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  1. Sorry I haven't been following your posts on this (have just started reading SS again) but am wondering how you achieve this non-resident status if you are not actually living in Singapore. Are you travelling the world and just not spending 183 day in oz? My understanding is that you not only have to be resident and working overseas but also limit your trips back to Australia. My accountant suggested not more than 4 trips in a year. Apparently the tax department now has the ability to marry up the airport arrival declarations with your tax info. I know people who have lived 10 years o/s who are still concerned about their wives visiting children at boarding school in Australia as this could create a 'connection' to Australia and make the husband resident in Australia for tax purposes, even though his job is in another country. It's related to where you are domiciled and not just how many days you spend out of the country. Giving up voting rights, drivers licence, selling oz property and buying o/s property all helps establish that you intend to live permanently overseas. Would be interested to hear if you have had different advice. This issue keeps me awake at night!!
  2. All we need now is a car chase into the hold of a moving plane and the screenplay will be complete! I wonder who will play Assange, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon or my pick - Keifer Sutherland?
  3. I remember one of the early Womans Weekly cookbooks had that recipe - it was probably a bit basic. Husband went to the dim sum place today with work colleagues. Apparently the owner is the ex head chef of Four Seasons dim sum who has started own restaurants. One on the Kowloon side has a michelin star. They went at 11.45 and had to wait 45 mins, so expect to queue if you don't go before 11 or after 2.30-3.
  4. At the end of the day what is being delivered by the asian call centre or the asian IT people does not really fit the bill in terms of the australian/us consumer or high end business manager's expectations. But the desire to reduce costs and improve profit margins is king so the aussie/us co's have gone down this track. Whilst I think that the 'new' workers are intelligent, hardworking and capable I don't really think that outsourcing and offshoring is actually bringing much to the consumer ( lack of service/quality) and ultimately there will be a backlash (lack of jobs - leading back to quality/service) . Perhaps more importantly the worldwide market collapse (long recession/slow down - call it what you will) will focus much attention on the rise of Asia at the expense of the Western world. There will be a recognition that we have stuffed up and have no industries (either manufacturing or otherwise) because we outsourced it all for short term gain. Tariffs and protectionism will ensue.
  5. Hutong has great views and the 'beggars chicken' was fantastic as was a lamb dish which was a bit like a pork belly (roasted lamb skin instead of crackling). It's not cheap but neither is the other place you mentioned. Also, I know a private dining place that serves 8 courses (I think) of sichuan food, BYO, and the chef lady sings Chinese opera at the end of the meal. I could go on and on so let me know your budget and interests prior to Sept.
  6. Oh I do love you boys, naughty as you are! Sometimes have to keep you in check:blush:
  7. Yes Anders is very naughty boy!
  8. I googled that place and it looks very nice but I am sure it will be very expensive, and very western. I've got a new place I go to which is about $12 for lunch for two which is very authentic and recommended by a Chinese friend ( I was there last week). I don't know the name, just where it is, but I will go and find out for you. Send me a PM on what you want to do and I will give you some feedback. I wouldn't pay too much for dim sum and save your cash for some nice restaurants/bars like Hutong and Aqua/Sevva bars that have great views. Also if you like walking there are some very nice places off the tourist beaten track. Sept/Oct is a very good time to be here if that suits you.
  9. This thread conjures up images of 'in the drawing room, sitting in the chesterfield, smoking a cigar and drinking brandy'.... Seriously get in the real world you blokes. Maybe you should check out the stats on driving?
  10. Started my career many years ago working for Western Mining Corp and part of that was selling gold on the LME, hedging the proceeds etc. How times have changed! WMC taken over long ago and I get that, but now the LME is being bought out by the Chinese. It's a whole different ball game and speaks volumes to my mind about where things are going in the future.
  11. I live in HK and have been many times to Singapore to stay with people who live there but have also lived in HK. I have investigated and asked lots of questions about the possibility of moving there because we have twice been told that was going to happen, but it didn't eventuate. I also have many friends here in HK who lived previously in Singapore. Singapore is quite a nice place to live and is cleaner (air wise) and has a bit more space than HK in terms of the actual living areas. HK has a lot of green but living is quite compact with the space being walking trails over lots of green hills (most visitors don't see that part). The heat is relentless in Singapore but in HK you at least get some seasonal changes which are a welcome relief. It seems pretty much unanimous among those that have lived in both that they prefer HK. It's just a more vibrant and fun place and definitely preferable for singles.I'm not sure about the stats but it certainly seems like there are a lot more single expats here. If you like a drink and want to meet people there are a multitude of little bars and restaurants where it is normal to turn up and start talking to the people sharing your table. Singapore appears much more family orientated and people complain a lot about the lack of good places to go out. Eating of course is good in both. This could be a big incentive - No tax on alcohol in HK so you can buy wine from Australia and the rest of the world at very reasonable prices. Wine is very expensive in Singapore. Also better food ingredients here in HK. There's a supermarket called Great and it's great. You can get the best of the best from the four corners of the globe. It's not cheap but neither is Singapore for food. Generally I'd say food is cheaper here. English is more widely spoken in Singapore so that could be advantageous employment wise. The two places have similar tax regimes and are also keen to encourage entrepreneurs to start up businesses. I did a bit of investigation on starting a business here and it seems that if you can demonstrate that you're adding some value to the local economy and might employ people down the track then there are few barriers to entry. I'm not sure about the situation in Singapore but I do know a couple of people who have started businesses there so it's certainly doable. In terms of being employed by a firm, I think you need to be sponsored in both places. I gather there are huge numbers of IT personnel over the border in China who will work for a knock down price but I would think many companies would prefer the skills of a western trained IT person who understands how western businesses operate - same as it is in banking and other fields. I guess it depends on your target market for work. I'm sure that both would offer comparable business/work choices so maybe the decision comes down to which one has an available opportunity. However, work can't be the only consideration and socially I would highly recommend HK over Singapore, particularly for a single.
  12. Aussie bankers losing jobs but working for European banks mostly.
  13. Yes but so many of the wealthy here have businesses in China. Husband bus not hk centric. Of course anecdotal
  14. Same in Honkers