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I was very surprised to learn that many Singaporeans speak perfect Cantonese. I was under the impression the whole while they spoke only English and Mandarin. Some actually spoke Cantonese preferentially -- closer to the heart, one haberdasher told me.

 

I was under that same impression too...until I found out some speak Hokkien as well. Not too sure about the preference as with Cantonese, though.

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It was the shock of my life when G's sifu started speaking perfect Cantonese with us Malaysians who have arrived. Then the others started speaking Cantonese as well. When in the room with Mr Liang after the aborted casino trip, the Singaporean tailor there spoke Cantonese in a way that shows it is the language he thinks in (very colourful, with all sorts of twists and nuances).

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I was very surprised to learn that many Singaporeans speak perfect Cantonese. I was under the impression the whole while they spoke only English and Mandarin. Some actually spoke Cantonese preferentially -- closer to the heart, one haberdasher told me.

 

Singapore is a melting pot of cultural differences. Many many dialects are spoken here, Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew being the more common ones. Many Singaporeans can speak more than one dialect.

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Hi Guys, is there any place in Singapore I can buy gritti or horn buttons for suits?

 

 

http://hst.com.sg/acatalog/Horn_Buttons_for_jacket.html Their buttons are very expensive though. I suspect it might be cheaper getting them from RJ Weldon. That's where I got my buttons from.

 

Perhaps in the future we could have a group buy from RJ Weldon. Would anyone be interested?

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I can't remember. It happened quite a while back, and instead of having them send it to me in Singapore, I had them send it to my aunt in England, who was going to visit me in Singapore a month after I placed the order. I could always email RJ Weldon to ask.

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Hi All

 

I have a couple of fine cashmere jumpers that need to be taken in at the sides and in length, also a honeycomb knit pima cotton jumper that needs reducing in length. Any suggestions as to whether this is at all possible and where might be a good place to get this delicate work done in Singapore?

 

Cheers

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Hi,

 

Need some help here.

I'm trying to get some clarity on the information as per link (http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trad/cle/Internet+PurchasesPostal+Parcels.htm)

 

Anyone here has experience purchasing shirts from online retailers such as TMLewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, Hawes and Curtis?

If yes, were you imposed a tax/duty/GST? Any other cost imposed?

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"GST relief is granted on goods, inclusive of new articles, personal effects, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations but excluding dutiable products, imported by post to a total value not exceeding $400. Where the value exceeds $400, the entire sum would be subject to GST."

 

That's pretty much it.

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I haven't purchased shirts specifically, but I do buy plenty of things from online shops and also ebay and as per the statement, as long as the total value of the package (including shipping) does not exceed S$400, there wont be any tax. Anything more will get hit by a 7% surcharge for GST.

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For the ebay sellers: I am trying to send an item worth over 250$ dollars. According to ebay, I need to provide Signature Confirmation. What services do you use for this ? apparently Singpost doesn't offer this S.C service, only Registered Mail.

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Trying my luck. Anyone in Singapore has spare shirtings fabric for sale ? Looking for around 3 cuts. Blue / predominantly blue patterned.

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I haven't tried them myself, but I've seen a friend's suit that was tailored there, and I was quite impressed. My friend has a challenging build (portly, shoulders somewhat uneven), but the suit fit him very well. I don't think it was fully canvassed though.

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They are a very, very, very wealthy entity.

 

Most of it comes not from the tailoring business, of course.

 

Oh go on then. Is the money from their coca plantation in Bolivia or something?

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