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Moving to a new country is a challenging experience. Even before you start planning the move it’s likely you’ll have a whole host of questions - and that’s the very reason this resource guide exists: to provide you with real and up to date information from someone who’s already done it.
Below are lists of companies and resources that we have personal experience of when moving to and living in Singapore. Companies and services that we’ve had great experiences with using, and ones that can honestly help to answer many of your burning questions - not to mention help you out with the practicalities of moving to Singapore.
In many cases we’ve also negotiated discounts for you if you choose to take up their services.
Unless you’re very lucky indeed, then the first thing you’ll need to consider is employment. And the website Indeed is a great place to start.
You can search by job type, location, salary or company, and this website is a great way to discover the kind of salary you can expect working in Singapore. Once you’ve uploaded your CV, applying for a job that takes your fancy is simply a matter of a couple of clicks…
Another similar job search website is Monster. As with the above website, you can search with varying criteria, as well as being able to register with the site to make applications easier.
In addition, both sites allow you to set up a ‘job alert’, so you’ll be notified via email as soon as a job that might suit is posted.
Now, you may well have an amazing CV, but if it’s not written with the ‘wow factor’ then no matter how suited you might be for the job you’re applying for, you won’t even get past the initial paper sift.
The CV Centre offer an extremely professional and reasonably priced CV writing service to turn yours into one that really will help in your job searching efforts. This really is an area where spending a little money upfront can really help you reap the rewards you deserve.
Living and Working in Singapore
Ultimate Guide to Singapore
When it comes to the practicalities of what it’s really like to live and work in Singapore, then our Living and Working in Singapore Guide honestly does tell it like it is… Written from our own personal experience, this guide will tell you everything you need to know from those first tentative thoughts about what life might be like there, right through to all the practicalities you need to know once you get here.
From residency and visas, through to employment and taxes, all the information is here. The guide covers employment, culture, transportation, housing, medical and safety, insurance and banking… And it’s all from a personal perspective of living in Singapore.
The thing is, many questions can only be answered from the experience of living here. And that’s exactly why this guide has been put together - so you can gain as much information as possible both before you make the move, and also as a guide for when you start your life in your new home.
The flagship carrier of the country, Singapore Airlines is known for it’s comfort, efficiency and value for money. For those who travel with them a lot, it’s well worth joining their frequent flyer club to earn points. These can then be exchanged for further flights, so saving you money.
Zuji is a great travel search engine that can help you find the best value flights around the world, as well as locally around Asia. Simply type in your required departure point and destination, and the website will show you the complete cost of various flights (including taxes), in a matter of seconds.
Wherever in the world you’re looking for a hotel, Trip Advisor has to be one of the best websites to head to. It really is a one-stop-shop for searching for the best hotels in Singapore.
Of course, you might be searching for more budget accommodation, and Hostel World definitely hits the spot here.
In the same spirit as Trip Advisor, users post reviews of the hostels.
Be sure to check the most up to date ones for the most reliable information when making your choice.
AIG Travel Guard
Travel insurance might seem an annoying expense… And sure, when you don’t use it, it can seem like money down the drain. But on the rare occasion you do need it, it can be a real lifeline.
Travel Guard offers three levels of insurance - from the budget conscious through to an all singing, all dancing policy. This allows you to tailor exactly the type of insurance you need, and provides you with true peace of mind when traveling.
Recommended by Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, you can tweak your insurance needs to create exactly the cover you need.
Get an immediate price online and, if you need to change anything whilst you’re away, you can also do this online as well.
Insure My Trip
If you want to check out lots of different travel insurers at once, then Insure My Trip allows you to do just that.
The website also guarantees that you won’t find a cheaper policy with any company they recommend anywhere else. Simply type in your destination and travel dates to search.
Sixt Car Rental
One of larger global car rental companies, Sixt are also known for offering car hire at reasonable prices. You can check out and book cars of varying luxury online - and pick up your vehicle from many locations in Singapore, including the main Changi Airport, where they offer a 24 hour pick up and return.
Avis Car Hire is also another of the large, globally recognized car rental firms. They have an easy to navigate website for booking, and - we have to say - one of the easiest pick up and registration process of any of the car hire companies we’ve used. They also have a frequent user program for those who need to hire cars on a regular (or semi-regular) basis.
OMG! You’ve only gone and done it… You’re moving to Singapore! Perhaps one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking times of your life.
When it comes to moving your treasured possessions to a new country, Allied Pickfords have to come out on top for both efficiency and value for money. They’ve won the International Moving Company of the Year award for three years.
One thing you learn very quickly when moving to another country is that the banks love to make commission from you when you convert money.
Get round this by using a dedicated money transfer service. Transfer Wise is one that offers great rates of exchange at great rates. And when you’re moving large amounts of money, this really can equate to big savings.
Torfx also offer a similar service. Once you’ve set up your account it’s only a matter of a few clicks to transfer money from once currency to another.
And once again, there’s no pesky bank charges of hidden commission fees to worry about. They’re also the winner of the International Money Transfer provider and Best Customer Service awards.
When it comes to moving the four legged ones to a new country, it’s essential to know that they’ll be well looked after on their journey and arrive at their new home in good shape.
That’s why we recommend U Ship, because they know exactly what to do to ensure the furry ones arrive in excellent shape, and won’t cost the earth to do so…
Postage While Away
Earth Class Mail
While living in Singapore, you want to be sure that your mail back home is dealt with in a secure manner.
Earth Class Mail is a great service that scans your unopened mail and sends it to you via secure email. You can then decide whether to simply have it shredded, opened or stored.
The service can even arrange to deposit cheques into your bank account. Various plans are available at reasonable fees.
Send My Bag
Getting bags and boxes shipped to you in Singapore can be expensive if you simply use an airline to do so.
Send My Bag allows you to get a quote, book online and track your bags all in one easy service. They guarantee that you won’t find a cheaper service, and have excellent customer reviews.
Medibroker is a specialized search engine that checks out over 30 different insurers and provides you with quotes from each. It’s free to use and takes only a couple of minutes.
The service also promises to save you both time and money in your search, and has access to over 100 different international health insurance plans.
Expat health insurance experts, Cigna Global, offer three different levels of health insurance.
The name Cigna is known and respected worldwide, and the different levels of plans offered mean you can ensure that you and your family enjoy the same benefits as you do back at home.
Knowing your dentistry costs are covered whilst living in Singapore is important too.
Medigo provide you with the ability to find every kind of dentist service you can think of - from routine work through to cosmetic or restorative dentistry. And you can rest assured that healthcare and dentistry in Singapore is of an excellent standard.
In addition, Medigo also provide you with the ability to find any kind of healthcare in Singapore.
From cardiac care to orthopedic, they’ll put you in touch with highly accredited hospitals and provide healthcare for every budget.
One of the happy consequences of living in a different country is that you’re likely to be able to claim back some tax.
Taxback.com show you exactly how to do this and calculate the likely amount you’ll receive. They cater for every circumstance – employees, self-employed and investors.
One big worry for many is how to make friends in a new country. Internations is a great website that allows you to make contact with other expats in Singapore.
Not only can you communicate with people already here before you leave home, but you can discover various events being held in Singapore – so you can setup a new social life before you even arrive!
Meet Up is a great service that puts like minded people in contact. You can join groups covering virtually every interest and hobby - or simply ‘meet up’ with other expats living in the city.
It’s a great resource and completely free to use.
Search out restaurants and book online with Open Table.
In addition, you can read reviews from customers, a great asset when it comes to choosing where you might like to dine.
Fitness First Me
Singapore is pretty well off for gyms - and the globally renowned Fitness First offer the same great service here as they do in your home country.
With various locations throughout Singapore, they also offer a free trial session so you can check the facilities are exactly what you are looking for.
Any Time Fitness
As the name suggests, Any Time Fitness gives you 24/7 access to any of their fitness locations throughout Singapore. They also provide great equipment, facilities, classes and a real value for money service.
The website provides you with an easy to use club finder to discover your nearest location.
Singapore has some amazing shops, but sometimes it’s great to simply enjoy a bit of online retail therapy.
Zalora provide both women’s and men’s fashion. You can also benefit from many sale discounts on offer.
Lazada is online shopping heaven! Here you can find pretty much anything you’re looking for - from home furnishings to beauty items, clothes to electronics, sports gear to high fashion.
In addition you can also find warehouse clearance items in all categories - so increasing your chances of finding that ‘must have’ bargain…
Having a map in your pocket, especially when you first arrive in Singapore, is a huge advantage when it comes to finding your way around.
Maps.me is a great app for your smartphone - simple to use and highly accurate, forget every having to ask for directions, because this simple tool will show you exactly where you need to go.
It doesn’t matter what type of food you’re searching for, Food Panda will tell you exactly where in Singapore you can find it - and organize for it to be delivered directly to your door…
When you need a taxi - and you need it now - there’s no better app to have than Uber. For the ability to book instantly and know exactly how much your taxi is going to cost - this is the way to do it.
There’s loads of Ubers in Singapore - simply tap, book, and you’ll be on your way to your destination in no time at all.
Another great tool for finding your way around Singapore is City Mapper. Simply type in where you want to go from and to, and this clever little app will show you exactly how to get there - by walking, driving or using public transport.
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