5 Reasons to Love Singapore Expats

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5 Reasons to Love Singapore Expats

WHEN people choose to live in Singapore than in other countries in Southeast Asia, one should realize that there is a risk that cost must be borne. Mercer Cost of Living Survey has recently placed Singapore as the city of the world’s eighth most expensive in terms of cost of living. In Asia, Singapore is the third most expensive city, behind Tokyo and Osaka. Hong Kong ahead of Singapore.

Then, why many foreigners choose to live in Singapore in the long run? Aimee Chan, an Australian editor and writer based in Singapore, wrote to CNN on Monday (08/08/2011), that there are at least five reasons for foreigners or expats to stay in Singapore. Ease of lifestyle with a choice of domestic workers, the safety factor, high educational standards, and multi-cultural factors seem to be a common theme. One more thing, they also love the city because of the weather.

“Singapore is comfortable with diversity”

Great Victoria moved his office from England to Singapore in 2003. Here he met the Portuguese man who later became her husband. They are now blessed with a daughter. Coincidentally two sisters also live here, as well as many extended family. Last year he decided to become permanent residents.

“Singapore is a civilized place to live,” he said. “It’s a good place for us to run a dual career with many job opportunities. As a working mother, I appreciate that I can have a full-time domestic workers to care for my child and support in running the household. Singapore a great place to build families: safe, clean, diverse, and with an excellent choice for school. ”

He continued, “I find most people (expats) in Singapore is very friendly as most have gone through the same experience, was transferred to work and do not have a network of friends or a strong family. Singaporeans are generally very comfortable with diversity and particularly welcome the stranger. If you ask directions on the road, they always lead. The size of my friendliness is a taxi driver. I have some interesting conversations with them because they often talk and interest from me. ”

“Singapore is more relaxed than Korea”

Sujin Lee and her first child came to Singapore from Korea more than three years ago when her husband, Byung Kwon, moved. She has given birth to another child and they want to be here at least five more years.

“Singapore is safer and more relaxed than Korea,” Lee said. “In Singapore my children can have a good education and learn English and Mandarin. The work and life here is balanced (it’s good for my husband) than in Korea. In Singapore, the workload and the corporate culture is completely different.”

“In Korea, many people stressed because of work, very competitive and hierarchical. There, Byung Kwon first got home from work around 22.30, so he did not have time for family and himself. He now spends more time with us and enjoy the hobby itself. It’s very nice. Most Korean mothers even said education in Singapore is much less stressful than in Korea. ”

“Singapore is a safer city”

Nicole Beath, Australians, has been in Singapore for more than 10 years and has become a permanent resident of Singapore for nine years. She and her husband recently bought a house and the youngest of their three children were born here.They plan to stay in Singapore at least five more years.

“We are delighted Singapore is a city that is safer than most cities,” he said.”Because of strict laws related to narcotics, it seems there will be no exposure to drugs at school. You read about children aged 10 years who sell narcotics in some schools in Sydney. It’s something that we see is not the case here. There is a clear understanding that any child caught carrying drugs will be expelled and repatriated to their home country (a contract is often signed at the time of enrolling your child in an international school here). ”

“Our daughter who is 12 and 14 years to appreciate that they have more freedom here than they had in Sydney. You heard about the kidnappings and violence is more common there. People often commented that there are so many strict laws in Singapore, but we see the benefits. Here, we feel comfortable with our children using public transport at night and go out with friends at a shopping center even after dark. ”

“My children do not see the difference between them and the local children”

Danya Goll and her husband left Australia nine years ago. All of their children, three men, was born here. They do not plan to leave Singapore until their oldest child is ready to enter high school.

“I think the standard of education for children are very top and I’m happy with the nursery school my children,” he said. My friends at Sydney’s only choice in the care of children under three years. (Here) from age 18 months, my children learn based on a curriculum. My son is four years old can now read and write in English and Mandarin. ”

“It’s very safe here. Condominium us full of children as young as our children so that they only need to run out the door to find someone to play. Crime in Sydney is much higher. There’s no way you will let your children roam the streetssuburbs. The great thing is that my children do not see the difference between them and the local kids who become friends play them. ”

“Singapore is where I feel most at home”

In 1995 citizens of Italy, Beppe De Vito, left London for an assignment in Singapore. Now he, who served as director of three restaurants, has become a permanent resident, and married to a Singaporean and has two sons. He intends to live permanently in Singapore.

“Singapore is where I feel most at home, wife and children, a Singaporean and I’ve lived here for 15 years,” he said. “Everything you might need is always accessible; service, comfort, (unlike anywhere else in the world), here I have the assurance of safety for my family.”

“Both my children will tell you that they are Singaporeans. They both also hold Singapore passports. Marco, my son is seven years old, speak Singlish and we did not enter him into an international school. If we intend to go from Singapore, we will enroll in an international school. But because Singapore is our home for the long term, we felt it would be better for him to experience Singapore’s school system.

“Eventually the two boys I also went to National Service, and it will not help if they spend time in their development between the children of expatriates. They’re probably too young to realize it, but this is their home and they love him. Marco , especially, are very proud of Singapore. Whenever we traveled, he always tells people that he is Singaporean. Even on our way to visit my family in Italy, he referred to it as traveling away from Singapore rather than travel back to ‘home ‘in Italy. ”

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~ by ickerz on 9 August 2011.

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