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What was your pitfall?

Postby zonemelt » Sat, 08 Jan 2011 6:44 pm

A question for those in the know!

When relocating to Singapore - What was your biggest pitfall?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 09 Jan 2011 12:07 am

relocating to Singapore! Oops!! That wasn't a pitfall, just a mistake. :-|

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Postby QRM » Sun, 09 Jan 2011 8:28 am

Bringing all our clothes including winter stuff which we ended up binning anyway.

Discovering if we have a kid in Singapore they wont be entitled to UK citizenship.

Keeping our cars in storage in the UK thinking we will be back soon, now the cost of storage is more than the car is worth, so one 1997 UK range rover for sale!

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Postby BillyB » Sun, 09 Jan 2011 9:07 am

Keeping things in storage that you're never likely to ever use again just for the sake of nostalgia, cancelling my Sky subscription and not researching slingbox, and being ignorant to the great public transport system in Singapore by trying to live live as close to the office as possible!

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Postby zonemelt » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 7:53 am

So unnecessary storage seems to be a theme

@BillyB What do you mean when you refer to Sky and slingbox?

Cheers.

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Postby Addadude » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 9:47 am

Taking my local boss' word for it when it came to salary and cost of living.

In fairness to me, this was back in the tail end of '93 when there was no internet and the only guide I had for Singapore was a Berlitz.
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Postby BillyB » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:22 am

zonemelt wrote:So unnecessary storage seems to be a theme

@BillyB What do you mean when you refer to Sky and slingbox?

Cheers.


Don't quote me on this as an exact technical description or how it works, but I believe if you maintain an active sky subscription back in the U.K you can use a 'slingbox' to transmit the signal to your TV in SG with full remote and channel functionality. And we all know, nothing beats Sky TV!!

There are some threads on Slingbox in computers section - have a search.

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Postby JayCee » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:28 am

Not playing the field a bit more before settling down with one girl :lol:

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:34 am

Not going for graduate studies when I got my natural science degree which would have prevented this whole string of events for over more than decade which now has me in this country complaining about my lot in life.

OMG...I'll be a cranky, old curmudgeon in age...

YOU DAMN NOISY KIDS!!! GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:44 am

JayCee wrote:Not playing the field a bit more before settling down with one girl :lol:


Hope she isn't on this forum or else you could have the option to be playing it again soon if she reads this!!

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Postby longstebe » Mon, 10 Jan 2011 6:54 pm

JayCee wrote:Not playing the field a bit more before settling down with one girl :lol:


JayCee tells it how it is. Don't hold back mate. :lol:

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Postby Frostyfart » Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:57 am

QRM wrote:Discovering if we have a kid in Singapore they wont be entitled to UK citizenship.



What if Singapore doesn't grant them citizenship? Are they just a blob? With no home country?

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Postby QRM » Tue, 11 Jan 2011 7:33 am

Frostyfart wrote:
QRM wrote:Discovering if we have a kid in Singapore they wont be entitled to UK citizenship.



What if Singapore doesn't grant them citizenship? Are they just a blob? With no home country?


Singapore govt would not grant citizenship, so yup she would have been a blob with no home country the correct term is born without a state or statelessness.

Happening more and more these days with mixed marriages and expats working overseas.

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Postby snowqueen » Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:32 am

QRM wrote:
Frostyfart wrote:
QRM wrote:Discovering if we have a kid in Singapore they wont be entitled to UK citizenship.



What if Singapore doesn't grant them citizenship? Are they just a blob? With no home country?


Singapore govt would not grant citizenship, so yup she would have been a blob with no home country the correct term is born without a state or statelessness.

Happening more and more these days with mixed marriages and expats working overseas.


QRM, I'm guessing from your comment that you are not born/originally from the UK. My boy was born here but both my husband and I were born in the UK so our son has a british passport.

I was thinking the other day though when he's older what country he would class as 'home', or his home country regardless of where we end up 20 years down the line.

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Re: What was your pitfall?

Postby snowqueen » Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:39 am

zonemelt wrote:A question for those in the know!

When relocating to Singapore - What was your biggest pitfall?


I don't think we actually have one as we had time to do a fair amount of research when we got here so we didn't have too many suprises. I guess we could have asked for a bit more help in terms of furnishing an apartment as we literally had nothing when we moved into this place. We bought an air bed from Giant and had some minimal supplies from Ikea like the shoe rack which started out as our dining table. We would watch movies on a lap top sat on our airbed eating our dinner of the shoe rack. That's a memory that will stay with me forever.

We rented our house out for the first 18 months but I wish we put it on the market after the first tenants moved out after 6 months - I think we knew at that point we would not be returning to the UK for a very long time. We have no regrets about moving here - absolutely love it!


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