Next year I’ll be in Singapore for a month with school, visiting a university as a guest, but will have my hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and commute by bus CW2 or SJE to central Singapore.
I know there are numerous Malaysian cross-border commuters, who need passports to cross, meaning their passports would get full really soon.
Is there any program to register for that exempts you from having to have your passport stamped four times a day (i.e. 122 stamps in total including the inital entry and final exit from Singapore)?
If there is such a program, is a visa-free foreigner (in both countries) eligible?
UPDATE: Okaaayyy, so I called both immigration authorities today. The Malaysians obviously wanted to know why I booked a hotel in JB, whereby I said that the price difference AFTER adding the transport costs is 2,500 ringgit, which is a lot of money that could definitely go towards food etc. instead, and I’d still have some left over. I also made it clear I used to commute for 1.5-2 hours per direction as a teenager in my home country, and that I’d be happy to send screenshots of the search engine Trivago to show what I mean, but they essentially said it was fair enough.
For the Singaporeans, the instant red flag was the fact that I’m visiting the Duke-NUS Medical school. They said if I’m either a guest for a maximum of 90 days or an actual student for a maximum of 30 days, I don’t need a student pass, whereby I said I’m a guest for 31 days. They then asked why the hotel in JB. Said the same thing. They then said they’d be interested in seeing the invitation letter once I get it. I said I’ll gladly send it via email if they gave me an address. They finished by saying again that as long as I only do what I mentioned, it’s OK.
Regarding the original issue, there seems to be something called MACS (an electronic Malaysian “visa” sticker), and EIACS in Singapore. I’m clearly not eligible for EIACS, but regarding MACS I was advised to contact the application office in Singapore. To save money, I’ve now emailed them. Those programs apparently exempt you from passport stamps.
Good move getting out of Singapore in time, since simple possession of a controlled substance in Singapore (including cannabis metabolites in your system) is punishable by up to 10 years in jail. First time offenders usually get away with “only” 6 months in the Drug Rehabilitation Centre, which is located within Changi Prison and by most accounts isn’t much better than actual jail.
The bad news is that Singapore inherits most of its legal code from the UK, including the globally rare concept of having no statute of limitations for criminal offences. So, yes, I would strongly recommend never setting foot in Singapore again, even in transit. Sorry.
I’m creating a .Net 5 API backend and use EF Core for the database part. The simple CRUD way I know:
API layer calling a command or query from the application layer using MediatR
Application layer calling CRUD actions from repository interfaces
As we all know the CRUD actions are struggling with the real world problems. I would like to move away from the repository CRUD pattern and focus on the commands/queries as a single complex unit.
I think I should not mix the business logic with the persistence logic. But how should I structure the different parts then? Should one command/query contain everything it needs? This would break up the reusability. But otherwise I think I will fall back to CRUD based interfaces.
I read about Event Sourcing but for now I’m more interested in a solution not using it :]
The most improbable thing just happened: the house where I grew up, and was forced away from at a critical age, and which I’ve longed for ever since, just went up for sale. While they have completely ruined it internally and even to a large extent on the outside, I just so happen to really need a place to live, critically, for myself and two other family members.
With the Bitcoin price being this low, there’s no way that I could sell them for fiat to buy the house. Also, in my situation, it would take a very long time to do this (using Bisq). The house will soon be sold. We have no fiat means to speak of.
BlockFi and Hodl Hodl and Sovyryn are all nonsense. Neither works at all, at least not for me. So lending my coins to get interest in order to use that money to pay for the loan for the house also seems impossible. Plus my bank already doesn’t like me because they know I have Bitcoin. I even tried asking them if I could take a loan from them with my Bitcoin as security. They laughed and treated me in a very condescending manner.
My dream house, albeit in a virtually destroyed (completely changed) state, is slipping away from me again. Considering how much I have been thinking about it lately, it seemed almost like a sign from God that I’m meant to buy it now and then slowly restore it back to how it was back in the day, while living in it.
But in spite of having enough Bitcoin to theoretically buy most of it up-front, I have never felt poorer than I do right now. I can’t “extract” the value from my coins because everything is still way too “early”. I’m also scared to death to give up any control of my private keys, or to lose the BTC in one of the numerous ways you can lose them, be it by accident or through a scam of some sort.
What should I do in this very frustrating situation? I’m going to ask the broker if they accept Bitcoin, even though I cannot waste my coins, but I highly doubt that they will even reply. In spite of all the “bullish news”, most people in the real world still seem to be utterly oblivious to Bitcoin, frankly.