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Post by zzm9980 » Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:20 pm

Everything makes much more sense now :) This is what I get for trying to troll forums while half-listening on conference calls. I hope my work emails don't wind up as incoherent!

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Post by nutnut » Thu, 12 Jan 2012 2:34 pm

zzm9980 wrote:Everything makes much more sense now :) This is what I get for trying to troll forums while half-listening on conference calls. I hope my work emails don't wind up as incoherent!
Haha, I know what you mean!
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Post by mrjester » Mon, 16 Jan 2012 9:39 pm

No... No kids and wife just yet. Will have a girlfriend come out in about 6 months, but can re-assess living at that point.

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Post by mrjester » Mon, 16 Jan 2012 9:41 pm

Also... where's best to seach for these 'outside CBD' condos? I had a quick look on the properties here and nothing jumped out. I might not have put the correct criteria I guess??

Is it something best done in person and have a wander around when I get to Singapore?

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Post by nutnut » Mon, 16 Jan 2012 9:52 pm

Depends on what you want from the area you live in! how far are you willing to travel etc. condos near International Schools are more expensive normally, so you may find a pricey condo in the middle of no where, it's just convenient for a particular school!

Tell us what your commute will be (where you work) and your willingness to commute, (30mins/40mins/1hr) and the kinds of facilities you want in your nearby area (Beach/shopping malls/blah blah blah) and whether you will be happy with Buses (they are good here) or you are desperate for an MRT being close by.

All this will help us, help you!
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Post by mrjester » Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:26 pm

Thanks nutnut.

I suppose the honest answer is "I don't know" lol. However, based on say my London living, my commute is/was 30-40mins by car, and same by train as I had a 15min walk to the nearest tube station. So happy for that kind of commute.

My office is on/in Orchard.

In terms of facilities, I guess the usual grocery shop not too far, maybe not a million miles from somewhere to go see a film or have a drink (though in London, going out could take an hour or more to get home anyway).

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Post by nutnut » Tue, 17 Jan 2012 8:05 am

Somehwere cheap in Singapore that would be 40 mins from Orchard, you could look even somewhere like Yishun or Woodlands, if you get a place near the MRT then you'd do that in no problem to have the 40 mins commute.

Have a look at this, I found this useful when trying to look for a place, it's a little outdated, it doesn't have the condos near the circle line and doesn't have a lot of new places, but otherwise it's very good!
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Post by the lynx » Tue, 17 Jan 2012 9:02 am

mrjester wrote:My office is on/in Orchard.

In terms of facilities, I guess the usual grocery shop not too far, maybe not a million miles from somewhere to go see a film or have a drink (though in London, going out could take an hour or more to get home anyway).
Lucky you that you're not in Raffles and the rest of the CBD area, where the human traffic rears its ugly head in MRTs, buses, roads and ERPs.

Orchard should be easy. Holland to Serangoon (East to West), Yishun/AMK to Tiong Bahru (North to South) - you should be able to get there on a quick ride in the bus (if you are lucky enough to land in those convenient bus routes) or MRT will be just fine too.

And don't worry about movies, drinks and fun. Orchard itself already offers a heaven of options (it is a shopping belt district) which is very convenient after work.

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 17 Jan 2012 9:05 am

mrjester wrote:Thanks nutnut.

I suppose the honest answer is "I don't know" lol. However, based on say my London living, my commute is/was 30-40mins by car, and same by train as I had a 15min walk to the nearest tube station. So happy for that kind of commute.

My office is on/in Orchard.

In terms of facilities, I guess the usual grocery shop not too far, maybe not a million miles from somewhere to go see a film or have a drink (though in London, going out could take an hour or more to get home anyway).
You can use google maps or gothere.sg to find out travel/commute directions and times, and adding streetdirectory, nearby facilities as well.

Singapore generally has everything accessible but there are neighborhoods that are surprisingly inconvenient.
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