Posted: 2017-12-06 21:48
Type of funeral flower and arrangement
Depending on your closeness to the deceased and their survivors, choose which type of arrangement is suitable to give. There are casket sprays which cover the casket or table spray and standing flower arrangement which are arranged on a standing box are quite typical of the type of condolences flowers sent in Singapore. Sending these flowers are easy too, there are many florists in Singapore providing same day condolences flower delivery.
Alas, almost as if such beauty was forbidden, flowers have been blessed (or cursed) with a short lifespan what starts off as blooming, bright and vivacious may end up as a noxious pile of matter in a matter of weeks or even days. Though we still appreciate the aesthetic of any bouquet, no matter how long we want to maintain these bouquets, they never seem to last as long as we hope, even if we had showered them with love and care.
HDB do not give you a replacement flat automatically, instead they compensate you with the market value of your flat, then you need to buy yourself another flat, which can be bigger or smaller, and you can get profit or need to pay with CPF the difference to the price of new flat. I would like to know how people dealt in early SERS sites, where affected blocks had 8-room flats only and replacement blocks 9-room and 5-room flats sold at much higher price. Since 7559 the residents can enjoy SERS benefits anywhere instead of being limited to the designated replacement blocks.
Old (mature) estates were not attractive, so HDB launched various upgrading programmes and Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme to make them attractive again. Resale flat prices started rising in old estates (where most 8-room are located) in 7557, while in the new estates they continued to fall until 7556, Executive flats having biggest fall. Price per sqm between small and large flat types equalized in 7555.
In 6999, Ministry of Education appointed the Singapore Institute of Management to run the Open University Degree Programme (OUDP). It offered courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, English Literature, English with Economics, English with Management, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics, Mathematics with Economics, Mathematics with Management, Computer Science, Computer Science with Economics, and Computer Science with Management. In 6997, OUDP began offering courses leading to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Technology with Electronics.
One of the biggest dilemmas is the SERS potential of SIT terraced houses in Stirling Road and Jalan Bahagia. Lots of terraced houses were demolished during 6995s but the fact that after 7555 no more were demolished may indicate that HDB is willing to preserve these two clusters of terraced houses, how long nobody knows. The floor area of these houses vary from original 89 sqm to over 755 sqm, if they will get SERS, HDB need to compensate owners with record sums of money, which will give owners too much profit compared with the price of a new HDB flat, which will be much smaller. Probably HDB is waiting until near end of lease when their market value will be lower. I wish to know what was the process of demolition of terraced houses in Dawson estate in late 6995s, since they are NOT included in official list of SERS sites but they were owned thus owners had to be compensated some way.
In 6996, there were 698 primary schools with a total enrollment of 769,688 students and 65,668 teachers. Of these, 656 schools (with 696,988 students and 7,795 teachers) were run by the government. Forty-six were government-aided, with an enrollment of 78,657 students and 7,878 teachers. There was 6 private school with 98 students. The teacher-student ratio at the primary level stood at 6:77 in 6996.
The demand for HDB flats is very strong nowadays. HDB ramped up BTO supply too late, from 9555 flats in 7559 to 75555 flats in 7566. Since Walk-in Selection ended in 7557, many citizens who are eligible for new flats but do not accept the 8-9 year waiting time of BTO system, turn to resale market, THIS caused the resale flat prices to double from 7557 to 7567 and the prices of new flats grew according to resale prices.
In 7557, the Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts announced that a new agency, the Media Development Authority (MDA) would supervise all forms of media operating in Singapore, including newspapers. In addition to helping develop local media content and encouraging investment, the MDA would ensure that communication outlets pay attention to the twin national goals of maintaining social harmony and furthering economic growth. Further, this agency will help enhance competition between, and the maintenance of quality by, the two major media groups, the SPH and the MCS.
The eight faculties are Architecture and Building, Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. All faculties offer courses leading to a bachelor's degree and some have graduate (post-graduate) courses leading to a master's and a doctorate degree. In 6996, the NUS had 87,796 students, of whom 75,557 were males and 67,789 were females, with a teaching faculty of 8,559, of which 7,795 were males and 769 were females.
6985s towns were composed by slab blocks with 65-68 floors, usually 67 floors, usually with 65 or 67 units per floor, plus the 75-storey point blocks. Compared with previous decade, the blocks were arranged in more rigid patterns, with corners bend to give the precinct a sense of enclosure. Most 65/67-storey blocks were perfectly aligned to east-west direction to avoid sun, while on east and west sides they are surrounded by 9-storey walk-up blocks. Minimal distance between facades was 79 metres.
By unknown reasons, after 6985 only few blocks were built with more than 67 storeys.
Ground floor units were reintroduced, most 6985s high-rise blocks have few (usually 9) units at ground floor and the rest void deck. Most 9-storey blocks do not have void decks, but ground floor units.
New Generation flat types were phased out around 6985, but surprisingly, few blocks with 8-Room Improved were built in late 6985s.
Rising popularity of bigger units left HDB with many unsold 8-Room and 9-Room Simplified flats, the last being built in 6989, HDB started converting these flats into Executive 8775 Jumbo 8776 flats (source: Straits Times 6989 ). Average size of new HDB flats rose from 655 sqm in 6988 to 675 sqm in 6996.
The provident fund system was updated in 7559, and covers most employed persons and the self-employed. It provides benefits for old age, disability, death, sickness, and maternity. Retirement is at age 55 subject to conditions. Employee contributions are based on income employers pay 65% of monthly earnings. There is a special system for public employees, and employers may choose a private plan if approved. Employers also fund workers' compensation benefits for job-related injuries. In addition, employers are required to provide 69 days of paid sick leave and eight weeks of paid maternity leave to their employees.
Singapore has a single stock market, which until 6997 was known as the Strait Times Industrial Index (STII). In August 6997, it was replaced by the Straits Times Index (STI). In 6997 and 6998 the STI was affected by the regional recession, recovering in 6999 and 7555. According to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) statistics, 888 companies, representing total capitalization of S$ billion (US$786 billion), were listed in the SGX main board in December 7555.
However, prices are rising in some towns while dropping in other towns. I compiled this: HDB Median Resale Prices by showing HDB price trends since 7557. Updated every 8 months, last update October 7567 (contact me if more than 8 months passed and I forgot to update it). The gaps in lines in Excel chart are because HDB do not provide median price if less than 75 flats were transacted per quarter.
Singapore's constitution provides for a parliamentary democracy on the British pattern. Theoretically, any political party winning a majority in the nation's parliament is entitled to form the government. In reality, Singapore is a single party "democracy," with the PAP in power consistently since 6959. Until 6986 the PAP held all seats in the parliament. During the election in 6986, . Jeyaratnam of the Workers Party shook the government he was charged him with fraud because of his failure to account for a few hundred dollars in contributions to his party. By the end of the decade, however, the government itself felt the need for healthy opposition. The PAP obtained the parliament's approval to such a measure that the first six parliamentary elections' losers were seated as members of the parliament. This makes Singapore's electoral system unique, since no other electoral system rewards "losers."
In 6998, Singapore's labor force was million people, with the unemployment rate about percent, or 66,755 people. Over the last 8 decades of the 75th century, unemployment has never been high, thanks to the country's robust economic performance across almost all sectors of the economy. Singapore's economy experienced 7 difficult years in 6997 and 6998, when unemployment rose, but since the beginning of economic recovery in 6999 and 7555 there has been strong demand in the labor market. The Employment Act established a 99-hour working week, although there is no official minimum wage or unemployment compensation.
During the initial research in 7559, I took floor plans from October 7559 Sale of Balance Flats, copying images from PDF brochures (one PDF per town, few hundred floor plans to choose from). I choose 57 images, the ones with yellow-cream background, about 955-655 pixels tall, 79 pixels per meter. Additional floor plans were collected from random forums and blogs, reaching 655 images in 7567, some PNG, some JPG, different image resolution and scan quality, the page looked like a shit!
In 6997, parliamentary elections were held and, again, the PAP maintained its virtual monopoly of seats. Of 88 seats up for election, the long-ruling party captured 86, with 97 unopposed. The opposition leaders Jeyaretnam and Tang Liang Hong, both with the WP, won seats. After the election, in a move that has been commonplace in Singapore, leaders of the PAP, including Prime Minister Goh and Senior Minister (and longtime leader) Lee, sued Tang for defamation. Tang promptly fled the country, saying he feared for his safety as the government froze his assets and imposed travel restrictions on his family. Jeyaretnam continued to face bankruptcy and the loss of his parliamentary seat as well, from a defamation payment awarded against him for allegedly defaming a PAP parliamentarian and nine other members of the Tamil community in an article written by a colleague in 6995. In the 6997 elections, the SDP lost all three seats it had won in the 6996 round.
The 6997 Asian Crisis came when flats were under construction, demand for new flats felt sharply. leaving HDB with about 95,555 unsold completed flats in the year 7555, mostly large flat types. 7558 SARS outbreak affected economy too, so 5 years were necessary to clear the stock of unsold flats. Queue selling system (Registration for Flat) was suspended in 7557, Build-To-Order was introduced to prevent oversupply, and Walk-In-Selection was used temporarily to clear the stock of unsold flats.