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Singapore Work Visas Explained

Singapore is an attractive city for expats, with its abundant job opportunities, high salaries, and great tax system. However, in order to work in Singapore, you’ll need to obtain a work visa through the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Our friends at Pacific Prime Singapore explain the different types of work visas foreign workers can apply for.

Fair Consideration Framework

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to note that MOM raised the work pass criteria to retain and increase local employment. Also, Singaporean workers take priority in filling local job vacancies over foreign workers. According to the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF), all Singapore-based employers are required to consider local applicants fairly for both new Employment Pass and S Pass applications. What’s more, they must advertise job vacancies on MyCareersFuture.sg for at least 28 days.

Types of Singapore work visas

Singapore work visas are divided into four main categories:

Singapore work visas for professionals

If you are a working professional, these are the types of work passes or visas you can get:

1. Employment Pass

The Employment Pass (EP) is for high-paying expats of all nationalities who work in managerial, executive, or specialised roles. As of September 2020, you must earn a minimum of SGD $4,500 per month to be eligible for this pass. Workers who are in the Financial Services sector have an even higher minimum qualifying salary.

2. Personalised Employment Pass

A step-up from the EP, the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) grants you the greatest job flexibility out of all passes in Singapore. To be eligible, you must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD $12,000 as a current EP holder. Otherwise, your last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas must be a minimum of SGD $18,000 per month.

3. EntrePass

Looking to start a business or invest in the Lion City? This is your go-to pass, as long as you meet these criteria. A Tech.Pass might be your thing if you intend to start and operate a new tech business in Singapore.

Singapore work visas for skilled and semi-skilled workers

Mid-level workers from all nationalities can apply for one of the following Singapore work visas:

1. S Pass

S Pass candidates must fulfill these three conditions: earn at least SGD $2,500 per month, have a degree or diploma, and possess relevant work experience. Both foreign worker quotas and  levy apply. Feel free to use the nifty Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to access whether you meet the prerequisites.

2. Work Permits for…

  • Foreign Workers are only available to nationals of specific countries who wish to work in certain sectors, namely construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process or services sector. Foreign worker quotas and levy apply.
  • Foreign Domestic Workers are available to workers between the ages of 23 to 50 from an approved source country or region.
  • Confinement nanny are suitable for Malaysian nannies who can work in Singapore for up to 16 weeks, starting from the baby’s birth.
  • Performing artists are open for foreign performers looking to work in public entertainment outlets, such as bars, hotels, and nightclubs.

Singapore work visas for trainees and students

Below are Singapore work visas available for foreign students or trainees:

1. Training Employment Pass

You must be a trainee who wants to undergo practical training in a Singapore company. You must earn at least $3,000 a month to be eligible.

2. Working Holiday Pass

This pass is open to foreign workers aged 18-30 who are under the Working Holiday Programme with Singapore. It’s valid for up to six months (One year if you’re Australian) and is non-renewable.

3. Training Work Permit

This work permit is available to unskilled or semi-skilled trainees undergoing training in Singapore for up to six months.

Short-term work passes

Usually, Short-Term Visit Pass holders cannot take up any work-related activities in Singapore. However, in the case of foreign journalists, speakers, or religious workers you can apply for a Miscellaneous Work Pass.

Is it possible to bring your family members with you with a Singapore work visa?

Yes, it’s possible for expats possessing the following two passes.

Dependent Pass

Both EP and S Pass holders may apply for a Dependent Pass for their spouse, children under 21 years of age, and parents. To sponsor your dependents, you must earn at least a fixed salary of SGD $6,000 per month.

Long-Term Visit Pass

Family members who do not qualify for the Dependent Pass can apply for the Long-Term Visit Pass.

Secure international health insurance

The spectrum of work visas available showcases just how expat-friendly this city-state is. In fact, like many other expats, you might even be interested in obtaining a Singapore Citizenship or Permanent Residence for the wealth of benefits a Singaporean passport brings.

No matter where you might be working, the best decision you could make would be to secure international health insurance for foreigners. This means you’ll gain access to top treatments and medical facilities all over the world.

Pacific Prime Singapore are more than happy to help you find the best plan for your needs and budget. Contact their team of expert insurance advisors today for a personalised touch! Alternatively, get a free quote now with their online quotation tool!

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Singapore on Foot!

ANZA members Ross and Rae Moller, and Rod and Sue Elliot plus friends, walked the circumference of Singapore in 2020. This feat took 15 mornings and encompassed 170 kms.

Along the way they encountered everything Singapore has to offer – from CBD skyscrapers, to abandoned Kampongs, temples, and more. They also bumped into lots of local wildlife, including otters, monkeys, and monitor lizards.

The walks have been documented for you in an a fantastic, easy to follow downloadable PDF covering everything from getting to and from to the best spots for coffee and points of interest to look out for. You’ll be lost without it!

All proceeds go towards the upkeep and care of Kodie, a Riding for the Disabled Singapore (RDA) therapy pony.

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ANZA Netball Camps and Specialist Clinics

ANZA Netball Camps and Specialist Clinics Tanglin Trust School

30th March – 1st April and 6th – 8th April

Qualified and experienced professional coaches will lead the camps delivering a specialised programme designed to fit your child’s age. For the younger ones, camps will be filled with a mixture of activities to enhance your child’s spatial awareness, fundamental movements and ball skills.  Each day will include a wide range of games to keep them smiling and challenged, testing their awareness, balance and control.  

In the older age groups, participants will focus on netball technique, match play scenarios and fitness. Small groups will ensure individual attention from the coaches who will work on refining execution and correct technique.  

ANZA Netball Camps

30th March – 1st April (3 Days)

  • Cost: $200
  • 2014/2013/2012/2011/2010  9am – 12noon

REGISTER HERE for this camp

6-8th April (3 Days) 

  • Cost: $200
  • 2014/2013/2012/2011/2010  8:30 – 11:30am
  • 2009/2008/2007/2006+  12noon – 3pm

REGISTER HERE for this camp

Specialist Clinics – 9 April – 2008/2007/2006+

We will also be running 2 hour Specialist Clinics on Friday, 9 April so older players can gain some additional tips and training as Shooters, Defenders and Mid Court Specialists.

Specialist Clinics will focus on the players specific positional skills allowing them to finetune their positional play or explore a new position they might be interested in.  There will be video analysis, group discussion and a focus on the key attributes of each playing position to develop a strong identity on court.  

  • 8:30-10:30am  Circle Defence Specialist: This clinic will deliver greater variations on ‘Pressure On’ Shot, Decision making and working together inside the circle-split circle.  
  • 10:45-12:45pm – Mid Court Specialist: This clinic will focus on defending the circle edge, feeding accuracy and speed, and double play.
  • 1-3pm – Shooter Specialist: This clinic will focus on shooting technique, a variety of shots and working together in and out of the circle with Shooter to Shooter Pass.

Each Clinic costs $50.  Players can sign up to multiple clinics. 

REGISTER HERE for the Specialist Clinics

 All camps and clinics are subject to minimum numbers. 

Places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis.

Registration Deadline 8th March

Singapore’s Alcohol Free Movement

The brainchild of Aussie female entrepreneurs Emma Pike (The Fishwives) and Rebecca Forwood (Farmer’s Market) Free Spirit caters to customers seeking a range of beers, wines and spirits tailor that taste great but won’t leave them with a hangover. We talked to Emma about the venture.

Why did you set up Free Spirit?
One, it was virtually impossible to find a good range of alternatives to alcohol. And two, we wanted to challenge and change the alcohol-free (AF) space to make AF beverages readily available for the non-drinker. In addition to our online bottle shop, we are also targeting restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs to add AF options to their lists. There are menu options for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs, so there needs to also be options for non-drinkers or anyone who wants to take a night off!

What are you offering?
A curated selection of tried and tested AF beer, wine, champagne and spirits that’s not offered anywhere else in Singapore. We have partnered with some really interesting new artisan companies in the AF space and are bringing their products to Singapore for the first time.

Say cheers with AF alternatives

How’s it going so far?
There is a growing rumble in the AF space in Singapore and I feel we have only just scratched the surface.  We were overwhelmed with the immediate support we received upon launching the business. There are so many people looking for an alternative option to alcohol and disheartened by what is available (or rather what isn’t). I think it’s a mixture between over consumption of alcohol during COVID-19 and an increased number of people taking their health more seriously.

Who is Free Spirit for?
It’s perfect for those who are entertaining and need an AF option for guests who aren’t drinking, and for those who are pregnant, dieting, people who are following the usual ‘alcohol free months’ such as Feb Fast, Dry July, Sober October, and those who want to mix it up and have alcohol-free weekdays but still drink on the weekends.

freespirit.com.sg

Review: Moonlight Movie Staycation at Hotel G

Looking for a save-cation which is more fun than flashy? My partner and I checked into Hotel G for The Great Outdoors package – which includes a private movie night under the stars, a bucket of beers and popcorn, plus burgers and fries from 25 Degrees Burger and Liquor Bar, delivered to your room the next day. All from $250++ a night. Bargain!

Hotel G is a hipster hotel that’s big on quirky charm and offers affordable digs for a city staycay. The interiors and vibe are cheeky and casual, with an excellent location a stone’s throw from Little India, Bugis and the artsy university district of Rocher.

Having spent a fortune on family stays at the bigger hotel chains, the price tag on this one-night deluxe stay is seriously good value. We check into our modern and spacious sized king-bedded Greater Room, which has a huge balcony and is ready for a movie night under the stars.

The set-up includes a projector, a large pull up screen, beanbags and an in-room popcorn machine. While we wished the popcorn were doused in butter and salt, it goes down well with an eski full of Asahi beers. As the system is already hooked up to Netflix, we settle in to watch The Matrix, the perfect choice for viewing in the middle of a bustling, futuristic metropolis like Singapore.

In the morning, we skip breakfast at 25 Degrees (even though it looks delicious!) to walk to The Wired Monkey coffee house in Little India’s Dunlop Street. After a dense lemon cake and speciality brews, we continue into the vibrant Jalan Besar district for a look around the cafes and backstreets.

Heading back to the hotel, we’ve built up an appetite for our scheduled burger delivery – which we pre-ordered on check in. The burger bar is located on the first floor of the hotel, but the burgers arrive lukewarm, due to a mix-up with timings. Still, who’s complaining, when my burger tastes so good – loaded with caramelised onions, gorgonzola, bacon, arugula and thousand island dressing.

It’s worth mentioning how good the shower is here – incredible water pressure and lovely in room products mean we have two long soaks during our stay and leave feeling squeaky clean and relaxed.

Verdict: A super fun, creative, and affordable staycation, with all the safe stay measures but less protocol and procedure than the larger hotels. Make sure you get the Greater Room if you’re full-sized adults, but kids will do just fine in their more compact rooms.

https://www.hotels-g.com/singapore/

From $250++ per room per night, you’ll get:

  • One-night stay in a king-bedded Greater Room with Balcony
  • It Takes Two box from 25 Degrees Burger and Liquor Bar delivered the next day
  • A bucket of beer
  • Popcorn kernels with a popcorn machine
  • A complimentary parking coupon
  • Late check-out till 2pm
  • Set-up of Movie Under The Stars at the balcony

Booking/Stay period: Until 30 June 2021

 

 

Tips to Self-Publish Your Book

Russell’s Story

Russell Darnley is currently in the final stages of self-publishing his first e-book, Beyond Borders: Conversations across boundaries, with plans to also publish in text and audio format. He has found the process to be a steep learning curve, with many layers of preparation needed before publication.

There are many steps on the self-publishing journey. The first is to choose a publishing application and there are several to choose from. For Russell’s latest publication Beyond Borders, a collection of short stories linked to Asia – he considered MS Word, Adobe Creative suite and Affinity Publishing, before eventually choosing Apple’s Pages. Using the advanced options in Pages it’s possible to create a digital book in the EPUB format. This can be published directly from Pages to Apple Books from an iPad, iPhone or Mac, and read on all of those devices.

For the copy editing of the book, he outsourced to professional editors and proof-readers. He also sought feedback and comments from readers before the final stages.
Next, Russell worked out how to set up contents pages, decided on size and font for body text, headings, subheadings and captions; selected a cover image and loaded his stories into the template. He also spent time preparing photos, image galleries, videos and audio.

Russell’s advice; ‘keep going, don’t assume the book will promote itself after the launch, consider Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blogs and mainstream media for promotion’.

Russell Darnley

Beyond Borders: Conversations across boundaries launches on 11 March at 4:30 Singapore time. Russell will read a short story, and take viewers through the unique features of this work before moving on to questions and answers. Register for the Zoom launch here

russelldarnley.blog

Kristen’s Story

Kristen Hobby is in the process of self-publishing her new non-fiction book; Unplugged: how to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. Here are some of Kristen’s tips on getting the most from DIY publishing.

  • Before you begin, study the books in the genre you are writing in; who are the main authors? Is there much competition? Are there gaps in the market you could take advantage of?
  • Find friends and colleagues who are willing to read your draft and provide useful and thoughtful feedback.
  • Make sure your manuscript is well edited and proof-read. You want to ensure your book does not contain any glaring typos.
  • Invest in a professional cover designer. You can use platforms such as Fiverr and 99 designs to find the right design for you.
  • Start blogging or publishing content to your favourite social media platform many months before you launch, with the view to building a following of people who enjoy your writing and ideas.
  • There are many companies who will help you with some or all of the self-publishing components, but ensure you do your homework when employing companies. Read reviews and testimonials from their authors.

Need some assistance on your own writing journey? The ANZA writing group is a friendly and supportive environment that meets via Zoom on the first Tuesday evening of each month. Writers of all levels and experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Kristen on kristenhobby@gmail.com

anza.org.sg/groups/writers-group

Avoid Procrastinating Before Moving Day

Successfully decluttering your home before the movers come can help you make your moving day much less stressful. Procrastination during an international move can cause you to feel frantic and desperate, with essential decluttering and packing tasks quickly piling up. Here are some handy tips from SIR Move Services for avoiding last minute panic and getting on top of your check list.

Overwhelmed by your move? Take it one task at a time

1. Pace yourself

Many people procrastinate because tasks seem too large and overwhelming. Set reasonable timelines and milestones when packing. One of our tried and tested approaches is to break down tasks into small, manageable steps. Consider using timers when working to ensure that you achieve your set tasks.

2. Make detailed plans

Detailed, well thought out plans can make all the difference. When you know beforehand what’s expected of you, you can quickly carry it out. We also recommend setting and working steadily on set tasks over a specific period.

3.  Make to-do checklists

As you break down your decluttering tasks into small, sizable tasks, put your plans into a checklist, so you can easily see your completed jobs (with checked boxes on the side). This will fuel your zeal to get your decluttering done early.

Distraction is a serious enemy to productivity

4.  Avoid distractions

Distraction is a serious enemy to productivity and something we all face today. The advent of social media, emails, push notifications, TV, tweets, and messages can hinder us from getting to the most critical task at hand. Identify the things that usually distract you and eliminate them whenever you wish to work. Turn off your phone and other electronic devices, to enjoy a moment of silence as you declutter your home.  Also, consider giving yourself an incentive (such as watching favorite programs) after you have finished your tasks.

5.  Ask for help

Enlist family and friends to help you as you declutter your home. This will ease the burden and keep you accountable. Schedule in extra help for at least two hours every week, to keep the decluttering process seamless.

6.  Don’t aim for perfection

Aiming for perfection during your move may stall your progress and make you feel discouraged if you don’t get it 100% right the first time around. Banish those negative emotions and begin wherever you can – you’ll find that by lowering your expectations the process becomes faster and easier.

7.  Be ready to get rid of stuff

Once you’ve lived in a place for a while, it’s normal to accumulate things you probably don’t need any more and it can be challenging to figure out what should go to your new home and what you can donate, giveaway or sell. Determine which items you don’t use or haven’t used for a year or two – those are the things you can live without. Try to set aside emotion and sentimental ties – lightening your load will make your move so much easier!

 

About SIR MOVE

Established in Singapore in and Malaysia since 2006, SIR Move Services provides Complete Move Solutions for International, Commercial and Domestic Relocations, inclusive of storage and insurance. They move pets, too! Moove My Box (MMB) is the newest addition to their suite of services, allowing customers to complete small shipments faster. It’s similar to Air Express Delivery with the addition of packing and collection services.  SIR Move is a qualified FIDI/FAIM Quality Mover.

 

SIR Move Services

Email talk2us@sirmove.com

Visit www.sirmove.com

Call 65 65347345

 

 

 

New Plant-Based Menu at Baker & Cook

Baker & Cook Dempsey

30C Loewen Road, Singapore 248839

bakerandcook.biz

Popular artisanal bakery and café Baker & Cook has introduced a new planet friendly plant-based menu, available exclusively at its Dempsey outlet.

Dining in lush green surrounds, we begin with the Baked Baby Heirloom Beetroot starter ($15), a vibrant mix of golden and red roasted beets, topped with shallot rings, seeded rye crisps, caramelised walnut pieces dressed with olive oil and a delicious tangy pomegranate molasses.

I really enjoyed the nutty flavour of The Impossible™ Sausage Roll ($19) made with vegan pastry, Impossible mince, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and roasted cashews, served with a side salad.

Next up was the Thai Green Curry Pot Pie ($19); a hearty, mildly spiced dish with pumpkin, eggplant and snow peas in a rich green curry coconut gravy, topped with vegan pastry and complimented with a super delicious zesty pineapple and herb salsa.

For burger lovers The Impossible™ Mushroom Swiss Burger ($22) was a well stacked feast with a generously sized Impossible mince patty, fresh red onion, tomato, rocket, sautéed mushroom and vegan truffle mayo sandwiched between house-made eggless quinoa-studded buns. Add a heaping of crispy fries for an extra $4.

To round off our lunch we shared a Pizza 10 ($26) from Plank (Baker & Cook’s sister restaurant next door). A sourdough base is topped with Impossible mince meatless meatballs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, Spanish onion, and rocket, drizzled with BBQ and tomato sauce, all served nicely charred straight from the pizza oven.

VERDICT:

Located in the picturesque Dempsey Hill surrounded by trees and grass, Baker & Cook is the perfect place for families with small children who can enjoy the outdoor playground and anyone looking for a fix of green space. The plant-based menu is a welcome addition for those looking for meat free options.  As a carnivore myself I left feeling that I could definitely eat less meat, for the health benefits and the environment,  especially with such tasty alternatives on offer.

Open for dine-in and take-away from Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm and between 12pm and 10pm from Friday to Sunday.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

It’s Baker & Cook’s second year running in donating part proceeds to Breast Cancer Foundation for the sale of their Hot Cross Buns! Traditional, Double Chocolate and Vegan flavours are now available in all Baker & Cook stores while Traditional Hot Cross Buns is available in all Cold Storage outlets and selected FairPrice Finest outlets from 8 March.

For every pack purchased, $1 will be donated to Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

 

 

ANZA Wombats AFL is Back!

Join the Wombettes for FitBats pre-season training

Training post CB

For some, the return to footy last year after the circuit breaker was the perfect way to kickstart their training. Not only could they re-connect with friends, get the legs moving, but also tackling and contact wasn’t allowed, which definitely suits the playing style of more than a few Bats and Bettes!

Thanks to the hard work of the committee and the coaches, Singapore’s first and only adult Aussie Rules club was able to hit the park for the game we all love, albeit in a modified fashion. Groups of 5, no contact, no sharing footies, no beers at the ground after training – this was our new world order, like it or not.

Training took place in a format akin to circuit training: different stations were placed about the field, and groups would rotate through each – all the while keeping their footies separate and their distancing anti-social.

ANZA Wombats will join the Irish Gaelic Lions for some hybrid International Rules games

Season 2021

Looking ahead to season 2021, we’ll be limited to groups of 8, but contact will be permitted. This will allow for bigger and better drills and more competitive action within groups, but unfortunately actual games are, for now, a no-go.

The highlight of being a Bat or Bette is certainly international touring for games, and while we keep our fingers and toes crossed that this will return, the reality is such leisure travel may fall to 2022 or beyond. Instead, we have crafted a robust schedule for intra-club matches, games vs the AIS dads and teachers, and of course the Irish Gaelic Lions for some hybrid International Rules games. As and when the rules open up here, so will this plan.

For now, we encourage everyone to come down for a kick, get some fitness work in before the season starts in April, and get to know the guys and girls of the club. It’s a great culture to be around, and whether you’re elite, beginner or somewhere in between, you’ll get a lot out of it.

KEY DATES:

– 27 Feb-Apr 3, FitBats pre-season fitness competition

– Saturday 10 April – First official training session of the year (Bats and Bettes)

– Saturday April 17 Training (Bats and Bettes)

– Saturday April 24 Training (Bats and Bettes)

To join in with the Wombats or Wombettes, email info@anza.org.sg

Iberian Ham and Manchego Croquettes

Makes 22 croquettes
INGREDIENTS
Vegetable oil, as needed
for deep-frying.

CROQUETTES
500ml milk
1/2tsp fine salt
75g butter
110g Iberian ham
80g plain flour
40g Manchego cheese, grated
2 sheets gelatine, soaked in iced water

COATING
120g plain flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
120g panko breadcrumbs

GARLIC AIOLI
2 eggs
10 cloves garlic, peeled
750ml canola or olive oil
Salt, to taste

METHOD
1. Place the milk and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Add the ham and heat gently until the fat in the ham is melted. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes.
3. Add the warm milk in three additions, stirring constantly with a whisk for about 10 minutes to form a strong dough.
4. Add the cheese and gelatine sheets and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and set aside until dough is cool enough to handle.
5. Portion the dough into 30g balls, then shape into croquettes.
6. Place the flour, eggs and panko into separate shallow dishes, then coat the croquettes with flour, followed by egg and panko in this order. Refrigerate until ready to fry.
7. Heat sufficient oil for deep-frying in a pan over medium heat. Lower a few croquettes into the hot oil and deep-fry for 2-3 minutes until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Repeat to cook the remaining croquettes.

Prepare the garlic aioli.
1. Place the eggs and garlic into a blender and process. Gradually add the oil while blending until the mixture is emulsified, thick and creamy. Season to taste with salt.
2. Serve the croquettes warm with garlic aioli on the side.