• The humidity is not a joke. Thankfully there are major shopping malls everywhere so you can pop in to cool down.
  • Time between traffic lights is much longer which means waiting to cross the street when you’re running late feels like an eternity. Also, unlike Many cities in Canada, cars do not stop for pedestrians at any given second, so watch out!
  • It’s not dorky to get around on those electric scooters (and feel free to blast your pop music too).
  • It is very clean and very well cared for.
  • It’s so culturally diverse and you can expect to meet people from all walks of life.
  • When they say Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in – they’re referring to rental prices. For example, a minimum of $4000/mth within 5km of the city will get you a 2-3 bedroom apartment that’s 10-20 years old. Bear in mind that it’s a buyers/renters market right now – housing and rental prices have dropped significantly in the past 6 months. So you should try to lock in a two year lease now to avoid a heavy rent increase when the market bounces back.
  • If you’re willing to eat and shop with the local, you can get a satisfying lunch for under $5!
  • Wine is pricey here as its heavily taxed. A bottle that would cost $18 in Vancouver is closer to $45 in Singapore. This is sad news for Mathilde. On a positive note, everyone here takes their happy hours very seriously in order to get your best bang for your buck. This might be a spreadsheet worth starting!
  • You don’t tip in Singas, as they have a 10% service fee and 7% gst added to the cost of most f&b items.
  • Selfies and selfie sticks really are a thing here. At dinner the other night, I watched two friends (one very funky dude and a pretty little thing) each take a gazillion selfies of themselves with their cutesy cocktail. I was cringing in my seat. Soooo awkward yet they were sooo cool with it. I think they only spoke to each other a handful of times. Hopefully they got the shot they were after.
  • Hawker markets are amazing. If you go at lunch or dinner, be prepared for crowds of locals and to play the stalk-down-a-table game. Remember that the locals know best, so typically the stalls with the longest lines are the best. These are also cash only.
  • Speaking of food, whatever food you’re after, Singapore will have it! From traditional Singaporean and Hokkien meals, Thai, Malaysian to Italian, French, Indian, YOU NAME IT!
  • Some of the best restaurants are hidden in nondescript high-rise buildings. You know you’re truly a local when you know where they are… Watch this space!