Are expats who have moved to Singapore happy with their decision?
- Yes, we are (my family and I, that is).
Are you glad you moved there?
- Yes, we are glad to have moved here instead of Hong Kong, Shanghai or any other major city in Asia.
Do you think you will stay there permanently, or at some point you will
have had enough and move back home?
- Permanent? probably not, but who knows...
Have you made new friends and have a good social life?
- There are various of groups of people living in Singapore all over the places. It's not hard to find your own group that you can enjoy the social life together, as long as you are willing to open up as well.
Are there some things that you can't do / can't get like you could at home and really miss them?
- Yes. Playing with snow, watching the autumn leaves colors, cheap golf courses (in Michigan, USA), outdoor barbecue without getting cooked by the sun, a plenty of open space in public areas like shopping mall and grocery shops (Singapore tends to be a bit too crowded everywhere), watching USA college football/basketball games and tournaments, HD TVs beyond testing National Geographics channel, faster internet, ...the list can be quite long if you think about it.
However, there are also just as long of a list for the things that you can enjoy here that you can't back at hometown such as proximity to beautiful and affordable resort areas like Phuket, Bali, Cebu,..., English Premier League Football programs, wonderful swimming pools in many of your and your friends' condominiums
, Hawker Centers, Chili Crabs, lively night scenes, diverse foods and cultures, lots and lots of green colors everywhere, ... you get the picture. It's really having the glass half full mentality that will help you enjoy this place as well as any other place!
The most common complaint I hear from some people is that Singapore is too small. I think you have many wonderful places around Singapore that you can explore if you just make the effort, to deal with that issue. Then, you won't think Singapore is too small. Even if you live in a big place like USA, you can still spend most of your time in just one town that you live in, unless you make the effort to travel around. It's really up to you...and yes, to a degree on the "expat" package that you get from your company as well to have better financial freedom to do what you want to do a little more easily.