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I'm pulling together expat tips for an article for our site (Expat Exchange)... 10 Tips for Living in Singapore. Please take a minute to reply and share your favorite tips for newcomers. What are some of your favorite expat clubs and organizations? What do expats typically pay for an apartment (single occupant, family)? If you drive, driving/license tips? Cost of Living advice? What to Bring when you move to Singapore? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Don't forget to plan your budget. You must research singapore tax terms and laws to see what will you actualy end up with at the end of a month. There's useful info on this page http://www.rikvin.com/personal-tax-filing/
1) Utilize online property search sites
2) Your budget is 80% of whatever your budget is
3) The rental amount is 80% of whatever is posted
4) It's been open for months - no need to rush
5) Low rents: far from public transport or near construction
6) Public Transportation is plentiful
7) Driving - get an allowance as you pay to park everywhere (most expensive cars in the world due to taxes / COE)
8) It's hot, humid - your on the equator
9) It is an Asian culture that speaks English (la!)
10) Budget to travel in the region
I lived in singapore 6 years ago, just before elaving i had a dispute wiht a bank regarding a wire transfer, in which they claimed i owed them 100,000 sgd which i did not.
After leaving i pretty much forgot about it and have not heard anything from them since.
I researched it on solvency search and found they did file a case against me however they do not have my passport, or any other identifying numbers on the case on my name...
Problem now, I have a good job prospect in singapore and am wondering if they filed a case what will happen when / if i return to singapore?
is it likely ill be stopped upon entry since from what i see they dont know who i am except by name? IE now passport number, no employment pass number etc...
What impact if any might this have on my ability to obtain a Employment pass?
if you speak, truth, to anyone , on earth, you have nothing to fear, people , like honest, I have been to most high court, in u.s.a, I win , on truth......
What is the situation there currently as concerns consultants specialising in development of new services and products from (non-tech) academic research and fields? We specialise in e-gov evaluation, space law, technology policy analysis and strategic cultural "strength-weakness" analysis for use in national competitive strategies.
We're more specialised in Nordic countries (we have inside info and know the languages), Argentina, Uruguay, Canada and the US; but Singapore seems (from the online material) to be the type of country keen on keeping and recruiting the best in various fields. So I'm interested!
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Having lived in Singapore for ten years I find that most people either assimilate or reject the culture in about six months.
I was able to assimilate and found my stay there to be a very rich experience, got married, and had two sons. My wife and I returned to the USA with our sons but have made regular trips back.
We have a home there and will look forward to retirement there in next one to two years.
Since our home is paid for and we are able to easily leverage pubkic transportation, our cost of living is very minimal. It will allow us to spend 3 to 6 month periods in Thailand, Vietnam, and China. This will help offset the heat and humidity which occurs from March through October during the Soutwest Monsoon climate when wind currents come up from Sumatra. In November to March the NorthEast Monsoon kicks in and brings cooler air down the coast of China.
I have no negative comments about Nanakapp as this person has their own unique family situation and cultural background. Plainly, It works well for some people and not for others. I wish Nanakapp well and hope a more preferable situation is discovered which brings happiness.