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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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Re: LTVP+ questions

spia1189:
Sorry one question to add to the above, is there any merit in using a visa consultant given our situation or would this be a waste of money?

Cheers

LTVP+ questions

spia1189:
Hi there,

First time poster but long-term lurker on these forums.

Seeking advice on a few questions related to the LTVP+ visa.

I'll be applying for the visa in April, following marriage to my fiancee. We've been seeing each other >3.5 years and lived together for ~1.5 years while she was at university. I'm a New Zealand citizen, she is a Singaporean citizen. Started doing long distance about 2 years ago after she moved back to Singapore, but seen each other often.

I have worked in finance for ~5 yrs, (good degree, well paid by most standards), she has worked in the arts ~2 years (good degree, badly paid). We intend to live in Singapore as she wouldn't have the work opportunities long-term in New Zealand, compared to what she's doing now. We applied for (and were successful in getting) a letter of long-term visit pass eligibility (LLE).

Given that bit of context, a few questions,

1) Is it necessary to be in Singapore while the LTVP+ is being processed? I took a look at the online application form and one of the first questions it asks for is a disembarkation card number. If we submit the visa immediately following the wedding I would have one of these available, but it wouldn't be "valid" for very long as we intend to go away for our honeymoon, after which I intend to go back to NZ to wait out the process. This is an important point as I can't really take 6 weeks off from work, and would effectively have to resign and place myself at the mercy of the system if being in Singapore was required.

2) Given we got the LLE, is it likely at all that an application for LTVP+ would be rejected? Getting just an LTVP isn't really an option as I'd go crazy not working and it wouldn't be good for our finances.

3) What kind of weight does the ICA place on the "non-financial" aspects of a relationship in making its assessment? E.g. Is it worthwhile submitting photos of family gatherings, etc, to demonstrate the authenticity of the relationship?

Appreciate anyone's thoughts on the above.

Re: Any recommendations for solid wood furniture at reasonable pricing?

Holicamika:
You can find furnitures in Carousell app as well :)

Re: Any recommendations for solid wood furniture at reasonable pricing?

JR8:
We got our dining room chairs from IKEA. A simple/classic design, made from solid birch (a hardwood) with upholstered seat that could be removed so the covers could be removed and laundered. Very solidly made, looked great, relatively inexpensive for what they were.
Like these -> http://www.ikea.com/sg/en/catalog/products/30162109/
$55, what a bargain!
A dining table is going to be more expensive, look for extendible or 'drop-leaf' tables that can be extended when the seating space is required and otherwise folded down or away (if you need to).

I'm quite a fan of IKEA. Some product lines are great (like those chairs) and some tend to be crappy (IME arm-chairs/sofas)

Any recommendations for solid wood furniture at reasonable pricing?

heedyouradvice:
Am looking to do up my place with a scandi decor, but looking for more durable furniture without breaking the bank. thanks in advance guys!

Re: Nexus School

RITESH78:
Hello Lisylou,

We are a family of four with kids of similar age as yours. We will be relocating to Singapore in middle of this year and are presently going though the process of identifying the right school for our kids. I came across your post and could not stop myself asking you for sharing any good insights you have had in the choices available.

Thanks
Ritesh

Re: RE: Conversion of foreign driving licenses for PR

jasonlel:
It appears that PRs must convert their foreign drivers licenses (i.e. complete and pass the Basic Theory Test) within 3 months of receiving PR status.

Does anyone know if what happens, i.e. if it is not possible to do this within the 3 month period due to necessary travel outside of Singapore? Who should I contact or speak to, to get more information?

Many thanks,
138 BCL
Well worst case is you can't drive in Singapore (assuming u are holding your country international driving licence).

Next step is to convert your current driving licence to SG driving licence. Check with SG driving school for more info.

Hope this helps.

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Re: indie / alt music bars

JR8:
Hi JR8 - thanks for responding.
I kind of expected that bands coming through Asia would be few and far between. I've just moved from London so I knew I wouldn't be spoilt for choice like I have been for touring and new bands. Having said that, I went to Laneway last week and was pleasantly surprised by the line up (Chvrches, Battles, Grimes), and especially pleased about the crowd that Metz pulled.
Live bands aside and it might be a long shot but is there a Singaporean equivalent to a 'dive bar' that plays a really good mix of new and old indie / alt music?

Hi Griff'nGillyG, 3G for short? ;)
It is interesting when you consider the economics/demographics of it. Small country, high costs, generally socially conservative (incl musical tastes). So whereas purely geographically SG would look like an ideal stop-off on say a regional or world tour, there is not enough audience to make it financially viable. Not least as a band freighting all their gear into a country needs to do a number of concerts to cover the fixed expenses of getting there and setting up the show.
I remember seeing both Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, a large enough venue to generate a decent profit, but I don't think the government are too comfortable with large crowds listening to music some of which has stirring and perhaps 'controversial' lyrics.
One route around single band concerts are festivals. The last one I went to was 'F1 Rocks' which coincided with the F1 races in SG. That was at Fort Canning Park, and it had some memorable bands including ZZ-Top and The Prodigy and several others. That venue is small enough it can be tightly controlled. So that event is worth keeping an eye on; I've been 2-3 times now over the years.
Other times you have to keep an ear to the ground. A few years back I saw The Buzzcocks play in a small venue (a bar at Clarke Quay). IIRC that was a stop-off between Australia and Bangkok. You have to wonder how the venue size made it economic... Anyway, it was an awesome night, not least as the small venue (2-300 pax?) rendered it up-close and intimate.
re: Laneway, interesting, I'm not sure if that appeared in SG whilst I was still there. 'Interesting' as it's a bit more 'alt' than what I'm used to seeing being allowed into SG. There was a festival around 2-3 years ago lined up for a venue somewhere up the East Coast. That was a touring festival that originates out of Australia IIRC. It billed itself (again IIRC) as a rave - probably not a good idea lol. The Prodigy were billed to play at that one too. But the government clicked that 'rave' suggested there might be misbehaviour from the fans and the event was refused a permit. That's why I'm pleasantly surprised to see events like Laneway not only financially viable, but permitted to go ahead. .

It's for those kind of reasons, potential audience size, high fixed costs, unpredictability of the required permits that conspire to limit the quality of the local offering. Materially reduce those negatives > bigger audience, lower costs, less hassle off the authorities => is why Bangkok and Jakarta are worth keeping an eye on too. If you see a gig in a place like that then you can combine it into a long w/e away.
We're posted in the Middle East right now, so the drought of quality 'western' live music impacts us too. There is little audience for such + the authorities wouldn't welcome it either. In that way it's in the same situation as SG. So, I have 5-6 bands of which I'm an avid fan, and I Follow them on Facebook. If any play within say a 1,000 mile radius then there is a decent chance I'm going to go, but I'd go further for something special and stay a few days to make the most of the trip. We've already got one such 'Rock, Dine and Shop' trip planned up to Berlin in a few months time.

Dive-bars? I'm maybe a little long in the tooth for that kind of thing :) I normally associate dive-bars with beach bars where divers like to hang out for a post dive-day beverage or ten :)
There are meant to be a couple of pubs down in Little India that put on micro-gigs. Dunlop Street, around there IIRC? Time Out might have listings.
Perhaps SundayMorningStaple might have some ideas, as his son is well connected into the kind of style of music that might tick some of your boxes. And more importantly since he plays in a local band that performs locally, he's going to know which venues etc you might keep an eye on.

Re: Christian expats?

Poola:
Do you guys know of any Christian Church that is not so traditional maybe? I prefer services similar to hillsong United. I can relate more in a way...

Re: Rejected PR, is it a deny of entry/visa/permit?

sgstrait:
Everyone keeps repeating the same thing

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Re: Rejected PR, is it a deny of entry/visa/permit?

zzm9980:


Everyone is repeating each other! :cool:

Re: indie / alt music bars

Griffwah:
Oooops - responded from my wife's account by accident

Re: Rejected PR, is it a deny of entry/visa/permit?

sundaymorningstaple:
Damn, we got a lot of parrots in here!

Re: indie / alt music bars

GillyG:
Hi JR8 - thanks for responding.

I kind of expected that bands coming through Asia would be few and far between. I've just moved from London so I knew I wouldn't be spoilt for choice like I have been for touring and new bands. Having said that, I went to Laneway last week and was pleasantly surprised by the line up (Chvrches, Battles, Grimes), and especially pleased about the crowd that Metz pulled.

Live bands aside and it might be a long shot but is there a Singaporean equivalent to a 'dive bar' that plays a really good mix of new and old indie / alt music?

Re: Rejected PR, is it a deny of entry/visa/permit?

sgstrait:
The application for REP is executed only after PR is approved. Therefore, if you were not approved for PR, then you never actually applied for a REP.

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