Sounds like my day! Work from 7am-10am, then a lull until about 4pm.Somers wrote: I am also stunned at how never-ending the work can be. In California, I usually start my day at 5:30 a.m. and I'm done by 3 p.m. Here in Singapore, I start at around 6 or 7 a.m. to deal with U.S. and APJ colleagues. Then in the early afternoon, the emails from Europe start coming in; before I know it it's the early afternoon and the U.S. folks are back on line.
As for your husband and the original question, I think the answer is whenever it makes the most sense. I'm butting up against this exact same issue in my company right now looking at internal transfer options out of Singapore. The offers back in California are compelling, but relocation assistance is minimal.
I'll throw this at you right now also, as it has become a huge pain point for me: If you ever transfer out of Singapore and have unvested stock or stock options, you *will* have to pay tax on those unvested earnings as if they had vested 30 days before you leave. Know about that now, so you can make sure that *that* tax is taken care of by your company during your transfer. If you owe taxes at all (including this) IRAS will not let you leave the country.