Ranked the second-best expat destination in the world, Singapore is a major trade hub of the world. This country is visited by large numbers of tourists who want to witness the architectural masterpieces, the busy metropolitan central city and experience the highest quality of life only here. If you planning to move to Singapore in the near future for an upcoming job, to visit a friend or just to get a taste of the life in this enthralling island nation, here are 5 things you must keep in your mind.
Singapore can be expensive
Life in this country can be very expensive as pretty much everything costs a lot more here than anywhere else in the world. Singapore was named the world’s most expensive city to live in for the fourth time in a row. A Honda car which costs no more than $20000 in the US will cost about $100000 in Singapore. Housing can also be extremely expensive although a highest level of quality can be expected from high end apartments and executive condominiums. Rivercove Residences price levels are fairly set in-line with the quality of the living space. However, food and groceries are quite reasonably priced and dining at local shopping mall food courts is a great way to eat you fill without spending too much.
Singapore is situated just one degree above the equator, and therefore, is very hot most of the time. There are plenty of pleasantly warm days as well and then there are extremely rainy days. Basically, its rain and sun all year long. Although this isn’t a big deal for people who move to the country from other Asian countries and the Australian continent, most European and American expats and visitors will find the weather to be a bit harsh at first. The two monsoon seasons are from June to September and December to March and constant rain can be expected during these periods.
Space to store your stuff
Unless you reside in a luxury, spacious executive condominium with a floor plan similar to a Rivercove Residences floor plan, you will not be able to store all the possessions you brought along with your living space. Purchase a storage space from a provider of such facilities to safely store your possessions till you need them again.
High price of alcohol
Drinking in Singapore can be a very expensive activity which will be of shock to anyone from any part of the world because alcohol is more expensive here than anywhere else in the world. It would cost about 15$ to purchase a pint of beer at a night club or a bar of Singapore. Therefore, it’s advisable to make the best of happy hour offers if you want to have a good time while you stay in this country.
No chewing gum!
Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992 and the authorities enforce this law very strictly. The main reason behind this strange ban was because certain individuals have used to stick chewing gum to the sensors of MRT train doors which prevented them from closing. This caused a huge inefficiency in the MRT service sector and authorities came up with the ban. Chewing gum of therapeutic value which must be purchased from a pharmacist however are legal.