This small island city-state has built a formidable reputation over the years for its expat community, inclusive culture, and vibrant life. As a result, a more ambitious and globally emerging millennial generation is looking for ways to move to Singapore, some permanently, others desiring to expand their portfolio of digital nomad locations. In either scenario, the millennial generation is more than welcome to join their diverse community, and you will find that they are chock-full of all kinds of events, entertainment, and exploration.
Common puzzles the millennial generation face
Before you venture out, however, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most common problems the millennial generation faces when they go to Singapore. We will also discuss the essential living conditions that you should meet prior to your departure so that your transition goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some guidelines for moving to Singapore that we hope will help you on your new adventure!
Take care of the paperwork beforehand
Depending on where you are from, find out about the visa requirements for entering Singapore. While the list is not that long, if you are from any of the countries listed you should consider any other requirements you may need, especially for permanent residence. Next on your list is your residence permit and work permit, depending on the type of work you plan to do.
With many in our extended millennial generation running their own businesses, even if you are just a freelancer, make sure you have the right permits to open the right bank accounts for your business. Taking care of all of these and many other details before actually making the decision to move will make it easier for you to start work once you land and move into your apartment.
Do your homework at the property
Although Singapore is known for its diverse communities, prior arrangements must be made before you travel so that you will not pay substantial hotel stay rates until you find the right apartment for you. Most of the neighborhoods are very well connected, but if you are looking for schools for your children there are several options available in the Central and North districts.
In terms of rental prices, Singapore is quite expensive for expats as most of the locals own their homes. However, there is a trend towards coexistence among millennials that is on the rise in Singapore. So if you travel alone and you are flexible, you can find a more affordable way of living by sharing your accommodation.
Connect with like-minded people
You will be pleased to hear that the current millennial generation can easily connect with like-minded people who share their interests and beliefs. For example, you can easily stay up to date and learn more about the Singapore dating scene and how it can benefit you and connect with people in your community abroad. You’ll feel right at home as Singapore is an open-minded city-state that welcomes people of all origins. From the great street food, nightlife scene, bars for singles or a sex toy store in Singapore.
Think of this as your ticket to social networks where you can make friends and learn how to successfully integrate into your new place of residence. Of course, it’s always best to expand your reach and move around different circles to meet the locals and other expats during your life in Singapore.
Record some important single sentences
The chances that you will speak Mandarin or learn Mandarin are likely to be very slim. If you are fluent in English, you know that you can communicate and find your way around any city in the world, including Singapore. However, this colorful place is somewhat unique in their use of English as they incorporated many of their own phrases into the language, thus transforming it into a unique communication system now known as Singlish!
The name stands for Singaporean English and perfectly describes the mixture used by people who live there. Do some research so you can learn some of the most common phrases before you go. In this way you are prepared for the “language shock” that will inevitably occur. For example, “Makan” means food, while “Lim Kopi” means you are drinking a cup of coffee.
Getting around Singapore
After all, Singapore is a sprawling city with numerous neighborhoods worth exploring and even if you work from home, from the moment you want to know how to get around. While you may be tempted to buy your own car, they are quite expensive and everything from gasoline to maintenance is very expensive.
Fortunately, public transport is very well organized and easy to use. So you’d better rely on the buses and trains rather than your own car.
Moving to Singapore as part of the Millennial Generation can be both challenging and a breeze, depending on the approach. Learn and do as much as you can beforehand so that you can adapt faster. The transition will be all the more seamless no matter when you leave!
Peter is an LGBT travel and lifestyle writer for Queer Voices magazine who lives between Australia and Europe. In addition to writing, he also worked as a freelance fashion stylist for many magazines. He’s a real lover of craft beer and soy latte, and likes to spend his days on the beach visiting thrift shops every day. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.