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What attracts you to Singapore?

Post by aargon » Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:25 pm

I`ve seen a few threads now where EPs are looking to move to Singapore from half way across the globe (NY, London) without actually having a job.
In these instances, I`m just wondering what the attraction is about Singapore that would tempt you to pack up your bags and leave to come here?

For me, I use to live in Singapore when I was younger (in my teens), also have relatives living singapore. When I was a teenager, I remember going to Raffles and seeing all the large buildings, and admired all the business people in their expensive business suits. I told my self one day I would love to be working in one of these huge skyscrappers..... I guess that dream will soon come true. :)

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Post by durain » Mon, 21 Sep 2009 11:19 pm

durian for me. :P :)

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Post by ksl » Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:29 pm

Lingering memories and the fragrance of the past, with good business prospects, not forgetting the marketing mix :wink:

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Post by taxico » Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:01 pm

safe to do whatever whenever. food's available at all hours and at all prices. good infrastructure (comms & transport), good medical facilities. good air hub. an efficient govt (like everything else in singapore) that is pro-business/$... the greenery. weather (when it's not raining).

while there are many things attractive in singapore, i don't like the TV channels/programming here. the lack of free speech. no freedom of expression.

the inability to own/carry weapons bum me out. selfish behavior of singaporeans annoy me. dog shit on side walks (private estates). dirty beaches. local drivers. disrespect for anything on 2 or 3 wheels.

the requirement to apply for a pricey license/registration to do just about any and everything - and then find out that most of those activities are heavily restricted/controlled.

oh no. i've hijacked and mutated this thread. i must stop. apologies to the OP.

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Post by econoMIC » Fri, 25 Sep 2009 3:35 pm

General comment: Am I the only one who is starting to get sick of all those: what do you like/keeps you in Singapore threads?
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durian, really?

Post by Johanna1987 » Thu, 01 Oct 2009 5:04 pm

isnt that the fruit that smells like horrible?

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Re: durian, really?

Post by taxico » Thu, 01 Oct 2009 8:36 pm

Johanna1987 wrote:isnt that the fruit that smells like horrible?
try it a coupla more times and you might just grow to like it...
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LOL

Post by Johanna1987 » Thu, 01 Oct 2009 10:41 pm

really? is it an acquired taste? I used to hate beer but its kind of tasty now
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Post by taxico » Fri, 02 Oct 2009 8:09 am

the first time i encountered the "king of fruits" i was a kid and wanted to die.

yes. it was that bad.

these days, i actually enjoy the smell and eat it occasionally. like, eat it-eat it.
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Post by sillingw » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 1:01 pm

smell'd it many times and thought to myself "no way will I ever put something that smells that bad, into my mouth"
One day, was convinced by a so-called friend to "try"
So now I have had twice - the first time and the last time.

Never again.

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Post by taxico » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 1:05 pm

looking at the topic and response... we can all safely assume durians have not been the reason why people move to singapore.
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Post by x9200 » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 1:47 pm

taxico wrote:the first time i encountered the "king of fruits" i was a kid and wanted to die.

yes. it was that bad.

these days, i actually enjoy the smell and eat it occasionally. like, eat it-eat it.
Got it right on my first day I arrived to SG. I like the fresh fruit from time to time but don't like anything processed (cakes, ice creams etc).

And few years back I got this clever idea to bring one full-horn-shell durian back to Europe. I put it in a plastic, lid-sealed bucket wrapped up inside 3 plastic bags nicely scotch-taped all together. Such prepared parcel patiently awaited in my fridge for 3 days before the departure. I was very surprised not being questioned by the customs as the smell was clearly there after I opened my suitcase. Apparently the custom officer was focused more on electronics and some people travel with their stuff not exactly clean. Perhaps the most interesting thing in this story is that the smell disappeared from my fridge only 3 months after.

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Post by QRM » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 3:06 pm

x9200 wrote: most interesting thing in this story is that the smell disappeared from my fridge only 3 months after.
Which is why we have a small seperate fridge for durians!! Its no worse the some seriously bad smelling cheese, just step into to the stinky cheese room at jones grocery and thats pretty grim.

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Post by x9200 » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 5:10 pm

QRM wrote:
x9200 wrote: most interesting thing in this story is that the smell disappeared from my fridge only 3 months after.
Which is why we have a small seperate fridge for durians!! Its no worse the some seriously bad smelling cheese, just step into to the stinky cheese room at jones grocery and thats pretty grim.
But you put your smelly stuff to the fridge likely as it is and mine was sitting there sealed inside a plastic bucket and 3 bags :shock:

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Post by aargon » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 6:34 pm

how did this thread turn into a durian eating topic :???:

personally I`m not a big fan of that smelly fruit :oops:

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