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Old 02-21-2013, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Hyrule
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Well I'd wait until you got back to Singapore and explore options with your dad. You will feel more relaxed and be able to express your ideas better. Plus, he might be of some help. Singapore is an awesome place to hang for a bit. Just enjoy that.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I think valentro expressed he had a deep interest in Japanese culture.

I agree Singapore would be the most practical. It has that urban life.etc you crave and it'd be most familiar.

I don't imagine many Westerners move to India for lifestyle reasons. Only if they're there for work. It's an incredible country though, fascinating to visit, but I don't think I'd want to live there even if I was rich.
I agree about India. I think the only reason I'd consider living there, was if I was an Indian male who wanted a very traditional married life with an Indian female spouse and to raise my kids around some pocket of affluency. I don't think western males, particularly single ones, find dating even possible. Dating, even moreso with westerner males, just isn't something done in India.

Singapore seems like the most practical by far. I met a white American guy on my last trip to Singapore. He seemed to have flown to SG, and found a job on the ground. A very young guy. I was surprised, as I didn't think that was possible. He has a strong IT/Computer background, so apparently it was in his field. It just seems like for the OP with a Singaporean father who could open doors for him, the world is really open there. Plus English everywhere.

Japan, he'd 100% have to spend a significant part of all of his free time studying Japanese.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:29 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I agree about India. I think the only reason I'd consider living there, was if I was an Indian male who wanted a very traditional married life with an Indian female spouse and to raise my kids around some pocket of affluency. I don't think western males, particularly single ones, find dating even possible. Dating, even moreso with westerner males, just isn't something done in India.

Singapore seems like the most practical by far. I met a white American guy on my last trip to Singapore. He seemed to have flown to SG, and found a job on the ground. A very young guy. I was surprised, as I didn't think that was possible. He has a strong IT/Computer background, so apparently it was in his field. It just seems like for the OP with a Singaporean father who could open doors for him, the world is really open there. Plus English everywhere.

Japan, he'd 100% have to spend a significant part of all of his free time studying Japanese.
I think the Singapore government actually actively encourages foreigners to work in Singapore. I've noticed on recent visits that there are a lot more non-locals there than before, from both Asia and the West.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I think the Singapore government actually actively encourages foreigners to work in Singapore. I've noticed on recent visits that there are a lot more non-locals there than before, from both Asia and the West.
I've been noticing that more and more as well. Didn't know the reason exactly. But, it's getting more common to meet mainland Chinese who have no English ability whatsoever in Singapore. I've also noticed that Little India is just exploding with more and more Indians directly from India as well. Much more than I'd noticed in the distant past.

I also recall within the caucasians. There was a British guy who lived in SG for many years and started publishing books about his experiences there. He just recently moved on to Australia. But he seemed very welcomed there. My impression was he was able to find work to make things work quite well, before he even started the book writing thing.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:51 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I've been noticing that more and more as well. Didn't know the reason exactly. But, it's getting more common to meet mainland Chinese who have no English ability whatsoever in Singapore. I've also noticed that Little India is just exploding with more and more Indians directly from India as well. Much more than I'd noticed in the distant past.

I also recall within the caucasians. There was a British guy who lived in SG for many years and started publishing books about his experiences there. He just recently moved on to Australia. But he seemed very welcomed there. My impression was he was able to find work to make things work quite well, before he even started the book writing thing.
The change in the last 25 years is quite noticeable, actually. Singapore has always been an international city but in the past 25 years it's done become even moreso. In 1990, for instance, most Singaporeans spoke one of the Chinese languages, with about 30% speaking English at home. Now more speak Mandarin, slightly more than English although English has increased. Most astoundingly, nearly 40% of people living in Singapore today are foreigners! Things certainly have changed a lot since I was born.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:35 AM
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Location: Malaysia & Singapore
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I've been noticing that more and more as well. Didn't know the reason exactly. But, it's getting more common to meet mainland Chinese who have no English ability whatsoever in Singapore. I've also noticed that Little India is just exploding with more and more Indians directly from India as well. Much more than I'd noticed in the distant past.

I also recall within the caucasians. There was a British guy who lived in SG for many years and started publishing books about his experiences there. He just recently moved on to Australia. But he seemed very welcomed there. My impression was he was able to find work to make things work quite well, before he even started the book writing thing.
They are flooding all over the service sector in Singapore. Most waiters, waitresses, cashiers etc that I met on my trips there were clearly PRC.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Macao
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They are flooding all over the service sector in Singapore. Most waiters, waitresses, cashiers etc that I met on my trips there were clearly PRC.
I guess that's probably like that in HK/Macau as well these days. But probably not as many Indians, etc. as in Singapore though.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:16 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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They are flooding all over the service sector in Singapore. Most waiters, waitresses, cashiers etc that I met on my trips there were clearly PRC.
No offense but unless they can speak good English that's the last place they should be. Anyone working in the service sector in Singapore should be able to speak in English. One time I was at a little shop, one of those on the ground floor of a complex of HDB flats, and the woman told me the price in Chinese (I actually semi-understood it, just the letter 8 part lol). When I looked at her blankly she barked '8 dollars' or something like that with distinct irritation. I guess she thought I was a local who should have understood.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Walnut, CA
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Every city has it's own importance depending on what one is looking for like jobs opportunity,people known to you in that city or it could be the culture & heritage of that place.As far I know Singapore is really nice in terms of everything which definitely includes their tradition & modernity and the talent pool as well which makes it the heart of Southeast Asia.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Miami/NYC
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Singapore is definitely a great place, i mean not the cheapest place to stay at though. No need to for a car since you got the metro and a good chunk of the folks speak English. I've been there a couple of times
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