Are you relocating to make money?
this is a JOINT DECISION, this concerns the "family unit" so the above comment will never need be said.
You will also find that Singaporeans tend to do their shopping daily or perhaps every two days. You may be accustomed to "weekly shopping" and expect large supermarkets with wide open spaces ..... but remember, this is an island where space is at a premium. Supermarkets will most likely be smaller than 'back home', more crowded due to lack of space with more shoppers too.
The main reason Singaporeans shop more frequently is the 'lack of space' in their own homes. They do not have large storage area's for a weekly shop. Besides, excess food being stored is likely to 'spoil' due to the high humidity.
So please, before you start to complain about the small, overcrowded supermarkets or shopping areas. Stop and think WHY.
"Cost of Living" is a common concern among expatriates relocating here. Singapore has a reputation for being expensive, perhaps rightly so when it comes to cars and property.
Also consider, not just the currency exchange ... but also the salary. Yes, expect to pay more IF the salary is more. Is the taxation less? Also take that into consideration. It does not matter where you come from .... weigh up everything.
They were not brought up to think that way, it is not rude to them. So why are we putting our beliefs onto them?
Some things may appear wrong to you, if you stop and think WHY, then you will have the understanding that it maybe not wrong - just different!
..... and really, are you expecting everything to be the same as 'back home'?
If the answer is yes
..... then WHY did you relocate to another country?
We found that we acclimatised to the hot weather quicker by NOT having the air conditioning on. This will go against what some may think, but I am only saying what worked for us. We do have the AC on at night in our bedroom for sleeping, but it is turned off by 6.00am. We use fans in all the rooms with windows and doors open every day. If the AC was on 24/7 and then we went outside, we would certainly feel the heat that much more.
Average temperature is between 25 - 31 °C and temperatures are almost the same day and night.
Do not have a car? It is not the end of the earth!
Sometimes having a car can be more of a pain than a benefit, if you have to find parking spaces etc. Most of us (if not all) have a car 'back home' and cannot imagine being without one here. But you can, certainly if you cannot afford a vehicle, then you learn to travel by public transport, it is quick, easy and efficient. Maybe not with a baby in a stroller .... but take a cab where possible. Maybe one of your friends will care for the baby once a week so you will have some 'me time'?
Your thinking needs to be flexible here ... to think outside the square!
"on average" for one month for a taxi or cab for us is $150.00 SGD.
our cab usage would be:
To take Oscar to the vet once a month
Going out of an evening, we take the bus to and a cab back home in most cases.
Shopping, I go by bus to the mall, but a cab back home if I have too much to carry.
John takes a cab to meetings in the city area about three times a month.
We take a cab to and from the airport.