Archive for June, 2009
Courtesy of O-No.com and @kimberlym
Poor little tako (octopus).
Every company in Singapore needs to register and pay their local employees CPF (Central Provident Fund). CPF is basically a retirement fund, similar to 401K in the United States. The company deducts some of your salary and puts it in your CPF account, the company contributes a percentage on top of that, and the government chips in with some more funds. Years later, you’ll either use some of that money for a down-payment on an HDB flat or you’ll die never getting to enjoy this pile of cash that is building up in an account you can’t touch.
They omitted information in the registration process. Below is my e-mail asking for clarification:
I am trying to register my company for “New Employer’s First CPF Contribution.” (Form CPF/1). It is UEN / ACRA Registration Number: <UEN>
On form CPF/1, it mentions this: “You are strongly encouraged to sign up for CPF e-Submission to make your first CPF payment. To do so, please submit Form CPF/1 with the CPF e-Submission Registration form and the Application for Interbank GIRO form at least 7 weeks before the due date of your first CPF payment.”
In order to receive a CPF Submission Code, I need to submit form CPF/1 first, correct? But as mentioned above it says I should submit Form CPF/1 with the CPF e-Submission Registration form and the Application for Interbank GIRO. However both those forms require a CPF Submission code.
Can I just send in the forms without the CPF Submission code and someone will fill those in upon assignation of the code?
The answer (I ended up calling them) is: Leave the submission code blank on the GIRO form and in the e-Submission Registration form. They will fill in the CPF Submission code for you when issued.
An interview for a sushi chef.
5.4 kg of salmon
I don’t know which looks better. The chef or that marvelous pink slab of salmon.
Paperwork and administrative tasks chip away at the joy of running a business.
Who knew printers could cause such distress? Working for a tech company, I’ve become accustomed to doing everything electronically – e-mail communications, Word documents edited on the PC, pictures shared over the internet, etc.
Dipping my toes into the world of F&B, contractors, shopping mall landlords, etc. I realize how paper-based the world still is.
Newsflash for me – people still use fax machines.
I was screaming at my printer this morning. An old Epson Stylus Photo RX510. I rarely use it; maybe once every 6 months? It takes 6 ink cartridges – black ink, cyan, and a smattering of other colors. All I wanted to do was print the draft layout for my shop. In black. Who needs color? I stuck in a black ink cartridge and the printer refused to print. It requires all the color cartridges to be available even if one wants to print in gray-scale.
After trying every possible option, I threw in the towel and headed to Sim Lim Square to buy color ink. 90 Singapore dollars. COME ON!!! For a few dollars more I can get a new printer.
Those printer companies sure do have a profitable business model.
I can’t wait for when we are a paperless society (aside from books and letters from friends).
Second gripe… trying to update the company shareholder information so that it indicates how many shares each partner has.
“Return of Allotment of Shares” – why must they stick the word ‘return’ in front of ‘allotment of shares?’ Wouldn’t it be easier to just call it “Allotment of Shares"?”
I shall save my complaint regarding Singapore companies being required to have a minimum of 75% local employees for another time.
Happy Saturday night! The world will look better through my soon-to-be sake-tinted vision.
A return of sushi fabric:
See more at www.pinktentacle.com
And thank you @wurh for finding these!
Sleek & chic!