This little island city-state has built up quite an impressive reputation over the years for its expat community, inclusive culture, and vibrant life all around. As a result, a more ambitious and globetrotting Millennial Generation is looking for ways to move to Singapore, some permanently, others in the desire to expand their digital nomad location portfolio. In any scenario, the Millennial Generation is more than welcome to join their diverse community, and you’ll find it packed to the brim with all kinds of events, entertainment options, as well as exploring opportunities.
Common Conundrums the Millennial Generation face
Before you make the move, however, you should get acquainted with some of the most common conundrums the Millennial Generation face when they go to Singapore. We’ll also go over those essential living arrangements you should make before you leave so that your transition can be as smooth as possible. Here are a few guidelines for moving to Singapore that will hopefully help you with your new adventure!
Take care of the paperwork beforehand
Depending on where you’re coming from, learn about any visa requirements for your entry to Singapore. Although the list isn’t that long, if you come from some of the listed countries, be mindful of any other requirements you may need, especially for a permanent stay. Next on your list is your residence permit and your work permit depending on the kind of work you plan to do.
As many in our extended Millennial Generation run their own businesses, you should make sure that you have the right permits for opening up the right bank accounts for your company, even if you’re just a freelancer. Taking care of all of these and many other details before you actually commit to the move will make it easier for you to start working as soon as you land and move into your apartment.
Do your homework on accommodation
Now, even though Singapore is famous for its diverse communities, you still need to make arrangements before you travel so that you don’t end up paying sizeable hotel stay prices until you’re able to find the right apartment for you. Most neighborhoods are very well-connected, but if you’re looking for schools for your kids, Central and North districts have various options available.
As for rent prices, Singapore is quite pricey for expats, since most locals own their homes. However, there’s a trend of co-living among Millennials that’s on the rise in Singapore, so if you’re traveling solo and you’re flexible, you can find a less costly living arrangement by sharing your accommodation.
Connect with like-minded communities
You’ll be glad to hear that the current millennial generation can easily connect with like-minded people who share their interests and beliefs. For instance, you can easily stay in the loop and learn about the dating scene in Singapore and how it can benefit you and connect with people in your community abroad. You’ll feel right at home since Singapore is an open-minded city-state that welcomes people of all backgrounds. From the great, street food, nightlife scene, bars for singles or a sex toy shop in Singapore.
Consider this your ticket to social networking, where you can make friends and learn about how to successfully integrate into your new place of residence. Of course, it’s always best to expand your reach and move in different circles to meet the locals and other expats during your life in Singapore.
Pick up some essential Singlish phrases
Chances that you speak or want to learn Mandarin Chinese are probably very slim, and when you’re fluent in English, you know you’ll be able to communicate and find your way around any city in the world, Singapore included. However, this colorful place is somewhat unique in their use of English, as they’ve incorporated many of their own phrases into the language, thus changing it into a unique communication system now known as Singlish!
The name stands for Singaporean English, and it perfectly describes the blend used by people who live there. Do some research so that you can pick up a few of the most common phrases before you leave. That way, you’ll be prepared for the “language shock” that’s bound to ensue. For example, “makan” means food, while “lim kopi” indicates that you’re having a cup of coffee.
Getting around Singapore
Finally, Singapore is an expansive city with numerous neighborhoods worth exploring, and even if you work from home, you want to know how to get around from the moment you land. Although you might be tempted to get a car of your own, they are quite expensive, and everything from gas to maintenance is very costly.
Luckily, their public transportation is extremely well-organized and easy to use, so you’re better off relying on the buses and trains instead of your own car.
Moving to Singapore as part of the Millennial Generation can both be a challenge and a breeze, depending on the approach you take. Learn as much as you can in advance and get informed so that you can adapt more quickly, and the transition will be all the more seamless no matter when you go!
Peter is an LGBT travel and lifestyle writer at Queer Voices magazine, living between Australia and Europe. Besides writing, he also worked as a freelance fashion stylist for many magazines. A true craft beer and soy latte aficionado, he loves spending his days at the beach and visiting second-hand stores on a daily basis. Follow Peter on Twitter below for more tips.