What are the usual reasons for visiting new places or rather moving to new places? Well, some will say vacation, business, marriage, exploration, and the likes. As you can see, there are a couple of reasons for travel. Have you thought about moving to Singapore? Has it ever intrigued you in a certain way you couldn’t explain? Whether to move your business or explore a new career, this article is for you because it is all about Singapore and everything you need to know before you move to Singapore.
Singapore is a small island on the southern Malaysian Peninsula, with a land area of 637.5 km², is slightly smaller than that of New York City. Singapore may not be big on the map, but it has a lot to be proud of. Without going any further, let’s look at a little bit of geography and the advantage it comes with. Its strategic geographical location in Asia has created lots of good employment and investment opportunities. Singapore has indeed risen through the ranks to become a world economic leader since its independence in 1965.
How about infrastructure? Singapore prides itself on the excellent sea, air and telecommunication networks. For example, the award-winning state of the art Changi International Airport serves over 70 million travelers annually and is one of the world’s 20 busiest passenger airports, operating flights to over 180 cities in more than 50 countries. Singapore’s seaport, an International Maritime Centre, is poised on major trade and shipping routes, making it one of the busiest ports in the world, serving an average of 140,000 vessel calls annually. The port facilities and services remain unsurpassed regarding quality, efficiency, competitiveness and reliability. I hope you are still thinking about moving to Singapore because this is not everything there is. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Here is another cool thing about Singapore. There is diversity. By this, I mean there are people from all over the world with different cultures. The fear of being in a new country usually comes from knowing that you might be one of the small groups of people from your home. Moving to Singapore has just eliminated the fear because you won’t be alone. And religion is no different too.As a result of its multi-culturalism, Singaporeans have adopted a habit of mixing elements of English with elements of other languages in informal settings. Speaking English which is not fully English? Sweet! It’s like learning another language, only easier!
Let’s talk food and drinks. Best of Singapore’s food and drinks are all from cafes, restaurants, food courts, coffee shops and hawker center. Obviously, all the expensive foods and drinks are from the cafes and coffee shops but hawker centers have the most affordable food. Get this, if you have never had chilly before then be ready for a new experience because moving to Singapore will mean that you’ll at least get to have chilly. Almost everything comes with chilly, from noodles to rice but you don’t have to if you don’t want to because you’ll always be asked if you want your food with chilly.
Singapore’s geographical location promises a different climate than what you are normally used to, unless you are actually from the Asian countries close to Singapore. It is a hot and humid city, with occasional rain showers. December is the coolest month of the year while May is the warmest. Normal temperature according to data from the area’s meteorological centers ranges between 25.2°C and 32° C, or 77 °F to 89.6° F. There is really not much to say when it comes to weather and climate. Do you want to treat yourself or just have fun? Well, the trendiest haunts for night-outs are around Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, where clubs and pubs are in buckets. For high-end shopping, you can always head to The Shoppes mall at Marina Bay Sands and the entire stretch of Orchard Road.
Cost of Living
Are the living costs the same as where you are from? Though eating out and public transportation are considered relatively cheap, Singapore’s cost of living is still considered high. This goes from things like renting an apartment, buying property, choosing where to live, tuition services, getting domestic help, having a baby and such. You really need to be in a stable financial state. Trust me you don’t want to be struggling in a new place this early because there are one of two things involved. You’ll come out as poor or rich. Therefore, put your finances in order.
Great Cultural Experiences
Last but not least, you are going to have the experience of celebrating new holidays. the national day celebrates the independence of Singapore from Malaysia on August 9th 1965. Other most famous holidays specific to Singapore are like Chinese New Year, the Versak day for the birth of Buddha, the Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji (religious days for Muslims at Singapore), Divali (an Indian holiday), Christmas day and the new year day. If everything is alright with you including your finances, you better give this a thought. It’s an awesome experience.