Monthly Archives: August 2009

Snippets: salary expectations

Salary expectations are not just based on paper qualification alone. The years of on-the-job experience counts a lot too. For example, a position may require a bachelor degree with two to three years of work experience but employers may decide … Continue reading

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Stiff competition

The winner of the Malaysia Open will be known today. I WILL be in Kuala Lumpur, ensconced at the Cititel Midvalley’s ballroom where the Malaysia Chess Festival is going on. The chess festival is such an interesting meeting place for … Continue reading

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How well do you care for your parents?

They throw parents out over money. This is a news item that appeared in Singapore’s The New Paper recently, nicely written by a chap named Liew hanqing. It just begs the question: how well do you take care of your … Continue reading

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Main man behind chess

Datuk Tan Chin Nam is regarded as the driving force behind chess in the country. IT’S been nine months since I last met Datuk Tan Chin Nam in Penang. That Sunday in November, he was still basking in the glory … Continue reading

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Protection for your loved ones

CHRISTINE Jacobs died seven years ago at 77. Though not wealthy, the retired teacher had a trunkful of family heirlooms that had been passed down for many generations. Jacobs had been terminally ill for years, but did not write a … Continue reading

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Snippets: dressing unprofessionally

What to avoid when you go for job interviews: dressing unprofessionally. First impressions can make or break you; so always meet company representatives smartly dressed. Remember this rule even if the employees themselves wear casual outfits. You can follow prevailing … Continue reading

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Don’t be a homeless couple

Moral of this story: don’t be stupid enough to transfer the title of your house to your children during you and your spouse’s lifetime. SIN Chew Daily reports that an elderly couple in Singapore who gave up their duplex to … Continue reading

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Writing a Will is easier than you think!

WHAT happens if there is no will? Many people assume that if they die intestate (without a will), their assets and possessions will automatically go to their spouse or children. However, the Distribution Act 1958 (amended in 1997) states that … Continue reading

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Hiring: some simple truths

I saw this very nice article which was first published in The Business Times of Singapore on 15 Aug 2009: NUMEROUS commentators have proclaimed the current recession to be one of those game-changers – one that invalidates everything that everyone … Continue reading

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