I need some advice please
DH has just been offered a job opportunity (1-2 years) in Singapore and whilst it sounds exciting I am also really scared about the whole idea.
I am having our third child next week and can't imagine how I would cope with three small children in another country away from everyone I know not to mention the climate.
Has anyone lived over there with small children(more than 1)? Was it hard? DS1 is starting kindy next year. Do they have an equivalent of kindy over there?
Did you get used to the heat?
I have been trying to do some research on the internet and look at expat forums but can't find much info.
I read a previous thread here and Mummafug and others made it sound so exciting and great but not sure if I could take the leap with three small kids.
It isn't definate yet (only found out yesterday) but just looking for others who have done it.
Many thanks :)
I am running out the door but wanted to reply so I can find this thread in the morning :D
For now though - all I can say is you will NOT want to leave if you go :yes:
PS -Where do you currently live ?? What kind of work is your DH in ?? PM me if you like - this will just help me with some pro's and con's (not that there are many cons to be honest)
Thanks MummaFug. I will PM you :D
Hi there! I actually started the other Singapore thread! MammaFug and TikTok were my voices of reason to convince me to go!
I have been living here for the past three months, and I was really hesitant at first, but now I find myself in a position where I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE ! :crying:
I only have one DD who just turned 10 months, and I can guarantee you now - there is no safer place in the world to raise children than in Singapore. Laws are quite strict about drinking on the streets, cleanliness, swearing and making a public nuisance. Singaporeans are very mindful about making sure children are safe and will go out of their way to help you. I have walked the streets late at night in the city and have felt so safe. Everything is well patrolled and Singaporeans are so well mannered to the point that even teenagers are really polite!!
As for schooling, Singapore has a huge expat community and you will find plenty of Australian schools. As you will most likely be living centrally, there are tonnes of kindies to choose from.
There are so many Australians living there, that at times I have looked up and have forgotten that I'm in Singapore!
The heat can be trying, but I have dealt with far worse in Melbourne's Summer (which get up to mid 40's). It usually stays around 30-35 in Singapore and is humid, but being a Sydney girl, it's no different to that humid period that you get in late summer. Anything with four walls and a roof is airconditioned though, so you will find a lot of respite indoors! Best time to head out is either in the mornings or in the evening when the sun starts to go down. Shops close late (every night is late night shopping night!), even on Sundays. The worst time of day is lunch time through to late afternoon. Its easier for DD to handle the heat as she can drink water, but the sun really burns, so sun protection is essential! If you do live centrally, you most likely be in walking distance from a huge shopping mall.
Being away from family IS tough, but you will meet so many expat Mothers, it's not funny! I have been living in a Serviced Apartment and I am constantly meeting new mothers and have made so many friends from all different parts of the world. Nannies are affordable though, so don't hesitate to look for one if you need an extra pair of hands.
If you plan to breastfeed, Singapore is wonderful. People are conservative about nudity and I found using a breastfeeding cover helpful, BUT they are so understanding about breastfeeding and will usually discreetly look away.
Believe me, go and enjoy it, you will have the time of your life! I have had some of the best three months of my life!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me!! :)
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