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A few questions!!

Post by Lochsong » Sat, 25 Jul 2009 2:40 pm

I'll try and be brief! :D Should be arriving in Singapore Jan 2010. Looking at the Costa Rhu as have 2 kids, who will be 3 and 1.

1. Will Boulevard MRT station be open by then??

2. How far/how long is it from Boulevard MRT station to Harbourfront Station? Best guess please. Any changes?

3. I am not great in the humid heat - does it take an age to adapt? or do you get used to it quickly?

4. Roughly how much does a "good" maid cost if she were to come a 2/3 days a week?

5. Is the Cosat Rhu a good choice for families with young kids (as far as I can tell it looks good but better to hear experience).

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Post by sim1310 » Sun, 26 Jul 2009 8:13 am

Hi hope this helps.........

1. Will Boulevard MRT station be open by then??
- I think this is one of the new stations that is currently being constructed. You should write to SMRT via their website. I had a couple of questions for them before we moved here and they got back to me in good time with my answers

2. How far/how long is it from Boulevard MRT station to Harbourfront Station? Best guess please. Any changes?

3. I am not great in the humid heat - does it take an age to adapt? or do you get used to it quickly?
- We arrived in November with 2 children under 3. It took us about 2 months to get used to the humidity. January tends to be a "cooler" month because it rains more. What ever the season you will never stop sweating, and sweating, and sweating.

4. Roughly how much does a "good" maid cost if she were to come a 2/3 days a week?
- Hmmmm maids! One of the luxuries we can afford in Sinagpore but sometimes more of a pain on the butt. You can find part-time maids via agencies but most maids work cash in hand (illegally) on the side from there full-time jobs as live-in-maids. Going rate is $10-12 per hour. Make a few friends and them ask around for one, it's always better and more reliable to get a maid that has been recommended by a friend.

5. Is the Cosat Rhu a good choice for families with young kids (as far as I can tell it looks good but better to hear experience).
- I have some friends at Costa Rhu, it's good for kids but you'll find that most condos are kid friendly with pool and playgrounds. There is a bridge the links Costa Rhu to the Kallang Leisure Centre which has a very good Cold Storage for groceries and is close to Nicole Highway for buses into the CBD.

Good luck with you move :D

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 26 Jul 2009 12:21 pm

sim1310 wrote:Hi hope this helps.........
4. Roughly how much does a "good" maid cost if she were to come a 2/3 days a week?
- Hmmmm maids! One of the luxuries we can afford in Sinagpore but sometimes more of a pain on the butt. You can find part-time maids via agencies but most maids work cash in hand (illegally) on the side from there full-time jobs as live-in-maids. Going rate is $10-12 per hour. Make a few friends and them ask around for one, it's always better and more reliable to get a maid that has been recommended by a friend.
Be very careful if you decide to use a part-time maid. Foreign maids working part-time is highly illegal. If caught, the employer and the illegal maid will be charged. This 'could' lead to a hefty fine up to expulsion from the country. It's always best to use 'local' maids for part-time. They are a little bit more expensive but less legal problems. All you need to do is ask to see their NRIC. It should be either blue or pink (PR or citizen). If it's green it means they are on a work permit and as such are allowed to ONLY WORK IN THE EMPLOYERS HOME (they are not even allow to work in the employers shop (if the employer owns and operates a sole proprietorship or Pte Ltd company). Forewarned is forearmed. :wink:
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Post by Lochsong » Sun, 26 Jul 2009 2:36 pm

Thanks for your reply Sim1310 and for the foreign maid tip Sundaymorningstaple!

I shall email the MRT to find out although husband has now decided its fine if the journey on the MRT is any length as he is only back Fri nights and Monday mornings and he doesn't mind if its 20mins or 45 mins!! :D

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Post by Zeenit » Mon, 27 Jul 2009 1:47 pm

Lochsong wrote:Thanks for your reply Sim1310 and for the foreign maid tip Sundaymorningstaple!

I shall email the MRT to find out although husband has now decided its fine if the journey on the MRT is any length as he is only back Fri nights and Monday mornings and he doesn't mind if its 20mins or 45 mins!! :D

L
I would still find out how far you are from a MRT unless you having a car.
Good luck with your move :D
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Post by LMM » Wed, 12 Aug 2009 1:26 pm

Why Costa Rhu, this is the condo right at the end of the road, without a car, transport is a problem. You have to take a bus to the MRT Station.

Should consider Pebble Bay, Casuraina Cove, Water Place etc., There are few condo near to the Love Bridge, which you can walk to Lesiure Mall for shopping/supermarket/cinema/restaurant. Also easy access to bus and MRT (open in yr 2010).

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Post by jpatokal » Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:10 am

sim1310 wrote:1. Will Boulevard MRT station be open by then??
- I think this is one of the new stations that is currently being constructed. You should write to SMRT via their website. I had a couple of questions for them before we moved here and they got back to me in good time with my answers
No official opening date has been announced for Circle Line Stage 1, so you're not going to get any useful answer from SMRT. Best guess, though, is mid-2010, so January is a mite too early.
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