First Impressions

Last Friday morning 9.30 am. Hubby and I have been in Singapore for 4 days, doing the stuff we need to get done: getting a bank account, a visa, visiting the office for the first time and running around in general to get electrical converter plugs, a guide-book (in English), an umbrella, and all sorts of odds and ends that we seem to need. We are still severely jet-lagged, although it seems to get better every day.

For this Friday morning our relocation manager has set up a tour of the city, just to see where we’d like to live. We are still on Mexican time and therefore arrive late to meet Jenny, our tour-guide from British descent. She knows the city really, really well and had an answer for any question we could think off and more.

The tour went through Orchard Road with an explanation of what to buy where (this I cannot reproduce), Kampong Glam and Little India to the east coast of the Island including the beaches and hawkers market. We then went to the Marina Bay area as well as the CBC, Chinatown, then onward to Holland Village and Bukit Timah, two popular expat neighborhoods with hawkers markets, shops, etc. So even though the tour was organized well and efficient, it felt like:

singapore-tour

Jenny was obviously very knowledgeable about the city and gave us a lot of information. Ever since then hubby and I keep asking ourselves, what did Jenny say about [insert any topic] again? In the 4.5 hours she toured around with us, she showed us how to figure out a lot of stuff, from the best shopping malls and restaurants, to the best Singapore magazines, and (most importantly) got us totally excited about moving here. The only negative thing would be that it was too short…

After the tour we met our relocation officer, Celia, who has the tough job of trying to find a house we will like. We don’t envy her, because when we did our own search there were about 1600 apartments available with the search conditions we entered. So we say: go Celia, go! Next week I will find out what she has in store for us.

Since then I am wondering around the city as if I were a tourist. I am trying to grasp the idea that this is going to be my home for the next while, but this city is different every day. This is not just my impression; the city IS changing every day, because of the Grand Prix on Sunday. So after next week things should go back to ‘normal’, whatever that is.

Some of the ‘normalest’ pictures especially for those of you who asked for photo’s. You know who you are ;-) Top left: the coolest building in town (according to me): Marina Bay Sands Casino. Top right: (still) the largest Ferris wheel in the world. Bottom left: Boat Quay with a Singapore ‘rondvaartboot’ (tourist boats). Bottom right: Singapore Art Science Museum, another cool building.

Some of the ‘normalest’ pictures especially for those of you who asked for photo’s. You know who you are ;-) Top left: the coolest building in town (according to me): Marina Bay Sands Casino. Top right: (still) the largest Ferris wheel in the world. Bottom left: Boat Quay with a Singapore ‘rondvaartboot’ (tourist boats). Bottom right: Singapore Art Science Museum, another cool building.

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6 thoughts on “First Impressions

  1. Easiest way to narrow down housing – do you want a house or an apartment. There are really three types of houses in Singapore, stand-alone, shared wall, or apartments. Most expats choose apartments for their conveniences. Depending on your budget these can be pretty incredible, also many have Hawker centers attached and are their own little social centers. When I lived there I opted for a shared wall house with a yard and a private pool, this is mainly because I had two large dogs and needed the space and privacy.

    For all your shopping needs, from household supplies to small appliances go to Ikea! You will find everything here and it will be the least expensive choice. Don’t shop anywhere else when setting up your first house.

    I will tell you more if you want it.

    • Thank you for these tips. I love Ikea and had totally forgotten about that (being deprived in Mexico). We don’t really have a preference for an apartment/house, we just want it to be nice ;-) If I have any questions after next week, I’ll email you for sure!

    • Thank you and yes it’s exciting indeed! I am still in fantasy mode though, browsing through magazines and seeing all these fantastic places. I guess reality will set in soon ;-)

  2. Wow Pleun klinkt overweldigend en dan vervolgens keuzes maken! Niet eenvoudig lijkt me maar zeker een geweldige uitdaging. En volgens mij is er niks mis mee om nu even te kiezen en vervolgens tijd te nemen om alles te verkennen en je de stad eigen te maken. Wie weet kom je dan alsnog tot een ” back to reality” keuze die mogelijk nog beter voelt! Ik bewonder je positieve drive in dit alles. Veel sterkte en vooral succes bij jullie keus.

    • Ik laat het maar een beetje op me af komen. We hebben wat praktische puntjes (zeg maar of de bank er wel inpast), maar verder staan we open voor vanalles. Na volgende week weten we meer, kan niet wachten ;-)

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