Emigrating

HundredRoom

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Densely populated but still lots of wild outdoor space like Macritchie, Bukit Timah, and Wetlands. Also the beaches, particularly at East Coast and Sentosa.
In 5 years living there I was never bored once.
I lived in a house with a garden.
One pub is nonsense, the pub scene is brilliant at Club Street, Holland Village, Chijmes etc. Even quirky places like Golden Mile are a good night out.
It's tropical weather yes, that comes with living at the equator but I loved never scraping frost.
A deep loathing of other countries in the region? Where have I also heard that nearer to home??

Things to love:
The weather (if you are a hot weather person which I am).
Safe, women and kids can walk the streets night and day without fear.
Changi Airport is so easy to use it is great for grabbing weekends in places like Bali, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Langkawi etc
Food lovers paradise
Great education for kids
Low taxes
Sentosa Island
Beautiful golf courses
Easy to drive over to Malaysia and discover the East Coast Islands
Got to love those places that are convenient to go somewhere else

Golf ? in that heat ?

Sentosa - twinned with Blackpool pleasure beach complete with monorail. A one time visit closes at 6pm

Beaches - burn your feet stepping on the sand

Yes its safe - too safe - although I did manage to get mugged on Orchard road

Food Yes if you like chicken feet and rice.


Anyway - you enjoy yourself
 

SmallTown

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@Brian Marwood has beaten me too it but Singapore for me too.

As I aluded to on another thread, If the Other Half didn't want to be so close to her family I'd already be planning the move. No doubt about it at all.

Agree with everything he says apart form the weather. Which is too sticky and humid for me. Also too boringly consistent.
The rest of it I'm all for. The safety of the place can't be underestimated. I was wondering around near the GP track last time I was there and got lost. Ended up in some very suspect and dark alleyway. I can't think of anything big city in the world where I would have felt so safe in that situation. Tokyo Maybe?

The food, especially the hawker stalls, are something else. Sentosa is a little beach paradise in a none beach country and yes, I know the place is ultra conservative and strict. Things I rally against over here. It is also veyr progressive and forward thinking though. The problem with British conservatism is it thinks backwards. Wants to send us back to the days of empire and workhouses for the poor. Singapore has had it's brush with that and is looking forwards. I have no problems with a strict society if it means no rubbish on the streets and safe places for women and children everywhere.

It's not perfect of course. EV infrastructure is horrendous and too much reliance on the oil pumping in to Jurong Island. It's Homesexuality laws are also abhorrent. No place is perfect though and overall it would be a good fit for me.
 

HundredRoom

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@Brian Marwood has beaten me too it but Singapore for me too.

As I aluded to on another thread, If the Other Half didn't want to be so close to her family I'd already be planning the move. No doubt about it at all.

Agree with everything he says apart form the weather. Which is too sticky and humid for me. Also too boringly consistent.
The rest of it I'm all for. The safety of the place can't be underestimated. I was wondering around near the GP track last time I was there and got lost. Ended up in some very suspect and dark alleyway. I can't think of anything big city in the world where I would have felt so safe in that situation. Tokyo Maybe?

The food, especially the hawker stalls, are something else. Sentosa is a little beach paradise in a none beach country and yes, I know the place is ultra conservative and strict. Things I rally against over here. It is also veyr progressive and forward thinking though. The problem with British conservatism is it thinks backwards. Wants to send us back to the days of empire and workhouses for the poor. Singapore has had it's brush with that and is looking forwards. I have no problems with a strict society if it means no rubbish on the streets and safe places for women and children everywhere.

It's not perfect of course. EV infrastructure is horrendous and too much reliance on the oil pumping in to Jurong Island. It's Homesexuality laws are also abhorrent. No place is perfect though and overall it would be a good fit for me.
You know what I think it would be a good fit you and for everyone else at the same time.
 

deganya

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Probably Blue mountains in Australia if I had to emigrate. It feels remote but you can go to Sydney for the day.

I like trees and greenery of this area of NSW but not the subtropical reptiles and humidity of Northern Australia . New Zealand looks a bit cool and wet and provincial sort a larger version of Devon. Perth looks a bit remote and it always looks dry.
Good shout. But the Blue Mountains gets its fair share of fires and the planet is getting hotter.
 

Norman_Conquest

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Are you nearing retirement or retired already?

When I was actively looking, I signed up to get updates from real estate experts over there - I still get them but hardly read them these days. I was specifically looking around Carcassonne. I didn't want anything too big - I was looking at 2 bed cottage type outside of town. As I mentioned, I might still do it but have commitments here for the foreseeable.
I've just turned sixty at the beginning of the month and finished working in the school I was at. I couldn't go on any longer under the new academy system. My role had always been to keep the behaviour students in school and I found it had changed to get rid of them. I've taken my teacher's pension but may need to look at doing something, just to keep me busy.

I spoke with an estate agent last year regarding property. The estate agent was Spanish, talking French to two English people, whilst we all were wearing masks. :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

Again, We don't want anything too big but would need a nice garden area. Would also like to be in a working town/village.
 

Borotommo

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I’m waiting for the Mrs to retire, so we can start wintering in the sun. ideally 6 month stays at a time, and the places we’re most likely to go, in some sort of order are:

Southern Italy (Puglia)
Portugal
Costa Blanca
Croatia
greek islands
Madeira
Canaries
 

Corco65

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Some people's hypercritical beliefs always amaze me, some people including some on this forum, feel they have the right to go and live/work anywhere in the world they like, (a very white privileged western perception of the world in my opinion) whilst denying that same right to people being able to come here and do the same thing and in some cases even on an asylum or refugee basis.

Don't get me wrong being able to travel, live and work freely is great, but it needs to go both ways in people thinking and applies to all people regardless of colour, faith and circumstances.
 

jonny_greenings_sock

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Germany or the US, L.A or Florida specifically
Funny, I hated LA. Couldn’t live there.

I’d love to live in any of the big, romantic European cities - Rome, Vienna, Berlin - but sort of prefer small-medium size cities. About 2 million is perfect, big enough to have loads going on and tons of culture and opportunities but small enough to have a proper community and to get your head around what’s going on. There’s a lot of hassles in big city life and I think the smaller ones just have a bit more magic and perfect pace of life.

Haven’t found the perfect one yet, but will keep looking! Gotta be Europe though.

Any tips from gentlemen travellers of the board?
 

Johnny Vincents Motorbike

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Funny, I hated LA. Couldn’t live there.

I’d love to live in any of the big, romantic European cities - Rome, Vienna, Berlin - but sort of prefer small-medium size cities. About 2 million is perfect, big enough to have loads going on and tons of culture and opportunities but small enough to have a proper community and to get your head around what’s going on. There’s a lot of hassles in big city life and I think the smaller ones just have a bit more magic and perfect pace of life.

Haven’t found the perfect one yet, but will keep looking! Gotta be Europe though.

Any tips from gentlemen travellers of the board?
Try North (of) Lisbon - follow the metro - more expensive by the coast, less so the further inland and remote you go - meets your criteria, and Lisbon is a city with everything - very under estimated.
 

The_Lizards_Jumpers

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Funny, I hated LA. Couldn’t live there.

I’d love to live in any of the big, romantic European cities - Rome, Vienna, Berlin - but sort of prefer small-medium size cities. About 2 million is perfect, big enough to have loads going on and tons of culture and opportunities but small enough to have a proper community and to get your head around what’s going on. There’s a lot of hassles in big city life and I think the smaller ones just have a bit more magic and perfect pace of life.

Haven’t found the perfect one yet, but will keep looking! Gotta be Europe though.

Any tips from gentlemen travellers of the board?

Malmo or Copenhagen - if you can handle the dark winters though.

I also couldn't live in LA, perhaps unless you were wealthy enough to afford a nice place in one of the canyons, but you'd still spend most of your time on the freeway should you want to go anywhere beyond your own neighbourhood.
 

Centralscrutinizer

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I can highly recommend NOT living in Singapore.

Expensive
Most densely populated country in the world
One of the most boring countries in the world
Soulless
No culture
People afraid of their own shadows
A deep loathing of all other countries in the region
Scared shitless that Malaysia might turn their water off
A strong military
Hotter than it makes sense to go out during the day.
Rains like nowhere else
You must like living in high rise towers
One pub between 3 million

Or maybe you just want too have a beer with smallTown
Populated by young people who seem to spend literally all day looking at their mobile phones. Walk down Orchard Road and you have them bouncing off you 😁
I've had some great times there, like to stop off when I can but definitely wouldn't like to live there.
 

Littlejimmy

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Funny, I hated LA. Couldn’t live there.

I’d love to live in any of the big, romantic European cities - Rome, Vienna, Berlin - but sort of prefer small-medium size cities. About 2 million is perfect, big enough to have loads going on and tons of culture and opportunities but small enough to have a proper community and to get your head around what’s going on. There’s a lot of hassles in big city life and I think the smaller ones just have a bit more magic and perfect pace of life.

Haven’t found the perfect one yet, but will keep looking! Gotta be Europe though.

Any tips from gentlemen travellers of the board?
Berlin...might be a bit big with 4 million, but it would be one of my choices. So much history and culture and quite well spread out.
 

exeterboro

Member
For me in the long term Spain if it is possible but if it looked like Scotland was going independent then I go there to get myself back into the EU again.
 

changingman

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Malmo or Copenhagen - if you can handle the dark winters though.

I also couldn't live in LA, perhaps unless you were wealthy enough to afford a nice place in one of the canyons, but you'd still spend most of your time on the freeway should you want to go anywhere beyond your own neighbourhood.
I wasn't hugely sold on Malmo when I visited - only stayed there a few nights with work though so I'm sure there's more to see.

The airport aside, I've never been to Copenhagen although that will hopefully all change in a couple of weeks as we've got a long weekend booked there. Mikkeller me :)
 

Wiseman_Vaughn

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I've just turned sixty at the beginning of the month and finished working in the school I was at. I couldn't go on any longer under the new academy system. My role had always been to keep the behaviour students in school and I found it had changed to get rid of them. I've taken my teacher's pension but may need to look at doing something, just to keep me busy.

I spoke with an estate agent last year regarding property. The estate agent was Spanish, talking French to two English people, whilst we all were wearing masks. :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

Again, We don't want anything too big but would need a nice garden area. Would also like to be in a working town/village.
I'm a year younger and in a similar situation. The world has opened up with working from home, I suppose - which is an advantage.

I might start looking into it a bit more. This lot send me a lot of info - have a look - see if it is of use.

 
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