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Local Attitudes toward Foreigners and just living

Post by Whotini » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:10 am

Hello all,

I've been checking out your site for a bit now and quite like what I've seen. I would like to get the local expat communities take on the local attitudes towards foreigners, the general quality of living compared to Western Standards, and general availability of foreign goods. I also know the heat can be killer but from your standpoints, is it bearable?

I've lived in a country where the widely used tongue is not English and it made life miserable. Having visited Singapore I found being able to speak English again wonderful, and the people from outward appearances seemed nice. Is it all that it seems though?

Any advice would be much appreciated! :D
Where's the love?

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Post by muratkorman » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:01 am

Hi,

It is not the heat but the humidity which kills :cry: Anyway after a few weeks you get used to it.

Here in Singapore as long as your budget permits you can live a western way of life. Rents are quite high and cost of living is quite high depending on your preferences.

Although I live in a condo, I don't feel myself isolated from local fellows, but it is your choice. I find Singaporeans warm and friendly. As long as you respect them and be friendly, you will get the same treatment.

You can find everything here so don't worry about that part.
With my kind regards

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Re: Local Attitudes toward Foreigners and just living

Post by Asian_Geekette » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 3:19 pm

Whotini wrote:...general availability of foreign goods. I also know the heat can be killer but from your standpoints, is it bearable?
There's Cold Storage and Carrefour where you can buy a lot of imported foreign food/goods. There's also Mustafa where you can get almost any product from all over the world. (I got chocolates from New Zealand from Mustafa!)

If you're not used to warm tropical weather, it can take sometime for you to adjust. But don't worry, the offices here are all air-conditioned (too much, IMHO). Just drink lots of water to keep you hydrated when you're outside.
My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best out of what God made. -Robert Browning

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Post by Whotini » Tue, 19 Jun 2007 8:36 am

Thanks for the replies. :D It sounds pretty good so far.
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Post by ascq » Sun, 24 Jun 2007 7:35 pm

I find it to be wonderful. You can get whatever you need here. And, like most people, if you are polite to them, they will be polite to you.
If I have to pick something to complain about, it would be the humidity.
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Post by HunBunny80 » Fri, 29 Jun 2007 2:51 pm

I've been there for a month now and am still trying to climatise. :(

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I loooove SG!!!!

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Re: I loooove SG!!!!

Post by huggybear » Fri, 29 Jun 2007 7:25 pm

Beauty wrote:Hey,,,
Life here is not too bad,,,i just last year got degree back in my country,,,and came all the way down to work in Singapore,,,,
the only thing is dif for me: there are too many rules i have to follow n nite life isn't so crazy like in my country,,,ppl a bit reserved here,,,
But i love Singapore so much now!!!
and what country is that? Japan?

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Post by ksl » Fri, 29 Jun 2007 10:25 pm

HunBunny80 wrote:I've been there for a month now and am still trying to climatise. :(
Been here over 2 years and I'm still trying to climatise, my internal clock is still on Uk time!

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Post by Shiyun » Sat, 30 Jun 2007 11:11 am

8-)
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I love Korea - it's a very beautiful country

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 30 Jun 2007 4:30 pm

Shiyun wrote:Well, there are some comments about the people here being narrow-minded.

They seem to focus on the dot instead of seeing the whole picture.

My mingling with younger Singaporeans is always pleasant. Because i belong to the younger generation, we tend to speak our mind more and we could easily offend the older generation which i noticed, are always in demand of respect. They are more tendency for them to behold a grudge just over comments. :D

Most doesn't take comments easily. And you have to be tactful , even to the point of deceit because it seems the truth offends more ... :roll:

To me, I don't get obsessed on respects given, since i can take jesters, all kinds of comments & insults because deep down it don't matter to me on people's opinions. Taken from an intellectual point, I treat it as just publicity. :lol:

Rather I motivate myself on how i can achieve my goals. 8-) [/i]
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Post by jpatokal » Tue, 03 Jul 2007 12:01 am

There are over a hundred pages of anecdotes, ranting, flame wars and the very occasional thoughtful comment on this very topic in this loooooooong thread:

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic118.html
Vaguely heretical thoughts on travel technology at Gyrovague

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Post by HunBunny80 » Tue, 03 Jul 2007 10:31 pm

ksl wrote:
HunBunny80 wrote:I've been there for a month now and am still trying to climatise. :(
Been here over 2 years and I'm still trying to climatise, my internal clock is still on Uk time!
My skype phone and laptop is also on UK time. :o

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Post by Evan_SIN » Thu, 05 Jul 2007 12:57 am

Never changed my PC or other clock times, i just do the calculations, but then again AU is only 2 hours different.
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