风水轮流转 this saying is so true.
Singapore's prosperity has really driven up the cost of living. in fact, in the last week that i am back, i sometimes feel that maybe it's cheaper living in europe ;p
of course certain things in europe is expensive, no doubt -- primary culprit being the cost of eating out. so yup, we control that cost by eating at home most of the time ;p
so, why do i feel that singapore is expensive. and i am not even talking about the cost of owning a home or car YET. those 2 are monsters!!!!
one example -- in eindhoven, i bring kaira to all sorts of parks/play areas which are good-sized and well equipped and it doesn't cost me a cent. here there are some free outdoor options.... but limited. seems like more and more paid options are springing up and boy are they expensive :(
another example. since we don't have our own home now, when we meet up with friends, we tend to meet outside for drinks/meals, the costs add up! other than hawker centre/food courts, i personally think the cost of eating in a restaurant is comparable to that in europe. even if we have our own home, cos it's gonna be relatively small (compared to what we had in eindhoven), i doubt we would entertain as much as we did at home, so i think this cost is not going to go away =D
and even though the SGD is so strong now, cost of imported goods still seem "ex" e.g. a tube of Zovirax costs 21 SGD here... but if i remember correct, it costs ard 7 euros back in eindhoven. A bottle of Bubchen baby wash costs 8+SGD here, in dusseldorf, i could have gotten it for 2+euros. the costs are driven up probably by the incremental rent that businesses have to pay.
whatever it is.... i am glad we have the habit of documenting our expenses. but during our first week here, we have been laxed...think we need to step it up!