Feeling the Heat: Tips for Settling Down in Singapore’s Tropical Climate

 

 

So, you’ve just made the big move; whether it’s alone, with a family, for work, or for love, you are a newly minted resident of Singapore! All is going well for you in your new country, you’re getting used to your surroundings and the local people are very welcoming – but you’re still sweating everywhere you go. Did you move from somewhere with a cold or temperate climate, and are just now tasting life in the tropics for the first time? Then you can expect more of this dilemma and a range of other difficulties for the first few months until your body begins to adapt to local weather conditions. Don’t despair though! Allied Pickfords’ travel experts have a few easy tips for you to help smooth the transition to this more temperamental climate. Read on…

 

Variations in temperature are felt much more keenly

As a tropical country sitting one degree north of the equator, Singapore tends towards very high average humidity ratings, especially in low-elevation areas away from the sea breeze. When water builds up in the humid air, even a few degrees difference in temperature can feel like a huge swing, as the airborne water cools and heats faster.

 

Eating and drinking are no laughing matter

The heat and humidity also makes it harder for the body to accomplish simple processes, forcing many expats to change their habits regarding heavy foods and heavy drinking. Unless you want to be staggering around sluggish, dehydrated and smashingly drunk, consider a slow reintroduction of these elements to your Singapore lifestyle until you’ve found your new tolerance.

Even moving around on particularly warm or humid days has been described as almost unbearable by fresh transplants to the country. Pay attention to foreign weather services (which are more reliable) and try not to schedule outings on the worst-offending days.

 

Beware of fog

Ok, it is unlikely to ever threaten your life, but the steamy, foggy air which rises in certain seasons and areas can be a massive nuisance if not prepared for properly. A primary danger for expats when it comes to fog is the condition of valuable electronics or important documents. Unless these are properly protected by keeping them in range of a dehumidifier, there is a strong chance that the first fog which sweeps through will irrevocably deteriorate their condition. Both the humidifier and the damage are costly considerations, so new residents will have to seriously consider their plan for these items when they move.

 

 

To find out more about Allied Pickfords’ moving services, or to book a consultation, visit www.alliedpickfords.com.sg or call +65 6862 4700.

 

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How to Enjoy Chinese New Year as an Expat in Singapore

 

 

For many native Singaporean residents, the rapidly approaching Lunar New Year represents the single most important date of the year. Also known as Chinese New Year, the spring festival holiday is associated with traditions thousands of years old and is celebrated by communities the world over. Singapore marks the auspicious date with a public extravaganza of light and dance, getting fully into the festival spirit with food, fashion, and public events.
If you’re an expat currently living in Singapore, the advent of such a raucous and colourful holiday might be the perfect cultural experience, but it also could be a bewildering drain on your energy if you aren’t prepared. With that in mind, here’s a short guide to the key facets of Chinese New Year in Singapore.

Paint the town red
One of the most visible cultural foundations of the Spring Festival is the veneration of the colour red, which is simply everywhere in Singapore at this time. Seen to signify luck and prosperity, you will see people buying new clothes, cooking food, and daubing their homes in the colour. 
If you plan on celebrating or at least blending in during the festival, it’s a good idea to plan your best “red” look. Buying new clothes – especially ones which are red themselves – is considered good luck at this time of year, so don’t be afraid to splash out a bit in order to look the part.

It’s all about family
Togetherness and family unity are a huge cultural theme of the holiday. One of the central moments of the holiday season is Reunion Dinner, when scattered family members move hell and high water to get home for dinner on the eve of the Lunar New Year. If you’re a lonesome single expat far from home on a night like this, it can be very easy to feel cut off from the celebration and sink into a melancholy homesickness.
Take the opportunity to match like with like; Allied Pickfords recommends looking into local expat bars and social media groups to see if anyone else is partying against the grain on reunion night.

It’s not just about the New Year
In Singapore, the Lunar New Year is traditionally marked by a 2-day public holiday, sometimes 3-day, and the revellers will make those days count. But if the holiday itself is too intense or just not your style, the festive season persists for a good month around this crimson crescendo. Featuring a range of mouth-watering seasonal food prepared only around the New Year, colourful public decorations and a cheerful, relaxed atmosphere, this could be the perfect antidote to frantic New Year’s Eve celebrations. Make sure to witness the legendary Chingay Parade, held 8 days after the Lunar New Year and one of Singapore’s most cherished public traditions.

 

To find out more about Allied Pickfords’ moving services, or to book a consultation, visit www.alliedpickfords.com.sg or call +65 6862 4700.

 

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