In our heads, we all have our thoughts of the ideal places to live. We begin to prioritize these choices in our heads and then add up the pros and cons. We hope that one side will outweigh the other and lead us to our destination dream. This being said, there is no ideal place where everything is perfect. There’s always something that you wish was different to make it 100%, but you’ll settle for 90% any day. With our move to Singapore, I’ve come to the realization that I have it pretty darn good here when I look at the pros and cons. But I also know that my pros may be your cons, and in reality, I’m not 100% happy, but 90% will do.
Singapore has so much to offer: bountiful outing experiences, numerous nearby weekend getaways and best of all, its safe. We’ve been here for a year and a half and look forward to discovering even more hidden gems on this tiny little island. While I sit back and look at all the reasons we love it here, I thought I’d share five reasons to move to Singapore with you.
5 Reasons to Move to Singapore
- It Rains…A Lot!
Pros: This might be one of my favorite things about our move to Singapore – the fact that it rains. I don’t mean one rainy season. I mean, you can guarantee some rain pretty much all year long, but some seasons create amazing thunder and lightening storms to impress anyone. Singapore sees an impressive average of 92 inches of rain a year!
Cons: While I may love the rain, others would be bothered by the hassle it can cause when it comes to commutes. Uber goes into surge pricing, waiting at a bus stop could leave you drenched and everyone else heads for the MRT which leaves it very crowded. You’ll have to learn to go about with an umbrella at all times.
- Tropical Environment
Pros: I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I moved to Singapore, but I was so delighted to see lush greenery after living for four years in the deserts of the UAE. Singapore has beautiful parks all over the island, filled with tropical trees and birds calling. Singapore, The Garden City, planted 28,000 trees just in 2014 alone!
Cons: A tropical environment brings with it many creepy crawlies, and if you don’t like them, this isn’t the place for you. We’ve got pythons, spiders, cockroaches, monkeys in park trees, giant river otters, birds and more! The number one nuisance is the mosquito, which here can carry dengue.
- Public Transportation
Pros: Singapore works seamlessly when it comes to its public transportation system. We’re not talking about the taxis, which while good can get pricey. The MRT and bus lines have you connected to the entire island, eliminating the need for a car. And since English is one of the official languages, everything is in English.
Cons: You will still miss your car. There are weekends where you have two or three birthday parties to get your kids to, and public transit just doesn’t allow for ease of that. There are some places you’ll want to go that could take over an hour when using public transit, and still places where an MRT isn’t nearby. I finally got over needing a car for grocery shopping, as I now have major groceries delivered thanks to the many online stores here.
- Top Rated International and Local Education
Pros: According to BBC and CNN polls during 2015, Singapore continues to dominate in education, especially for math and science. The local schools are very hardworking and expect a lot of their students, but in return, they provide every educational opportunity the students need, including technology. The International schools are nothing to smirk at either, with amenities that could rival the Google campus! Top rated Universities and Colleges around the world recruit from our International schools.
Cons: As an expat, your tuition rates are minimal if attending a local school. Many expats here do have their children in local school, but it really depends on the needs of your child, as well as their personality. Also, with multiple children, they could be placed into different schools based on a lottery system. As for the International schools, be prepared to pay a very high price tag if your company won’t pay, upwards of $20,000 a year!
- Safe and Clean
Pros: Singapore is very safe, and that’s probably my number one favorite thing about living here. You can walk the city at night, and feel free from harm. I don’t worry about pickpockets, vandalism or my children taking the bus or MRT home without me. And the cleanliness is impressive as there are large fines for littering.
Cons: You can get too relaxed, especially when you travel and forget you’re not in Singapore anymore. It also seems so sterile here at times, lack of personality.
And there you have it, five reasons why you should move here – but those same five reasons might be enough to make you think twice!