Expat Guide - Education, Pre SchoolsExpat Guide - Education, Pre SchoolsExpat Guide - Education, Pre Schools

Education is essential for every child, and it can start as early as preschool years. Singapore Expats comprehensive list of schools from preschools to playgroups.

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Rain Trees Kindergarten


Rain Trees Kindergarten is a small, family orientated preschool that provides a ‘home-from-home’ environment for children aged 2-6 from the international community.

We offer a caring, fun and friendly preschool with experienced international teachers in an integrated indoor-to-outdoor setting

Rain Trees Kindergarten , founded in 1999 is highly recommended by parents and is located in Bukit Timah on Kheam Hock Road.

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Rosemount International School

Rosemount International School

Established in 1999, Rosemount International School is a private international school in Singapore providing schooling at the preparatory (kindergarten) and junior school (primary) levels.

Our curriculum is built on an inquiry-based philosophy in which students are encouraged to question, discover and communicate through an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to learning.

At Rosemount it is the combination of highly trained teachers, a challenging, yet flexible curriculum and an individual approach to learning that allows students to develop to their full potential.

For more information please contact admissions:

P: +65 6446 4636
A: 25 Ettrick Terrace, Siglap, 458588, Singapore


British Council Pre-School


At British Council Pre-school, we believe that a forward-looking, stimulating environment is the key to developing your child’s inquisitive nature. Instil the love for learning in your child with our 21st century education.

Our mission

  • We will help every child fulfil his or her true potential.
  • We will provide a happy, secure and healthy learning environment.
  • We will work together with parents to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

Our curriculum

We believe every child is unique and is constantly learning. Using the best pre-school practices from both the United Kingdom and Singapore, we provide holistic, hands-on and concrete learning, with a strong emphasis on language and literacy.

Our Daily Programme

Our 3-hour programmes are available in two sessions:
Morning   09:00 to 12:00
Afternoon 13:00 to 16:00

Delivered by a team of dedicated and passionate teachers with professional qualifications in early childhood education, children will learn about:

  • Language and Literacy: Immerse in a language-rich environment and learn about the multi-sensory Jolly Phonics programme
  • Speech and Drama: Build strong communication skills and confidence through fun activities
  • Art: Foster creativity through the exploration of art
  • Motor Skills Development: Develop coordination, control and movement through purposeful play
  • Music and Movement: Learn to appreciate music, sound and dance while honing gross motor coordination skills
  • Numeracy: Understand mathematical concepts through hands-on learning experiences
  • Discovery of the world: Build the foundation for learning science, history and geography
  • Social and Emotional Development: Through the reinforcement of “Golden Rules”, children cultivate a positive sense of themselves
  • Primary School Induction Programme: K2 students will experience new teaching styles in Terms 3 and 4
  • Chinese: Stories, songs, games and role-play will develop the confidence to use the language

11 Tampines Concourse  #01-02/03/04 Singapore 528729

Free school visits can be arranged. Call +65 6653 6071 to book an appointment now.

Canadian International School Kindergarten

Canadian International School

As one of Singapore’s leading international preschools, Canadian International School Kindergarten is recognised as a perfect place for discovery and exploration. The school focuses on unlocking young children’s potential through:

  1. A Tailored Global Language Programme
  2. Stimulating Learning Pods & Playgrounds
  3. A Hands-on Literacy & Numeracy Curriculum
  4. Dedicated Arts, Music & Physical Education Specialists

Global Language Programme
All students at Canadian International School (CIS) Kindergarten learn an additional language from 4 years of age. They have the opportunity to choose either French or Chinese taught by dedicated language specialists, or enrol in our pioneering bilingual Chinese-English programme. Our bilingual programme provides equal exposure to both Chinese and English, with two qualified teachers in each classroom.

Stimulating Learning Pods and Playgrounds
Our state-of-the art, purpose-built Kindergarten facilities are designed specifically to support play-based learning. At our Lakeside campus, classrooms are organised around stimulating ‘learning pods’(large, open learning spaces), where teachers can set up hands-on learning centres. Dedicated outdoor play areas include an early years playground, bike tracks, sandpits with water-play zones, a large wading pool (Lakeside campus only) and gym.

Hands-on Literacy & Numeracy Curriculum
Literacy and numeracy learning is built into the daily schedule. Concepts are taught based on an inquiry, play-based approach (for example our students explore volume and capacity through ‘hands-on’ water play activities) and tailored to a wide range of academic abilities.

Dedicated Arts, Music & Physical Education Specialists
Students at CIS Kindergarten engage in Physical Education and Arts (Music, Visual Art, Dance, Drama) classes with single subject specialists. Our Physical Education lessons focus on movement (running and jumping) and gross motor development while our Arts lessons focus on teaching children how to express themselves through different types of mediums.

A quote from a happy parent
“ Our CIS experience has been a great one. There is a wide range of hands-on activities, so both Matias and Luciana are always engaged in learning new things. Both of them really enjoy the bilingual classes”. Evelyn Carvajal, CIS Kindergarten parent, June 2015.

Lakeside Campus (ECE to Grade 12)
Jurong West Street 41
Singapore 649414
T: +65 6467 1732

Tanjong Katong Campus (ECE to Grade 8)
371 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437128
T: +65 6345 1573

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Located 25 minutes from Orchard Road, GEMS World Academy (Singapore) brings 55 years of international education experience to families seeking globally recognised education for their children.

With state-of-the-art facilities located on a five hectare campus, GWA ensures that children are provided with a world-class learning environment as they undertake a balanced learning programme across Sports, Arts and Academics.

Facilities include a 750-seat auditorium, dedicated music practice rooms, Olympic and learner swimming pools, all-weather sports field and indoor gymnasium with rock-climbing wall.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Programme objectives and methodology.

Utilising best practices from Montessori, Reggio Emilia and international curriculum frameworks, our pre-schoolers are provided an exciting and challenging programme of enquiry specifically tailored for international students.

Play is used as a primary tool for learning, self-awareness, confidence and expression. Students are actively involved in hands-on, play-based activities that develop their love of learning and communication, as well as their physical, cognitive and social skills.

Learning environment.

Our inspired World-class facilities and innovative menu of classroom activities spark a child’s curiosity and provide rich opportunities to explore, develop and grow on all levels. Families are immersed in an exciting, specialised environment through our planetarium, purpose-built Early Years pool, special kindergarten play area, library and parent area.

Mandarin language programme.

With Asia’s growing importance in the world, knowledge of the Mandarin language is an asset we would like to arm all our children with. Children are taught daily classes, by a specialist Mandarin teacher who makes the language come alive and fun to learn.

GWA is part of GEMS Education, the largest K-12 private education provider in the world, with a network of 60 schools across 15 countries. GEMS educates more than 140,000 students representing 173 different nationalities, and employs over 13,000 education specialists and staff from over 115 countries.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
2 Yishun Street 42
Singapore 768039


German European School Singapore

German European School Singapore

The first school you choose for your child is one of the most important milestones in your child's life. Knowing this, the GESS Pre-School Department provides a learning environment that is fun, safe, and stimulating. One that promotes passion and enthusiasm for learning to children between 18 months to 6 years. As a bilingual Department, we provide a unique German and English Language Programme designed specifically to meet the diverse language levels of our students. Additionally, we are offering a fully integrated Danish Mother Tongue programme to our Danish students two afternoons a week.

  • In Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, we offer the IB PYP inquiry-driven approach to teaching and learning. Along with our learning curriculum, we are promoting pre-reading and pre-writing skills, science, sports, music, drama, ICT, arts, cooking as well as using play as a learning tool. GESS provides lots of space to run, explore and embrace the natural environment around us. We foster our cultural diversity by celebrating European and Singaporean festivities. Parent-Child groups are suited for children aged from 18 months - 3 years. The groups are kept to a small number and are using generous group rooms as well as extra rooms for crafts, music, movement and a generously laid-out playground.
  • In preparation for starting Kindergarten, GESS offers Toddler groups from 2-3 years, to ensure a smooth transition from those first steps of independence to full-time kindergarten attendance.
  • In our Kindergarten classes, we provide heterogeneous grouping, for 3 to 5 years old. This uniqueness promotes a child-centred approach, where the structure for play is closely linked to real life.
  • Our Pre-Primary is for our five and six year’s old students and is located at the "Habitat" on Junior School Campus.

A quote from a happy mother:
“Up to now, my son has loved each and every day at class and sometimes even demands on the weekends to go to school!" - Maria Gialakis, Mother

Main Campus
72 Bukit Tinggi Road
Singapore 289760
Tel: 6469 1131

Junior School Campus
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil
Singapore 598668
Tel: 6461 0802

Nexus International School, Singapore

Nexus International School, Singapore

Nexus International School, Singapore (NISS), started in January 2007.
NISS currently meets the educational needs of about 400 students from over 50 different countries. Enrolment is steadily increasing to meet the educational needs of the children of expatriates in Singapore.

The 470,000 sq ft campus at 201 Ulu Pandan Road has facilities to support all academic and co-curricular programme for up to 1,200 students. These include swimming pools, gymnasiums, sports fields, as well as Science, Computer and Multi-media laboratories to support our Centres of Excellence - Sciences, Arts and Sports.

NISS has a team of highly qualified international educators delivering a well-balanced curricula based on the best standards and practices used around the world. NISS is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). It is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), and an approved Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre. NISS is currently a candidate school for the CIS/WASC accreditation.

NISS is a member of Taylor's Education Group and the second Nexus International School (NIS) campus in the region. The first NIS is located in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Nexus International School
201 Ulu Pandan Road Singapore 596468
Tel +65 6536 6566, Fax +65 6536 6866

Raffles Montessori Kindergarten

Raffles Montessori Kindergarten

Located off Still Road (East Coast), Raffles Montessori Kindergarten is ensconced in a beautiful detached house, with an immaculate carpet grass lawn, exciting outdoor playground equipment, and herbal gardens for the children to enjoy. At Raffles Montessori, we aim to give the children the best start in life, an environment conducive for learning, social interactions and physical development.

Clinical Psychologist / Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS


VENUE: Raffles Montessori Kindergarten (Still Road)

TIME:    10AM- 12.30PM

To Register, Please Call 6344 0077 or Email:

Why Raffles Montessori?

  • Individualized learning
  • Full set of authentic Montessori materials
  • Bilingual curriculum
  • Programmes for toddler age through kindergarten
  • MOE registered School
  • Holistic experience

Contact Us
Phone: +65 6344 0077
Address: 105 Lorong Stangee Singapore 425080

Two by Two

Two by Two

Two by Two Schoolhouse is a Bilingual kindergarten cum enrichment centre with a Mandarin emphasis. We specialize in language acquisition and have successfully developed a curriculum that nurtures lifelong learning.

Our background

Two by Two Schoolhouse was founded by two mothers who only wanted the best learning environment for their children. We wanted to create innovative and experiential programs whereby our children could learn through play.

Our methodology

Children thrive in a stress-free, natural and immersive environment with a low teacher-student ratio, grasping the nuances of the language effortlessly through a play based and child initiated approach.

Our curriculum also develops a child holistically in English, Math and Science, exposing them to a wide variety of subjects, including the Arts and Sports. They are encouraged to explore and experiment, ultimately developing confidence and become effectively bilingual.

Learning takes place through structured hands on activities and is not confined to the classroom. Frequent field trips reinforce learning and a Multi-sports program trains children’s physical and mental capabilities.

Our strength

Our enrolled children are of diverse heritage and ethnicity, with the non-local nationalities making up 40% of our enrolment. This provides invaluable opportunities for greater learning experiences and exchange of knowledge.

Our non-native speakers using Mandarin confidently and effectively is testimony of the success of our teaching methodology.

Core Daily Program

Nursery, K1 and K2
830am – 1230pm or 1pm to 5pm


Accompanied playgroup
130 – 3pm

Afternoon Enrichment

Mandarin Speech & Drama: I’m a Star! (小小明星体验班)
Mandarin Language & Literacy (华语快速认读)
The Mandarin Muse (华语。娱乐。沉思)
Treasure Trove of Values (底子规学堂)

Call us today to enjoy free trial classes, ongoing promotions and giveaways!

Two by Two Schoolhouse

55 Lor L Telok Kurau #03-61
Bright Centre S425500

Tel: 62450838

White Lodge

White Lodge

White Lodge is a well-known and popular pre-school and kindergarten with eight centres across Singapore. It caters towards children aged 6 months to 6.5 years. White Lodge helps them get the greatest value, pleasure and fulfillment from their childhood through parent and child playgroups, nursery and kindergarten programmes.

Over the years, White Lodge’s passionate team of early childhood educators has worked to develop a curriculum that supports the growth and development of children as unique individuals.

The schools facilitate active learning, involvement and discovery through a hands-on approach. White Lodge’s curriculum framework is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

White Lodge believes that children should experience learning as an adventure, and that stimulation inspires and encourages the development of their imagination. White Lodge provides a world in which children can explore and express themselves best.

Additionally, the Global Language Academy by White Lodge (GLA) is a language school that takes a balanced academic and creative approach to teaching a new language, making it both fun and effective.

GLA offers Mandarin, French, Hindi, Korean and Spanish lessons for children 3 to 10 years of age.

The Mandarin programme is designed in line with the requirements of Ministry of Education, Singapore and is comparable to the Primary One to Primary Three syllabus.

For more information visit or call a White Lodge close to you on the numbers below where you can arrange a time to visit the school and speak with teachers.

Bukit Timah 39 Linden Drive, Tel: 6468 8846
Central North 45 Burghley Drive, Tel: 6280 7388
East Coast 102 Guillemard Road, Tel: 6440 6690
Loewen Gardens 75E Loewen Road, Tel: 6475 7262
Phoenix Park 310 Tanglin Road, Tel: 6235 5310
Upper Bukit Timah 1 Jalan Siap, Tel: 6314 5481
Upper East Coast 36 Toh Drive, Tel: 6543 1802
West Coast 9 South Buona Vista Road, Tel: 6779 8465

Preschools at Bukit Timah

Cherrybrook Kindergarten
Address: 5 Vanda Road, Singapore 287775
Tel: (65) 6468 6550

German European School Singapore
Address : 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Tel: (65) 6469 1131

Raffles House Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 1 Robin Drive, Singapore 258261
Tel: (65) 6732 1455

Preschools at Holland

Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 37 Grove Lane, Singapore 279029
Tel: (65) 6462 4838

Faith Montessori Centre
Address: 4 Moonbeam Walk, Singapore 277219
Tel: (65) 6465 2751

Nanyang Kindergarten
Address: 118 Kings Road, Singapore 268155
Tel: (65) 6466 3375

NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 170 Ghim Moh Road #03-03 Ulu Pandan Community Building,
Singapore 279621
Tel: (65) 6468 3725

St James’ Church Kindergarten
Address: 1 Leedon Road, Singapore 267878
Tel: (65) 6468 7609

Preschools at East Coast

Raffles Montessori Pte Ltd
Address: No.95 Telok Kurau Road, Singapore 423797
Tel: (65) 6841 1111

Christ Methodist Church Kindergarten
Address: 597 East Coast Road, Singapore 429082
Tel: (65) 6344 8823

Schoolhouse By The Bay
Address: 51 Kampong Arang Road, Singapore 438178
Tel: (65) 63458258

NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 1 Haig Road #01-555, Singapore 430001
Tel: (65) 6846 3065

Learning Tree Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 26A Ulu Siglap, Singapore 457184
Tel: (65) 6242 9975

Preschools at West Coast

Ellas Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 12 West Coast Walk #02-16 West Coast Recreation Centre,
Singapore 127157
Tel: (65) 6778 1293

Japanese Kindergarten (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Address: 251 West Coast Road, Singapore 127390
Tel: (65) 6779 3434 / (65) 6776 2930

Tanglin Trust School Limited
Address: Portsdown Road, Singapore 139294
Tel: (65) 67703171

TownforKids Pte Ltd
Address: 10 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139940
Tel: (65) 6776 1888

Preschools at North

Cherie Hearts Kids-At-Play Pte Ltd
Address: 34 Westlake Ave, Singapore 574245
Tel: (65)  6352 4889
Email :

Kinderland Preschool
Address: 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
Tel: (65) 6483 2261

Modern Montessori Preschool Centre
Address: Block 750 Woodlands Avenue 4, #01-317, Singapore 730750
Tel: (65) 6369 0700

Sonrise Preschool
Address: 2 Kovan Road #01-01 Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Tel: (65) 6285 5911

Jansen Preschool
Address: 39 Jansen Rd, Singapore 548441
Tel: (65) 6487 6116

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Re: Cost of Living Comparison

Yeah, but I'm not an IT person. :-(

Re: Cost of Living Comparison


Bah. I got three monitors. :cool:

Re: Domestic Helper going overseas on day off


You won't find anything, FDWs can travel with their pass. The fact that she has already done so also tells you that.

If she isn't shopping in JB then she probably has friends there. When maids are between contracts they are often sent to JB rather than going back home. I've known a few who have done just that and they have had friends from Sg visit. JB is a nice day out.

Foreign countries, so travel insurance of some form makes sense.

Moreover, if something were against some policy, she would not made it through immigration in the first place. And her not finding telling you she went to JB/Batam noteworthy is another assurance that it's a non-issue.

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA


Thanks :)
That was what we were thinking, but they are refusing to return the deposit.
Though we were told by the agent's legal team that if we go to the small claims tribunal the court could go either way. "50/50 chance" is what they said.. Although that sounds like the legal team is just sitting on the fence...

Sounds like pretty typical local opportunism to me. The agent who said "xyz", is that your agent, or the LLs? I'd be inclined to give them x days to return it, since no legally binding contract was entered in to, or then take it to the SCT.

Hi JR8 - thanks for your advice. :)

It was our agent's legal team, which makes me not even trust my own agent.

I'm drafting up an email as to why they should return the deposit and have outlined that (despite the LOI not being legally binding), they have agreed on terms and conditions in the LOI. I'm hoping that asking them to act with integrity and honesty will pull at their pride, though I do think i'm clutching at straws on this one...

In terms of taking to the SCT though, I have a feeling that the landlord will refuse to give us any details, so I won't even be able to serve them any notice. I've been going through the forums and researching online, but I can't find anything if this was to eventuate.
Not sure if you know what I can do if I can't even serve notice?

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IMO, xiaxue is a spectacular disgrace to Singapore. She is anything but an attention whore.

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Re: How Much Should I Pay Myself?

Strong Eagle:
Thank you for the background. There is no sure answer and you have some choices to make.

I'm not sure what the benefits of using a local firm are because they don't know anything about you or your business except what you tell them. They're not going to be able to do anything more than you can when it comes to filing. However, since you've got them engaged, you might as well tell them what they need to do since, by your own comments, they seem rather clueless.

You say that your sister is the local director. I assume then that she is a legal resident but not on EP? It seems that the authorities are not keen on EP's working for one company to be directors for another company, especially when they are small and startup because it's pretty obvious that it's not going to be an uninvolved outside director relationship. Once you get your EP, you should immediately become the managing director of your company.

First thing you have to decide is how you are going to file for your EP. If your local firm does this online, there is only a minimal amount of information that can be furnished, mostly relating to your proposed salary, annual company turnover, number of employees, etc. If you go this route, I suspect your EP will be summarily rejected because you can't really explain anything about you and your business, You're going to have to do all the work (below) in the appeal process anyway.

If you've read any of my posts, then you know I firmly believe that you must present sufficient "gravitas" to the authorities in order to be approved for an EP. I don't have any hard numbers and I am convinced that ACRA/MOM receives a significant number of essentially bogus applications for a company and an accompanying EP by those who see it as a way to get into the country. Never mind that they don't have the experience or the startup money (or they've lied about it). You have to be able to differentiate yourself from this kind of chaff in order to be successful.

So, salary isn't everything. After all, the scammer who is filling in his EP application with his stub of a pencil is probably putting in a salary of $6K to $9K a month because he thinks it looks "big" and will convince the bureaucrats that he is deserving of an EP, but an unsupported salary of any amount will stick out like a sore thumb.

You need to provide a seamless, realistic financial picture of which your salary is but one part. Consider: With $40,000 in the bank and a proposed salary of $6,500 you are saying that you have the intention of being profitable or folding the tent in six months. Given the nature of your business, I’d say that’s a realistic estimate. However, you haven’t included any expenses for your company which will draw down your initial nest egg as well. You are going to have _some_ expenses during your startup time.

You can see where I am going with this. You need to submit a short business plan with pro forma financials. At a minimum:

a) Your experience and track record that shows you understand the market and the business
b) Your marketing and sales strategy, expected number of sales per month for the first 12 months, then 2 to 3 more years, and the amount you will make with every sale.
c) Your pro forma financials based upon your marketing and sales strategies which show your breakeven point, and the points where you can begin to raise your salary commensurate with revenues earned, or to begin to pay yourself directors fees.

If you submit the above along with a manual application, then you can put a number like $6,500 in the EP app, then provide additional information in the addendum like:

1) Initial salary will be $5,000 per month to conserve capital
2) To be raised to $6,500 upon reaching a target of one placement per month
3) To be raised to $8,000 per month upon meeting target revenues of $XX,XXX per month
4) Thereafter to be paid $8,000 per month plus directors fees in proportion to revenue and earnings, consistent with building retained earnings for future expansion.

Remember that what you are writing in terms of a business plan is not to attract cash or investors, it is to get an EP. Focus on your previous successful sales record and if you can provide number of clients engaged and amounts earned, so much the better.

Finally… you were making $14K, now you’re about to make $8K less per month, a significant hit. As part of your personal profile you might want to reassure the processor of your application that you can still handle all your necessary domestic expenses on the new salary… if you are currently renting a place at $8K per month, it will be a stretch to see how you can make that work.

A couple of afterthoughts: I’ve looked through a lot of posts in the LOC thread where people did create a business plan to justify their freelance activities. In most cases, people put in a number that they knew they would not be earning immediately, and there was no issue with MOM. This lends credence to my position that it’s not so much about the salary as the whole package.

Second, before the Entrepass became so scammed over and onerous, MOM passed all applications to Spring to review financials and business plans. MOM has emailed me to say that cases such as yours are always considered on a case by case basis, as they are aware that the new(er) Entrepass requirements effectively kill in sort of professional starting a business by that route.

I don’t know if MOM passes your type of application to Spring but be sure you have consistent and realistic projections… yes, they are bureaucrats and need to check all the boxes… and there’s quite a few bright folks around as well.

Now you can tell your local company what to do.

Re: Cost of Living Comparison

Nak, guess that's what happens when you have five programs running on two monitors and 7 tabs in chrome as well. The past couple of days have been pretty rough! Up to my arse in alligators and it's difficult to remember my objective was to drain the swamp! Thanks for the head up although a number of hours late!

Re: Refusal of Rent Deposit but no TA


Thanks :)
That was what we were thinking, but they are refusing to return the deposit.
Though we were told by the agent's legal team that if we go to the small claims tribunal the court could go either way. "50/50 chance" is what they said.. Although that sounds like the legal team is just sitting on the fence...

Sounds like pretty typical local opportunism to me. The agent who said "xyz", is that your agent, or the LLs? I'd be inclined to give them x days to return it, since no legally binding contract was entered in to, or then take it to the SCT.

Re: Cost of Living Comparison

Strong Eagle:
Any link for this that doesn't require logging into Yahoo?
That's a bit of a 90's way to do things unless it is a paywall.

Re: Female/Australian Chinese, new to Singapore.

Hi The Ref, thanks for the information. It is very helpful. I don't know how to send private message. Here is my email: Look forward to chatting to you there.
P.S. I certainly see your intelligence and charm. :-)



Sorry for the delayed reply... no they havent yet... but we move the end of August and I'll let you know. I've heard so many horror stories from my friends, you kinda want to load up on a 1 kilo tub of vasoline before you go thru the process. Been here 9 years and I think Singaporeans in general are the greediest, most arrogant, yet ignorant bunch of mofo's I've ever encountered anywhere in the world. They cant even walk down the freakin' street without bumping into you.. no street etiquate (sri but no spell check!), can barely park a Subaru in a space big enough for an 18 wheeler, rant and rave privately about Mr Big and Little big, yet when they walk up to the ballot box, they sheepishly cast their ballot for the home team, etc etc etc...Need I go on??

So this is a couple of years late...but i couldn't agree more.

It would seem time has just worsened the situation and I wish I had known all of this before making the move. I am now currently dealing with a self entitled irrational and unreasonable landlord who thinks booking deposits are free money. I dont understand given the number of scams and issues between tenants and landlords that the government refuses step in and do something about it, other than the fact that Singaporeans are a people who have no sense of ownership, accountability or responsibility.

Re: LOI signed but no TA produced within 7 days

Hi chapung,

Just wondering if you managed to get your booking deposit back?

I am in a similar situation, though my LOI states that if they both parties don't agree with the TA (which we had provided to them and received no acknowledgement) by a certain date, they had to refund the booking deposit within 7 days.

They are refusing to pay us the deposit based on the rationale of "opportunity costs" and capital costs for conditions in the LOI (i.e. general cleaning, whitegoods).

Would be good to know what were your next steps and the outcome.