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If only we'd brought.....

Post by welshkiwi » Mon, 11 Feb 2008 2:24 pm

Just wondered............

If those of you who've been in Singapore 3 months or so and are settled in your own place, as opposed to still being in temp accommodation, had discovered anything that you wish you'd brought with you? (and for that matter anything you brought with you and wished you hadn't bothered!)

We are moving to Singapore mid year and I recall the things we brought to NZ thinking we'd never find them here and then did; plus the stuff we left behind and wished we hadn't!

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Post by tilly1234 » Mon, 11 Feb 2008 4:54 pm

hi welshkiwi,

not exactly sure which kind of things you're talking about - guess it's not clothes and the very private and personal things which of course you cannot buy anywhere for replacement...

except from these items, you can find EVERYTHING in singapore.

so i believe it's rather up to you what to take with you and what to leave behind.

best regards and welcome to singapore!

ps: i moved from europe to singapore about 5 months ago and only took few things with me - never found myself thinking that i should have brought more.

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Post by Bafana » Mon, 11 Feb 2008 7:31 pm

Dr Who (old series) DVDS

LOL lah...

Some cold weather would be nice as well.
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Post by tilly1234 » Mon, 11 Feb 2008 9:34 pm

cold weather??? :shock:
please don't....

left all my warm clothes in europe, and there's no heating here, just aircon...
rather stay nice and warm :P

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Post by Bafana » Tue, 12 Feb 2008 8:55 am

Don't miss the cold but miss the four seasons.
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Post by tilly1234 » Tue, 12 Feb 2008 5:20 pm

Yeah, me too.
Unfortunately you can't bring four seasons in bag, though...
:D

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cold weather

Post by welshkiwi » Tue, 12 Feb 2008 5:57 pm

we have drought conditions all over NZ at present so no cold weather here either. Will leave winter woollies behind.

Thanks for responses, I was just curious.

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Post by keepitreal » Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:02 am

Mint flavoured toothpaste for kids - impossible to get here. They only sell all that bubblegum flavour crap...

English tea as well, very expensive here...alternative is Lipton which tastes like cat's wee.

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Post by micknlea » Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:53 am

Sunscreen, it is SO expensive here, and you can only buy little bottles.

Depending on what size you are some types of clothes and shoes (they stop at about a UK size 8 here except at rare shops. For females, underwear can be an important thing too. Larger men will have the same problem although there are a few more shops here now, shoes are still an issue.
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Anything I should bring

Post by Maccas Mum » Tue, 19 Feb 2008 2:20 am

Not sure what things you are looking for, but we moved here a month ago and this is what I wished I bought:

More bras, underwear (I am a size 12/14 aust)
More smart summer clothes in the size (Singaporeans dress smartly)

Conbantrim (chocolate worm treatment for the kids
Multivitamins the kids like and some for me - vitamins are everywhere here but have been altered - Vitamin B with Essence of Chicken!

Definately bring some kids toothpaste - please bring me some too!

Good luck with the move

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Post by familyof5 » Tue, 19 Feb 2008 8:11 am

someone told me yesterday that the beds are a little shorter here. therefore so are the sheets. so i probably would have bought extra sheets. as it is, i only bought a few thinking i'd buy more here.

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Post by road.not.taken » Tue, 19 Feb 2008 3:38 pm

I guess in the strictest sense it is true you can get everything here in Singapore, but lots of it will be made different, pricey and in short supply. I would bring:

High Quality Sheets and Towels (beds are a different size here than Europe, UK, Australia, NZ and US)
Lots of DVDs (now downloading certain shows from certain sites is a problem)
Books
Favorite OTC Pharmaceuticals
Jeans
Shorts
T-shirts
Bras & underwear, for sure
Shoes, shoes and more shoes (lots of running shoes here, but if you are a bigger size -- stock up at home)


There's more, just give me time...


:roll:

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Post by ching » Wed, 20 Feb 2008 1:10 am

I ended up having to go back for my winter clothes.

There's no need for them here, but if you'll be in Singapore for an extended period of time, you could find yourself travelling to places where you need them :)

Luckily I had a trip home scheduled anyway. I've also brought over winter clothes on other trips for friends who'd left them back home. They are bulky and can really fill up your check-in luggage... and finding good-quality, nice-fitting winter clothing here in SG can be tough.
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Post by Splatted » Sun, 24 Feb 2008 9:59 pm

For the big boys out there, it's impossible to find 48"(122cm) belts in Singapore.

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Post by Bafana » Mon, 25 Feb 2008 7:34 am

Splatted wrote:For the big boys out there, it's impossible to find 48"(122cm) belts in Singapore.
Yeah - Big size clothes ladies and gents. That goes for shoes as well.
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