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Relocating from Dubai - preparing my move

Post by juanmi » Thu, 14 May 2009 11:25 pm

Hello everyone!
First of all, thank you all for reading my note and also thank you in advance for any help you can provide, much appreciated

So yes, I am relocating to Singapore, on my own, don't have any contacts yet over there and I am doing this due to professional reasons.

I will be arriving in Singapore by July 2009 and I would like to ask for your advice with regards locations in Singapore, as I am not sure which areas would be the right place for me to live in while looking for a job.
In order to be more effective and get a closer location to the financial center, whereabouts in Singapore would you recommend me to stay?

I will be looking for a job while there, I need to find a short term rent, shared flat with other people if possible, as I have to make it fit within my budget

I promise I am doing my homework with regards rents, currency, cost of living, culture, people, expatriates, labour laws, work permit, EPEC, among others, but I get confused with the locations, can you please give me the names of the areas which are more convenient for me?

I am single, no dependants, limited budget, don't need luxuries and would like to share with young and likeminded people. If I cannot manage to find a job, at least I will enjoy my time while in Singapore...:)

Thank you all again for your time and help
peace out!

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Re: Relocating from Dubai - preparing my move

Post by jpatokal » Fri, 15 May 2009 12:25 am

juanmi wrote:I promise I am doing my homework with regards rents, currency, cost of living, culture, people, expatriates, labour laws, work permit, EPEC, among others, but I get confused with the locations, can you please give me the names of the areas which are more convenient for me?
No, we can't. Especially if you're not going to tell us what your budget is, where your office is, and what options you've found so far by searching since this question is asked pretty much every single day.
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Post by juanmi » Fri, 15 May 2009 7:37 am

Hello there,

Reply to previous message: I do not have any office, I don't have a job, I will be job hunting while I stay there
I'm an HR professional with almost 5 years experience, worked for MNC mainly
My idea was to stay as close as possible from the financial center, in order to have easier to attend interviews, but that will also depend on the availability of the accommodation
what should be the budget, on a monthly basis, that I should count on?
After the prices I have in Dubai, I am ready for anything, any help on this?

Once budget is clear, I guess it will make easier my options for accommodation
I will be contacting all sorts of recruitment agencies and headhunters, something that I have already done and following up before my arrival :)

I am aware of same questions asked once and again, that is the reason why I wanted to start with the location first, so I could take it from there
I have read many posts, but I still get confused with names and N,S, W and E side of Singapore

thanks again for your help!

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Post by littlegreenman » Fri, 15 May 2009 3:38 pm

Hi Juanmi,

if you are not sure you where you are going to be working etc. it is very difficult for us to advise on any aspects. What I can tell you is that you should be able to find a decent condo somewhere in the North East (Punggol) for mabe 2k rent a month, so your total cost of living might come up to 4k a month.

Please note though: unless you have an employment pass, permanent residence or citizenship many landlords will be reluctant to rent anything out to you. So you might have to choose some sort of Serviced Apartment which is pricier (maybe $4000 a month).

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Post by juanmi » Fri, 15 May 2009 5:07 pm

thanks for the response

my idea is actually to find a room in a shared flat with other young expats, for 3 months
I still have no job, I have to understand that the financial center of the city will be the place where all my interviews will take place, that is why I had in mind staying close to that area

sorry I still dont control the currency exchange, I get confused :)
I dont need luxuries, just a decent, clean and safe place where I can stay for 3 months, that's all
I am aware of the effective means of transport in Singapore, so I am happy to take the train and so on, used to it anyways.

So far North side you reckon is the place?

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Post by Asian_Geekette » Fri, 15 May 2009 5:23 pm

If you just want one train ride away from the CBD and you're concerned about your budget, you may consider finding a place around Tiong Bahru area and westward to Joo Koon. The CBD area is around the Raffles Place MRT station. :cool:

Regarding the budget, we don't know what kind of lifestyle you're used to. Plus there has been a lot of postings about possible budgets in this forum. You can use the search function.

Good luck! Singapore is easier to go around without a car than Dubai. The trains and buses here are clean and reliable.
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Post by jpatokal » Fri, 15 May 2009 7:09 pm

juanmi wrote:Reply to previous message: I do not have any office, I don't have a job, I will be job hunting while I stay there
So you have no visa other than a Social Visit Pass? Then you can't (legally) rent an apartment at all, you'll have to stay in short-term accommodation.
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Post by juanmi » Fri, 15 May 2009 9:08 pm

that's exactly what I am looking for, Short Term Accommodation

I'm Spanish, I will be arriving in Singapore with a 3 month tourist visa plus my EPEC

is it possible to rent rooms, in a shared flat on a short term basis?

thanks for the info!

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Post by littlegreenman » Fri, 15 May 2009 9:29 pm

Short term accomodation could also mean a short rental contract. You can't do that. The only think you can do is go to more hotel like accommodations or Serviced Apartments with basically daily rates and no contract as such involved. Bottom line is you can not rent anything (assuming one doesn't call staying in a hotel renting)

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Post by Asian_Geekette » Mon, 18 May 2009 3:35 pm

juanmi wrote:that's exactly what I am looking for, Short Term Accommodation

I'm Spanish, I will be arriving in Singapore with a 3 month tourist visa plus my EPEC

is it possible to rent rooms, in a shared flat on a short term basis?
There are some transient rooms available - meaning short term like a month or so. There's no contract. Or rather, there's verbal contract. But you have to be careful. You can use google and you'll find other postings in other websites. Good luck!
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Re: Relocating from Dubai - preparing my move

Post by imrankassim » Thu, 21 May 2009 10:39 am

juanmi wrote:Hello everyone!
First of all, thank you all for reading my note and also thank you in advance for any help you can provide, much appreciated

So yes, I am relocating to Singapore, on my own, don't have any contacts yet over there and I am doing this due to professional reasons.

I will be arriving in Singapore by July 2009 and I would like to ask for your advice with regards locations in Singapore, as I am not sure which areas would be the right place for me to live in while looking for a job.
In order to be more effective and get a closer location to the financial center, whereabouts in Singapore would you recommend me to stay?

I will be looking for a job while there, I need to find a short term rent, shared flat with other people if possible, as I have to make it fit within my budget

I promise I am doing my homework with regards rents, currency, cost of living, culture, people, expatriates, labour laws, work permit, EPEC, among others, but I get confused with the locations, can you please give me the names of the areas which are more convenient for me?

I am single, no dependants, limited budget, don't need luxuries and would like to share with young and likeminded people. If I cannot manage to find a job, at least I will enjoy my time while in Singapore...:)

Thank you all again for your time and help
peace out!
Hi mate just to let you know if you choose to ship your personal items out of Dubai it'll take approx 2 weeks or so to arrive by seafreight, so if you're planning a big move this is a good timeframe to get your accomodation sorted out.

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