For those considering a relocation or thinking about becoming an expat, be warned. If you decide to move OS for just a couple of years - travel lightly.
Bring very little.
This also applies to expats moving OS.... believe me.
Organising, sorting, packing and repatriating is a lot harder when you need to do it all yourself.
We brought over things we thought "we might need" and never used and we didn't realise most of the apartments are fully furnished, so one could easily arrive with just a couple of suitcases!
with hindsight - and we all know about that - we should have arrived here with very little, then the packing would be a little easier. Just like Jeff and Flora did.
CD's.... five years ago they were important. Had so many data CD's for my research, but now far outdated and so into the bin they go!
Books ... five years ago we brought over at leave five cartons of books, all of them to read again .... yes, again, most of them we loved so much it was going to be hard to part with them, so we brought them over to 'read again'.... and did we? No, of course not, we got caught up with doing so many other things like exploring Singapore and SE Asia too. So our pre loved books have been given away.
Kitchenware ..... five years ago it was my belief that we would be entertaining like we have always done. People coming and going, dinner parties, BBQ's, friends for lunch .... but in Singapore? No, it rarely happens. For many reasons, one being the kitchens are far too small! We will usually meet elsewhere to 'catch up'. Be it one of the bars at Clarke Quay, a local eatery for hawker food, maybe one of the many restaurants in town for lunch, or the Kopitiam for a quick kopi .... and all those nice plates, silverware, cups etc? All repacked without being used.
Do think carefully when you are considering a move overseas and ask yourself, do you really need it.