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Good/bad things about Singapore

Postby B_B » Mon, 30 Jul 2018 5:50 pm

Hello everyone,

I am new to the forum, and would like to ask you all for your opinion on living in Singapore long term.

I am Dutch, currently living in Japan, and there is quite a high chance that sometime next year I will be moving to SG, possibly forever. I have been to Singapore several times on holiday, but that's obviously not the same as living there, so I would like to ask all of you living there:

- what are the best things about living in Singapore?
- and what do you consider the worst?

I know these are all personal opinions, and aren't the same for everyone, but I would like to get a better idea of what to expect :)

I apologize if this question has been asked before (couldn't find it). If that's the case, please redirect me to the correct topic.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Good/bad things about Singapore

Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 01 Aug 2018 1:27 am

Coming from the Netherlands and Japan, your greatest culture shock will probably be the corner-cutting culture. Think of it as a mini version of China. It is not as extreme but will affect all facets of your daily life there.

People don't apply themselves and try to put their best foot forward in their endeavors. You can see this in shoddy workmanship e.g. building construction, customer service and the way businesses are run. Stories of bad contractors, car dealers, landlords and how businesses are run abound on this board.

You can find some exceptions and usually it comes from the public (govt) sector. They tend to provide prompt and efficient service. But can quickly become clueless and robotic if you need help outside of the usual and mundane stuff.

And there is the money-worshipping. Going to great length just to save $.50 (another form of corner-cutting?) . Which is not inherently wrong by itself until it inconveniences others.

On the plus side, plenty of affordable, cook-to-order food that is readily available i.e. hawker centers. If you choose carefully, you will usually find some healthy options.

A well-run airport which makes it a breeze to fly in and out of i.e. if you are doing a lot of traveling.

And all the perks that come with living in a small and compact city e.g. well-connected transportation network and abundance of amenities like parks, stores, town center, swimming pools and sports facilities.


https://www.scmp.com/video/china/215751 ... r-save-us3
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Re: Good/bad things about Singapore

Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 01 Aug 2018 8:54 am

There is a similar law in Singapore. The regressiveness of these 2 countries make it difficult for the progressive-minded to live there :) .

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/worl ... e-law.html
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Re: Good/bad things about Singapore

Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 01 Aug 2018 8:56 am

Oops, wrong thread but nevertheless, relevant. Which brings up another point. Unlike Japan and the Netherlands, Singapore is not an intrinsincally-driven culture. They put up all kinds of silly laws, fines and fear tactics to elicit good behaviors from its citizens. Which, of course, is a bad way to raise children. And it impacts their mental health. If you choose to live there, you will experience this psychosis first hand, when dealing with Singaporeans.

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Re: Good/bad things about Singapore

Postby B_B » Wed, 01 Aug 2018 1:56 pm

Many thanks for your elaborate replies!

I've spoken to several Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans, and it's really interesting to read/hear about the similar and different experiences people have.

For instance, the Singaporeans I know mostly seem to be hard-working (and critical of the laziness of others), but I have also heard from some other non-Singaporeans about laziness and corner-cutting, so it's definitely there.

What is it like to work *with* Singaporeans?

The importance of money, for better or worse, everyone seems to agree upon :) I just hope there will be some room to enjoy life (else, what's the point of living in the first place :))

The laws and rules will definitely be something I'd need to get used to.

As for the positive points, food, shopping and the convenience of the airport is something almost every single person I've spoken to mentions. I find it funny how apparently one of the best things about Singapore is how easy it is to get out of the country.

Again, much appreciated! I would love to hear more pros and cons if possible.


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