Daily Lessons from Life 04 December 2017 - Expats go home!!
"'Expats go home': Amsterdam's visitor boom angers locals
MSTERDAM: Dutch politicians gave each other high-fives when they won a contest to host the European Medicines Agency last month, but not everyone in the capital is celebrating the expected influx of highly-paid pharmaceutical experts.
Amsterdam's residents and media, already sick of the numbers of tourists searching out stag-do strip joints on their streets, are increasingly vexed about another group of visitors - white-collar, expatriate workers.
"A Nice Brexit Trophy, But Can The City Handle It?" newspaper NRC Handelsblad said in a headline, referring to the decision to move the regulatory agency from London to Amsterdam after Britain leaves the EU.
The EMA will come with around 900 staff - a wonderful economic boost, according to supporters of the move. Detractors say it's just another group of foreigners with big pay packets driving up rents and property prices.
"Home Buyers Will Pay The Price For Drugs Agency In Amsterdam," said national broadcaster NOS.
On social media, many also mourned the death of the city's free-wheeling and edgy spirit, killed off, they said, by the likes of the EMA's army of bureaucrats."
Of all places u would hv never expected the residnts of Amsterdam to hv a problem with highly paid Expats. No? The Dutch has a fairly high level of affluence n surely should welcome more like them!
Alas, judging by the reported responses, they hv the same concerns as any other countries, developed or otherwise: that Expats can make the Locals who r here long term PAY for higher rent n properties prices!!
When Expats r paid higher, the local may not as their employers may not be able to afford that!!
No one wants to be in thst situation of: pay stagnant while cost living goes up because if some foreigners in town for a short stay!!
Sgp is no different!! The voters revolted in GE2011. Thst got a quick respite fr the government.
Hopefully it will not be an issue again in the next GE slated for 2020 now that the fiasco of SMRT seems to take No. 1 spot for public unhappiness.
I finished in 6hrs50mins in 2015 SCMS. Worst of the 8th attempts!
My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
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2010 Tour of Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris/Lucerne/Cologne
Family Outside Versailles Palace, France
2009 Dec Tawian Holidays
Four of my Most Important People
2008 Dec HkgMacauHolidays
HawNgee, ZJ and Jun in JAWs!
Lu's Marathon on 7 Dec 2014
I did it 6hr19sec for the 7th time!
Lu's Marathon on 1 Dec 2013
I did it in 6.16. Worst than 2012 of 6.05 and > Target of 6hrs. Still, I will take it! :-)
Lu's Marathon on 2 Dec 2012
5th Time 6.06 > Goal of 6hrs
Lu's Marathon on 4 Dec 2011
I did it again in 5hrs53min05sec!
Lu's Marathon 05 Dec 2010
I completed my 3rd Marathon - 6hrs 24mins
Lu's Marathon 06 Dec 2009
I Did It AGAIN at 6hr20mins!!
Lu's Marathon 07 Dec 2008
I Dit It! 42.195km in 5hr 53Min 34Sec. My 1st Marathon at 51+ Years Old