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Things to Consider when Moving to Singapore

June 21, 2017 |

Singapore in many people’s eyes is one of the best places in the world to move to because of the quality of life that is there and the many job opportunities. It has been a popular destination for many expats for a lot years and the chances of you running into an expat from countries like USA, India and Great Britain are very high. It is one of the most diverse countries in the whole of Asia and once of fully settle in, life there is comfortable, fun, rewarding and adventurous. Is it a place worth packing your bags for and moving there? Absolutely because your chances of career progression over there are quiet high and if you are thinking about relocating to Singapore to pursue a career, here are six things you should consider.

1. Language

The one thing everyone considers before moving to a new country is the local language. Singapore’s official language is Malay which can be heard in the street and many business places. Other languages that are spoken there include English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tamil. It is worth learning a few words in any of those languages before moving to Singapore to make your life just a little bit easier although English speaking find no problem settling in over there because majority of the local speak very good English which is a very good thing. The locals are very happy to communicate in English in the shops and at work place which can help you get used to things much faster.

2. Careers and job opportunities

If you are person who holds well recognized degrees or diplomas from well know institution or have plenty of experience under your belt, opportunities for you in Singapore are many but there are plenty of expats from across the world also after the same job you are after. Local residents are also well educated themselves and they are also part of the competition when it comes to employment. It is best to move to Singapore if you have a job waiting for you rather than go there and start looking. Jobs can be found in fields such banking, shipping, electronics and information technology. There’s something for everyone.

3. Local dishes in Singapore are some of the best in the world

Anyone who has visited or lives in Singapore knows the four most famous dishes in the country which are Roti prate, Chili crab, Hainanese chicken rice and Laksa. If you spend a couple years in the country, you will soon realize that those four dishes mentioned above are just a small sample of the many great dishes found there. With a large Asian influence present from countries like India, China and the locals, you will discover many cross cultural dishes which are not found anywhere in the world. The Singapore food festival is held every July and it’s a chance to try the best cuisines.

4. Taxation

One of the biggest things that attract businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals to relocate or pursue a career in Singapore is the tax. Apart from the liberal tax policies that are there, Singapore gives anyone who wants to build a career there whether it is a business or an individual one of the lowest tax rates you can find in any country across the world. That is a major attraction on its own because it allows people and businesses to save. The body responsible for collecting property tax, services and goods tax, and stamp tax, betting tax, corporate tax and personal income is the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

5. Housing

Renting a condo is something that many expats opt for which is an apartment in a high class building. You can find good condos to live in by searching “property Singapore” online. Condos are very good for many expats because they come with a swimming pool and many other amenities that one needs. Small apartment buildings and houses can also be found in Singapore which is wonderful and for those who have families, they opt for a life outside the major cities to take advantage of the country side and the rivers. Renting a 1,100 square foot apartment in the heart of downtown Orchard Road can set you back as much as $2,500 per calendar month.

6. Markets

When you move to a new country, you want to sample what the local market has to offer. While there are many grocery stores and supermarkets, it is the wet markets that seem to be a hit for so many people due to a large variety of things being sold and the prices. The wet market is not a place where one can find electronic products or clothing however, it is a wonderful place to buy meat, spices, fruits and vegetables. The market open as early as 4am in the morning and are closed by around midday. To get the best and freshest products you want, it is advised to show up there as early as possible. The Tekka Market is the largest wet market in that country and has over 280 stalls. The China town wet market is also popular and sells things like Shellfish, live frogs, crabs, lobsters, exotic meat and turtles.

Overall when you pack up your bags and move to Singapore, the one other thing you need to look into is the weather. Singapore is a country that lies around the equator and that makes it a very tropical country. Temperatures all year around are very high, humid with patches of very heavy rainfall also experienced. It can be a culture shock to many but one can easily get used to this. The temperatures there range between 20 degrees to as much as thirty four degrees which is very hot. Humidity reaches 100% especially when the rain is pouring down. The monsoon season comes in around November and December while June and July are the hottest months. Once you are fully settled, do take time to explore shopping centres, the city, museums and restaurants during the day time. Also make some time to know your neighbors; the people are friendliest you will ever come across and if you are feeling home sick, good internet connection allows you to Skype family and friends.

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