I live in an HDB flat too, not that I could afford to rent a condo
or landed property
...which I share with other expats...and expats, I mean, people not living in their country of origin, not those on generous expat packages from their companies.
Our current flat is actually quite nice but having pipes above my head while I'm on the can kinda perturbs me. I mean, what if there's a leak?!?
I also miss having a lawn; having a space where you could do dirty, messy activities and projects and still have a clean, tidy space to have your meals without cleaning up right away.
The HDB flats are quite nice and quiet...if you're on a high floor. We moved flats; from 14th to second floor. Now, the local school buses wake me up in the morning before my alarm goes off.
But at least it's a short trip when the ice cream man comes.
Or when you're late for work.
I've lived in a flat where it's just a no-nonsese, no frills housing project and also in if-you-add-a-fence-security-a-gym-and-a-pool-in-the-compound-it'll-pass-for-a-condo type of flats. So unless the price for a condo unit is very, very, competitive, I will settle for an HDB flat. I don't know about buying one yet, though. Still not sure how long I'll be staying here.
HDB's...they're a mixed big, have their broad spectrum, and have a little something for everyone.
You don't have to be alone. Find a girl, get hitched and then, make more local Singaporeans