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This page covers useful information on the tropical climate, weather and the geographical location of Singapore. Some facts and statistics are included.

Singapore Weather

Like most of Southeast Asia, Singapore is generally hot and humid. It's warm and humid year round, with the temperature almost never dropping below 20°C (68°F), even at night, and usually climbing to 30°C (86°F) during the day. Recent times, it even reached till 35°C.  Humidity is high, mounting over a 75% mark.

November and December is the rainy season. June-August is considered to be the best time to visit, but even then it rains often. Don't let the climate stop you from going, however. Most buildings are air-conditioned (to the point that you may want to take a sweater), and pains have been taken to make everything as comfortable as can be, all things considered. When it does rain, it's generally only for a short period.

For those who enjoy the sun and the beach, Singapore is an ideal place for beach lovers, as you get the hot hot sun throughout the year. So when you're in Singapore, just bring along your cooling apparels and hats.

Singapore Geography

Singapore's strategic location at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula has ensured its importance, which is greater than its size might seem to justify. Singapore consists of the island of Singapore and some 63 islets within its territorial waters. The main island is about 26 mi/42 km from west to east and 14 mi/23 km from north to south. It's a mostly undulating country with low hills (the highest, 540-ft/166-m Bukit Timah Hill, is to the northwest of the city).

Singapore's Central Business District actually spreads across both the central and southern parts of the island (you'll know when you're there - it boasts striking high-rise structures). You can get a good visual orientation to the city as you cross the Benjamin Sheares Bridge on the East Coast Parkway, which links the airport to the city center. The Singapore cityscape looks magnificent, particularly at night when buildings are brilliantly lit. Offshore, there appears to be another city all lit up because of the many ships anchored there - Singapore is one of the busiest seaports in the world.

Many of the city's attractions are clustered closely together. Orchard Road, the shoppers' haven, is located in the northern part of the city center. Chinatown, where you'll find Boat Quay, is just to the southeast of Orchard Road, while Little India is northeast. Sentosa Island, with its many amusements, is directly to the southwest of the city center. These frequently visited neighborhoods, as well as more suburban areas, remain a bustling hive of pedestrian activity well into the evening.

Singapore Map

Location: Southeastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia

Geographic coordinates: 1 22 N, 103 48 E

Area: total: 647.5 sq km

Land: 637.5 sq km

Water: 10 sq km

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 193 km

Elevation extremes:

Lowest point: Singapore Strait 0 m

Highest point: Bukit Timah 166 m

Terrain: lowland (undulating central plateau with water catchment area and nature preserve)

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Moving back to SG after 12 years

(22F) I'm moving back to Singapore in the coming weeks having been away for 12 years... Not too far away but far enough.

A little about me:
I'm a Singaporean (0.5 Filipina/0.5 Chindian). I grew up in an international school in Kuala Lumpur for 7 years, continued with my college and bachelor's degree until this year.
I'm also in a long distance relationship with my SO who is Australian (24M).
I enjoy music (I perform in a band), people watching, hiking (sg has so many nature spots so I'm excited to explore)

Bottom line:
Basically, I don't really know much about SG (what's good, where to go, what to eat) and I have no friends in SG so I would love to get to know some like minded people who can tolerate dry humor and unfortunate chronic RBH (resting bitch face) but I promise you I am super nice.

Plus points if you can kindly share with me some advice on how to get my SO over to Singapore!

TL;DR- Wanted: friends

Re: Population Statistics - Residents and NonResidents wanna be

FWIW: the number i remembered was, on average, 2% of REP applications were rejected. this was 5 or 6 ago...? so that number may have gone up/down...

that number excludes (real) revoked SPRs... crime, false declaration, etc.

Re: Population Statistics - Residents and NonResidents wanna be

At least.

Re: 2nd PR Rejected. Possible of Re-appeal

so... you want to re-apply again... when? next month?

Re: Self-Driving Taxis Hit the Streets of Singapore

:lol: :lol:

Re: Employment pass being delayed

And for having too many foreigners as well, as according to him most in his department are Koreans as well.

Re: RE: Re: Unpleasant Stay experience is Singapore!!!!!!


Screw that noise. What kind of hell hole forces weekly inspections? People in AUS were annoyed with 3 inspections a year.

LOL, i found that Singaporean are scared to break rules and they are really scared of strangers, i don't know why. That's why ecureilx friend's landlord check his/her place every Sunday, are they afraid of terrorism or other things? Because for illegal immigrants, it's none of the LLs business, and i think Singapore also have lots of illegal immigrant, it is something that cannot be prevented. My friend LLs also checks her place every week! :?

LLs can get into trouble if illegal immigrants are in their property. not necessarily actual charges filed, but the threat and the investigation before such charges that will inconvenience and stress out any LL.

this is why all TAs will have a "no illegal immigrant" clause...

further, there should be no short term (<6 months) letting of any property. you say "my mom's staying for 1 night" but... nothing's free in this world. you may think otherwise, but a quick look at local judgements say the judges don't agree with you.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

from NYT: ... virus.html (updated July 29 '16)

i've edited it so it's shorter...

The World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus, now known to cause devastating birth defects.

All pregnant women who have been to these regions should be tested for the infection, health officials have said, and should refrain from unprotected sex with partners who have visited these regions.

Here are some answers and advice about the outbreak.

What is the Zika virus?

Can the Zika virus be sexually transmitted?

What is microcephaly?

How do I know if I’ve been infected? Is there a test?

I’m pregnant and live in or recently visited a country with Zika virus. What do I do?

I’m of childbearing age, but not pregnant and not planning to get pregnant. Should I go to an affected country?

Can I become immune to Zika? Will it be safe for me to get pregnant after I recover from Zika?

If I live in an area where the virus is circulating, should I delay becoming pregnant?

Does it matter when in her pregnancy a woman is infected with the Zika virus?

Should infants be tested?

I’m a man and have returned from a place where the Zika virus is spreading. How long until I can be sure that I won’t infect a sexual partner?

Is there a treatment?

Is there a vaccine? How should people protect themselves?

Q. What is the Zika virus?

A. A tropical infection new to the Western Hemisphere.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 and is believed to be common across Africa and Asia, it did not begin spreading widely in the Western Hemisphere until recently — perhaps sometime in 2013, although its presence was not confirmed until May 2015, when it was identified as the “mystery disease” sweeping across northeast Brazil.

About four in five victims have no symptoms, and those who do usually recover within a week. Common symptoms include a fever rarely higher than 102 degrees, an itchy pink rash, bloodshot eyes, sensitivity to light, headaches and joint pains.

Q. Can the Zika virus be sexually transmitted?

A. Yes.

In all known cases as of late June, transmission has been from a man to a woman or to another man, not from a woman to anyone else. The Zika virus has clearly been transmitted by vaginal and anal sex, and possibly by oral sex.

Viral RNA has been found in semen more than two months after symptoms disappeared. Scientists believe the prostate or testes serve as a reservoir, sheltering the Zika virus from the immune system. In at least one case, a man who never had Zika symptoms transmitted it sexually.

Health authorities now recommend that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant avoid contact with semen from men who have visited areas where the virus is transmitted. Pregnant women should abstain until they give birth, or should have sex only with partners using a condom.

To reduce the risk of sexual transmission, health authorities recommend that men who have visited areas in which the Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos and who have had symptoms avoid unprotected sex for six months. Men who have had no symptoms should wait eight weeks.

Q. What is microcephaly?

A. An unusually small head, often accompanied by brain damage.

Babies with microcephaly have unusually small heads. Normally, some degree of microcephaly occurs in 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 10,000 of all births. In roughly 15 percent of cases, a small head is just a small head, with no effect on the infant.

But infection with the Zika virus causes a severe form of microcephaly. The brain may stop growing and be small and smooth, lacking the normal indentations. The long nerves connecting the eyes and ears to the brain may be damaged. Children may suffer from constant seizures or be born with permanently rigid limbs.

There is no treatment for the brain damage.

“There is no way to fix the problem, just therapies to deal with the downstream consequences,” said Dr. Hannah M. Tully, a neurologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital who specializes in brain malformations.

Q. How do I know if I’ve been infected? Is there a test?

A. It’s often a silent infection and hard to diagnose.

Only one of five infected people develop symptoms. There is currently no rapid test that can be done in a doctor’s office; tests must be sent to sophisticated laboratories, which delays diagnosis.

Q. I’m pregnant and live in or recently visited a country with Zika virus. What do I do?

A. Pregnant women should get blood tests and ultrasound scans.

According to the C.D.C., all pregnant women who have visited areas with Zika transmission should be tested, whether or not they have symptoms.

All pregnant women who live in those areas, such as Puerto Rico or American Samoa, should be tested at least twice during their pregnancies, whether or not they have symptoms.

All pregnant women who test positive or had symptoms should have a series of ultrasounds looking for evidence of fetal microcephaly or calcifications, small white spots indicating cell death or inflammation in the brain.

Brain damage has been detected as early as week 19 of a pregnancy — about midway through the second trimester. But it is not clear how quickly damage becomes detectable after an infection.

The current guidelines can be found here: (search for ZIKA)

The surest way to detect the virus itself is with a blood or urine sample gathered in the first two weeks or less after symptoms appear. Antibody tests can be done later but, because the disease is closely related to dengue and yellow fever, false positives and false negatives may occur, especially in areas where those diseases circulate. More complex “neutralization assay testing” can lower the false-positive rate, but not eliminate it.

Q. I’m of childbearing age, but not pregnant and not planning to get pregnant. Should I go to an affected country?

A. Only if you use birth control consistently.

Half of pregnancies are unintended, according to some surveys. If you want to visit a country where Zika transmission has been reported, Dr. Laura E. Riley, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies at Massachusetts General Hospital, advises strict use of birth control.

Women who become unexpectedly pregnant while traveling or shortly afterward will have to deal with blood tests, regular ultrasounds and a great deal of anxiety.

“Why would you ever sign yourself up for that?” Dr. Riley said. “There’s enough in life to worry about. I wouldn’t add that to my list.”

Q. Can I become immune to Zika? Will it be safe for me to get pregnant after I recover from Zika?

A. Possibly.

Women who recover from the infection are believed to immune to it, so no harm can come to a new baby.

To be sure no virus is in the blood even after a silent infection, the C.D.C. recommends waiting eight weeks — triple the amount of time the virus has been known to persist — before trying to conceive.

Whether that immunity is lifelong is not yet known, because the virus has only been studied carefully for a brief time. But it is believed to be long-lasting.

“Our understanding thus far is that the risk is very, very low if you were in that place prior to conception,” Dr. Riley, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said.

“I wouldn’t be worried about if you conceived (in such a manner).”

Q. If I live in an area where the virus is circulating, should I delay becoming pregnant?

A. That may be wise, some officials say.

Health officials in several countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica — and in the territory of Puerto Rico — have suggested that women delay pregnancy temporarily. Obstetricians in some countries are privately giving patients the same advice, saying the risk of fetal damage during an epidemic’s peak is too great.

Once “herd immunity” is strong because many people have been bitten and have recovered, local epidemics may fade out, so that women can safely become pregnant again. Also, many companies are working on Zika vaccines, and delaying pregnancy will buy time for them to arrive.

Both the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. approach the topic very cautiously, but the C.D.C. has said that some women and their partners, in consultation with their doctors, “might decide to delay pregnancy” and should be provided with contraception if they do. The W.H.O. says that men and women “should consider delaying pregnancy and follow recommendations (including the consistent use of condoms) to prevent H.I.V., other sexually transmitted infections, and unwanted pregnancies.”

Q. Does it matter when in her pregnancy a woman is infected with the Zika virus?

A. Anytime during pregnancy may be dangerous.

Originally, doctors in Brazil believed that infections in the first trimester were the most dangerous, because mothers who gave birth to babies with microcephaly were usually infected then.

A later study found that some mothers infected late in pregnancy also had disastrous outcomes, including the sudden deaths of infants in the womb.

Some experts who have studied the long-term consequences of rubella — another virus that attacks fetuses — say they believe that children who survive a Zika infection without microcephaly nonetheless may suffer serious consequences, including blindness and deafness at birth, learning and behavior difficulties in childhood, and perhaps even mental disabilities later in life.

Q. Should infants be tested?

A. Other birth defects may be linked to the virus.

Federal health officials say that newborns should be tested for infection with the Zika virus if their mothers have visited or lived in any country experiencing an outbreak and if the mothers’ own tests are positive or inconclusive.

The reason, officials said, is that infection with the virus could be linked to defects in vision and hearing, among other abnormalities, even if the child does not suffer microcephaly.

Q. I’m a man and have returned from a place where the Zika virus is spreading. How long until I can be sure that I won’t infect a sexual partner?

A. Err on the side of caution.

Whether or not you have had symptoms, you should do everything you can to avoid infecting a woman who may be pregnant or is trying to become pregnant, because the consequences for the baby may be disastrous.

To do that, you must avoid vaginal, anal and oral sex for the length of the pregnancy — or use condoms every time.

It is not known how long the Zika virus remains infectious in semen, but viral RNA has been found in semen more than two months after symptoms subsided. The testes are somewhat shielded from the immune system, so it may take longer for the body to eliminate an infection there.

The C.D.C. recommends that men who have traveled to Zika-infected areas, but had no symptoms, wait eight weeks before having unprotected sex.

Men who have had a positive Zika test or any symptoms of infection, on the other hand, should wait six (to nine) months.

At least one gay man has infected his male partner through anal sex. Another man is believed to have infected his female partner through oral sex.

And in one case in France, a man who never reported symptoms is believed to have infected his wife through sex.

Q. Is there a treatment?

A. No.

The C.D.C. does not recommend a particular antiviral medication for people infected with the Zika virus. The symptoms are mild – when they appear at all – and usually require only rest, nourishment and other supportive care.

Q. Is there a vaccine? How should people protect themselves?

A. Protection is difficult in mosquito-infested regions.

There is no vaccine against the Zika virus. Efforts to make one have just begun, and creating and testing a vaccine normally takes years and costs hundreds of millions of dollars.

Because it is impossible to completely prevent mosquito bites, the C.D.C. has advised pregnant women to avoid going to regions where the virus is being transmitted, and has advised women thinking of becoming pregnant to consult doctors before going.

Travelers to these countries are advised to avoid or minimize mosquito bites by staying in screened or air-conditioned rooms or sleeping under mosquito nets; wearing insect repellent at all times; and wearing long pants, long sleeves, shoes and hats.

Re: Population Statistics - Residents and NonResidents wanna be

No, it's not every 5 years. It's an annual publication

The past issues were published in September so we should expect to see the current edition in a month or two.

ah thanks!

actually the part of PR -> Citizen numbers that doesn't really seem add up.
according to statistics as per '15 ... on average
- 30k PRs and
- 20k Citizenship are granted per year

How does they maintain the number of 527.7k for PRs as there will always be 10k of surplus.
does that mean we have around 10k people had their PRs revoked / not renewed every year?

Re: PR chances for Japanese

Strong Eagle:
[OK, your post evidently means you disagree with the post you quoted. Please tell us how, specifically. Do you recommend that JunJun1993:

(a) Not check with the corporate secretary? or
(b) Get rid of the corporate secretary? or
(c) Work in Singapore without a Letter of Consent while holding a DP? or
(d) Some combination of (a), (b), and/or (c)?

On edit: Simple English version: "11 BBCWatcher words you no like. What word bad?"

You just don't get it, do you? JunJun has had multiple renewals of his EP. He is working legally as the manager (director, in the eyes of ACRA). He is asking about his chances of getting PR, especially because he is Japanese.

YOU take this simple request for information and twist and distort it in every conceivable way. None of your bullet points above have any relevancy to the question JunJun asked.

You distort and misinform. You tell him he can't legally be a director. You tell him ICA might be interested in him. You tell him that he should have another director besides himself. And in your bullet points above you are asking if he was working on a DP without a LOC, yet another reference to him having done something wrong, when in fact, there is no indication at all in his post that he has done anything wrong. Quite the contrary, it looks like he and his father have done everything right.

The question was about PR. I judge his chances are better than most.

You, however, continue with your blathering, scattershot approach by tossing in irrelevancies, pointless sidebars, and out and out false information. You are a disservice to posters with legitimate questions. You're getting close to crossing the line.

Re: PR chances for Japanese

Strong Eagle:
Exactly what you said, Taxico.

His misinformation and unnecessary information does nothing but create worry and confusion for the OP.

Re: Self-Driving Taxis Hit the Streets of Singapore

Strong Eagle:
Are the new taxis pre-programmed to constantly push on the gas pedal then let off, like so many uncles do?

Re: Employment pass being delayed

Strong Eagle:
Hmm damn i didnt know that might be the case, because most of the staff in that dept are koreans..

it is kinda hard to ask for a raise in salary, because this is my first job haha. Also, in the Self assessment tool online it states i need 4.1k to be eligible.. The system online is flawed man..

No... the system is not flawed. Rightly or wrongly, the government has decided that firms in Singapore are hiring too many foreigners at wages that are too low. If you are needed as much as you say you are then the company will have to prove it up by paying you more. The company you work for is probably already on MoM's radar for paying too low.

Re: Employment pass being delayed

Hmm damn i didnt know that might be the case, because most of the staff in that dept are koreans..

it is kinda hard to ask for a raise in salary, because this is my first job haha. Also, in the Self assessment tool online it states i need 4.1k to be eligible.. The system online is flawed man..

May i also ask, if the application were to be rejected, and my firm appeals with notes stating that they actually need me (Because i speak korean) because many of their clients are koreans, does it actually help with the application as well?

Re: RE: Re: Employment pass being delayed

Hi, may i ask whether the prestige of the firm (If the firm is a huge firm) will influence the application of the EP? I am korean and is being offered of a pay of 3.4k from a big firm as an accountant, but i am still not able to pass the EP eligibility on the Self Assessment Tool on the MOM website...
My firm requested if i can work for them in the meantime the pass is being processed, and i am worried that i might work for nothing when the rejection status come back..

Working without an IPA or pass is illegal.

Some times the size of the firm matters but ....some large companies have a large proportion of foreign staff and may not be seen as Singaporean friendly by MOM.

Ask them to raise the salary, if they need your expertise.