(Closed) Moving for work opportunity: Sydney or Singapore?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

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mus1ca1xo:  I opened Marquee in Sydney and oh man is that city expensive! I was only there for 3 months but i couldnt imagine living there. Singapore is great. I loved that I could take a quick flight to a completely different country.

It sounds like you are going to have quite an adventure bee! Good Luck!

Post # 3
2705 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Sydney is not a cheap place to live but as a city I love it (originally from New Zealand, have been in Sydney for a little over five years now).   There’s always something going on, beautiful beaches, mountains nearby (the Blue Mountains are gorgeous, lots of cute towns, bushwalking and adventure type activities) and the weather is pretty great, if humid in the summer.

Post # 4
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I think Sydney would be a better place to go because there’d be less of a language/cultural barrier.

Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee

I lived in Sydney most of my childhood, there are some great things to do and the beaches are incredible but it is SO expensive!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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cmartin14:  there will be no real language barrier in Singapore. English is spoken and written everywhere and there’s a massive expat community. 

OP I love Sydney but from a practical (and travel) point of view, I would definitely choose Singapore. 

Post # 7
1124 posts
Bumble bee

Singapore!! Close to a bunch of different countries, plus Asian food! And the culture…definitely wins out over Australia, for me anyway 

Post # 8
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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cmartin14:  no language barrier in Singers as everyone speaks English! 

Personally, I’d go Sydney, but that’s just vecause I could not handle the humidity and heat of Singapore full time. I d love either places (I’m from Brisbane) but couldn’t live in Singers (which my partner hates as he would love for us to move there after our time in NZ finishes).

Post # 9
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I love Sydney, but I’d go Singapore just for the convenience! A short flight to Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, etc – what an amazing night opportunity to do some unbelievable weekend trips!

Post # 10
230 posts
Helper bee

I just got back from 2 weeks in Singapore (FIs family live there), and am an Aussie whose been to Sydney many times.. Tough choice! 

Australia is beautiful. If you’re in the states, it’s obviously quite a trek to get here – you could cover most tourist destinations pretty darn well in two years by doing weekends away, weeks here and there, and leave at the end knowing you can tick it off your list (unless you love it so much you want to come again!). Other bees raise a great point though, with Singapore being so central, you have so many options for travel to other Asian countries so easily, plus it’s a gateway to Europe. just depends on which area you might prefer! 

Cost of living wise, Sydney would be more expensive.. BUT – is the company contributing to accomodation costs? It also depends what you like to do, what’s important to you.. Having a car in Singapore is super, super, super expensive (but they have an amazing MRT system, so I suspect if you aren’t running around after kids, you don’t NEED a car at all!), and taxis are super cheap compared with Australia. Food is much cheaper there if you’re eating out at hawker stalls, I found restaurant prices quite similar, and alcohol more expensive. fresh produce from supermarkets seemed quite expensive compared with Australia, but we didn’t check out the markets. 

Weather wise, if you’re not a fan of humidity, I’d suggest Sydney might be a nicer option.. Having said that, everywhere is airconditioned in Singapore! But if you’re a runner, or a hiker and can’t go without it – perhaps weather would be a factor to consider. 

Ive been no help! Good luck with your decision 🙂 

Post # 11
9016 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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mus1ca1xo:  Where do you live now?

Just going to point out that the work environment (in most industries) is much more laidback than in Singapore. By that I mean work/life balance is a fairly important thing in Australia whilst in Singapore there is less focus on that. 

Personally I would choose Singapore but that is because I love it there and I despise Sydney. 

Post # 13
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017


And yes, it would definitely be more dog-friendly!

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