Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Singapore - Day 1

First day in Singapore.

Arrived at 7am.
The city feels a lot like Honolulu--my USAcentric reference point.
Got to hotel (Park Royal) and showered and changed clothes then met with real estate Agent to look at apartments.

There were two possible ones.  The first one we looked at is on Sarkies Road and is probably the front runner of what we have seen so far.  It is a large 3-bedroom flat that looks over an old colonial house, so it has a nice green view that will never be built up because it is a protected home.  The building is a bit older than others--which is apparently less desirable to asians, who prefer things brand-new, but is no problem for us.

The other one is in a building called I-residences, and I liked it a lot but Alice and the agent were concerned about street noise.  We will see later today (day 2) if there are other units on higher floors and see what is available.

We then met with a lawyer and then the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) (Not the Friendly Robot Company). to submit the paperwork for our employment pass (EP) for Alice and Dependant Pass (DP) for me.  The paperwork was turned in.  The pictures we had were not approved, but there was a shop next door that could do pictures for us.  So our passes will have pictures of us after a 12 hour flight and zonked on jet lag.  Should be fun!

But the paperwork went through and we should have our passes monday morning, right before we fly out.

There are lots of rules here, but as long as you follow them, everything is very efficient!

Also picked up a SIM card so I have a Singapore number on my phone.  More later.

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