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Residing in a new country like Singapore would require you to know a lot of 'what to dos' and 'how to dos'. Our handy guide for expats includes information a new expatriate, would-be expat or even local Singaporean might need to know.

We cover information about relocation, home care, moving, procedures for both rental and purchase, living, staying and working in Singapore, useful information for healthcare and international schools. Do take a look at our travel and transportation guide, tips on finding a house in Singapore. There is even a FAQ section for quick tips.

Career, Jobs, Employment

Career, Jobs, EmploymentInformation of career, job, employment opportunities, working in Singapore. Including some links to job portals and career related site.

Expatriates FAQ

Expatriates FAQFrequently asked questions, including banking, employment pass, housing, immigration, schools, transport and living in Singapore.

Healthcare in Singapore

Healthcare in SingaporeInformation on healthcare, medical services and hospitals in Singapore.

House Hunt Guide

House Hunt GuideAccommodation and house hunting guide focusing on price, location and expatriate housing choice like an apartment or house.


InsuranceExpat Insurance is a leading provider of insurance for expatriates and business in Singapore.

International Schools, Education

Listings of international schools in Singapore, education system in Singapore and procedure to admit into a local school.

Medical & Health Directory

Medical & Health DirectoryMedical Services, Aesthetic Services, Dentistry, Specialist, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wellness.


Preschools Singapore Expats comprehensive list of schools from preschools to playgroups.

Procedure for Purchase

Procedure for PurchaseBrief information on the procedures to buy or purchase property in Singapore. Like apartment, house or other private properties.

Procedure for Rental

Procedure for RentalStep by step guide and information on the procedures to rent or lease apartment or house in Singapore.

Relocation to Singapore

Relocation to SingaporeGuides on relocation, staying and living in Singapore, information and tips when relocating to Singapore.

Singapore Immigration

Singapore ImmigrationInformation on immigration matters, Social Visit Pass, Student Pass, Visa, Permanent Residence Application, National Service.

Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore Travel GuideTips and guides on Singapore travel and motoring, includes MRT, bus and taxi. We also includes a MRT route map and detailed information of having a car in Singapore.


Singapore Expats provides a comprehensive listing of Universities in Singapore and abroad.

Useful Numbers & Services

List of useful contact numbers or links for all the essential services in Singapore.

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Re: PR approved, super shocking?

I think it is pretty normal to get a PR with a spouse being SC. As long as the SG gov is convinced that your marriage is not a fake one then I believe something must be very wrong or suspicious to see them turning you down.

I recall some cases on this forum where they apparently refused to grant PR to a spouse of SC but what should be always kept in mind is, that people write here in case of problems and only very very occasionally reporting straight forward success stories.

This makes you special OP so thank you for providing this info.

Re: Helper Recommendations

We are a British/Chinese couple with a 3 year old and another on the way. Maria has worked for us for almost 3 years and we are moving to Japan, so she needs a new job. She is wonderful with kids and extremely honest and reliable. She worked for a British couple before she joined us. If you are interested, please call her directly on 8264 6343. All the best, Mark and Sally (we will give her a written reference)

Re: PR approved, super shocking?

Sorry for missing that out. I'm Indian, born in India but birth certificate is Singapore issued. Singapore citizen.

Re: PR approved, super shocking?

I think we miss some essential information to say it's a fresh datapoint.
OP, are you SC? Your ethnicity?

Re: PR approved, super shocking?

Well I never, and congratulations! :)
That's seems like a fresh data point on the PR-radar. Application submitted without living or working in SG, and approved despite zero SGn tax returns.

You had a winning lottery ticket there IMO :) Like Ecu jokingly suggests, and now you know what your patriotic duty is ;)

Re: Applying for PR Tomorrow

I don't know why you are on the Singapore expats forum when you don't stay there, don't care to live there, don't seem to have any ties but definitely know what the ICA can and cannot see from a mile away - even what the US can see from a mile away...
Oh Wait - you are above the rules.... :D :D :D

Because I lived in SG for c6-7 years.That covered 3 separate international relo in/outs, so I'm quite familiar with many of the kind of questions that come up here. And when we are done here it's 50/50 that me and my SGn wife might return there. So it's of interest and useful for me to keep abreast of what's going on in the expat sphere, and hopefully I can occasionally give some assistance to those setting out SG-bound.

When I worked in the US we had to hire a great many people for a 3 year project that at it's core was an IT programme. Corporate headcount was c60k, our direct project team c120 people...
Many of the IT contractors had arrived in North America via a stint and a passport in Canada. This caused us varying degrees of trouble in hiring them into the US, as USCBP looked upon the candidates not as candidates brought in for say a 'one-year contract', but people who'd given up on their country of birth, then given up on Canada, and now odds on were probably going to try and get a US Green Card. Before we even offered a candidate a job, we had to try and divine which ones might get rejected by USCBP as passport-shoppers. That was a perpetual issue, and a significant challenge.

p.s. 'Fighting the PAPbots'. Lol, a blast from the past, maybe the relevance is lost on you. The government proceeding with a policy (in that case opening internet access in SG, yes, as late as the mid 90s), but then rather bluntly trying to exert their control out into Usenet. Rather like immigration into SG, opening a door and welcoming some people in, but then retrospectively tweaking and changing policy to try and control the ultimate and optimal outcome.

India not part of Asia according to Papa Johns' website


They have included India as part of Europe, Middle East and India.
That is an interesting classification.

Re: Moving to SG with a pet dog (Beagle)

It hasn't been mentioned yet - but your Beagle is not an approved breed for the government's HDB list. Meaning, you can't rent an HDB apartment and keep your dog there. If you're earning enough to rent a condo/landed property this won't be an issue.

Secondly, none of the Condos I have ever lived in have had any kind of grass area. Not to say this applies to all of them, but space is limited. You might get grass patches between trees on the pavement outside, depending on the area.

Dog runs have been mentioned - otherwise you're required by law to leash your dog at all times in public.

So its not impossible, but without a car it might be hard.

Re: Chrome BS

Hamburger icon>More tools>task manager or Shift+Esc

Who's using up a lot of RAM? RAM usage is a common complaint with Chrome.

And just spitballing here; go to settings and search for "Use hardware acceleration when available", toggle that and see what happens.

I also found this: ... hrome.html

tl;dr version: old device drivers.

I really don't have much to go on and these are just random suggestions.
Chrome does use a lot but not as much as FF and FF doesn't crash or hang often, and when it does it doesn't BS

yeah it could certainly be drivers, all of that stuff is way out of date

Just update your computer; install a different OS if you have to if you don't qualify to get Windows 10 for free.

I have the opposite problem; FF keeps crashing on me. I also received an OTA update for FF and it removed all my add-ons; now I'm just too lazy to put them back in.

My Windows 7 virtual machine won't update; I don't know if I'll even bother keeping that up to date (NB: I used my laptop Windows Authentication key for it so it's a legit install).

Find friends for workout every weekend

I'm a new worker in Singapore. I moved here only 1 month ago.

And I would like to find the friends that want to workout with me. I can swim, play basketball, badminton and jogging.

Let's workout together Yeah!!!!

Re: Profit taking of supermarket by...

Strong Eagle:
I have a son in law who used to manage a grocery store. Some of the tricks are quite amazing. For example, a wholesaler will offer a substantial discount on a product if the retailer will put it on sale for two or three weeks. The wholesaler thinks the store will buy 3 weeks worth of product but instead the store buys three months at a discount... and either stores it or demands that the wholesaler deliver in lots. As soon as the three week sale is done, prices revert to normal and the store margins go up.

I've been looking into selling very good Vietnamese rice liquor into the US market... a friend in Vietnam has built a very good brand. Because almost all states force a three tier system of producer, distributor, and retailer, you cannot believe all the shenanigans that go on... or probably, you do believe. The distributor is in the cat bird seat and puts the squeeze on both up and down the chain. Larger retailers can fight back but smaller ones cannot.

Re: How Much Should I Pay Myself?

Strong Eagle:
strong eagle, you see you yourself is clueless on the current situation. MOM will NOT approve an application if they do not see sufficient effort done to recruit local first. I am aware Goldy740 wants to run his own recruitment agency if he is granted his EP. Read up on this post : ... ent-holder ... sment-tool

I did the self assessment tool, both of them. I told it I did not have a work pass or Entrepass. You know what it said?


Once again you are blowing smoke out yer arse. Why don't you take a bit of time a research how one goes about forming a company and obtaining an EP from it?

Re: How Much Should I Pay Myself?

Strong Eagle:

Ya know... I missed that... I don't really care. She/he now knows who is telling her/him that she/he is clueless. And I stand by that statement.

It is unprofessional, but mostly, it's immature. Time to move on, especially since the OP hasn't been back in a while.

Re: My Mandarin for your English

I have given you mail

Re: PR approved, super shocking?

Hahaha, even if thats the case, I think we're extremely extremely lucky!