Moving to Singapore
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Expats moving to Singapore will find themselves in a city credited with offering foreigners one of the finest lifestyles in the world.

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The nation has an exemplary public transport system, excellent communications, top class healthcare facilities and a multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan culture that promotes tolerance and a good standard of life for its citizens. Not to mention, Singapore is incredibly safe.

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Expats moving to Singapore will find themselves in a city credited with offering foreigners one of the finest lifestyles in the world.
The nation has an exemplary public transport system, excellent communications, top class healthcare facilities and a multiethnic and cosmopolitan culture that promotes tolerance and a good standard of life for its citizens. Not to mention, Singapore is incredibly safe.

Prudent measures by the government have ensured a stable economy, and with big names in business and trade establishing regional headquarters in the city-state, qualified expats will find plenty of professional opportunities.

Singapore has become home to a large percentage of high-earning expats, many who substantiate that they have access to much more disposable income than they did in their home country. That said, inflation continues to creep up, resulting in a higher cost of living than in many surrounding countries, and expats will need to make sure that they negotiate a salary that can cover the hefty rental costs for condominiums (apartments) or landed dwellings (house).

Raising children here is also ideal for parents, taking comfort in the knowledge that the city is almost crime-free, very clean and extremely safe. Furthermore, a variety of international schools provide a high standard of education and a variety of sporting opportunities ( e.g. Cricket, Rugby, Soccer, AFL, Swimming, Touch Football etc).

Not to mention, even though nearly 70 percent of the city is occupied by dense high rises and soaring sky skyscrapers, expats will find the government has balanced the concrete jungle with natural flora and fauna, including beautiful botanical gardens, zoos, waterfalls, vast parks, an extensive bicycle network and many outdoor recreation areas.

Coupled with the expertise and training of our staff, potential costly delays can be avoided. For your peace of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company as well as being a member of the International Association of Movers (IAM).

Our network of FAIM/IAM accredited partners cover the whole of the South East Asian Region. As an independent Company we can choose the best and most suitable company to handle the clearance and delivery of your effects. Our partners in Singapore are well versed in all aspects of the requirements for importation of personal and household goods and are ready to meet your needs. This guarantees you a seamless, tailor made move right through to your new home on the other side of the world, for your personal effects, vehicle as well as your much loved pets.

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Moving to Singapore from Australia with OSS

For over 50 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, business people, and Corporate clients relocate to Singapore. Moving to Singapore with OSS provides you with the professional service and advice that only comes from choosing a quality specialist international moving company.

Singapore’s highly efficient public transport system is world-renowned, making island exploration easy and convenient. Everywhere you go, you’ll be delighted by the impeccable cleanliness and order that have also become hallmarks of the island.

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All about Singapore – Moving to a new lifestyle


Singapore is a city-state, located at the southern-most tip of Malaysia. Modern Singapore was established in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as an outpost for the British East India Company. At that time  Singapore, was a small island only 710 square kilometres, it was home to a simple fishing village of just 1,000 inhabitants. Today, Singapore’s population has grown to approx. 5.7 million, making it the world’s second most-densely-populated country – and one of Asia’s most successful economies.

The city’s rich mixture of Asian and Western cultures offers visitors a truly unique experience. Boasting four official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil – Singapore’s multi-cultural community lives in harmony, celebrating all major cultural festivals and ultimately combining to form a unity of excellence.

Singapore’s highly efficient public transport system is world-renowned, making island exploration easy and convenient. Everywhere you go, you’ll be delighted by the impeccable cleanliness and order that have also become hallmarks of the island. Visitors are struck by this the moment they arrive at Singapore’s modern Changi Airport. In the city, there is no need for a car. Public transportation is excellent and walking is a good way to explore the city. All major attractions are also accessible by tour bus. Since the city is only 140kms from the equator, the tropical temperatures do not vary much and rainfall is fairly evenly distributed through the year. Visitors will be struck immediately by Singapore’s abundance of parks, nature reserves and lush, tropical greenery.

The highways leading to the city are likewise neat and trim, lined with majestic palm trees and colourful bougainvilleas. Offshore, vessels from all across the globe queue up for their turns to load and unload in one of the world’s busiest container ports.

Singaporean food is legendary. The city’s distinctive hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts line the streets and malls, offering an abundance of sumptuous local fare and unique tastes of colourful local culture. Eating happens to be one of Singapore’s favourite pastimes, a fact reflected in the city’s amazing diversity of celebrity-chef restaurants, to the famous local Hawker Centres.

Another favourite pastime is exploring the city’s glitzy, vibrant and fancy shopping malls. You’ll find entire roads dedicated to shopping, with such an astonishing variety of malls, department stores and designer boutiques that you’ll find yourself looking for a spa at day’s end, just to soothe your happily tired feet.

Singapore’s skyline has grown enormously over the past few years. Marina Bay Sands – a world-class luxury hotel and casino – is just one of the many highlights, joined by such iconic establishments as the Esplanade, the Fullerton Bay Hotel and the Singapore Flyer. Yet in contrast and complement to all the dazzlingly modern structures, lovely historic shop houses in areas such as Chinatown, Arab Street and Little India retain their timeless charm, and are well taken care of by the Singaporean government.

While much of the city has enjoyed a remarkable burst of new construction in recent years, half the country is still wrapped in lush greenery, offering abundant opportunities for lively jungle hikes and serene nature walks. Mischievous monkeys, colourful birds and impressive water monitor lizards are common sights in the island’s many well-kept nature reserves.

This island country is actually not limited to just a single island. In fact, it is officially composed of a total of 63 islands – though there is only one among them that is developed and a major attraction: The island-resort of Sentosa – whose name means “peace and tranquility” in the native Malay language – is well worth a visit. It offers gorgeous beaches, five-star hotels, beautiful golf courses, and  major theme parks, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Singapore Cable Car, Bunge Jumping, Casinos and lots more.

Like most of Southeast Asia, Singapore is generally hot with high humidity. Sitting just 137 km North of the Equator it’s warm and humid year round, with the temperature almost never dropping below 20°C (68°F), even at night, and usually climbing to 30°C (86°F) during the day. Recent times, it even reached 35°C.

November and December is the rainy season. June-August is considered to be the best time to visit, but even then it rains often. Don’t let the climate stop you from going, however. Most buildings are air-conditioned (to the point that you may want to take a jumper), and when it does rain, it’s generally pours only for a short period of time.

Singapore’s location at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula has ensured its importance in global trade routes. Singapore consists of the island of Singapore and some 63 islets within its territorial waters. The main island is about 26 mi/42 km from west to east and 14 mi/23 km from north to south. It’s a mostly undulating country with low hills, with the highest being Bukit Timah Hill (540-ft/166-mts) located to the northwest of the city.

Singapore’s Central Business District actually spreads across both the central and southern parts of the island. You can get a good visual orientation to the city as you cross the Benjamin Sheares Bridge on the East Coast Parkway, which links the airport to the city centre. The Singapore cityscape looks magnificent, particularly at night when buildings are brilliantly lit. Offshore, there appears to be another city all lit up because of the many vessels anchored of shore – Singapore is one of the busiest seaports in the world.

Many of the city’s attractions are clustered closely together. Orchard Road is a shoppers’ haven, located in the northern part of the city centre. Chinatown, located near Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, is just to the southeast of Orchard Road, while Little India is northeast and a few blocks to the south west is famous Arab St. Sentosa Island, with its many amusements, is directly to the southwest of the city centre. These frequently visited neighbourhoods, as well as other suburban areas, remain a bustling hive of activity well into the evening.

Full country name: Republic of Singapore
Area: 728.6 sq. km
Population: 5,312,400 (36% foreigners)
People: 74% Chinese 13% Malay 9% Indian 3% Others
Language: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil
Religion: 9% Taoist 42% Buddhist 15% Muslim 15% Christian 4% Hindu 15% Others
Government: Parliamentary democracy
President: Halimah Yacob
Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Long
Major industries: Shipping, banking, tourism, electrical & electronics, chemicals, oil refining
Major trading partners: US, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan
Health risks: None
Time: GMT/UTC+8
Electricity: 220-240V, 50 Hz
County code: +65
Mobile Phone network: GSM 900, GSM 1800, 3G
Weights & measures: Metric with local variations

Singapore is a cosmopolitan society where people live harmoniously and interactions among different races are commonly seen. The pattern of Singapore stems from the inherent cultural diversity of the island. The immigrants of the past have given the place a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences, all of which have intermingled.

Behind the facade of a modern city, these ethnic races are still evident. The areas for the different races, which were designated to them by Sir Stamford Raffles, still remain although the bulk of Singaporeans do think of themselves as Singaporeans, regardless of race or culture. Each still bears its own unique character. The old streets of Chinatown can still be seen; the Muslim characteristics are still conspicuous in Arab Street; and Little India along Serangoon Road still has its distinct ambience. Furthermore, there are marks of the British colonial influence in the Neo-Classical buildings all around the city.

Each racial group has its own distinctive religion and there are colourful festivals of special significance all year round. Although the festivals are special to certain races, it is nonetheless enjoyed by all.

In Singapore, food is also readily and widely available. There are lots of cuisines to offer including Chinese, Indian, Malay, Indonesian, Western, Italian, Peranakan, Spanish, French, Thai and even Fusion. It is very common to savour other culture’s food and some of the food can be very intriguing. Indian food is relatively spicier, whereas Chinese food is less spicy and the Chinese enjoy seafood. Malay cooking uses coconut milk as their main ingredient that makes their food very tasty.

Most Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions. The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living there. The Chinese are predominantly followers of Buddhism, Taoism, Shenism, Christians and Catholics. Malays have the Muslims and Indians are Hindus. There is a sizeable number of Muslims and Sikhs in the Indian population.

Religious tolerance is essential in Singapore. In fact, religions often cross racial boundaries and some even merge in unusual ways in this modern country. Younger Singaporeans tend to combine a little of the mysteries of the older generation with the realistic world that they know of today.

Religion is still an integral part of the cosmopolitan Singapore. Many of its most interesting buildings are religious, be it old temples, modern churches, or exotic mosques. An understanding of these buildings does play a part in contributing to the appreciation of their art.

The four official languages of Singapore are Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. English is the most common language used and is the language which unites the different ethnic groups. Children are taught in English at school but also learn their mother tongue to make sure they don’t lose contact with their traditions.

Expatriates and foreigners may encounter language problems in the beginning of their stay in Singapore as many Singaporeans use Singlish to communicate. Singlish is a mix of English with other languages mixed into the English, sometimes phrases can end with funny terms like ‘lah’, ‘leh’, mah’. Chinese commonly use their own dialects to communicate, and sometimes, inter-dialect groups don’t understand one another’s language, as the language is vastly different. Except for Hokkien and Teochew, which have a closer link. The Malays use the language among their fellow races and the Indians speak Tamil. But whatever the race or religion, the country’s community unite as one nation, where most religious or racial gaps are being bridged.  Singlish is a badge of identity for many Singaporeans.

Singapore’s polyglot population celebrates a number of festivals and events. Chinese, Hindu and Muslim celebrations follow a lunar calendar so dates of festivities vary from year to year.

Chinese New Year, in January or February, is welcomed in with dragon dances, parades and much good cheer. Chinatown is lit up and there are fireworks and night markets.

During Ramadan, food stalls are set up in the evening in the Arab Street district, near the Sultan Mosque. Hari Raya Puasa, the end of Ramadan in January or February, is marked by three days of joyful celebrations.

Vesak Day in April or May celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. It is marked by various events, including the release of caged birds to symbolise the setting free of captive souls.

The Dragon Boat Festival, held in May or June, commemorates the death of a Chinese saint who drowned himself as a protest against government corruption. It is celebrated with boat races across Marina Bay.

The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts is usually celebrated in September. This is when the souls of the dead are released for feasting and entertainment on earth. Chinese operas are performed for them and food is offered; the ghosts eat the spirit of the food but thoughtfully leave the substance for the mortal celebrants.

The festival of Thaipusam is one of the most dramatic Hindu festivals and is now banned in India. Devotees honour Lord Subramaniam with acts of amazing body-piercing masochism – definitely not for the squeamish. In Singapore, devotees march in procession from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road to the Chettiar Hindu Temple on Tank Road. The festival is based on the lunar calendar but will be held in October for the next couple of years.

Public Holidays
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan or Feb Chinese New Year
Mar-Apr Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
Apr Vesak Day
Aug 8 Hari Raya Puasa
Aug 9 National Day
Oct 15 Hari Raya Haji
Oct-Nov Deepavali
Dec 25 Christmas Day

The local currency is Singapore dollars and cents. Notes come in denominations of SGD 2, SGD 5, SGD 10, SGD 20, SGD 50, SGD 100, SGD 500, SGD 1,000, and SGD 10,000. Coins come in denomination of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and SGD 1. Banking hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturday: 9.30 am to 1 PM (some banks are open until 3 PM). Sunday, 9.30 am to 3 PM (some banks in Orchard Road). Most banks handle travellers’ cheques and change foreign currencies. However, some banks do not have foreign exchange dealings on Saturday. Passports are required when cashing travellers’ cheques. A nominal commission may be charged. Credit / Charge Cards Major cards are widely accepted by establishments in Singapore. Should any shop insist on adding a surcharge, contact the respective card company to report the errant shop-owner.

Drinking Water
It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers always have ample stocks.

Visas: Most Western nationals either do not require a visa at all or do not require a visa for a social stay of up to 90 days. A 30-day permit is issued on arrival, and extensions are difficult to obtain.

Singapore’s government is strict on drug laws, with the death penalty applied for drug trafficking. It is also against the entry of firearms, controlled drugs, and endangered species of wildlife, chewing gum and cigarette lighters in the shape of a firearm. Smoking in public buses, the MRT, taxis, lifts and air-conditioned places is also deemed against the law; with fines up to S$1,000. The government is also adamant that littering is an offence and carries penalties of a fine of S$1,000 or more; and also a stint of corrective work order.

Tipping is seldom necessary, as a 7% goods and services tax (GST) and a service charge of 10% is usually added automatically (though always double-check the bill). However it is customary to spare a few dollars for efficient waiters, bellboys and taxi drivers.

Singapore Flag
The colours of the Singapore flag represent red for brotherhood and equality; white for purity and virtue. The crescent moon represents a young nation on the rise. The five stars stand for Singapore’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. The crescent moon originally served as a symbol of assurance to the Malays in 1959 —the year the flag was designed— that Singapore was not a Chinese state. Today it is generally said that the moon signified a young nation rising. The flag was designed initially to have three stars, until leaders such as then Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye expressed concern that Singapore might be perceived to have associations with the Malayan Communist Party, the flag of which also had three stars. The flag was originally meant to be red as red is a very traditional Chinese color. But because of the fear of Communism in those days, a completely red flag was abandoned

For over 50 years OSS World Wide Movers has been moving individuals, business people, and Corporate clients relocate to Singapore. Moving to Singapore with OSS provides you with a professional service and the advice that only comes from choosing a quality specialist international moving company.

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