Sunday, 10 July 2011
current status : dependent
The former working girl in me, would balk at the above status. Excuse me, I can make my own money!
But right now, by Singapore's standard, I'm just an extension of my husband. My and my children's stay here is largely due to hub's employment. Should the company decide to terminate his services, we're outta here.
Now, while I'm still here. Would you like to come over and visit? Singapore, like any other ASEAN nations (thailand, indonesia, vietnam, brunei, malaysia, hongkong) do not require tourist visas for fellow Aseans. They automatically stamp your passport with 30days stay. No Questions Asked.
Some enterprising folks come over here, look for job within the 30days, extend for another 30. But after that, they need to exit. The nearest and cheapest foreign country exit is Johor Bahru, (Malaysia) or Bintan or Batam (Indonesia). Spend overnight there and come back the next day, for another 30day stamp. But i heard the authorities have been quite strict about that lately, since it's being abused, and some have been refused entry. :(
But for those who have legit job offers. The employer process a work pass. Quite Funny, because the kind of work pass will depend on your Salary. So, every time you are asked about your status. They would sort of have an idea how much your salary range is. :)
1 SGD = 35 Php
E Pass (Employment Pass) (mostly professionals/ executives)
P1 - 8,000 SGD and above
P2 - 4,200 SGD to 8,000
P3 - 2,800 to 4,200 SGD
S Pass - 2,000 SGD to 2,800 (mid-level / skilled)
Work Permit - below 2,000 SGD (manual labor to semi-skilled)
Dependent's Pass - no income but spouse salary is enough to maintain lifestyle here.
Epass holders can apply to bring their wife & kids as dependents; and/or their mothers/in-laws for long-term visitors pass. They can also apply to have a FDW (Foreign Domestic Worker) or helper.
One of my friends here, when he's asked. "What's your status here?" He says, "Oh, I'm an S Pass holder. I'm a SLAVE here."
And lately, he's into a relationship with a local, I think, he claim S Pass for "Syota ay Singaporean. :)
Remember that hot issue in the Philippines about having a National ID System? That project didn't take-off. The leftist were warning about invasion of privacy blah.blah.blah. As a result, we have tons of acceptable IDs in our wallet.. SSS, PRC, Voter's, TIN ID, Postal ID, and Drivers' License. Kulit ano.
Here's in Singapore. They only have one ID. It's the National Registration Identification Card (NRIC) for locals or Foreign Identification Number (FIN) for permanent residents & work pass holders.
You present the IC (identification card) all the time.. and I mean, all the time.
Want to buy a new SIM at 7-eleven ? present your IC or passport (if you're tourist)
Want to enroll your child? present IC.
Want to enter the school to enroll you child? present IC.
I'm a bit paranoid. I think, it's their way of keeping track of everyone. If I do nasty things with the SIM card, naturally, they can track the SIM number, and it was sold to me! :)
Applied for IKEA friends card -- present IC.
Leave your kids at Smaland to play while you spend hub's money --- present IC.
Stores here love issuing membership / rewards card. You need to present your IC each time. They can probably even track how many thongs and boylegs at i bought at La Senza, from the time, since I was issued this thing.
But it's ok. The Singaporean government is quite credible. I know all the infos they will get from all the transactions recorded in my IC will be in strict confidentiality.
I just wondered, how come I got Automatic SMS Messages, as soon as I activated my local SIM?
"Join Meet and Greet Piolo Pascual, Pokwang and Pooh, at Lucky Plaza on August..."
How did the telco knew I'm Pinay who knew these celebrities?
Grrrr... It's probably those folks at 7-Eleven!!