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Pace of Life in Singapore

I’ve always enjoyed reading about Richard Wiseman’s experiments. They’re almost always fun, quirky and provide a great way to jumpstart a conversation at parties. In case you’ve haven’t heard of him, he’s the dude who went on a hunt for that holiest of grails known as the world’s funniest joke. Ask yourself, can there be a more worthwhile calling? I know you’re piqued about the results, so here’s the link.

However, that’s not the particular experiment I’d like to point out today. This one hits a bit closer to home. Conducted a couple of years back, the esteemed Wiseman and his austere team of scientists brought it upon themselves to determine the pace of life in different cities by, well, measuring how fast people walked.

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Price of Envy

Things have been a bit crazy lately. It’s a bit hard to update regularly when you’re keeping 14-hour days. But I’m hoping it won’t carry on for too long and I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with a workable routine for this blog. Ancora Imparo. Anyway, here’s something that I know well enough that I don’t have to spend too much research on.

That fount of wisdom, H.L. Mencken, once defined wealth as “any income that is at least one hundred dollars more per year than the income of one’s wife’s sister’s husband.”

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Singapore 9th Most Expensive Asian City

There’s really nothing new that this announcement can tell us about the costs of living in Singapore. It’s always been a major gripe that things here are just way too expensive. That’s why we love sales so much, no?

The higher costs of living this year is a result of increasing inflation and a stronger currency. It seems that raw food prices, especially those imported from Australia and New Zealand, have increased considerably in the last 12 months.

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Of Diplomatic Clauses

If you’re an expat working in Singapore, a diplomatic clause is something that you can usually find, or insert, into your standard rental agreement. A bit wordy for me to post the entire clause here, so I’m just going to give you a summary.

The diplomatic clause allows you to terminate your contract after 12 months and giving 2 months’ notice. Note that landlords will allow a diplomatic clause only if the lease is for 2 years or more.

Either of 3 conditions have to be fulfilled before you can activate the diplomatic clause. You have to be:

  1. Transferred out of Singapore permanently by your firm
  2. Ceased to be employed
  3. Get kicked out of Singapore and not allowed to return

So, if you’re getting a lease for 2 years or more, please make sure that there’s a diplomatic clause in your contract. It’s there to safeguard guard you, just in case…

Snapshot: Of Wellness Village Spa’s Sudden Closure

If you haven’t read the report, Wellness Village Spa, which used to operate out of the Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, suddenly closed shop in the course of a day. Its phones were disconnected, its director, Lia Meyrina, vanished into thin air, and all that’s left are its former customers’ credit card debts. Around 500 of its clients owe credit card companies between S$550 to S$6,000 for payment of services that they’ll never be able to use.

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Why Monetary Incentives are like Cocaine

I’m sure most business students would be familiar with Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene Theory and money’s place within it. In short, a person’s salary, no matter how high, would not be able to make her satisfied at work, it merely prevents her from being dissatisfied (hence, it is a hygiene factor). However, the Brafman brothers refer to several experiments that suggest that, at least in some circumstances, a monetary reward actually serves as a disincentive.

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