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7 Tips for Living in Woodlands

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Woodlands or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Woodlands or thinking about moving there.

Woodlands, a bustling suburban town located in the North Region of Singapore, is a vibrant and diverse place to live. It's a popular choice for expats and digital nomads due to its modern amenities, lush green spaces, and proximity to Malaysia. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate and enjoy your time in Woodlands.

1. Understand the Public Transportation System

Woodlands is well-served by public transportation. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is efficient and reliable, with the Woodlands MRT station connecting you to the rest of Singapore. Buses are also a common mode of transport. Familiarize yourself with the routes and schedules to make your daily commute easier. Remember to get an EZ-Link card for convenient payment.

2. Explore the Local Cuisine

Woodlands is a food lover's paradise. The area is dotted with hawker centres, food courts, and restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. For local Singaporean dishes, visit Woodlands Mart Hawker Centre or Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre. If you're craving Indian food, Anjappar Restaurant and Banana Leaf Restaurant are popular choices. For a taste of the Middle East, head to Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant.

3. Enjoy the Green Spaces

Despite its urban setting, Woodlands is home to several parks and green spaces. Admiralty Park is a local favourite, with its large playground and nature area. Woodlands Waterfront Park offers stunning sea views and a long jetty, perfect for evening strolls. For a unique experience, visit the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, a free-standing suspension bridge amidst the trees.

4. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Woodlands is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own character. Woodlands Central is the town's commercial hub, while Marsiling is known for its food centres and markets. Woodgrove is a residential area popular with expats, featuring landed homes and condominiums. Explore each neighborhood to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

5. Learn the Local Customs and Etiquette

As an expat or digital nomad, it's important to respect the local customs and etiquette. Singaporeans value harmony and politeness. Avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics and religion. When dining, remember to use your right hand as the left is considered unclean. Also, tipping is not customary in Singapore as a service charge is usually included in the bill.

6. Stay Active and Healthy

With its hot and humid climate, staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun is crucial in Singapore. Take advantage of the numerous fitness facilities in Woodlands, such as the Woodlands Sports Hall and the swimming complex at Woodlands Stadium. For a more relaxed form of exercise, join the many locals who practice tai chi in the parks in the early morning.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new place is to get involved in the community. Look for opportunities to volunteer or join local clubs and societies. This not only helps you make new friends, but also allows you to understand the local culture and way of life better. Remember, the experience is what you make of it, so don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the local community.

Living in Woodlands, Singapore, as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By understanding the local culture, exploring the area, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this vibrant town.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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