Singapore! The Starter Kit.

It's a big city on a small island that is a country, too.

Welcome to Singapore, this often glitzy, mostly shiny city of five million people at the very of the Malaysian peninsula.

As most Asian cities go, it is a wonderful place to live, work and play. And the numbers and polls continue to prove it.


Clean, Modern, Safe

The city prides itself in being Asia's 'Switzerland' - hardly any pollution, architecture from the world's big names, and almost none of the usual petty crime found in many of Asia's megacities.

Add a colorful mix of people from China, India and Malaysia. Mix in impressive attractions and some of Asia's highlights just a short flight away and you can easily spend 3 years here and wonder where your time went.

Warm Tropical Weather

Did we mention that the weather is warm all year around? The city is pretty close to the equator. 30 degrees centigrade(86 Fahrenheit) most days and hardly a day below 25 degrees (77 Fahrenheit).

We, by the way, would be us, a family of five and cat, living here for the last three years now. We came with no experience in Asia and ended up with no regrets.

Here for a Few Days?

Let us show you some of the very impressive must-see attractions like

Here for a Bit Longer?

Here are some ideas for getting off the beaten track and seeing some of the quirkier things, like

Moving Here?

Then you probably have questions about how to get yourself set up.Things like

Working Here?

Here are some pointers on

Finally, maybe you just want to find out about the country , Singaporeans and their fascinating history.

Enjoy! You may end up like many people - came for two years, stayed for twenty.

Eric, Mona, Bennet, Jonah and Henry


Singapore - from backwater village to global city in just a few decades.

  • Singapore lies at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula and offers a rich mix of cultures, business opportunities and a leisure activities.

History of Singapore - Fishing Village Turns Powerhouse

  • History of Singapore - the unparalleled rise of a backwater village to a global city.
Singaporeans have been measured and boxed: what are they really like, though?
  • Singaporeans are like anybody else, but completely different. Let's meet some at the the virtual food court.
Singlish no unnerstan? No problem. Sokay. Can osso English, lah.
  • Singlish - you just have to love a dialect so full of color and spice!
Top Seven Singapore Myths - debunked!
  • Top Seven Singapore Myths - mostly wrong, sometimes true.
Singapore houses for rent - where to look, what to watch out for.
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Utilities in Singapore - what to do and what to know to get connected.
  • Utilities in Singapore: set yourself up quickly and painlessly.
Getting online in Singapore is easy - tips on the 3 providers & what they offer.
  • Getting online in Singapore with one of three big providers for mobile, internet and TV - let me take you through the landscape.
Banks in Singapore: getting an account, cash and credit cards
  • Banks in Singapore: which ones to use, setting up your personal finances, getting a credit card and painless ways to pay your bills.
Singapore international schools: let us guide you through the basics.
  • Singapore international schools are aplenty in Singapore: we give you a brief guide on fees, locations and things to expect..

Getting around Singapore - can you do it without a car?

  • Getting around Singapore: what are the options? Can you get by without a car? Find out here!

Ministry of Manpower: MoM decides the jobs and workpasses. Period.

  • What you should know about working in Singapore, the almighty Ministry of Manpower (MoM) and ideas about what kind of skills and degrees Singapore is looking for.

Singapore Weather - Hot, Humid and When It Rains, It Pours....

  • Singapore Weather - Get ready to get wet, but less often than you think.
Singapore hotels can be very pricey: a few tips on value for money.
  • Singapore hotels have become pricey lately - here are some local tips on where to stay in style and not need to go hungry because you broke the bank..
Singapore Attractions - from classy views to henna tattoos.
  • Singapore attractions - we give you some tips for things to see on and off the beaten track.
Shopping in Singapore: no end of possibilities. Tips to not get lost.
  • Shopping in Singapore is a national sport. Read on to get an idea of basics, mainstream locations and some quirkier stores.
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Singapore sightseeing: Haw Par Villa - Psychedelic Chinese Mythology
  • Singapore sightseeing: Haw Par Villa - the gentlemen who created Tiger Balm also created the weirdest collection of Chinese mythological statues ever seen - oversized, colorful, and pretty bloody at that!