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Post by smccahill1 » Tue, 27 Jan 2009 2:57 am

Hey everyone

Firstly, can i just say i think this website is really good, i have the opportunity to study in Singapore this coming year and have gleaned a lot of practical, useful information about the place from here, cheers.

I'm posting this just to get some more information on Singapore and whether it would be suitable for me.

A few of the points worrying me about my time away in Singapore is wHether i will be able to watch the celtic games somewhere? (may seem trivial to some but i dont think i could handle not seeing the european nights at parkhead).

also, i will be 20, and am a fan of going out clubbing and for a few drinks, what is that scene like over there?

what is the general cost of living like?

how hard is it to cope with the humidity/heat/rain?

how easy/hard would it be for me to get a part time job while i am over there? would the visa(if required-still to research that) allow me to do so?

are there any other things i should know/be aware of?

any help with any of these questions would be greatly appreciated.

thankyou.

simon x

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Post by BodyBlitz » Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:22 am

clubbing can be lively or in what the local call it "happening!", which day, which club well thats up to you to find your niche spot.

General cost of living is relative to where you come from right?
Not too hard, because the island is airconditioned for most parts.
Part time as what? Flipping burgers? Barista?
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Post by smccahill1 » Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:45 pm

yeah was just checking to see if part time jobs were readily available, just something to tide me over while i'm studying in singapore.

how much would you usually spend on a night out? over here in glasgow id spend like fifty quid, pretty much the same as singapore?

ive spoken to a few people my age who have visted and they have said that's its not particularly exciting for youngsters, is it more a case of knowing where and when to go to places?

cheers for your help bodyblitz.

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Post by durain » Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:00 am

well, you cant do what they did in "trainspotting" in singapore. and dont do a michael p fay.

getting a part-time job will be difficult for you. you are fighting with the local. the local guy probably got a PhD and MBA but because of the economy downturn, he is working part time flipping burgers.

singapore can be fun or boring, depends how you go about having it. if you are a sad git and table for 1, then it could be a little boring.

not sure if the cable tv show scotish football. i not a football fan so will leave that for other people to answer.

the weather is hot and humid, so be prepare. no pain no gain. :P

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Post by BodyBlitz » Wed, 28 Jan 2009 1:15 am

50 quids is about 100+ bucks.
not alot but not too little, but considering that you're earning 5-10 bucks an hour part time, thats a quite a fair bit to spend on top of that.

Well it depends on what you want actually, like durain said can be fun if you have company or can be boring because there is so little variety of choices.
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 28 Jan 2009 7:13 am

BodyBlitz wrote:clubbing can be lively or in what the local call it "happening!", which day, which club well thats up to you to find your niche spot.

General cost of living is relative to where you come from right?
Not too hard, because the island is airconditioned for most parts.
Part time as what? Flipping burgers? Barista?
But as a lot have pointed out, it's only 'happening' for the locals who generally don't know any better. There are very few clubs that will stand up to the international fare of other major cities. So these tend to be crowded. Lively is a relative term here and not really a apt description when judged on a international scale. But, at the end of the day, the crappiest club/pub in Singapore can be a nice place if the company you keep is the right mix!

As far as coming here on a Student Visa, you can work part time only if you are going to one of the schools listed on the following website and then you are limited to the number of hours you can work per month.

Employment of Foreign Students
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Post by louy » Wed, 28 Jan 2009 1:31 pm

smccahill1 wrote: A few of the points worrying me about my time away in Singapore is wHether i will be able to watch the celtic games somewhere? (may seem trivial to some but i dont think i could handle not seeing the european nights at parkhead).
Sorry dude, they dont show that rubbish here in Singapore !!

LOL,

Seriously, there isnt really any football on free TV. Although there is a subcription channel you can pay for to watch football - which is not particularly cheap, but once you have it, you will have footy all day, every day.

The English Premier League is popular out here, Serie A also also shown on a seperate pay channel.

What I usually do is head down to the local bar and watch footy on the big screen whilst having a beer or two.

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Post by BodyBlitz » Wed, 28 Jan 2009 4:30 pm

Depends on what you're looking for, Braunhaus at Novena Square is nice.
150 beers to choose from, watch soccer on a big screen and just chill there.

But for a male at his age, won't it be hang out at club, pick up girl and then... :lol:
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dealling with heat

Post by CJ_2009 » Wed, 28 Jan 2009 4:32 pm

it depends on where you come from. I came from north , a place have beautiful four seasons. em. you can imagin that snows.

for the first several year, roughly 4 years. I couldn't get used to the "hot" whehter in singapore, during winter time. I think , my body is thinking it is winter time and it should generate more hot. and I feels very sleepy every day. only in nite and raining day, I am full of energy.

but know I get used to it and singapore is a very beautiful place.

some little tips , which works for me to handle "sleepy caused by hot whether": 1. drink coffee, 2. excercise in early morning session.

hope useful for you.

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Post by smccahill1 » Sat, 31 Jan 2009 11:58 pm

cheers for all your help, its appreciated!

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