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Re: Novena?

Post by MblSH » Tue, 31 Jul 2007 2:19 am

MRSP wrote:Darn expensive for housing but you have malls, MRT, lots of child care options, good hospital to have a baby (Thomson).

Anyone have any opinions? I take it from the condo rental rates that this area is pretty darn popular.
I have an opinion :)

Don't base your stay on having a good hospital nearby. Wherever you stay in Singapore, good hospital will be 20 minutes away by cab at most, and I think it's ok by any country's standards.

Cheers,
Max

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Post by Amelia Camelia » Tue, 31 Jul 2007 9:16 am

Hello everyone :)


We relocated a year ago from London to the East Coast as my husband works in Changi.

I really can't comment on the West side at all apart from Newton Circus -my husband's boss lives there and seems pretty happy. The gardens and Bukit Timah/Tanglin are gorgeous but very expensive too. I think a lot of people like Holland Village too (I went there for the first time a couple of months ago and personally couldn't see the fuss but I don't think I stayed/explored long enough to do it justice)

We moved with a 3 year old and I'm 4 days away from giving birth. Just to reassure you the private healthcare is excellent - it has been such a far cry from the care received in the UK.

As for Singaporeans - we have a mixture of friends, but I'd have to say my closest friends here are Singaporeans now. I am good friends with a couple of the mummies from my son's school. We meet up weekly for playdates and lunch and help each other out. The only negative, not even that really, comment I've ever received from a Singaporean was a female taxi driver who thought we would be earning more here than we did back in London (which we don't).

We are really very very happy in Singapore - sure there are cultural differences but that's what makes it so interesting. I am still bewildered by the snack selection in any supermarket - dried what?! and if I'm feeling brave, I might even buy a packet. Driving is different, the speech is different and I don't mean bad either - just different. I love the coloured green lights for parking spaces in car parks, I like the way most things are so efficiently done and well thought out and I absolutely love the low crime-rate (our son is very active and I don't worry so much about him being snatched here) and the security and cleaniliness here. Food is a really big thing and I struggle with the humidity sometimes but can deal with it pretty easily by avoiding the hottest parts of the day to be outside. We also enjoy all the festivities and we're looking forward to National day and the fireworks.....

That's more than enough rambling from me! I don't think it helps with the original poster! but I just wanted to balance out other experiences here.

By the way, when I chose a place to live, I didn't base it on expat/Singaporean majority at all! I just used chose based on my own personal taste/style and proximity to my son's preschool.

Good luck with your decisions
AC
ps. Now that I think about the most negative reaction I've had... I remember a few caucasian expat mummies that pretty much looked down their noses at me - quite unfriendly actually. I think some expats can be quite cliquey which may not help the overall opinion of expats in general. I look mixed (Eurasian) in that I can't be easily pigeon-holed so maybe that helps, but I doubt it-I think it's mainly down to attitude and open-mindedness. :)

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Post by jockney » Thu, 02 Aug 2007 12:57 pm

To quote Herbert Spencer....contempt prior to investigation...
I have been working here since January and Moved here for a year just a few weeks ago.
It is nice to get peoples experiences, but better to find out for yourself, we all like different things and act differently??
I have had no problems with locals at work or at home and some expats think they 'have arrived', because the company pays all the expenses, but we can get that here or at home in the UK?
Get over here and broaden your horizons, life is for living, find somewhere to suit your budget and family and be yourself and enjoy! :D

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Post by SingaporeNetizen » Fri, 03 Aug 2007 12:27 am

Hi everyone,

I am a pure breed Singaporean.

To answer some of the questions, Singaporeans are generally very passive type of people. If you have nothing to do with them, they will not approach you to socialise or something. Even if you walk into a shop, the salegirls may practically ignore you at times! Maybe that is why they will seems to be "rude" at times. This is basically the cultural difference between countries.

The hospital that is well known in Singapore for childbirth is called KK Women's and Children's Hospital, located near Novena MRT. But Singapore medical care system is quite good so you don't have to specifically look for a house near the KK Hospital. Most of the housing areas will have hospital nearby that you can seek medical attention.

Singapore is hot. You don't need to pack too many coats. :lol:

Singaporeans normally speak "Singlish" no "English". Maybe that is also why they might seems rude.

Lastly, enjoy the food here. :D

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 03 Aug 2007 9:28 am

SingaporeNetizen wrote:Hi everyone,

I am a pure breed Singaporean.

To answer some of the questions, Singaporeans are generally very passive type of people. If you have nothing to do with them, they will not approach you to socialise or something. Even if you walk into a shop, the salegirls may practically ignore you at times! Maybe that is why they will seems to be "rude" at times. This is basically the cultural difference between countries.

The hospital that is well known in Singapore for childbirth is called KK Women's and Children's Hospital, located near Novena MRT. But Singapore medical care system is quite good so you don't have to specifically look for a house near the KK Hospital. Most of the housing areas will have hospital nearby that you can seek medical attention.

Singapore is hot. You don't need to pack too many coats. :lol:

Singaporeans normally speak "Singlish" no "English". Maybe that is also why they might seems rude.

Lastly, enjoy the food here. :D
SingaporeanNetizen,

First of all welcome to our little corner of cyberspace. Here we try to help people help themselves if at all possible.

Guess it's time I help you just a wee bit...

KK hospital is within walking distance of the Little India MRT station on the NE line. You are thinking of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) as it is behind the Novena Station on the NS MRT line.

You would do well to get out more or check your facts first instead of just copying information from other sites to post on your site. :wink:
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by barney27 » Mon, 06 Aug 2007 12:40 am

hi

my family n i r r looking to move to spore by oct/nov. we have 2 kids who will be 29months n 2months. there is a new condo come up called lakeshore walking distance from lakeside mrt. from the mrt maps i think it should take my husband 30 mins into city hall then a short walk to suntec city. i have no idea of the rental cost but would like to know more about the area, we will have no car and need to make friends too.

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