Moving to Singapore
Singapore is a hi-tech, wealthy city-state in south-east Asia. It offers a vivid combination of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest, ambitious tourist developments, occasional reminders of the colonial era, and an assortment of colourful ethnic urban areas such as Little India, each with a character very much of its own.
The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (1 Dollar = 100 cents)
Currency Coins: $0.01 (not in circulation but useable), $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, $1
Currency Notes: $2, $5, $10, $20, $25, $50, $100, $1,000, $10,000
Some recommended international anks are DBS, United Overseas Bank (UOB), HSBC and Citibank
Singapore experiences a tropical climate that stays hot and humid throughout the year with little seasonal variation.
Singapore does not have a wet or dry seasons but the climate is driven by two different monsoons: The North East Monsoon and the Southwest Monsoon. The area’s relative humidity is quite high, and ranges between 70 and 90 percent, the high humidity can make it quite uncomfortable
Languages and Culture
Because of its multiracial makeup, Singapore recognises four official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. English is the language of administration. Singaporeans also speak ‘Singlish’ a concoction of English with common Chinese dialect phrases.
Although culture shock in Singapore is minimal, there may be some situations that new arrivals find themselves unfamiliar with.
Having face indicates personal dignity. Singaporeans are very sensitive to retaining face in all aspects of their life. It is a mark of personal qualities such as a good name, good character, and being held in esteem by one’s peers. Rather than say ‘no’, they might say, ‘I will try’, or ‘I’ll see what I can do’. This allows the person making the request and the person turning it down to save face and maintains harmony in their relationship.
For more information:
Recommended Culture Awareness Courses
- Academ Asia School of Language and Education – www.academasia.com
- Communicaid – Living and working in Singapore
- Lingo School of Knowledge – lingo.edu.sg
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