What do you love about living in Singapore?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:14 pm

You must be coming from a country with National Healthcare or another Asian country. If you are from the US however, medical care here is cheap!

Basic necessities in the US are not necessarily necessities here. A car being a very non-essential need in Singapore. The entire island is criss-crossed with airconned bus services that are in good shape and run on time and a decent frequency. Additionally, add in the MRT and the multitudes of taxies that are STILL a whole lot cheaper than in the US or other western cities, there is no 'real' necessity like there would be in a western country were the buses stop at the city limits and the same with rail services. I sold my cars here some 18 years ago and don't regret it at all. I have to have my car at home though as I live some 30 km from the nearest town. You don't have that problem here.

Decent accommodation can be had here for decent prices if you get rid of the swimming pools & gyms that most don't use anyway. From what I see back home in the major cities, the rents are not that much skewed for a major metropolitian city like New York. Actually, you will find the prices are much the same if comparing the two. Big difference is there is no real daily gridlock on the roads here like in NYC.
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 AngMoKio » Mon, 27 Jul 2009 3:10 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:You must be coming from a country with National Healthcare or another Asian country. If you are from the US however, medical care here is cheap!
I'll second that. I am here as a medical refugee. Prices are 1/3 to 1/5 of what I expect in the US. The quality is significantly better. Once I got to see how great the rest of the lifestyle is here I am here to stay.

And, having ridden the bus system in most of the world I have to agree that Singapore buses are spectacular and possibly the best I have seen. I recently found out that you can SMS the bus line, and the number listed at the stop and it will SMS you back with an exact time till the next bus shows up! Too cool. Not having to have a car is one of my favorite parts of living here.

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Post by terrymc » Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:06 pm

Nothing because I have a local contract

May be a lot of things if I have a expats package

money and facilities make your life easier especially in Singapore

Think about that

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Post by Addadude » Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:28 pm

terrymc wrote:Nothing because I have a local contract

May be a lot of things if I have a expats package

money and facilities make your life easier especially in Singapore

Think about that
I've been living here for the last 15 years on a 'local package' - ie. NO package. And I still like the place. If I didn't, I wouldn't have hung around so long.
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:59 pm

After 26 years, I've got to say the same (I've been on local package the past 16 years). Figure 3 to 5 left before I retire.
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Post by ksl » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 1:45 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Fast internet pipes and no snow to shovel out of the driveway. That's about it. :-|
Fast internet pipes
We can now understand why you feel you have been here too long :lol: Taiwan is much faster!

Although Singapore is one of the better places to be, for comfort and English, I prefer Taiwan for food any day of the week. Singaporean delights, I have yet to be impressed with, although i can recall 1 beef noodle. But most are copy artists, that fail big time :) Especially with Taiwan food! 26 years OMG how can you be normal after 26 years on a postage stamp, we forgive ya! :wink:

But in all honesty Singapore is a wonderful place to live, and the locals are just great, the education is competitive but so are many other places too.

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