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Guide to life in Singapore

Guide to Life

Are you new to Singapore? Or do you just need some information? ExpatWoman has all the information to make your transition into Singapore life stress free and easy. Whether you need advice on buying white goods, or if it's your utilities you want to set up, we have all the information right here. In addition we have information on the dress code, currency, language, religion and etiquette of the land. Use us if you want help in choosing a residential area too.

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    In the jet age when everyone is pressed for time, rushing to meet those deadlines, running from pillar to post wouldn’t it be fabulous to slow and well - walk!

  • 10 Things I Love About Singapore

    It's a place that is notorious for its strict laws and the exorbitant fines that are imposed should you break any... It's almost a joke of sorts among the locals, "kanna fine" is a slang used commonly for someone who got slapped with one! All fines aside, Singapore is an absolutely stunning country with lots to offer!

  • Paying your utility bills

    Paying for your electric, gas and water supplies in Singapore is relatively easy, you will simply need to register with Singapore Power. SP Services provides every household and business in Singapore with a convenient and efficient one-stop service for your utility bill payments and set up. They have a one-call, one-click and one-stop services for customers.

  • What is the weather like?

    Singapore has two main seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to March) and the Southwest Monsoon season (May to September), separated by two relatively shorter inter-monsoon periods. Although there are no distinct wet or dry periods, the mean monthly rainfall shows drier weather conditions from May to July and wetter conditions in the months from November to January. For more info about the weather...

  • The local currency

    The Singapore dollar or dollar (sign: $; code: SGD) is the official currency of Singapore. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively S$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents. The Brunei Dollar is also widely accepted, The Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Brunei Currency and Monetary Board still maintain the historic exchangeability of their two currencies

  • The ExpatWoman guide to the dress code

    If you're new to Singapore you'll no doubt be unsure of what you can and cannot wear without getting into trouble... good news is, you can pretty much wear what you like (within reason). You'll find The weather in Singapore is constant and temperatures range from 30-35 degrees during the day and around 25degrees Celsius at night. The humidity is high and if you are outside for long periods of time you will sweat so make sure that you carry anti-perspirant and an extra t-shirt!

  • The religion and religious beliefs

    While the Constitution of Singapore protects and encourages freedom of religion, there are some restrictions placed on the public discussion of religion, and publications are generally censored when religion is discussed, as are any negative or inflammatory portrayals of religion. The Government does not tolerate speech or actions that it deems could adversely affect racial or religious harmony.

  • Personal etiquette, local cultures and how to behave

    When moving to a different parts of the world such as Singapore - understanding local culture will get you a long way to fitting in, not getting into trouble and avoiding social faux pas. Here we look at personal etiquette, wether or not it's okay to tip, how to do business, the giving and receiving of gifts and hand guestures (some can get you into trouble, so make sure you read this!)

  • The language spoken in Singapore

    The Singaporean government recognizes four official languages namely; English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. The majority of the people in Singapore speak English fluently and communication, while interesting at times, is relatively easy

  • Rules and bye-laws of the City

    Singapore is often referred to as fine city mostly due to the enforcement of their strict laws. We have the low down on getting by with everyday things, as well as some taboo ones, that are prohibited in the city. Perpetrators receive heavy fines and sometimes even jail sentences. Do you want to know if chewing gum is prohibited in Singapore?

  • Local Laws and Customs advice from the UK Government

    There is a mandatory death penalty for certain offences, including murder and drug trafficking. There are severe penalties for all drug offences in Singapore. Trafficking is defined by possession of drugs above a certain amount (500g in the case of cannabis). Penalties for overstaying your visa include fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment (the rattan cane) and deportation depending on the length of overstay - make sure you stay on the right side of the law, read this guide...

  • The Singlish Language

    Singlish is unique to Singapore and is a mix of a multitude of languages. Though discouraged by the government and the upper echelons of society, many people in Singapore choose to speak this dialect of English and expats do get used to it quite quickly. English speaking people may find it difficult to understand Singlish as sentences are often broken, without prepositions and are spoken quickly in a Singaporean accent.

  • The current time in Singapore

    Do you want to know what the current time is in Singapore? Here you will find an automatic clock, time zone and satellite location and so you will know what the time is from anywhere in the world. DId you know that there is no daylight savings in Singapore, the time remains constant throughout the year?

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