One Singbie (Singapore Newbie) asked me few questions that are worth sharing to you guys.
What is the Best Place to Rent in Singapore?
The most essential part when staying in a strange country is the place to stay.
If you're a tourist looking for a job, or a Singbie here in Singapore, that means you need to survive for 30 days. But how to survive is just a common question, which also you can answer. I'll explain it further...
You need to be financially prepared. All money going out of your pocket should be avoided. If you will rent a room, which is commonly priced as S$600/room, or sharing a common room for 2 person costs S$300/person is quite normal. This includes aircon (A/C), internet and some tenants includes PUBs (gas, water, electricity). Sometimes you have to add S$50 for those facilities.
A Chance of a Lifetime
If ever you have a single chance of living with a relative or a friend, this is a huge BONUS for you. This is a chance of a lifetime. All job seekers are longing to have one, but they end up in backpackers (budget hotels with double decks) just to survive for 30 days.
Please do not show your Filipino trait as "Mahiyain" (Shy) or "Ilang" (Uncomfortable). This is Singapore...and you must not act this way. Survival is the key and take this all out from you. If you can't avoid this because it roots down in you, then ask your friend or relative that you might as well share with them a grocery or a room rent. They will surely say that...
"Never mind, what are friends/relatives are for?".
If they say so, then say Thank You and just give them some few groceries at random or give them gifts that will make them happy to have you. If you are lucky to find a job, give them a gift of 42" LCD TV. This will give them a really big smile and thank you with tears, haha!...But, it's totally up to you on how to thank people who helped you when you're down.
What's the Difference if I Rent a Room Without My Friends and Relatives?
There is a big difference if you'll rent a room or common room without them. Living with them or not, you still need to live with other roommates. But, these roommates are a total stranger to you. You'll never know when your valuable things will disappear, because some of them are Magicians....So, will you rather pay S$300 to stay with them or stay with the guidance of your relatives/friends?
Choosing the Right Place
Do not be choosy in selecting the location. You are still job hunting and you don't know the location of your future employer. Singapore is just a small country, easy to travel during interviews and even from the start of your work. In fact, I travel 50 minutes from my previous house, my friend's, to my work. Then I relocated to a 30-minute travel.
Be patient, take a deep breathe whenever you hear some foul words coming out from your relative or a friend during your 30-day stay. Just inhale on the first day and BIG exhale for the 30th day of FREEDOM...
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