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Post by grt » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 4:30 am

Hi,

I did just register and will also be going to Singapore in July, for a year.

@sunny-sing: May I ask what exactly your PhD is about and where you're going to study? I'll be reading a Masters at NTU in International Political Economy and expect to focus on China also (have been doing so for some time).

I'll most likely be staying in university accommodation and hope to get around this mold problem for the most part... And while I will certainly not bring (or buy) any UGGs, I will bring some pair of jeans :)

However, I will the problem of bringing much of my stuff to Singapore. I expect to stay for a year only but it's still very different from going on a two-week holiday...

Hence, I wanted to ask if guys are able to buy (mostly casual) clothes in bigger sizes (I'm 6ft1 and usually wear XL, 16" shirts and e.g. W38 jeans) at affordable prices (from a European perspective). This probably has been asked before and I will have a look at other threads but as womens clothes were mentioned above already I thought to give it a go.

Thanks!

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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 6:54 am

sunny-sing wrote:I am sorry for not fulfilling your common sense standards. Considering that they seem to be worn frequently in Central America, that wool not only warms the human body but can also cool it and that I will not spend my whole day (and night) in a hot and humid environment outside, I thought to ask people who should know. Once again, I apologise for my naivety and ignorance.
Central America is a big place and has a variety of climates. A quick google search could have told you Singapore's climate is hot and humid 100% of the time, something everyone should know before they even consider a move. Wool does not have magical powers, it is an insulator, it keeps warm things warm and cool things cool. Therefore if you wrap your warm feet in fleece you interfere with your body's ability to cool itself. Considering the amount of rainfall we get, Hunters would be much more practical here.

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Post by JR8 » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 6:59 am

+1 MHB, but can I suggest Barbour boots are better than Hunters? :)

p.s. Unusually long post for you. Woah, over 5 words lol :wink:
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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 7:13 am

JR8 wrote:+1 MHB, but can I suggest Barbour boots are better than Hunters? :)

p.s. Unusually long post for you. Woah, over 5 words lol :wink:
Nope. Barbour for jackets (have 2!) and Hunter for boots. Blame Gossip Girl or whatever, but this is what the girls on the Upper East Side wear and that's good enough for me (actually I'd had the same Barbour coat for 15 years, but lost it when it was cut off me after a car crash). I have 2 or three pairs of Uggs in the US and a few pairs of (I think) the superior ULUs. Brilliant for the subzero temps of a long New England winter.

Am I known for brevity? :roll:

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Post by JR8 » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 7:28 am

Mary Hatch Bailey wrote:
JR8 wrote:+1 MHB, but can I suggest Barbour boots are better than Hunters? :)

p.s. Unusually long post for you. Woah, over 5 words lol :wink:
Nope. Barbour for jackets (have 2!) and Hunter for boots. Blame Gossip Girl or whatever, but this is what the girls on the Upper East Side wear and that's good enough for me (actually I'd had the same Barbour coat for 15 years, but lost it when it was cut off me after a car crash). I have 2 or three pairs of Uggs in the US and a few pairs of (I think) the superior ULUs. Brilliant for the subzero temps of a long New England winter.

Am I known for brevity? :roll:

Hehehe. Yes I have two too, one absolutely knackered old classic thing thing with holes in and the like and a lovely snap in fur lining, and a more modern one. The former I think I bought around 1987/8, the latter the owner of the company gave me in c. 1989.

The wonder is that Barbour can repair just about any damage at all. Farmers just need things that function rather than look pretty, that is why I love the product... beyond family loyalty :wink:

Uggs, I just think they look slouchy/sloppy, and they sure as hell are not suited to SG in my opinion.

p.s. We all have our own style, so beyond a fleeting tail-tugging quip here and there, I am not going to take that trail any further :)
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Post by x9200 » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 8:34 am

sunny-sing wrote: My friend whose brother was working there for a few months just told me that some air-cons would cool down some offices quite much.
So he had to wear uggs? :) Your friend's brother was correct but it translates to getting cold if wearing only shorts and t-shirts. Some offices are like this but normally people do not go to the office in shorts.
The places where is cold are the cinemas. Always and all of them. Going to a movie wearing what you wear walking on the street is a challenge.
And lastly they have ice skating rinks in Singapore so maybe if you could combine your uggs with this detachable type of the skates... who knows.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:52 am

My advice? Bring your Uggs and make a statement! Regardless of how uncomfortable they might be in actual usage here! Some of the Ah Lian's wear even stranger stuff. :cool:
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Post by Barnsley » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 3:36 pm

grt wrote:Hi,

I did just register and will also be going to Singapore in July, for a year.

@sunny-sing: May I ask what exactly your PhD is about and where you're going to study? I'll be reading a Masters at NTU in International Political Economy and expect to focus on China also (have been doing so for some time).

I'll most likely be staying in university accommodation and hope to get around this mold problem for the most part... And while I will certainly not bring (or buy) any UGGs, I will bring some pair of jeans :)

However, I will the problem of bringing much of my stuff to Singapore. I expect to stay for a year only but it's still very different from going on a two-week holiday...

Hence, I wanted to ask if guys are able to buy (mostly casual) clothes in bigger sizes (I'm 6ft1 and usually wear XL, 16" shirts and e.g. W38 jeans) at affordable prices (from a European perspective). This probably has been asked before and I will have a look at other threads but as womens clothes were mentioned above already I thought to give it a go.

Thanks!
Bring enough jeans n T-shirts to last you a couple of months.

You will have sweated off a couple inches in no time and you will be able to shop here at the "top end" of the size range.

For sizes in T-shirts I have found that its been 1 size diff here. The XL here equates to L in UK. However in some places like GAP I think the sizes are US sizes so an L there in a shirt equates to XL in the UK. At least in the shirts I have tried on.
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Post by ksl » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 9:39 pm

Barnsley wrote:
grt wrote:Hi,

I did just register and will also be going to Singapore in July, for a year.

@sunny-sing: May I ask what exactly your PhD is about and where you're going to study? I'll be reading a Masters at NTU in International Political Economy and expect to focus on China also (have been doing so for some time).

I'll most likely be staying in university accommodation and hope to get around this mold problem for the most part... And while I will certainly not bring (or buy) any UGGs, I will bring some pair of jeans :)

However, I will the problem of bringing much of my stuff to Singapore. I expect to stay for a year only but it's still very different from going on a two-week holiday...

Hence, I wanted to ask if guys are able to buy (mostly casual) clothes in bigger sizes (I'm 6ft1 and usually wear XL, 16" shirts and e.g. W38 jeans) at affordable prices (from a European perspective). This probably has been asked before and I will have a look at other threads but as womens clothes were mentioned above already I thought to give it a go.

Thanks!
Bring enough jeans n T-shirts to last you a couple of months.

You will have sweated off a couple inches in no time and you will be able to shop here at the "top end" of the size range.

For sizes in T-shirts I have found that its been 1 size diff here. The XL here equates to L in UK. However in some places like GAP I think the sizes are US sizes so an L there in a shirt equates to XL in the UK. At least in the shirts I have tried on.
Agreed I am only 170cm neck 16.5 44 chest, 34 waist with my cheeks blown out, XL is not big enough, need XXL.
The XL is no good after a wash too tight, and XXL is not easy to find. Jeans you will have to get from western shops who carry European sizes, with the strong sing$ it maybe better to bring them,

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Post by grt » Tue, 08 Mar 2011 6:17 am

Sounds like I will have to get creative when it comes to moving my [s]stuff[/]s life to Singapore.

So far I hoped that I could at least save some kilograms by buying most clothes there...

Thanks to both of you for letting me know beforehand!

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Post by JayCee » Tue, 08 Mar 2011 10:03 am

JR8 wrote:[eans are worn by expats who want to show tourists that they live there and so are superior,
This is so true. I've been to barbecues where all the guys stand around sweating their tits off in the sun in their expat 'uniforms' of jeans and polo shirt, and then they look at me like I'm crazy when I ask why they don't just wear shorts and a t-shirt (as I do).

Never understood this need to prove how you live here and are not a tourist, to the locals you will NEVER be local so why bother?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:56 am

Yep, it's really funny alright. Although my wife (local) is always yelling at me when I go to town with shorts on and only a singlet. She keeps telling me I look like an old uncle. My reply? I'm 63! Who am I planning on impressing! If I didn't have to change to go to town, I'd be in my sarong and singlet!
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Post by ksl » Tue, 08 Mar 2011 3:05 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yep, it's really funny alright. Although my wife (local) is always yelling at me when I go to town with shorts on and only a singlet. She keeps telling me I look like an old uncle. My reply? I'm 63! Who am I planning on impressing! If I didn't have to change to go to town, I'd be in my sarong and singlet!
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Post by Barnsley » Wed, 09 Mar 2011 3:50 pm

JayCee wrote:
JR8 wrote:[eans are worn by expats who want to show tourists that they live there and so are superior,
This is so true. I've been to barbecues where all the guys stand around sweating their tits off in the sun in their expat 'uniforms' of jeans and polo shirt, and then they look at me like I'm crazy when I ask why they don't just wear shorts and a t-shirt (as I do).

Never understood this need to prove how you live here and are not a tourist, to the locals you will NEVER be local so why bother?
I liked the quote too.

If only I could wear shorts n t-shirts to the office in the week, that would be ideal. :)
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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 09 Mar 2011 5:08 pm

Barnsley wrote:If only I could wear shorts n t-shirts to the office in the week, that would be ideal. :)
Remote manage project teams in other countries from your home office and you can do just that.

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