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Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby Dori111 » Sun, 12 Jun 2011 8:13 pm

Hello Everyone!

I am relocating to Singapore from London in August and would like to say hello to my future neighbours. And a big thank you for this goldmine of practical information!

At first I was not sure I wanted to move out of the Big Smog, but all the stuff I read on this website (and few other sources) with advice on how to settle in easily helped me to make up my mind. So, I am coming and really looking forward to it! Sun, beach, outdoor activities, oh yes, bring it on! hahaha

I have already chosen 2 districts I will focus on while searching for a flat and know what to expect with my budget. I want to live close to the sea, so will look mainly in D15 & D16. Just one question, is there much noise from the planes flying to Changi? After leaving in Clapham I am used to Heathrow and Gatwick, but Changi seems really close.. This is my only concern. I'd appreciate your advice on this one.

I am leaving behind a great bunch of friends and relocating on my own, so you can imagine I am a bit scared of being lonely on the other side of the world. I hope I will find some nice people, though. Judging by this website and Internations.com contacts I already met, I have a chance to be very happy in Asia.

Thanks again for all your assistance and see you in 8 weeks!!
Dori

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Postby Mad Scientist » Mon, 13 Jun 2011 5:00 am

Yeah the sound of aircraft flying is pretty much similar living near the aiport anywhere in the world when the airport is a major Air hub
Singapore has a total land area of 100 km² and 193 km of coastline. Not a big chunk of land to go about.

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Re: Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby x9200 » Mon, 13 Jun 2011 8:09 am

Dori111 wrote:So, I am coming and really looking forward to it! Sun, beach, outdoor activities, oh yes, bring it on! hahaha

Hi Dori and welcome (almost) aboard, but I am afraid sun, beach and outdoor activities does not really sound very much like Singapore. Sun, yes, the daily heat generator, but it is a bit different way than if you put it in one sentence with the beach. You can have it all here (including outdoor activities), but this is really nothing special. On the other hand, living in London you may have a bit different perspective :)

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Re: Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby nakatago » Mon, 13 Jun 2011 8:36 am

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Dori111 wrote:So, I am coming and really looking forward to it! Sun, beach, outdoor activities, oh yes, bring it on! hahaha

Hi Dori and welcome (almost) aboard, but I am afraid sun, beach and outdoor activities does not really sound very much like Singapore. Sun, yes, the daily heat generator, but it is a bit different way than if you put it in one sentence with the beach. You can have it all here (including outdoor activities), but this is really nothing special. On the other hand, living in London you may have a bit different perspective :)


This is the tropics where a sunny day can be scorching (and seriously, dangerous--put on some sunblock especially if you don't have enough melanin in your skin). About the beaches, there aren't enough of them and those that are there, you could probably swim to any of those numerous ships (or the occasional refinery) you see if you tried.

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Re: Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby aster » Mon, 13 Jun 2011 9:30 am

Dori111 wrote:I am relocating to Singapore from London in August


This is the easy part. Going back will be immensely more difficult. :)

As far as beaches go, East Coast Park is nice though I wouldn't recommend it for swimming as such, but there are plenty of other activities available.

Come to think of it, which is a good beach for swimming, guys? The one at Changi Village, perhaps?

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Re: Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby JR8 » Tue, 14 Jun 2011 4:24 am

Dori111 wrote:At first I was not sure I wanted to move out of the Big Smogi


Welcome aboard,

Not wishing to be a grump, but he smog is worse in SG than London.

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Postby alexwei » Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:20 am

aster wrote:
Dori111 wrote:I am relocating to Singapore from London in August


This is the easy part. Going back will be immensely more difficult. :)

As far as beaches go, East Coast Park is nice though I wouldn't recommend it for swimming as such, but there are plenty of other activities available.

Come to think of it, which is a good beach for swimming, guys? The one at Changi Village, perhaps?


I think the beaches at sentosa are better :)

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hi dori

Postby sbhambri » Sat, 18 Jun 2011 2:56 am

hi there! we are moving from toronto to singapore end of july!! we are also looking at districts 15 and 16....very excited!!

have u found a place yet? are u moving all your furniture?

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Postby Dori111 » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 6:15 pm

sbhambri wrote:hi there! we are moving from toronto to singapore end of july!! we are also looking at districts 15 and 16....very excited!!

have u found a place yet? are u moving all your furniture?


Hi sbhambri!
Hope your relocation planning is going well. Not long to go... Are you nervous? I am well into panic stage, hahaha

I haven't found anything yet. I am still waiting for my work permit to be sorted out and once this is done I will book some viewings. I want to arrive on Saturday 5th and book some viewings for Monday and following days. I am thinknig of staying in a hotel for max 2 weeks. Do you think 14 days is enough to get the house hunting sorted?
Did you get any intersting info about the area we are both looking at?

I decided not to ship my furniture. I got an allowance to get a new one, so will use it for some local teak beauties. It'll be fun.
What about you guys? Are you shipping all your household?

All the best for your last month in Canada!
D.

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Re: Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby Dori111 » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 6:18 pm

JR8 wrote:
Dori111 wrote:At first I was not sure I wanted to move out of the Big Smogi


Welcome aboard,

Not wishing to be a grump, but he smog is worse in SG than London.


Thaks for the heads up, JR8! :lol:
D.

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Postby Dori111 » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 6:23 pm

alexwei wrote:
aster wrote:
Dori111 wrote:I am relocating to Singapore from London in August


This is the easy part. Going back will be immensely more difficult. :)

As far as beaches go, East Coast Park is nice though I wouldn't recommend it for swimming as such, but there are plenty of other activities available.

Come to think of it, which is a good beach for swimming, guys? The one at Changi Village, perhaps?


I think the beaches at sentosa are better :)


Well, in that case Sentosa is going to be one of my first destinations.. I am dying for some sun! Saying that I am sure most of you smile politely thinking "This silly girl has not idea what she is talking about.. Naive blonde...She will curse the weather in no time, hehehe!"
And probably you are right, haha.

Have a great evening/day, Everyone!
D.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 7:11 pm

I never curse the heat, just the humidity

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Postby Barnsley » Wed, 22 Jun 2011 9:59 am

Dori111 wrote:
sbhambri wrote:hi there! we are moving from toronto to singapore end of july!! we are also looking at districts 15 and 16....very excited!!

have u found a place yet? are u moving all your furniture?


Hi sbhambri!
Hope your relocation planning is going well. Not long to go... Are you nervous? I am well into panic stage, hahaha

I haven't found anything yet. I am still waiting for my work permit to be sorted out and once this is done I will book some viewings. I want to arrive on Saturday 5th and book some viewings for Monday and following days. I am thinknig of staying in a hotel for max 2 weeks. Do you think 14 days is enough to get the house hunting sorted?
Did you get any intersting info about the area we are both looking at?

I decided not to ship my furniture. I got an allowance to get a new one, so will use it for some local teak beauties. It'll be fun.
What about you guys? Are you shipping all your household?

All the best for your last month in Canada!
D.


Arriving just in time for National Day on 9th. :)

Not sure you will get much joy arranging viewings for Tuesday Aug 9th as its a public holiday.
Life is short, paddle harder!!

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Postby Dori111 » Wed, 22 Jun 2011 9:29 pm

I know, Barnsley. Did my homework with the calendar :) Do they celebrate it in any way or is it just a day off when people chill?

I will surely get some joy exploring the city :)

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Re: Moving to Singapore in August - thank you for all info!

Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 22 Jun 2011 9:44 pm

JR8 wrote:
Dori111 wrote:At first I was not sure I wanted to move out of the Big Smogi


Welcome aboard,

Not wishing to be a grump, but he smog is worse in SG than London.


Eh?? You old frump. What smog? Vapor envelope, yes.


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