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Relocating to Singapore from US - need advice!

Post by laviusa » Wed, 30 May 2018 4:21 am

Hello. We are considering moving to Singapore from the US. I'm excited at the chance of a new adventure but sad to be leaving close family behind. Because of that, I'm wondering what it's like connecting with people in Singapore! I have friends who are expats in other countries, and they seem to have a pretty easy time connecting with both locals and expats. Are there certain places where it is easier to form connections (I was reading about the American Club, for example, although it seems $$$). Or do people meet via forums such as this one?
What has been your experience as an expat in Singapore? Thanks!

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Re: Relocating to Singapore from US - need advice!

Post by The Ref » Thu, 31 May 2018 12:06 am

I always suggest joining a team of a sport you are interested in - you don't even need to play, it gives access to a large group of like minded individuals, some who you will most likely get along with and a group with regular events organised.

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Re: Relocating to Singapore from US - need advice!

Post by laviusa » Thu, 31 May 2018 6:31 am

thanks for the advice!

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Re: Relocating to Singapore from US - need advice!

Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 31 May 2018 8:36 am

laviusa wrote:Hello. We are considering moving to Singapore from the US. I'm excited at the chance of a new adventure but sad to be leaving close family behind. Because of that, I'm wondering what it's like connecting with people in Singapore! I have friends who are expats in other countries, and they seem to have a pretty easy time connecting with both locals and expats. Are there certain places where it is easier to form connections (I was reading about the American Club, for example, although it seems $$$). Or do people meet via forums such as this one?
What has been your experience as an expat in Singapore? Thanks!
You don't have to join the American Club to meet lots of expats. Consider, for example, joining or volunteering with the American Association of Singapore (https://www.aasingapore.com/). They host several events that attract a ton of both locals and expats. The Brits, the Ozzies, and quite a few others have similar organizations that are generally open to everyone.

You could try the American Women's Association of Singapore (http://www.awasingapore.org/), another great place to make new friends and network. Of course, it helps a lot to be a woman if you want to join this organization.

You should also consider the Navy League of Singapore (https://nlus-Singapore.org/). For a relatively modest fee, you'll find yourself invited to several interesting events, including tours of aircraft carriers and the annual Navy ball.

My wife joined Friends of the Museum (https://www.fom.sg/). She met many great people, took many trips throughout Asia, and served as a board member for several years. Also a great opportunity to learn about Asia. Membership pretty even between locals and expats, my wife retains friendships with people who have remigrated all over the world.

So... there's a start... all cheap.

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Re: Relocating to Singapore from US - need advice!

Post by PNGMK » Thu, 31 May 2018 10:19 am

Don't forget church (or your religious institute of your choosing). We have made many life long friends via Church.
I not lawyer/teacher/CPA.
You've been arrested? Law Society of Singapore can provide referrals.
You want an International School job? School website or http://www.ISS.edu
Your rugrat needs a School? Avoid for profit schools
You need Tax advice? Ask a CPA
You ran away without doing NS? Shame on you!

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