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lonely expat
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« on: 22 December 2017, 14:01:08 PM »
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Where are all the western expats now ?.  

Every 2nd person you met in Singapore was a western expat, but there's not many of us left now.

Boat Quay restaurants and pubs used to be full of us on a Friday night, especially at the end of the month.

I must say, its not the place I used to know.
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windup alert...
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« Reply #1 on: 23 December 2017, 12:56:42 PM »
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Almost a good windup. I'd give it a 6.5 out of ten. Marks deducted heavily for not doing it at 1700hrs which is the convention along with doing it on Fridays.

Go on someone, take the bait anyway. I'm the judge so I didn't take it.
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lonely expat
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« Reply #2 on: 24 December 2017, 15:24:10 PM »
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Not many of us left now....its quite quiet round these parts. 
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roundabout fashion
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« Reply #3 on: 18 January 2018, 22:55:44 PM »
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Not many of us left now....its quite quiet round these parts. 


Quite round? Which parts? Are the expats' waistlines growing? Or their bottoms are both? Or are they not farting?
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wind up albert
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« Reply #4 on: 20 January 2018, 3:48:16 AM »
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The western expats are indeed dwindling in numbers.
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young man brook
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« Reply #5 on: 23 January 2018, 17:51:33 PM »
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The western expats are indeed dwindling in numbers.

Cry me a river.
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« Reply #6 on: 23 January 2018, 19:09:46 PM »
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But increasing in diameter.
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wind up albert
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« Reply #7 on: 24 January 2018, 3:12:21 AM »
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Its so sad that they are all going.  I will miss them and in fact I miss them already (the ones that have already gone)

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Aphrodite II
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« Reply #8 on: 22 April 2018, 3:04:57 AM »
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The SPG's have quite never got their Mojo back with the ang mo gone
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peterpaulmarty
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« Reply #9 on: 16 May 2018, 5:26:12 AM »
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Where have all the expats gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the expats gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the expats gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
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Doreen the legend
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« Reply #10 on: 10 June 2018, 20:32:27 PM »
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Yes I miss them all. Aah bless - such heady days.
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Gerbert
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« Reply #11 on: 15 June 2018, 2:01:01 AM »
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I just can't believe how there used to be so many of us and now there's not.

That's just terrible really, when you think about it.

We would all meet in Tanglin Mall often being stopped on the way in by that strange expat woman selling health products.

We would sip coffee and eat pastries then all go for a spot of shopping round the mall.  Then back home to the condo in Holland Village

Now most of us are back home living quietly and growing old. 

Singapore is a city for the young, and there is no longer the requirement for expats or as they called us FT (foreign talent)

We look back on those happy old Singapore days in the 1990's and all the photos we took on our old 35mm cameras.

I even remember when this board started up.

I think we got the best days, it all went downhill after that, people going on local packages, losing benefits and eventually losing jobs.



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bear in mind
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« Reply #12 on: 16 June 2018, 4:01:28 AM »
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The problem too was that the expats killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Many of them lorded it over the locals when back home, these same expat experts were meek desk flyers with little or no talent.

It was the high life, out late boozing it up, trooping in with hangovers at 10a.m. when it was 8 o'clock start for everyone else, getting on the phone for a liquid lunch at the Penny Black etc for over an hour. And there was attempt to develop the local talent, few companies sent the locals back to the country of the expat's origin to train them or give them the experience overseas.

If the expats were so "talented" they would have been invited to stay and paid their money's worth. They are now, that's for sure. We dug our graves and we have to lie in it. Anton Casey wasn't the only pompous racist, it's just that he got found out publicly.
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« Reply #13 on: 19 June 2018, 5:00:38 AM »
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Yes, the liquid lunches at Penny Black, of which there were many.  Back to the office after a very extended lunch for a couple of hours..12:30 to 2:30, then be ready by 5 for happy hour down at Boat Quay.  We thought we would be there for ever.  When the retrenchments came in early 2003 it was end of everything for us, been there for 12 years  they couldn't wait for us to go. We couldn't believe it.  Took weeks for it to sink in.   Coming home was a culture shock, loss of status and loss of tax free earnings, bills to pay, food to pay, car to pay...oh man,  Now we look back at all the old snaps we took, evenings of joy and laughter dinner and drinks by the river with all the expats from all over the world.  I would give anything to be back there again...but were too old now.
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« Reply #14 on: 20 June 2018, 14:44:27 PM »
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Yes expat champagne charlie, were you of any value worth keeping? Did you train or develop any local talent? Do you know the difference between "we're" and "were"?
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