Living in Singapore 14th Edition

Chapter 6: Motoring & Transportation
By Tom Benner

Singapore’s public transport system is clean and very efficient. Given the island’s diminutive size and the small distances covered, many expats are happy enough to rely on plentiful and inexpensive taxis, as well as the rail network and buses for their transport needs.

Some expats, however, consider personal transport a necessity and those wishing to purchase a private vehicle should be prepared to pay for the privilege. Regulations stipulate the number of vehicles that can be sold in Singapore in a year in order to minimize traffic congestion. That unique system, combined with high import duties, makes private vehicles a very expensive option. There are alternatives. You can explore cheap and environmentally-friendly pedal-power, but if life without personal motorized transport is too horrible to imagine, this chapter can help guide you.

This edition also offers the newest apps to navigate things such as bus routes, booking taxis and even how to maximize Changi airport.


WEB-BusinessChapter 7: Business & Career
By Alka Chandiramani with Sher-Li Torrey

Singapore’s economic freedom score is 87.8, making its economy the second freest in the 2016 Index.

One key factor in its development is its strategic location, in the heart of the Association of Southeast and Asian Nations (ASEAN). Other factors that contribute to Singapore being a favorable business environment are its highly-skilled workforce, coupled with political stability and sound economic policies. Low corporate tax rates, ease of business establishment and innovative work visa schemes are other contributing factors. Many multinational companies have chosen to set up their bases in Singapore. Business owners all over the world regard Singapore as an ideal location to grow their businesses, with many of them using the country as a springboard to tap into other emerging markets in Asia.

But what does that mean to you? How do you find a job? Start a business? Pay your taxes? Invest in real estate or even just write a check here? This chapter gives you all the answers you need to know and offers some fabulous apps to help you navigate Singapore's amazing business environment.


WEB-LifestyleChapter 8: Lifestyles
By Laura Schwartz

There’s no doubt about it: relocating to a new country is daunting. There are a great many crucial decisions that need to be made but we know it’s the little choices that make your life not only enjoyable, but recognizable as your own. What do you do with yourself on the evenings and weekends? What are your hobbies and beliefs? While it’s always difficult to leave behind the communities that matter to you, you don’t have to sacrifice your passions just because you find yourself living abroad. There’s no need to simply survive in a diverse, modern metropolis such as Singapore.

Once you’ve sorted out the basics, you’ll probably want to find out how you can tailor your life as an expat to your preferences. Perhaps you’re a devoted Catholic seeking a church to attend. Perhaps you’re gay and wondering how to find a new circle. Perhaps you’re a compulsive environmentalist or a bookworm. Perhaps you live with a disability. Or just maybe you’re all of the above.

This chapter covers a few ways to transplant your old habits, hobbies and lifestyles into this fresh setting. You might even be inspired to try something new!  This new edition also offers some cool apps for everything from dating to Feng Shui tips to environmental news.


WEB-Food-_-DiningChapter 9: Food & Dining
By Kevin F. Cox

Singapore is known as a foodie nation, where food is not just regarded as a diversion to be enjoyed on occasion, but rather a way of life. An intense passion for freshness, variety and robust flavors seems to be wound within the DNA of every Singaporean. People here not only know good food, they demand and live for it.

Access to great food here is easy, safe and in the case of local fare, very inexpensive. Whether you’re looking for haute cuisine, relaxed family dining in casual restaurants, high quality fast food or local hawker center classics, you’ll find remarkable choices across the island. And if you’re willing to stretch your gastronomic wings, you’ll quickly discover that you’ve arrived in food Nirvana.

This chapter is not just for newbies, but rather anybody interested in finding out the latest and coolest food trends and restaurant suggestions. It also offers advice about how to navitage the food app revolution.


WEB-Arts-_-Culture-FINALChapter 10: Arts & Culture 
By Nithia Devan

Singapore’s art scene has been growing and developing over the past 20 plus years and is now vibrant and exciting. The Singapore government is implementing a lot of infrastructure to promote Singapore as an arts hub. Museums have undergone renovations to make them state-of-the-art; buildings in the central and civic districts are being turned into galleries and centers for the arts. Apart from creating the right “hardware” for the arts, there is also emphasis on raising the standards of the “software.” There are grants available for the performing arts and more emphasis on arts education. There are more international events taking place here and local arts groups travel aboard to perform. This has resulted in the raising the bar for overall artistic standards.

This chapter is perfect for those who fear that Singapore is “soul-less” and there is nothing much to do apart from mindless indulgence in retail therapy in gleaming shopping malls. This chapter will help guide you through the abundant choices that makes up the Singapore arts and culture scene.