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6 crazy jobs in Singapore that have the worst working hours!




There are jobs that pay you for doing next to nothing and occupations that have you travelling around the island, you won’t even realise it’s the end of the week when you’re done. On the flipside, there are some jobs that only elicit complaints from people because of the working hours attached to them, never mind the pay. Here are some with the worst working hours in Singapore.


You may think that teachers only work from 7.30am (when school starts) to about 4pm (when school ends, latest). That’s a standard 9-hour long work day but a teacher’s day doesn’t end there. CCA supervision, lesson plans, meetings and marking homeworkare some of the many duties that they have to be responsible for and this eats into their free time. You might want to think twice when you decide to complain about how much homework you have for the day.

Newsroom reporter

Running around Singapore, interviewing people, snapping pictures, researching online and taking notes. All that just for one story that may not even appear in the next day’s newspaper and may even end up with your head getting chewed off by your editor. Being a reporter also means that you may be called to cover a breaking news story when it’s 4am on Saturday. Talk about bad luck.


Butchers have a bad reputation of having a permanent scowl on their face and it’s easy to see why. 9-hour long work days for 6 days a week with only a short break in the morning and afternoon would leave anyone feeling irritated and moody. If that wasn’t bad enough, butchers are constantly on their feet dissecting carcass after carcass. An athlete’s training regime seems tame compared to what they have to endure, day in, day out.

Film crew

This applies to most members of a film crew, from the intern running around grabbing coffee and snacks for the producers and directors to the actors themselves. A shoot can be as short as an hour to as long a whole day and that applies to a few days for a short promotional video or a full year for a blockbuster film. A film crew would probably be the closest thing to zombies.

Trainee chef

Work doesn’t only start when the restaurant opens for service, as prep work for the ingredients are required to be done way beforehand. No, you don’t get to leave immediately after the restaurant closes either. To add to the long hours, having pots and pans being flung at you when you make mistakes is not uncommon. All that work just so you could be the next Wolfgang Puck or Gordon Ramsay.


The day starts at 7.30am and doesn’t stop till about 12 hours later, not to mention that you have to continue delivering mail even when it’s raining. You may even have to deal with residents grumbling that their mail is late even though it may be out of your control. Imagine complaints being multiplied by the 1,000-2,000 homes that letters are being sent to, it’ll drive anyone crazy.

Bonus: Your job

Because who don’t think they’re overworked and underpaid?

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Up to $2,100 in fraudulent loans taken out by domestic worker in Singapore!




Early this month a Singaporean woman, Velle Yee, took to Facebook to lament about her Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW). Sismar Mae Amor, the FDW, had taken up various loans from at least 6 moneylenders with her employer’s details.

Yee first found about one of these loans back in October last year. When confronted, the domestic worker lied about the loan, and pushed the blame onto someone else. Yee chose not to terminate the work permit of her FDW, as it would be too much of a hassle for her to find a replacement.

Photo Credit: Velle Yee

Over the next six months, Sismar continued to borrow money from various people with her employer’s details.

When this came to light in late April,  Velle Yee decided that enough is enough and terminated Sismar’s contract. A ticket back to her home city, Davao Island was purchased for her.

Following this incident, a police report was made. Investigations by the police revealed that the extent of the loans stretched to as high as $2,10o.

The money had been used to purchase mobile phones and jewellery. The shopping spree seemed to indicate that Sismar had no intention of returning to Singapore after her home visit, which was scheduled for May this year.

Employment Ban?

In the wake of this  catastrophe, Velle Yee wrote in to the Ministry of Manpower to strongly recommend an employment ban on Sismar.

The Ministry responded that while they cannot ban Sismar from seeing re-employment in Singapore, they can put her on a reference system which would recommend future employers to contact Velle Yee.

This case presents an interesting look at dishonest domestic workers and the fall out that employers have to deal with after.

It is of note that licensed moneylenders doled out cash without proper verification or checks.


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Bus driver has neck pain and did not doze off while driving: SBS




A bus driver was recently filmed to be apparently dozing off at the wheel of his bus.

In the video, which was posted on 7 May (Monday), the driver’s neck could be seen moving haphazardly yet the bus was still in motion.

Photo Credit: Facebook

The passenger who was filming did nothing but record the driver. An act for which he was flamed for by Netizens.

Many felt that it was cruel to post a video like this and to risk the driver’s job when he was probably working overtime to feed his family and was probably exhausted.

Photo Credit: Facebook

Others felt that waking the driver up or holding a conversation with him to keep him awake would have been a more reasonable course of action rather then to film the incident and do nothing while there were serious safety risks.

Photo Credit: Facebook

However, shortly after the video went up, SBS released a statement on the driver explaining that the elderly man had neck problems but that it did not affect his driving in any way.

The spokesperson for SBS went on to say that the driver was very safe and cautious on the road and that he had been certified to be fit for driving by a doctor.

While the video seems to suggest that our bus captain was dozing off at the wheel, our findings based on the CCTV footage from the bus reveals that this was not the case.

Throughout the time he was on the road, the driver “kept to his lane, slowed down when approaching bus stops and also stopped safely behind other buses or vehicles,The driver also conducted a right turn safely during the trip.

All these would not have been possible had he been dozing off at the wheel … We assure our commuters that dozing off while driving is not something we take lightly and will not hesitate to take action against any bus captain found doing so.

Photo Credit: Facebook

The spokesperson also went on to say that the driver’s neck did bend more then usual due to his medical condition but that he was fit for driving.

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Singaporean woman loses 76,000 KrisFlyer miles, SIA investigating matter, suspects due to possible phishing



Singapore Airlines said it's aware that some KrisFlyer member accounts "may have been compromised due to possible phishing".

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday, 17 April 2018


On 15th April 2018, Sherie Low logged into her KrisFlyer account and to her horror, discovered that the bulk of her frequent flyer miles had been wiped out under the names of four Russian individuals who were completely unacquainted with her.

Only 769 miles were available out of the supposedly 76,769 miles she should have possessed.

The 34-year-old general manager said she first registered for an account on Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s frequent flyer programme 10 years ago. The last time she logged into her account to redeem miles was in mid-March 2018.

In the aftermath of her logging in, four redemptions were made for Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt, Germany to Saint Petersburg at 12,500 miles each, and another 26,000 miles were converted to points for Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer programme. This took place between 24th March 2018 and 25th Mar 2018,

The redemptions were made under the names of four individuals – Ms Kseniia Migel, Mrs Elena Migel, Mr Matvei Kotliar and Mr Andrei Migel who were all holding Russian passports. From the reflected account, all four had been added as nominees to Low’s account on 23rd March 2018, just a day before they started making redemptions.

KrisFlyer nominees are allowed to use a member’s miles to redeem tickets and flight upgrades.

Ms Low immediately dialed the KrisFlyer hotline upon seeing the suspicious transactions.

SIA’s representatives said they did not want to give her “false hope” that she would get her miles back and could not give her a deadline for the investigation, according to Low.

SIA further assured her that their investigation team would get back to her within 24 hours, but only called back the next day to “reiterate the same thing” which was that “they don’t want to give me false hope”, added Low.

Under her Facebook name Kiki Koh, Low posted an account of the alleged hack on SIA’s Facebook page.

Dear friends, please check your Krisflyer accounts. I believe the current system which is only secured with a 6 digit…

Posted by Kiki Koh on Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Quite nice and considerate of her to warn other potential victims, to be honest. Going public about her misfortune requires a big step and several contemplation, sometimes.

“As a Singaporean and a loyal supporter of SIA, although I could choose other loyalty programmes (for) my credit card miles, I always chose SIA,” she told Channel NewsAsia.

“But after this incident, probably I will look for an airline with a better security system.”

While there were alerts and notifications about the redemptions sent to an email address linked to Low’s Krisflyer account, Low said that the account is inactive and she did not check it.

Ms Low expressed that KrisFlyer should update its system security as members can log into their accounts using their membership account number and a six-digit PIN which is insufficient in the event of a cyber attack.

“At the very least it should be protected with a one-time password,” she said. “They cannot have such a flimsy system that allows hackers to get into accounts so easily and also add nominees so easily.”

Hello Team, On 22nd Feb, i reported theft of my krisflyer miles, but havent seen any concrete action(outcomes) yet, …

Posted by Abhishek Singh on Sunday, 25 February 2018

Another member of KrisFlyer recently posted on SIA’s Facebook page about an alleged theft of KrisFlyer miles. Abhishek Singh wrote that he had reported a theft of his miles three days before but had yet to receive any follow-up or concrete outcomes.


Responding to media queries, SIA said: “Singapore Airlines can confirm that we received this complaint from our KrisFlyer member regarding the loss of her KrisFlyer miles. We are currently investigating this issue and we will be following up with the customer directly.”

“Singapore Airlines is also aware that some KrisFlyer member accounts may have been compromised due to possible phishing. We are monitoring these accounts closely and will work with relevant authorities in their investigations, if required.”

“We have also reached out to the affected members and advised them to take various measures to prevent further phishing. These include using stronger passwords, changing their passwords regularly, using a reliable anti-virus programme and logging in to their KrisFlyer accounts only via the official SIA website at”

“Reports on phishing attacks have been on the rise in recent months. We would like to advise our customers to be wary of unsolicited emails, messages and phone calls that claim to be from Singapore Airlines,” the company said in the advisory.

We certainly hope that SIA can double up and solve the problem fast and professionally and take precautionary measures to prevent such a case from happening again!


Know of any other possible scams? Let us know in the comments section below!


Also, the latest scam you should be aware of is a scam involving hacked WhatsApp accounts.

Once scammers get hold of the SMS verification codes, victims would lose access to their WhatsApp accounts.


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