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Do you think you will retire in Singapore

Yes, I'm already set up and love it here
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13%
No way, it's far too expensive
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61%
I don't bloody well know, I'm still too young
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26%
 
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Retirement in SG?

Post by longstebe » Mon, 13 Dec 2010 3:47 pm

Hope I've done this right.

Who is thinking of retiring in Singapore?
Any comments along with your vote are welcomed

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Post by JayCee » Mon, 13 Dec 2010 4:11 pm

Not me, give it another 2-3 years till the British economy picks up then I'm off home and I won't be back.

Will probably retire in China or somewhere else in SE Asia other than Singapore where the people are nicer, long way off yet though

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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 13 Dec 2010 9:42 pm

It is too expensive and unless you have the assets, you are at risk for having your PR (actually, your REP) revoked. Better plan for alternatives.

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Post by Mad Scientist » Tue, 14 Dec 2010 4:33 pm

No matter how you look at it, SG is far too costly.
Unless you are some technocrats or socialites or whatever that needs to be in the midst of things and the happenings, I will give SG a miss.
To own a car here, I can easily own four for the same price elsewhere
To own a private residence here, I can easily own a mansion elsewhere.
The comparisons are abundant but it all depends on individual taste and goals.
No doubt the efficiency of the public service is second to none, apart from that, NAH !!!
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Post by nakatago » Tue, 14 Dec 2010 4:39 pm

...not to mention the [imposed] lifestyle too fast paced and regimental for someone in his twilight years to just chill.

I'd understand how or why true-blue Singaporeans would choose to stay here but I won't blame my fellow foreigners for not wanting to :(

...and ditto about what JayCee said about people.
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Post by JayCee » Tue, 14 Dec 2010 4:49 pm

Mad Scientist wrote: To own a car here, I can easily own four for the same price elsewhere
To own a private residence here, I can easily own a mansion elsewhere.
This really sums it all up for me, Singapore is a good place to earn and save money as a single person but when it comes time for me to start my own family I want to be somewhere I can buy a house and car without having to be a millionnaire

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Post by the lynx » Tue, 14 Dec 2010 5:30 pm

Oh gosh, life seems good here if you're single and young but you're right, owning a car is almost a financial suicide... let alone a house (and we're only talking about HDB so far!)

But I'm still impressed by the service sector especially public service and the security Singapore provides here. Being a female, it feels so good to be able to be outside after 3am and still staying alive and sane.

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Post by Calmday » Wed, 15 Dec 2010 9:35 am

The first thing that popped into my mind was the phrase "It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there". Singapore is way to urban for me. I need room to breathe.
I just go where my job takes me and never had any intention of staying here.
I will retire in the FL Keys where I can step out my back door right into my boat and be a 15 min boat ride from world class fishing/diving. :)

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Post by BigSis » Wed, 15 Dec 2010 3:13 pm

I want to retire somewhere where I'll get a bit of help if I need it during my old age without having to shell out megabucks. Singapore isn't that kind of place and I think I'll feel more comfortable back home when that time comes.

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Post by AngelJoy » Wed, 15 Dec 2010 6:22 pm

Calmday wrote:The first thing that popped into my mind was the phrase "It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there". Singapore is way to urban for me. I need room to breathe.
this

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 15 Dec 2010 6:37 pm

AngelJoy wrote:
Calmday wrote:The first thing that popped into my mind was the phrase "It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there". Singapore is way to urban for me. I need room to breathe.
this
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"A quokka is what would happen if there was an anime about kangaroos."

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Post by ksl » Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:21 pm

the lynx wrote:3am and still staying alive and sane.
Nice pussy cat, you haven't been out with the SMS crowd yet then! Not to say we are dead or insane after 3 a.m but a little close to both, I wonder which comes first sometimes :wink:

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:18 am

:tongue:
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 k1w1 » Tue, 21 Dec 2010 6:22 am

While expensive compared to some countries, Singapore has good health care options. This definitely gets more important in retirement.

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Post by Calmday » Tue, 21 Dec 2010 8:03 am

AngelJoy wrote:
Calmday wrote:The first thing that popped into my mind was the phrase "It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there". Singapore is way to urban for me. I need room to breathe.
this
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