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Old 2nd March 2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Old 2nd March 2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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You could do far worse...
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Old 2nd March 2010, 05:33 PM   #3
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Singapore's a great hub to base oneself in Asia
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Old 2nd March 2010, 06:16 PM   #4
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Yes, do it. Tax rate is just fantastic and the food is awesome. The biggest downside is the humidity but you will spend most of your life inside! Spent a few years there and would happily be sent back.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 06:38 PM   #5
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One could hardly go wrong choosing to live in Singapore IMHO. It is such a modern, clean, orderly and safe city. Not to mention the food, shopping, efficent public transport etc
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Old 2nd March 2010, 07:21 PM   #6
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No - don't.

You should just not do that, under any circumstances.

Just give me your contact details and I'll go there instead of you.
Think about it, you'll be happily living in the UK and at the same time you'll have me flying SQ, enjoying the local food, getting acquainted with beautiful Asian girls, taking pictures, writing TRs and attending all DOs there instead of you.
You'll have the pleasure to simply enjoy all these things from your computer screen if you remain in the continent, so why bother go down there?
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Old 2nd March 2010, 07:40 PM   #7
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[in my serious-face mode now]

Your question, SQtraveller, raises a generally important issue: making the decision to go (live & work) abroad or not.

Typical factors that would affect anyone's choice on moving to any place:
- your age;
- salary and benefits you would be getting there;
- the life you will or not be able to live there (are there things to do or are you going somewhere where you'll be practically in the middle of nowhere?);
- whether you are or will go there single or with family;
- financial ability and time availability to visit back home (or even other destinations) while at the new location;
- the actual place you are about to move (there are places and places);
- how you view your self-development through this 'movement', how you believe it may make you richer deep inside, how precious you may consider such a move taking into account it is just a small step of a longer journey in life;
- how you view your career development through this 'movement' (this is much easier to answer than the previous point);
- etc.

All in all, and when talking about a place like Singapore, you really can't go wrong. It may certainly not be the perfect place (no place is, trust me) but hei, we're talking about beautiful Singapore here. Multi-cultural, diverse, vibrant, clean, safe, food is great, nice people, direct connections to almost anywhere in East and West, etc.

Do the math (i.e. test yourself answering all above questions with SIN in mind), then you should have an answer pretty quickly...
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Old 3rd March 2010, 02:19 AM   #8
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I have been given an opportunity to move Singapore from London for work at the end of the year.
Do you think Singapore is a good place to base myself in Asia? I am so desperate to leave the UK that I may be looking for all the good in Singapore and all the bad in the UK.
Just curious... what is so bad in the UK that makes you so desperate to leave?

I'm a Singaporean and I've been living and working in the UK since 1998. Except for family and food, I'm not exactly missing Singapore much.
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Old 3rd March 2010, 05:17 AM   #9
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phaleesy and SQtraveller:

You guys have just proved the saying that "the grass is always greener on the other side"

SQTraveller, at the end of the day it will be your priorities that will determine the proper answer to your original question. N_Architect has given a good analysis (in his serious post) on how to evaluate the pros and cons of this move.

FWIW, I prefer SIN because it is great for children and their education plus the reasons mentioned by spw21 a couple of posts back. Having said that, I also love UK as I am an anglophile. But then, I am from NZ and like you and phaleesy, I prefer the greener grass of other places .
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Old 3rd March 2010, 06:43 AM   #10
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solitaire, I'm not sure if the UK is 'the other side' for me, considering that I've spent most of my adult life studying and working here.
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Old 3rd March 2010, 11:51 PM   #11
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Just curious... what is so bad in the UK that makes you so desperate to leave?
my personal peeves:
Taxes - Paying 40% in the UK vs 10% in SG
Tube vs mRT. Nuff said.
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Old 4th March 2010, 02:41 AM   #12
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my personal peeves:
Taxes - Paying 40% in the UK vs 10% in SG
Tube vs mRT. Nuff said.
Okay, I did not work long enough in Singapore to know that tax is only 10%.
I also do not earn enough to pay 40% in UK tax.

I stay on-site or I drive. I do not take the overcrowded, dirty and dodgy underground in London.

I work and live in the suburbs or the countryside where the quality of air and life is much better. But I always make sure that I still stay within commuting distance to London for the occasional venture for roast duck and timsum.
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Old 3rd March 2010, 11:58 PM   #13
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Just curious... what is so bad in the UK that makes you so desperate to leave?

I'm a Singaporean and I've been living and working in the UK since 1998. Except for family and food, I'm not exactly missing Singapore much.
Work probably...

My sister lived in UK for over 25 years. She specialises in tax letigation and she said that after the crash of things, work sort of dried up.. for her anyway. So she moved back ! To Singapore.. and of course looking between the Pound and the Sing dollar, everything is affordable to her now. She takes weekends at the luxury hotels at sentosa over the weekends, and hardly ever stays home. Am waiting for the opportunity for her to ask me to house sit for her at her 3 BR condo downtown.

Mind you, she is working tax free status under the terms of her new employment.. so that can explain how she can still fly off to LHR every other month in J on SQ's A380 for a concert or two.
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Old 19th March 2010, 03:20 PM   #14
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I'm a Singaporean and I've been living and working in the UK since 1998. Except for family and food, I'm not exactly missing Singapore much.
Ha..I left UK in 1998 after graduation and head back to Singapore !
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Old 3rd March 2010, 07:50 AM   #15
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To be honest Yes, I did the same and its great. However be mindful that it doesnt work out for everyone. Some find it too lonely but if you have a job already then you will get to know others and expats are more friendly than Londoners.
The standard of living is higher, safer, cleaner etc but some find it too sterile again I don't and like the place.
Tax rate is fantastic but condos are expensive as are little things like beer but eating out can be cheaper.
To be honest with the state of the UK at the moment I would go, even if its for a year as time goes so quickly here that it will fly. Plus transferring money back to the UK at the moment is certainly in our favour

If you are up routing partner and kids then that's a different matter as will require a lot more thought. I can't comment on that side as just myself and girlfriend came out.
You can fly to places like Thailand on a Friday night, sit on a beach for two days and be at your desk Monday morning which is fantastic. I know Europe is on your door step now but flying from Changi is thousands of times better than a London airport, my record is leaving the condo and being in a departure lounge in 30minutes and I live 20minutes from the airport!

I could go on but I think you would regret not giving it a go, just make sure you look into all costs first and get as best a package as possible.
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