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I arrived in Singapore on July 2006, as a student in an engineering school in France. Not familiar with Asia at all and knowing that the change of scenery was for sure, it was just an additional attraction for Singapore.

Moreover, Singapore has a living standard to the one of Europe concerning hygiene, food, health, it should also be noted that Singapore is the only country in Southeast Asia to have drinking water on tap. An insignificant detail but which makes life much easier........Accommodation was not a problem for me because I lived on the university campus, and when I arrived, I already had my booked room.

Initially, the weather is a little hard to bear especially when summer arrives and the mercury soars, or rather the sensation of temperature rise, given that Singapore is very humid (more than 90% humidity throughout the year), you feel much more heat. Nevertheless, compared to searches that I made and which said that it was muggy, it was ok for me. A little time is still needed to adapt you to the weather.
 
Language is originally a barrier because I did not really practise English, it was initially a little hard to make myself understood and to understand. Making myself understood because in France you learn words but not how to pronounce them what makes me repeat 6-7 times “duck” at a food court.... and understand given that Singapore brings together lots of people from different backgrounds, it is necessary to be attuned to all the accents and secondly, for some the accent is very very strong so that even after 8 months in the country some people are still hard to understand while Americans, Canadians in exchange like me are lot easier to understand.
 
For me, adapting myself to the food was pretty easy because I love rice but I know that if you do not like the rice, you will certainly find something to eat, but the choice is much more limited.
 
It is good to know that Singapore is a haven for shopping and food, so be aware that you'll always find what you're looking for in Singapore (there are even two Carrefour)

I love in Singapore :

-  its cost of living, indeed in comparison with Europe, food is much cheaper,  only alcohol approximates to the price that we know.
I do not smoke but I know that cigarettes are even more expensive than in France.
-Food, because you can eat something different every day: Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Korean ... on the cheap.... (reckon on 2€ per dish)
-That it is always hot, in fact, no sweater, scarf ..... being 150 km from the equator the trees still have leaves ....
-the security which exists in Singapore
 -Its geographical position and its standard of living makes it an ideal base to explore South East Asia

I do not like in Singapore:

- The monsoon, the situation in Singapore is so that it rains a lot all the time but especially during the monsoon in December-January, it was even raining in one day as much as half the monthly precipitation in France.
- Time difference, 7 hours in winter with France, to be in touch with people in France, family friends, this is not always easy and often requires to go bed very late
 
Stéphane

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