Lifestyle Of Expatriates In Singapore Cultural Studies Essay

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This research briefs an descriptive study of the Lifestyle for Expatriates in Singapore. The main purpose of this study is to highlight the Lifestyle in Singapore, people and infrastructure. Secondly, the study discusses how the quality of life in Singapore varies from East Asian countries. People in Singapore concentrate more about the modern life and technology and its services.

Thirdly, it explains who are the Expatriates in Singapore and in East Asian countries. Finally, it deals with the Expatriate views about the lifestyle in Singapore and in East Asian countries and also explains the what are success of Singapore with multicultural society, people, family, life and business.

Singapore is a safe and modern country to work. Singapore is the fifth best country in terms of best business environment. Lifestyle is the way of living, food, people and culture. Expatiates are the people who leave their native to live elsewhere; for the purpose of life, work, education and business. Some expatriates wish to become the permanent resident, in which all are designed to suit their own lifestyle and personal circumstances. The Expatriates change their lifestyle for the family, education, cost of living, less tax, security or convenience.

Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-cultured society with religious differences. Three fourth of people in Singapore are Singaporeans and the remaining are Chinese, Indian, Malaysians and few from US and UK. A large expatriate population has accommodated Singapore, as it is the excellent place for living standards, work, Business and recreation in Asia. Singapore has decided to globalise its multi-ethnic character of the country to stay and its trade.

Singapore is a smallest country with an area of 699 km2 in Southeast Asia. It is located on the southern part of Malay Peninsula, south of the Malaysia state of Johor, and the north of the Indonesia Riau islands. It lies just 137 km (miles) north of the Equator.

Singapore is the best and the safest place for any race of people to live. Singapore was found in 1918 under the British trading colony and it joined the Malaysian Federation in the year 1963 and it achieved independence in 1965(Central Intelligent Agency (CIA) 2010).

Singapore has a population of around 5 million in the year 2009. 3.2 million of the population are the Singaporeans and the permanent residents of Singapore, the rest are the foreigners from different parts of the world (Singapore Statistic 2009).

Expatriate Lifestyle Reports provide the current and detailed snapshots of the unique

Behaviour, attitude and spending pattern of Expatriates in Singapore. In addition it

also covers the important core topics on food and drinking, shopping, preferred types

of stores and retail venues, clothing and fashion trends and descriptions of how

Expatriates spend their leisure and recreation time.

Singapore has topped the second best destination in the world for quality of life standards (The Strait Times 2010). This research highlights the lifestyle for the expatriates in Singapore. It analyses the variation in lifestyle among the expatriates in Singapore as well as the east Asian countries. Here we discuss mainly about Expatriates views about the lifestyle in Singapore.

i. To highlight the lifestyle in Singapore.

ii. To investigate how quality of life in Singapore varies from East Asian Countries.

iii. To identify the Expatriates in Singapore and East Asian Countries.

iv. To review the Expatriate views about the lifestyle in Singapore

The literature describes about the lifestyle for expatriates and the quality of life in Singapore among the East Asian countries. It mainly focuses on the Expatriates and their views about the lifestyle in Singapore as well as the East Asian countries. And finally it analyzes the quality of life in Singapore varies from East Asian countries.

Lifestyle in Singapore emerges with the diversified ethos and rich culture which reflects the modernized people and life in this island country.

Singapore is ranked high in quality living standards among other East Asian countries (The Strait Times 2010). Most of the Expatriates consider Singapore as a home country as they get same atmosphere, people and culture.

Singapore provides the high quality services and goods which are readily available. It also offers the state of art facilities for education, shopping and recreation. Singapore s public transport system is famous for its high level of efficiency, comfort and safety which is the best in the world. The MRT and the LRT access the entire country in less time. World class medical services, top educational services and facilities, excellent housing and global connectedness through its high tech telecommunication network are the others indicators of high standard of living.

Singapore is highlighted for its beautiful steel tempered buildings, clean and green roads, shopping malls, nightmare pubs, lavish restaurants, fitness centres, food joints, domestic companies, beautiful residential areas, exotic sightseeing infrastructure and finally the most admired tourist s spots.

Better lifestyle encompasses a lot of aspects of our daily lives, ranging from work life balance, quality family time, less stressful education system and easier access to space and places of attractions.

Singapore has achieved the top position in various surveys on Quality living which emerges as the top Asian destination for expatriates. Singapore is the Best Place to Live for Asian expats in location rating (ECA International 2010). Singapore is the most desirable immigration hot spot. Singapore is ranked as The best quality of life in Asia in terms of Quality of Living by Mercer Human Resource Consulting and the world s second best country to work in (MHRC 2010).

Singapore stands in the fourth position which moved US to the 12 position (HSBC 2010). The city- state is clean, green, orderly, and efficient. Traffic jams and crime are rare. Singapore rations ownership of cars by piling on high taxes and fees. Singapore punishes offenses like armed robbery with stiff jail terms and floggings; peddlers of illegal drugs can be executed.

The island city is a pleasant place for family life and business but it may sound like a police state. Singapore is the leading business hub in Southeast Asia. Singapore is virtually corruption-free society and its open economy leads to the international businesses. Singapore is no longer a centre of low-cost labour, so its people have to be highly productive.

Southeast Asia as a region has close historical, social and cultural linkages with India, and India has undertaken a number of initiatives under its "Look East" policy (LEP) to enhance tie up with the East Asian Countries. This book examines the trends and motivations of human capital flows from India into this region. Focusing in particular on Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, the book provides an analysis of Indian labour in a variety of sectors, including information technology (IT) sector, academia, banking, oil and gas. Based on empirical data, the book provides an analysis of current trends in the flow of human capital from India to Southeast Asia. It will be of interest to policy makers, businessmen, students, analysts and academics in the field of Asian studies, foreign relations, human capital and labour migration.

Singapore is of small area which is highly urbanized city in Southeast Asia. It is located at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula between Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore has a total land area of 699 km and 193 km of coastline. It is separated from Indonesia by the Singapore Strait and from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor.

Population of Singapore has reached five million people as on July 2008 out of which 3.50 Million are citizens and permanent residents. People of Singapore are mostly from Malaysia, China and India. The rest of the population are foreigners who are either working or studying here.

The culture of Singapore expresses the diversity of the population as the various ethnic groups continue to celebrate their own cultures while they intermingle with one another.

The expatriates from East Asian Countries are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Mongolian, East Asian Jews, people of East Asian descent, Han Chinese, expatriates from Macau, finally people of Jews and Judaism in East Asian Countries.

Singapore was recently ranked as the most liveable city in Asia in a survey of 450 cities. It is a city where every things works. The tap water is safe to drink. The local mail posted before 5pm is delivered at the next working day & electric power is at flick of a switch.

Singapore also scores for the quality of its modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit Train system, taxis are available 24 hours a day, buses and Electronic Road Pricing in all the toll roads for all cars. Singapore has an excellent air links with rest of the world and it is the main advantage for expatriates in Singapore (The Strait times 2010).

Singapore has come up with aces for the access to global banking services and foreign currency exchange. Singapore has a pro-business environment in which the expatriates can enjoy business friendliness environment and the country respects as well as rewards innovation. Singapore s on-going efforts to grow new sectors in media, biotech and non-profitable enterprises are the most attractive aspect of Singapore economy (The Straight times 2010).

Singapore is a great place for education. It is the region s education hub and it offers adult education opportunities with affordable cost (The Straight times 2010).

Expats gave Singapore the thumbs up for the secure environment from physical security to low crime rates, to protection from crooked officials , neighbouring states and peaceful life (The Straight times 2010).

The quality of housing in Singapore is excellent as per the expatriates housing allowances. The parking charge is paid by the ERP and it s not needed to wait in line (The Straight times 2010).

Singapore is the best place for the Expatriates to work and live. As the quality of live is high, more and more expatriates from other countries are visiting and some are willing to get permanent residence also. This lifestyle will help our future generation to lead a quality life in terms of education, economy and high standard of living which we will discuss in the next chapter briefly.