Sunday, November 27, 2011

The unintended consequences of smaller HDB flat sizes

So now they are using the argument that you have more space per person because there are less people in the flat.

That's true, technically speaking.

However, when you're thinking of having a baby in that smaller flat, you'll immediately be tipped over into the less-space-per-person category. At which point, if you want to have a more spacious and comfortable life, you've to upgrade and buy a new property at ridiculously high prices.

I think that shrinking household sizes, falling birth rate and high HDB flat prices are somewhat related. I hope the government knows which affects which.

Honey, I shrunk the flat, but it's just us now
Use space well and small flats can be comfy too
Smaller flats have not lowered quality of life: HDB CEO
'More space per person despite smaller HDB flats'

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SingPost overcharging for passport collection

SingPost is charging $10 for collecting the passport.

A registered post for sending something like a passport into your hand is no more than $3.

So basically SingPost is overcharging for this service.