Updated: Jan 7, 2020
Moving abroad is a difficult process, and there are pros and cons to living in any country that we must consider before making this life-changing decision. After living in Singapore for almost five years, I’d like to share some pros and cons of living in the Lion City for you to consider before your move.
Pros of Living In Singapore
One of the most comforting aspects of living in Singapore is the feeling of safety and security. Singapore was recently ranked second on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index for 2017, coming in just behind Tokyo. On several occasions, we’ve accidentally left our phones/wallets/passports (forgetful much?) in taxis or restaurants, and they’ve always been kindly handed back to us. Faith in humanity restored! I can’t tell you how nice it is to pay for a coffee whilst leaving your laptop and phone on the table, for it to still be there when you return.
Food and drink are prohibited on public transport in Singapore, which means the MRT is pristine compared to the London Underground or NYC subway. Generally, Singaporeans value discipline and are extremely law-abiding citizens, so the streets are kept clean and are well maintained. Just make sure you’re equally respectful and dispose of your trash correctly.
Another great thing about being in Singapore is easy access to endless amounts of amazing travel destinations, all in close proximity. There are so many must-see spots, so start planning your trips ASAP! I recommend taking advantage of the numerous public holidays to plan your long weekend trips. Just be sure to plan in advance as travel fares increase like crazy during the holidays.
With Singapore located immediately north of the equator, the temperature rarely drops below thirty degrees celsius and is essentially summer all year round with the odd tropical rainfalls. I remember one time it fell to around 26 degrees and everyone freaked out exclaiming how cold it was! Admittedly, the intense humidity takes a good few months to get used to and at first, is that it is a real shock to the system. When we first moved here, I was taking up to three showers a day, but trust me when I say that you adapt to it over time.
Changi Airport Fortunately for us, Singapore boasts one of the best airports in the world, Changi Airport. Honestly, I could talk about Changi for hours on end because it is just the most incredibly clean, efficient and smooth sailing airport you will ever experience. Plus the shopping options are amazing! If you get the chance, be sure to stop by at Jewel Changi, a nature-themed retail and entertainment complex that boasts the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
Do as the locals do and head for the Hawkers! You haven’t truly experienced Singaporean food until you’ve eaten at a Hawker Centre, and boy is it life-changing! Enjoy local dishes from just S$3-S$6 that will certainly fill you up and leave your tummy feeling very satisfied. The best part? No washing up! You can buy a selection of different dishes to share with your friends, so you can experience eating a variety of cuisines. Eating at a Hawker Center is a great way to immerse yourself into the local culture, as well as people watch.
The train service in Singapore is locally known as the MRT or LRT (depending on the line.) It’s incredibly efficient, highly reliable, runs like clockwork and is, all-round, a pretty pleasant experience! Pick yourself up an Ezlink card from any train station and tap in and out of MRT stations and buses to get around the city with ease.