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PRC TOURIST: SHOPPING IN SINGAPORE SUCKS

Retailers billed it as the Great Singapore Sale. Chinese tourist Zhu Liang bought it, only to regret afterward. “We will never come here again to shop on purpose,” said Zhu, a 35-year-old businessman from Hangzhou. Visiting the city during the final days of the summer sale season in July, he purchased a Loewe handbag for his wife, only to discover he could have paid less in Hong Kong.

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AGO: NLB’s Computerised System Selected & Purchased Books From More Expensive Vendors

Eight agencies were cited by the Auditor-General's Office (AGO) for lapses in procurement procedures. Among those highlighted in its report for the Financial Year 2013/14 released on Thursday (July 17) was the National Library Board (NLB)'s computerised system, implemented in 2012. The system, meant to help the selection and acquisition of books from its panel of vendors "with minimal human intervention", suffered from "logic flaws and inadequacies", according to the AGO.

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Terrible World Cup TV Coverage, PAP is to Blame

Over the past 12 years,I had observed and came to a conclusion:Thanks largely to the 55 year one party(PAP) rule and in the pursuit to be ranked Number One in practically almost everything,we $ingaporeans have become so self centred,greedy,money-centric,kiasu and kiasi that our country have now become the costliest place in Asia to watch the Football World Cup.Well done $ingapore,$ingtel,$tarhub and Pay And Pay! Even in Communist China,the entire World Cup is shown on their national free-to-air China Central Television (CCTV) network. And one could expect the subscription prices offered by the two telcos,$ingtel and $tarhub,to rise even further:To S$150 for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and to S$200 for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!

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Singapore is ‘priciest place to buy cars but its public transport is among cheapest’

SINGAPORE is the most expensive place in the world to buy a car, according to a survey by Deutsche Bank. The bank's annual survey of global prices released on Friday found that a new Volkswagen Golf costs US$126,499 (S$158,125) here. The amount far exceeds the next highest price tag of US$55,516 needed to buy the same car in Kuala Lumpur and is more than five times the US$26,700 cost in New York.

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SingTel secures rights to air World Cup 2014

Three months before the World Cup 2014 is due to kick off in Brazil, SingTel announced yesterday it has secured the broadcast rights, soothing the nerves of football fans who had to wait until just weeks before the previous tournament to know if they would be able to watch the games on television. Fans will be able to watch all 64 matches for a one-time price of S$105, excluding Goods and Services Tax (GST), said SingTel, which is also finalising arrangements with StarHub to let its customers access the matches as, under the cross-carriage rule, exclusive pay-TV content has to be offered to customers of rival providers. The price is up to 59 per cent higher than what fans had paid to watch the previous World Cup in 2010, which was broadcast by SingTel and StarHub under a joint bid.

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Is Singapore the World’s Costliest City? For Expats Only, Minister Says

A day after a new cost-of-living index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit dubbed Singapore the costliest city globally, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam downplayed the results by saying they did not quite reflect average Singaporeans’ ability to meet daily living expenses. Cost-of-living surveys like the one produced by the EIU “are really aimed at measuring expatriate costs of living in different parts of the world,” he said during a budget debate in Parliament on Wednesday.

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Five things more expensive in Australia than in SG

Cost of living in Australia has been a perennial topic amongst both our friends, families, and readers alike. After I saw this BBC article about how SG is the world's most expensive city, I'd better caution those of you from there who may be thinking of visiting or migrating to Oz. Not everything is cheaper here!

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Calm Down Singaporeans, Our Country Is Not The Most Expensive For You

After living in Singapore for the past 25 years, I find this statement to be lacking in accuracy from the perspective of a local citizen. Yes, Singapore may not be the cheapest place in the world, but the average Singaporean is doing pretty alright financially. So before people start packing their bags and move to India, Syria or Nepal to enjoy the lowest costs of living in the world (according to the survey), let's take a look at the facts:

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COE quotas cut by 12.9 per cent in February

The Land Transport Authority has cut the number of Certificates of Entitlement (COE) available for the first bidding exercise in February, right when its latest changes to its classifications take effect. The total number of COEs that will be up for grabs is 1,558, a 12.9 per cent drop from the 1,789 offered in the last exercise held earlier this month.

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