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Advice wanted on relocation to Singapore.....

Post by bloke » Wed, 24 Nov 2004 3:49 am

I have just been made redundant in the UK and was looking for another job here in London, when out of the blue, one of my contacts asked if I was interested in managing his Asian HQ in Singapore.

I said "sure what's the package" and he said....."tell me what you need/want?"

Sadly this doesnt mean i can have it all but, it does mean i need to rather quickly understand the cost of living and typical expenses in Singapore, I have to make my proposal tomorrow....nothing like a challenge!

I will be working at Changi airport and have a wife and 2yo kid who will be joining me out there in the new year. I have been offered 6 months posting which will extend to 2 years if we like living there.
I have travelled extensively in Asia but sadly, I have never been to Singapore (mostly Bangkok & KL for business).

I need to know costs of appartment rental, car lease, typical cost of living plus would appreciate anyone's comments or views on anything related to the subject.

I have looked at a lot of the postings and info on this site already but anything more would be a real help.

Cheers, Bloke

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Post by rentamaid2002yahoosg » Wed, 24 Nov 2004 9:15 am

hey bloke....

just my 2cents worth...

the living standards in Singapore is slightly below London....

the rental of a decent 2 to 3 bedroom apt in the east which is near to Changi Airport will probably cost you around $3k. That excludes utilities as well which could come up to abt $150 to $250 per month depending on usage.

A small car would set u back at least $1k per/mth again depending on the size of car u choose. That excludes petrol and other misc expenses for the car...carpark expenses?

Food is not tat expensive here but i guess drinks are....$10 - $12 for a glass of beer? So that is highly variable expense.

So i reckon u can work your way back and hopefully u can negotiate a suitable package for yourself....

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Post by bloke » Thu, 25 Nov 2004 4:55 am

Thanks, rentamaid2002yahoosg

I'm greatful for your reply, anyone elses views on absolutley anything related to relocating are most appreciated

Cheers Bloke

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Post by bloke » Sat, 27 Nov 2004 3:18 am

Thanks Eric!

Appreciate your advice and comments, they seem to be the same as a few of my friends are also saying.

By the way, how easy is it to watch European football in Singapore?

I'm a big fan of English Premier League, Champions League & La Liga are they shown pay-per-view and can you get that from your appartment of do people go to sports bars to watch that kinda thing?

I have seen a few games whilst i was in Oz, a strange experience being in a bar at 1am to watch the European midday matches...

Thanks again, Bloke

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Post by jpatokal » Sat, 27 Nov 2004 8:57 pm

bloke wrote:By the way, how easy is it to watch European football in Singapore?

I'm a big fan of English Premier League, Champions League & La Liga are they shown pay-per-view and can you get that from your appartment of do people go to sports bars to watch that kinda thing?
Quite easy. Singaporeans are nuts about soccer, particularly British teams. (Nobody cares about the local league, and if you ever watch a match you'll soon find out why.)

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Post by bombi » Sun, 28 Nov 2004 11:28 pm

Hi,

Maybe anyone would know about this issue?
I will be relocating to Singapore from Miami early next year, and would like to know if anyone has any suggestions in shipping personal belongings as well as pets (dogs).

Thanks in advance,
Ciao

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Post by bloke » Sun, 05 Dec 2004 3:07 am

Thanks for all the advice....

I have agreed contract terms with my new employer and will be relocating to Singapore from January 02nd!

Just haggling about appartment and car now....

Bloke 8)

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