”
“If Singapore is a nanny state, then I'm proud to have fostered one.” - “From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000,” written by Lee and published in 2000.
“At the end of the day, what I cherish most are the human relationships. With the unfailing support of my wife and partner I have lived my life to the fullest. It is the friendships I made and the close family ties I nurtured that have provided me with that sense of satisfaction at a life well lived, and have made me what I am.” - A speech in 2003.
“I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.” - “From Third World to First: The Singapore Story.”
“So when the graduate man does not want to marry a graduate woman, I tell him he's a fool, stupid. You marry a non-graduate, you're going to have problems, some children bright, some not bright. You'll be tearing your hair out.” - “Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going,” written by Lee and published in 2011.
“When I visited Madame Tussauds as a student in the 1940s... there were two groups of figures: the famous and the notorious, either British kings and famous leaders, or notorious murderers. I hope Madame Tussauds will not put my likeness too close to the notorious.” - “The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew,” a collection of his quotes published in 2013.


Green lungs beyond the concrete


Boats at Pulau Ubin

Singapore, tiny island state is filled with skyscrapers and multistory flats and malls. There are green belts directly in the heart of Singapore.First spot would be Pulau Ubin. It is an offshore island especially for those who fancy nature reserve. It is a village like area with dusty tracks and bike trails. Going to the place reminds people of the 1960s Singapore landscape. It is a cycling haven filled with mangrove at ChekJawa. It is easily accessible by first taking MRT green line till Tanah Merah Station. Hop on a bus to reach Changi Village. From Changi Village proceed by walking to Changi Point Terminal for Ferry to catch one of the 15-minute boat ride to arrive at Pulau Ubin.

Another green lung is Canning Fort Park. It was once a British administration site and first ever Botanic Gardens launched by Sir Raffles. It was occupied by Sultans and British military. It is the perfect quiet getaway dotted with colonial era structures. Tours are free which runs every month. Getting to Fort Canning is easy, by just taking MRT to reach DhobyGhaut. From there walk towards Singapore National Museum and the park would be right behind.
Bukit Timah Reserve for Nature is the highest peak in all of Singapore. It has diverse flora species and fauna species, close to 40% for all of Singapore. Be sure to reach early for a leisure hike up to the peak. Beware of cheeky monkeys encounter where they might snatch away your food. It can be reached by taking the MRT train right to Orchard Station. Proceed to hop on Bus 75/171 heading Bukit Timah. The park will be right opposite BktTimah Shopping Complex at the road end towards Hindhede.
PasirRis Nature Park has green flora on the backdrop of a beach. It is tiny but filled with interesting sights. It has a mangrove forest accessible via boardwalk and a triple storey tower for birdwatching. Kids can ride on ponies at the Gallop Stables. Renting a bicycle to get around is a good choice as well. End your day with a drink at the breezy bars at the beachside. It can be reached via walking from PasirRis MRT Station across Drive 3.
Bishan and AngMoKio Park is another green belt worth mentioning. It is 62 hectare hug smacked in the middle of suburbs and is complete with beautiful green tracts, sparkling water streams, green flora and boardwalks for human access. Café bars are all strategically located within the walking trail. Grub is a hot spot for coffee and brunch. Aramsa Spa is highly recommended for massage seekers looking to wind down after a tiring walk. You can reach the park from Bishan MRT Station. Proceed to take the bus No. 53, 58 or 55 from the Bus Interchange and drop off at Bishan Park.
Kusu Island is located south from Singapore Island and has iconic blue lagoons for swimming enthusiasts. It has also one Chinese temple as well as one Malay shrine on a hilltop. Massive amount of visitors throng the island during September and October months every year for the annual 9th lunar calendar month pilgrimage. Other period will not see any visitors. Food and water are best self-prepared. If you want to reach Kusu Island, head to Marina Bay MRT Station and hop on bus 402. You will arrive at Marina Cruise Centre. You can then take any 2 ferry rides offered daily. 3 rides are available on Saturdays and 5 on Sundays.
Southern Ridges is another hot hiking spot encompassing Mt Faber, Kent Ridge, TelokBlangah and Hortpark. It has 10km long of lush greenery, with canopy walks across Henderson Waves. History buffs can visit the WWII info centre, Bukit Chandu Reflections right in the mid-point for Kent Ridge parks. It is to commemorate the PasirPanjang battle which saw 1400 Malays ethnic soldiers staving off 13,000 Japanese military men. Getting there is easy as you just need to arrive via MRT to reach Harbourfront station. The park would be right across an expressway with the trail beginning at the mountain leg.


History of the Old Green Bus


green bus

Every country has their own transportation history, from the old version in the past, and then keep developing to the newest version until today, or just perish because it can't satisfy people needs as the new, effective, and faster technology has developed. In Singapore, bus as a public transportation has its own story.

This Bus Company was established in the 1930s by Ong Chin Chuan and the associates. This company's vehicles had 30 seats. The type of Vulcan omnibus, which come from England. This bus painted in green and operated for 5 routes, from the terminals in Queen Street to Lim Chu Kang and Johor Baru. The Bus No. 5 operated from Bukit Timah area, until the Princess Elizabeth estate, was the most profitable route. This bus had a cost started from five cents to the most expensive 50 cents. This most expensive route is headed to Johor Baru, as the longest track. Before the war occurred, this company ran a mosquito buses, it is a motor bus which had seven seats and ran in rural areas. This is the most popular vehicle at that time, besides affordable in price, it also fast
Behind the company's story, there's also a story about the owners who grew in this business. Ong Cheng Siang, the son of Ong Chin Chuan, has inherited the green bus Company as the second generation. This business has boomed at that time but then led to internal strife between the staff and the shareholders. In 1960, Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has been kidnapped. He was 44 years old. He was brought to some place on the east coast. One of his sons has said that they heard their father was buried inside the hole underground. As the newspaper reported, Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has been released a few days later, after paid $500,000. He's been dumped from the car by the kidnappers at Amber road and have him helped by the cab driver who sent him to his motor workshop. He came back with rashes. His misfortune didn't end there. In 1960, he also became a victim of acid attack and left a scar on his particular body parts. And in 1971, he diagnosed to have a throat cancer and then facing his death after this illness at 55 years.
In 1971, this company is being merged with another two companies. The government taking control and merged all of the bus company operated under the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) in 1973.
Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has left three children, Ong LekMeng, Ong Bee Geok, and Patrick Ong Pei Wen. Lately, they've been asked by Alvin Tan from the National Heritage Board, to tell the stories and showed their photos of the bus company. They are happily loaned about 50 photos of the company histories, and said they want to share their family legacies with public, to let them know the history of the transportation and their family contributions, and also help with the research including the Singaporean past transportation. They also tell the stories about their beautiful memories in their past, when they took the bus and the bus driver knew them and they didn't have to pay for the ride. And when they were a child's, they used to spend their evening at the bus terminal and helped to count the takings. Mr. Alvin Tan said that the photos and the memories of the Ong family have filled the gap in the Singapore early transportation history.


Changi International, world’s best airport


changi airport view

If you travel from Europe to Down Under or vice versa, and you happen to choose your layover, you might want to pick Singapore Changi International. With an indoor garden, butterflies, rooftop swimming pool, movie theater and top-class quality service, on-time performance and efficiency, Singapore Changi is still considered the world's best airport and is almost a holiday destination in itself.

There's a consensus among travelers that Singapore Changi, which serves almost 59 million passengers a year, is everyone's favorite airport. Every year since 2011, Singapore Changi has won the Skytrax's World Airport Award. Meanwhile, many reviews and bloggers consider it the best airport to sleep.
The airport has also been named the best in the world by travel site Air Help, which factored in the number of delayed and cancelled flights, quality and service ratings as well as social media sentiment. Singapore's Changi Airport scored excellently in all three areas, particularly in on-time performance.
Despite the daily traffic, the airport ranked 8.8 on a scale of 10 for punctuality. Most significantly, it was awarded 10 out of 10 for quality of service. After an analysis of passenger's opinions on Twitter, the overall satisfaction level was 6 out of 10, higher than most airports on the survey.
The airport even boasts an eco-friendly terminal (number 3) dotted with natural skylight and gardens featuring over 200 species of foliage and butterflies. This is the world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport, which offers more than 1,000 insects ranging from 40 different species. Meanwhile, terminal 2 is famous for its entertainment offer, which includes a 24-hour cinema and children's playground. Last but not least, with its rooftop pool and round-the-clock spa service, Terminal 1 is also a favorite.
Singapore's airport is such a great place to be in that it's even marketed as its own destination within Singapore. It's not uncommon to see families visit Changi to shop and dine, and students to stop by for a coffee and study. Indeed, the airport boasts a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. From cosmetics and liquor to luxury watches and fashion accessories, the airport offers some of the best duty-free outlets in town. The dining offer is also exceptional, offering a wide range of local, regional and international cuisines to pick from.
With its video game consoles, large screen televisions and movie theaters, you won't have the chance to get bored while waiting for your flight. There's also free internet access and comfortable seats scattered throughout the airport if you want to watch up on work. However, if you'd rather just chill and relax, there's the choice for you to pamper yourself with an oriental foot reflexology massage.
Singapore's Changi Airport plans to retain its “best airport in the world” title and for that reason it is opening an amusement park-style experience in 2019. Named Jewel, the new building outside Terminal 1 will be home to 300 restaurants and shops, including major attractions such as Singapore's largest indoor garden called Forest Valley - five story garden - and a 40-meter tall waterfall known as the Rain Vortex - the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
“Not only will Jewel capture the hearts and minds of travelers and boost Singapore's appeal as a transit hub, it will enhance the Changi Airport experience for our passengers and visitors,” Jewel Changi Airport Development CEO Jean Hung said.
Other airports that rank high on the list are Munich International Airport (Germany), Hong Kong International Airport, Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (Denmark), Helsinki Vantaa Airport (Finland), Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (USA), Barcelona El Prat Airport (Spain), Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas (Spain), Auckland International Airport (New Zealand) and Frankfurt International Airport (Germany).
Singapore's Changi Airport is founded on principles that have turned it into the best one in the world. For instance, Singapore relies on customers' feedback to improve itself. From restrooms, customer service agents and even the garden, over 1.8 million customers give feedback each month. The real-time data collected is used to inform business operations. Therefore, depending on a customer ranking the toilet facilities, the monitors will deploy cleaning staff to any location that is not highly rated.
The idea to use carpeting instead of tile - like most airports do - mean that Changi Airport is less noisy and therefore it feels less chaotic; this element of relaxation is crucial when it comes to traveling as the activity is stressful enough.


Super tutors who earn over $1m


singapore tutor

The tutor Economics Anthony Fok, 32, has almost a total of 200 students and 40 names of potential students on the waiting list where some of them even come from Johor Baru. Many parents call for demanding their children an A-level tuition economy, where the reserves can reach up to three years in advance, and often the parents who have an income better offer a two-year advance a fee of $ 8,000. The tutor economy Anthony Fok is part of a small growing group of "super mentors" that reach a gain of at least $ 1 million a year in fees.

You can find at least 10 of these particular teachers, related by educators in the growth registration industry. Private lessons as Mr. Fok has to be registered in their GST centers from the moment that his annual revenue exceeds the mark of $ 1 million. He and some other tutors are part of a registration industry to reach the value of over one billion dollars annually, and it is about double the $ 650 million homes here that are spent on tuition fees in 2004.
Goods and services tax (GST) is a tax on domestic consumption. The tax is paid when money is spent on goods or services, including imports. It is a multi-stage tax which is collected at every stage of the production and distribution chain. GST was first introduced in Singapore on 1 April 1994 at 3%. The GST rate was increased to 4% in 2003 and to 5% in 2004. As announced in Budget 2007, the GST rate was raised to 7% on 1 July 2007.
The 32-year-old Mr. Fok says students looking for him, for the mere fact that they wish to have your degree ... The independent are already doing well in school or not. The tutor has about 200 students and 40 names on their waiting list. Some even come from Johor Baru. And according to Sr.Fok, most of his students passed ace paper level A. The tutor rates can vary between $ 380 and $ 420, entitled to four 1 ½ hour classes per month. With that, he earns around $ 500,000 a year after the deduction of income from its two centers in Bukit Timah and Tampines and some other expenses. However, the traditional time intervals about his classes are absolutely booked. His class comprises about 30 to 40 students. Unfortunately, Mr. Fok does not intend to provide more classes. He who was a high school teacher for nearly four years delegates its great achievement to very hard work and dedication.
Mr. Fok is a different teacher so that he gives his mobile number so that his students can send you a message whenever they need support. He is always ready to assist their students in the topics "stain" that may arise in testing through the analysis of earlier documents and thus attest them with concise, complete notes with key pointers. According to Mr. Fok, The class industry is experiencing rapid growth, with many tutors sticking to this industry, attracted by an attractive source of income. "Top tutors put in a lot of hard work to help students. It is not easy to be industry, fueled by demanding parents and many competitive tutors." Physics tutor Phang Yu Hon, a 49-year-old earned an income of US $ 1.1 million in fees last year, and according to the tutor, parents do everything and disburse for tutors known for the purpose of win results. He was hitting the million mark dollar since 2011. The amount charged for their O- and A-level classes can range from $ 400 to $ 700 for four classes of two hours. Each class that tutor has on average about 25 students. It works with about 200 students per year are part of the upper-middle income group, and are part of sons and daughters of medical professionals, businesspeople, academics and senior civil servants. The former research engineer who has the first class degree with honors in Electrical Engineering said that parents are more concerned about the teacher's track record than the cost of the lessons.
For example, one of his students, the student's former school Chij St Nicholas Girls' Ivana Ding went through difficult times in physics before joining the Mr. Phang class in March last year. Last year was a student Level O, and now a first-year student of biomedical sciences at Ngee Ann Polytechnic marked A2 to it with your help. According to the student, Mr. Phang transformed the difficult concepts to an easier method to handle and understand through analogies, using methods such as dances and songs he composes and choreographs the. These physical all made not only fun but also easier to study. However, not all tutor who put him in the top of the league. Mr. Phang believes that tutors can have charisma, but not all. And in recent years, a crop of new tutors are slowly making a name for themselves in the business. Former Professor Wynn Khoo, in the past five years, has taught physics and principles of accounts, made a significant change to full-time classes in January. And in turn, the 31-year-old, who charges $ 280 compared to $ 320 for four lessons, has approximately 100 students.
Math tutor Gary Ang, 37, who earns a monthly income of five digits claims that often parents think tutors perform miracles, and that can make a failing student on a student level A. This is so if the student is willing to give their all. Another math tutor, director of the Center Joss Sticks Class, Ms. Celine Loi, states that students need to take responsibility for their education, attend classes on time and to work with tutors. The 40-year-old center, which employs 20 tutors, runs about 55 classes per week, for about 400 students. The National University of Singapore There are many education experts as the speaker Kelvin Seah, for example, who believes that sending students to star tutors can become something counterproductive. According to him, the act of making the use of such star tutors services is no guarantee of better academic grades. He believes that from the time that students are forced to have more lessons in class, they can generate a greater aversion rather than creating more significant interest in it.

Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation


SG Gardens by the Bay

Due to Singapore's history as a trading port British ships on their way to India, the city-state is a unique mixture various ethnic influences, both from Britain and from other Asian countries. Most relevantly, Chinese and Indian workers moved to Singapore to work at the harbor. Today, a mix of various languages, traditions and religious is prevalent all over the state. Thanks to this foreign influence, Singapore is now one the most diverse cultures in the world, and a mix of traditions and local customs, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western influences.

Singapore stands out for policies around multiculturalism, which are both a recognition of the city's demographic realities and something that shapes them. This includes the management of race, culture and religion.
Although there is freedom of religion, there are some exceptions. Singapore is home to many religious with an important relevance on the country: Islam (Malay), Hinduism (Indians), Buddhism, Taoism, and folk religion (Chinese), along with a substantial number of Christians of various denominations.
Whether Singapore follows the premises of multiculturalism or is actually a melting pot, the city-state is the combination of Asian and European cultures. Shaped by Malay, South Asian, East Asian and Eurasian cultures, Singapore has been described as a country where “East meets West.”
Multiracial and multi-religious harmony is the foundation of Singapore's progress and success, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who highlighted it is vital for Singaporeans to protect this multiculturalism.
“We cannot take multiracial peace for granted,” he said. “There is a big challenge for us in order to maintain our multiracial, multi-religious harmony, and we have to continue to work at it in order to promote understanding.”
Tan also mentioned his visit to the recently opened mosque Masjid Yusof Ishak at Woodlands, where he joined about 400 congregants for an iftar (breaking of fast) session.
He highlighted that the iftar event was “special” for him, since it was held in the mosque named after one of Singapore's presidents. “He is a strong promoter of multiculturalism and multiracial understanding. I think all of us can be inspired by his example. He embodied it and did a lot during his term of office to bring all the different races and faiths together,” said Tan.
He emphasized the mosque's key role in reaching out to other communities as well. He met with members of the Mosque Management Board and toured a heritage gallery highlighting the late president Softy Ishak's legacy. One of the galleries in the mosque chronicles the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation and its projects.


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