Single Mailbox to Receive Government Mail

Someday, one of you may have to temporary leave Singapore and living abroad.  You are leaving behind all administratives correspondent with government agencies such as CPF, HDB, IRAS etc.  They may send you notification letter, information to mailbox in your precint. And yes, on their records you have received the mail but actually you never read those mails because you’re not at home.

OneInbox ( could be the solution for you. It is free platform to receive government mail and keep it for 18 months before deletion. Just imagine that you will dispose hardcopy mail after sometimes. If you want to keep the correspondent for lifetime, you can forward it to  any email address at your choice.

To start using OneInbox, login to using SINGPASS; agree to term and conndition, complete/update personal information and subscribe to the available agencies.

August 19, 2013 · cakriwut · One Comment
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Busines Reply Envelope link

Do you need to send some documents to services provider in Singapore? Use Business Reply Envelope (BRE)!

Using BRE, your postage fees will be paid by service organization – so that you can send document freely. I collected some BREs here for reference, since sometimes it is hard to find in their website

  1. ACE Insurance (BRE click here)
  2. AVIVA Insurance (BRE click here)
  3. AXA Insurance (BRE click here) You just need the last page containing BRE label
  4. Fundsupermart (BRE click here)
  5. Starhub (BRE click here)

August 14, 2013 · cakriwut · One Comment
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Broken Laptop LCD is not BER


My little son threw his toys toward my laptop, and it bumped to the LCD screen without mercy. It is a Dell with 15 inches LCD in full HD resolution. Unluckily, the warranty was just a month after expiration. When you’re in warranty period, calling Dell for support is lighting speed and cheap (alas FREE); however without warranty support its really costly. Dell after sales support during warranty is the best among other manufacturer.

I called customer support asking for quotation to replace my laptop’s LCD. The customer support over the phone told me, that LCD replacement will cost above SGD 450 with SGD 100 workmanship plus GST. It calculates around SGD 600-700 for LCD replacement. I was shocked by the fact that it cost almost half of my laptop’s price – and with the same amount of money I can buy another new Dell laptop with 1 year warranty; (LCD , HD, CDROM, Memory , workmanship included). Searching in Yahoo forum – convinced me that broken laptop LCD is BER (Beyond Economic Repair).

Almost 2 months after I keep the broken laptop in the drawer – my wife asked me to call Repair Hospital. And their quotation to replace my LCD was SGD 220. They did it almost flawlessly in 2 days (because the LCD was not in stock, so they have to send from other store). Quickly after I received it, I noticed that the resolution was downgraded to HD (WXGA 1366 x 768) while the original was FHD (WUXGA 1920 x 1080). Back to the store, the technician said that they didn’t have the same resolution – WXGA was the only model they have. I insisted that I needed original resolution ; the technician offered me to refund and restore my old “broken” LCD and he also gave second option for me to bring my own LCD within 3 month and refund the balance (warranty period). Second option was the best for me, I still able to use the laptop and giving me time to search for LCD replacement.

I started my search in Google, and ends up in Amazon. Actually, there are lot of laptop LCD part supplier out there; you just need to compare the price and order it. About 1 month after the repair, I received the LCD part. I brought to Repair Hospital – they fixed it within 1 hour.  They also refunded SGD 180 as the workmanship cost was SGD 40. So total cost for me,

  1. LCD part – USD 80  :  SGD 100
  2. Workmanship          :  SGD    40

Total SGD 140.

Tips when you have broken laptop LCD

  1. Call the manufacturer to check the base price, fixing the issue
  2. Google and order LCD part that match with the original
  3. Replace broken LCD yourselves or ask technician to do it
  4. Remember broken laptop LCD is not Beyond Economic Repair

February 28, 2013 · cakriwut · No Comments
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Peraturan Baru Pembuatan SIM


Proses pembuatan SIM di Indonesia dibedakan menjadi 2, yaitu SIM Baru dan SIM Perpanjangan. Proses pembuatan SIM baru meliputi pemeriksaan kesehatan, ujian teori dan ujian praktek, Proses pembuatan SIM perpanjangan hanya membutuhkan pemeriksaan kesehatan.

Dulu pemegang SIM lama diberi tenggang waktu 1 tahun setelah kedaluarsa untuk memperbarui SIM. Artinya, dalam kurun waktu 1 tahun setelah masa berlaku SIM berakhir – si pemegang SIM dapat mengurus SIM di kantor Polantas.

Nah sekarang, menurut peraturan Kapolri No. 9 tahun 2012 Pasal 28 – tenggang waktu 1 tahun itu diubah menjadi 1 hari. Peraturan ini akan berlaku mulai 1 Maret 2013. Jadi cek masa berlaku SIM Anda – jangan sampai gara-gara terlambat 1 hari Anda harus melewati proses pembuatan SIM yang panjang.

Dibandingan dengan Singapore, peraturan Kapolri ini merupakan suatau kemunduran. Di Singapore sendiri, SIM berlaku seumur hidup – dengan kemungkinan untuk dicabut selama beberapa bulan atau selamanya. Hal ini sangat masuk akal mengingat bahwa mengemudi adalah suatu ketrampilan yang tidak akan mungkin hilang; sehingga sekali seseorang mendapatkan surat ijin mengemudi maka selayaknya dia tidak perlu lagi melakukan proses perpanjangan. Yang perlu dilakukan oleh pihak berwenang selanjutnya adalah proses pengawasan, peringatan dan penindakan – yang ditandai dengan pencabutan sementara, ujian ulang atau pencabuatan permanen.



February 26, 2013 · cakriwut · No Comments
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