Moving to Singapore early November 2012

(32 Posts)
vickyannsmum Mon 01-Oct-12 16:32:15

Hello,
We're moving to Singapore in the upcoming month and I was wondering if there are other newbies to Singapore who have toddlers on their hands - in my case a 2 and half year old. My husband will be working there but I've decided to wait with the job hunt as I need to see us there settled first.
I've been now however without my job for the past few months and know I'll need to meet up with some other mums in my situation to stay sane :-) and explore Singapore at the same time.
Of course I'll be more then happy to get in touch with other mums who've been in Singapore for a while as well as.
I also would be thankful for any advice re.nurseries for under 3s, any good tips for condos (rent) - location wise, child friendly etc.
For the first month or so our accommodation will be provided by my husband's employer, but I'd like to move into "our place" well before Christmas.
Many thanks.

TatteredTits Sun 16-Dec-12 13:24:17

Hi Vicky, I know this is a bit late but just seen your post. If you are still looking for ways to get out and about, I found the Meetup website quite good, there are a few groups there that meet regularly like the blissful babies and east coast/ west coast groups (though it is a bit quiet at the moment with rainy season). Or you can start your own group if nothing suits you!
I would also second the recommendation on IMC at Camden (and the Jelita practice) though you've probably sorted all that out alreadysmile
Hope it's going well for you and dd

vickyannsmum Sun 02-Dec-12 08:48:14

...Binkybonk - good luck with no2.

vickyannsmum Sun 02-Dec-12 08:44:42

Hi
Condo hunting atm (hopefully very soon over) and seems we're going for something I would have never even thought of. Tiny condo complex, with not so many facilities, but quite surroundings, feels very private and has good transport links. After two and half weeks, have seen lots of condos - hate them all by now - just want one which I can call my home :-) There is so much to consider when you have to accommodate three people with very different needs and interest - call it a family, hey? The area really depends on your day to day schedules - we went for a west coast condo on the circle line (close to beach for DD and still easy to get to and from CBD for DH). We don't want a car therefore MRT proximity was very important. (Having heard how much it costs to buy one - we wouldn't do anyway :-) But priorities will change in a year time or two (DD starting school, me getting a job) - so unless you have kids already in a school, I think it's better not to commit to a long lease.
Thanks for all the nursery recommendations - to be honest, haven't decided yet and don't really feel I need to make a fast decision anyway - after all, DD is only 2 and the only reason I want her to be in a nursery at this stage is to socialise with other kids of her age. So will sigh her up for few art/music lessons for the time being until things settle down.
Also thanks for all the advice on dairy-free products - must say - (if this helps to anyone who read this thread) - I found the one in Harbourfront Shopping Centre the cheapest and can add one another to the list (not the cheapest but well stocked) called Real food near Somerset MRT.
Well, so far, Singapore's really great
... and good luck to everyone who's going through the same ups and not so downs.

binkybonk Wed 28-Nov-12 22:36:17

How's everyone getting on in this thread?! Hope all are here in SG and settling in. I recommend Little Bunnies at Russell Road or Portsdown Road, both near-ish Harbourfront and west coast area. However, it is a mornings only nursery operating on UK based school terms so wouldn't suit as full time childcare.
http://little-bunnies-singapore.com/about-us/
I work so no use for meet ups generally, but almost on Maternity leave for number two, hooray!!

BegoniaBampot Tue 27-Nov-12 12:29:01

We lived on the East Coast with young children and really enjoyed it. Rosemount, Oddyssy (sp?), Eton House and Pat's Playhouse are all nearby and worth a look. any nice areas and really depends on your budget. We did have a car though and feel we got to see much more of the island than if we had relied on public transport.

CM2Australia Fri 23-Nov-12 01:54:18

Hi All

This is a timely thread as Im potentially moving over to Singapore. If I get the job and accept it would mean me heading over in the next few weeks and leaving DW in Australia to arrange the moving details. with 3 kids (5,4,18mnth) thats no easy feat.

At least the company will put me up in hotel for a while so I can sort out where to live etc.

So I'll be keeping my eyes glued to this thread for useful info

Thanks

Astelia Fri 16-Nov-12 06:01:17

Welcome to Singapore! Glad you got here safe and sound.

I am sure those with small children will be along soon with play/coffee ideas. I have teens, am ancient and work here so I'm not much use for socialising!

vickyannsmum Fri 16-Nov-12 05:52:40

Hello! Sorry I kept quiet for so long, but had lots to do on the UK side moving our possession to Vienna/Bratislava as we have a property there and letting our flat, but ...
Arrived in Singapore yesterday, recovering from jet leg (as my DD sleeps during the day and is up in the night - joy oh joy :-)
Up for meeting up next week, am prepared to go with others' ideas, as atm not really sure what's what and where...
We' re in the process of looking for accommodation - will be thankful for any advice - on the photos most of the condos look nice - but in reality it can be different. We are flexible on the living options - can make compromises - but it's easier if someone who found something nice can let me know. We might have different priorities, but will go and see.
I will go to see the nurseries in the new year - need to settle down first :-)
So anyone for meeting up next week? What day suits you best - I haven't made any plans yet.

loobieloo74 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:06:23

Thanks Merlion, just had an invite to open day on Saturday, will PM you

loobieloo74 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:06:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Merlion Mon 12-Nov-12 04:33:40

loobieloo my ds (4) is at Blue House. Happy to help if you need to know anything.

loobieloo74 Sun 11-Nov-12 13:25:43

Hello, I appreciate this thread is a month old but just wanted to jump in and say I have just arrived with an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old so would be happy to try and help with any questions when you first arrive, as presumably we will have just gone through a lot of the same things. Also up for meeting up with little ones, have discovered a few nice play places and still finding feet. Good luck with it all :-)

Butterflies - if you read this would you be able to PM me about bluehouse? I am struggling with finding a KG for my eldest, we are going to be living off Holland Rd (Mount Sinai area) and wondering if this is feasible - sounds fab.
Thank you :-)

vickyannsmum Tue 09-Oct-12 16:01:09

Brilliant, will book DD for the chicken pox vaccination now and ask about the rest as well.Great to know about the ped practice and the webpage, too.
Thank you.

And for meeting mums try www.nmsg-Singapore.com, lots of events for mums with bumps, babies and little ones up to age 5.....

Miltonia Mon 08-Oct-12 13:39:34

The vax schedule is slightly different here but I second going to IMC. They have the Australian and UK schedules and will talk you through all the options.

HollyMadison Mon 08-Oct-12 13:12:39

We weren't quite sure whether the vaccination schedules were the same or not. When we arrived we went to the International Medical Centre Camden Clinic (a lot of expats go to their pediatric practice) and decided to have hep A and B. We are going to have the chicken pox vac shortly.

Good luck with the packing!

vickyannsmum Mon 08-Oct-12 09:49:55

ohhh, thanks for the warning - DD still likes to test the texture of everything ie licks things :-) So good to be prepared. At the moment packing boxes trying to talk to her about the move - guess it will be quite hard for DD as she loves her home - but hope this last month will fly by.
Any of you have the experience with the TBC or chicken pox vaccination? I didn't see any of those on the Sing list of regular vaccines, but just wanted to double check if GB vaccination list the same as the Sing one. As far as I could see - it is ...

HollyMadison Fri 05-Oct-12 14:01:57

Vicky my DS settled ok. He did get some heat rash initially but this cleared up quickly and I realized that I had to live a bit more like the locals eg no walking round with the stroller in the middle of the day. He did get hand, foot and mouth not long after we arrived and quite a few of my friends' kids have had it. But then when we moved he was still at the stage of putting everything in his mouth at the soft play places.

Singaporean kids stay up late, I guess because of the climate, so now DS has quite a long afternoon nap then goes to bed between 8:30 and 9. SG kids stay up later than me!

vickyannsmum Thu 04-Oct-12 20:52:09

This is really great - wrote all the nurseries down, sounds great. Thank you so much.
And there is no import tax when moving - my mistake.
I'm sure I'll have more questions closer to the time.

I can give you a highly recommended nursery, the blue house, but its nearer my place just off bukit timah road. Nice area but I think you'll get more for your money elsewhere if you're not tied to a specific school area.....

Flimflammery Thu 04-Oct-12 15:10:19

Hi there. My kids are older now, but if you go for East Coast, then I know a lot of people think highly of White Lodge and Rosemount preschools. I discounted White Lodge as they were in a mall with no outside play space, but they've just moved to a big old house. My DD went to Odyssey, which has lovely spacious grounds, is very caring and has excellent teachers, but is ridiculously expensive. It is more 'progressive' and child-centred in its outlook than many Singaporean preschools but is still Singaporean (e.g. they all sing the National anthem at assembly once a week). Rosemount is more like a Western nursery, from what I've heard.

vickyannsmum Thu 04-Oct-12 14:56:33

Thanks butterflies, well appreciated. I'm writing all these places down and will go to check out all of them and then do the usual pros/cons list. Tiong Bahru sounds like the kind of bohemian place I would live in before DD, need to see if it will fit her - she's extremely active.
Also positive news on the dairy free produce - great.
Could you maybe give me some advice on the nurseries? (As your DD in the school now :-)
Many thanks.

If I didn't have to live within a reasonable bus journey of DDs' schools, I would definitely live near Tiong Bahru - a fab up and coming area, great play park nearby, amazing food market, subway station.... 3 or 4 stops from the central business district (CBD) ie Robinson Rd

Although I do fancy the east coast too..... Very breezy, lots of places for kids to run, great facilities nearby... about 8 or 9 subway stops from CBD

I used to live near Tiong Bahru (when it was run down, about 11 years ago) and commute to Pasir Ris near the airport - this is half the length of the island and the commute took me about 30 minutes, so East coast to Robinson Rd would be very doable.

Harbourfront is nice but I don't get a villagey feel from it, which Tiong Bahru def has and which personally I would want...

You can definitely get soy yoghurts here as Asians generally find dairy more difficult to digest than Europeans do - soy milk is huge here!!!

vickyannsmum Thu 04-Oct-12 08:25:57

Thanks, very positive news. I have had a look on the Cold Storage online shop earlier and found few things, just no soy yoghurts - but hearing about all the health food shops - it shouldn't be a problem :-)
We're thinking of shipping some stuff over with anglopacific, did any of you use the company? We're not shipping furniture, as leaving our flat to be let partly furnished, so it's just bikes, guitars, mac and most of all DD's toys. Do you know by any chance how does it work with the 7% tax?
Holly, how did your little one settle? Was the heat and humidity a problem?
Thanks for your help, ladies.

HollyMadison Thu 04-Oct-12 06:41:12

There's a good health food shop in harbourfront mall which I pass all the time so I can ask for you next time I'm passing if u like. I have noticed that the labeling of products in south east Asia is not as good as the uk and also that quite a few things have preservatives and colouring added. You can find everything in Singapore, it's just a question of finding what's closest to you.

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