Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Singapore

Singapore has an excellent public transport system, high-quality healthcare services, and a modern, multicultural society that enjoys a high standard of life. It’s no wonder that so many expats move to Singapore every year. This city-state’s economy is also stable on account of significant government measures and many big businesses are headquartered here. Expats often feel they earn better in Singapore than they would back home, and the biggest advantage is that they retain access to more of their income too. So for expats already settling down in Singapore and for those who are in the process of planning their move, here is some recommended reading.Diary of an Expat in Singapore

This book is based on a blog of the same name and recounts author, Jennifer Gargiulo’s, experiences and observations on being an expat in Singapore. Written in a tongue-in-cheek style, Gargiulo, tells her story through vignettes and snapshots, many of them hilarious. You will also find entertaining top 10 lists like ‘10 signs you’ve overstayed’ and ‘10 sure signs you’re in a Singapore taxi’. At the heart of it, Diary of an Expat In Singapore is a tale of adjusting to an unfamiliar land and even raising two children in the process. Many experiences related in the book are likely to resonate with expats. The book is great for light reading and its humorous, quirky style will keep both expats and Singaporeans entertained.

Singapore Slingshot: Adventures of an American Expat in Asia

The author of Singapore Slingshot, Mark Nickerson, moved to Singapore for a two-year assignment but ended up staying for five. The book recalls his experiences of living in Singapore and travelling across 19 countries through three job changes. The book is an honest account of the struggles of making it as an expat in a new land, but with a sense of humor. It goes beyond what one usually finds in tourist-centric books and guides and provides a vibrant account of living in a diverse and dynamic place. Expats will enjoy this thoughtful and informative story that revolves around life, work, travel and food and the daily struggles that expats usually encounter as they try to assimilate into a new country.

Top 10 Singapore (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)

This is part of the popular DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Series and caters to the increasing number of westerners that travel to Singapore every year. Top 10 Singapore explores the sights, sounds and tastes of one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations. There are lists on the top 10 museums and architectural highlights, the top 10 nightspots and even the top 10 things to avoid. The book is also perfect for business travellers who want to see the sights of Singapore within their tight schedules. With written and visual descriptions, the book is an enjoyable read and easy to carry along since it’s so lightweight. A bonus feature is the handy plastic-coated map of Singapore.

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Handbook For Expatriates: Working And Living In Singapore (2012-2013)

Written by Goh Kheng Chuan, this book is meant for new expats and also those planning on extending their stay in Singapore. It begins with a summary of the historical, political, economical and social narrative prevailing in the city and then goes on to impart useful details about the immigration and customs procedures, housing, public transport, communication services, education system and healthcare in Singapore. It also shares information about food, entertainment, sports and shopping, which will help expats and Singaporeans alike. This handbook is comprehensive, yet easy to read and does justice to the inner workings of this modern city-state.

Singapore at Random: Facts, figures, quotes and anecdotes on Singapore

Singapore at Random: Facts, figures, quotes and anecdotes on Singapore is a fun, interesting read for anyone interested in Singapore and provides exactly what the title says – facts, figures, quotes and anecdotes about all things Singaporean. In it you will also find trivia, folklore and advice that serve as useful bits of information for those in the process of exploring Singapore. These bits are arranged randomly and so you never know what to expect as you turn the pages. Eccentric and informative, Singapore at Random is a celebration of a lively, multicultural land.


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