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ASIAHOMES' 2002 HOUSE-HUNTING REPORT
For historical record only.
Rental prices differ and have had increased in 2011.
Sun Dec 8 2002. Couple from Japan. 3-bedrooms. $4,000
1.20 pm Meet at Riverside View.
1pm Aspen Heights 4+1 1600 sq ft $5,000. 18th
floor. Cancelled. Bedrooms said to be too small.
1.30pm Leonie Gardens 3+1 1773 sq ft $4,500. 14th floor.
2pm Horizon Tower East 4+1
2379 sq ft $4,500 13th floor. Being renovated.
2.30pm Tanglin Park 3+1 1600 sq ft $3,900. Ground floor.
3pm Valley Park 4+1 1800 sq ft $5,000. Blk 475.
3.30pm The Clayton 3 big bedrooms 1800 sq ft $4,000. Low density.
In 2011, no longer exist. Demolished.
Seen: UE Square 4+1 2200 sq ft $5,000. Low floor. Has big balcony
and good sized bedrooms. Likes walk-in wardrobe in master bedroom.
One-way tinted glass in bedroom windows mean that passers by can't
see the inside of the unit during day-time but the tenant can see
3+1 1600 sq ft $3,800. Bedrooms are too small. Entry foyer into
rectangular living and dining area.
No decision made. Made another appointment for viewing.
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study: You can't teach an old dog new tricks?
I am reminded of an English idiom I had to memorise and
understand for my PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) exam
in Primary Six in 1962 when I was 12 years old. The only dogs I
saw in the Redhill area I lived (there was actually a real red
hill) were stray dogs and no resident in the S.I.T (Singapore
Improvement Trust) apartment keep dogs as pets. It was the 1960s
and the residents were the working class. I am sure the rich
families living in Cluny Road or the other areas keep dogs as
pets. As for me, I had never seen dogs performing as there was
probably no TV yet or at the most, a black and white one.
This idiom was: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". What
did it mean to a 12-year-old boy whose life was decades from
being an old foggy.
When I encountered the real situation yesterday, March 16, 2011
during a class I had to attend at 60 years of age, I could
understand the meaning of the idiom. See whether you agree
with me as to whether the story explains the idiom succinctly?
On March 16, 2011, I attended
a REA course which lasts 2 months with lectures 3x/week from
10am - 1 pm. A fair lady in her late 30s who is in the family of
developers said: "I am too old to study. When is the
examination? I have to go overseas in May."
"The exam is in May," I said. "After the end of the course, you
will get a completion certificate (75% attendance needed). Then
you can register for this examination conducted by Informatics.
It is best to take this May exam after the lectures if you wish
to have a better chance of passing."
Our lecturer, white-haired and trim in his late 60s said: "I can
pass the exam and you are much younger. If you put your mind to
it, you will pass. My student studies 3 hours/day and he
I said: "You must have missed renewing your real estate licence
with the IRAS (Inland Revenue of Singapore) before the CEA
(Council of Estate Agents) takes over the regulatory functions
in 2010. Otherwise, you will not need to take this course."
"Yes, for the last 3 years, I did not renew the licence with the
All licences must be renewed but in this case, the IRAS did not
provide the electronic debiting of licences unlike the CEA. The
IRAS declared that all realtors had to self-renew and no
reminders would be sent.
There were those who did not do so. When the CEA took over,
these were the fishes trapped in the net and if they want to be
the KEO (Key Executive Officers) of their realty firms, they
have to take this REA examination. No mercy or compassion from
the CEA even if you have the CEHA certificate. I had the CEHA
but I had not renewed my licence. Bad luck to me. So that
is why I am in class studying the laws of tort, contract,
architecture notes and more regulations.
My class-mates appear to be over 30 years mainly and I presume
we are all in the same boat as this developer.
The mind must not think "old" if one wants to live longer and be
successful in examinations. Otherwise, the self-fulfilling
prophecy kicks in - you think you are old and can't pass the
exam or be successful. So, your mindset becomes negative and you
really age soon.
The lecturer had 5 shophouses to sell at $14 million for
re-development. He asked this developer firm for her name card.
Then he threw his name card onto her table.* I asked for
one too. One must network and think positively.
P.S. In some cultures, throwing the name card to another
person may not be polite. It should be handed with two hands.
You will see Japanese businessmen handing name cards with two
hands as that is their way of doing things.
This lecturer was very supportive and encouraging. He is a very
good lecturer. He said to me: "Just study my CD. Or you can
download to your phone for reference." I was surprised that this
could be done. He showed me his Nokia phone and there were the
notes. According to some classmates, the notes in the CD needed
to be printed in 400 pages! There are so many new technology and
if one knows how to use it, one could just study from the
smartphone when one is free. This may be a useful tip to
veterinary undergraduates. The old lecturer had someone to
download the CD for him as I asked how he did it. Always ask and
you will find that people usually are kind and will answer your
From this experience, write down a list of licences to be
renewed on a piece of paper and display in front of your desk.
Nowadays, most Singapore government departments don't do what
the IRAS did to the realtors. They send e-reminders and that
should be the way to serve the tax payers.