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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    Without any doubt... I spent a day with some corporate types, in Marina Bay and just wandering around, waiting in the taxi queues, randomly chatting with people at the coffee shop was some much more pleasant than say hanging out at the HSBC head office.

    The diversity of races and the mix of the groups having lunch together / chatting / smoking / at happy hour, is a slap in the face for those who think HK is a diverse or racially integrated place.

    As an Indian, I feel more at home. And many Euro types have also told me that they enjoy the social scene a lot more in Singapore.
    I think I probably have a different experience in HK compared to a lot of others, although british, I am ethnically chinese, I speak fluent cantonese and I mix and socialise with locals more often. I even prefer going out on the Kowloon side. So take my advice with a pinch of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Jones
    Plus in general the people are much friendlier and less superficial; MUCH better, more and cheaper food options ; less pollution and crowds; more space and laid back atmosphere; better and more variety in shopping options; housing is much more affordable and of higher standards; many more things to do esp. for families with children; efficiency, things just work; existent customer service even at banks!; closer to Oz and NZ. And the list goes on......

    Singapore is certainly Asia's world city nowadays and I don't know anyone regretting having moved there from Hong Kong. The only regret they have is not having moved sooner.
    I agree with most of this. We have the discussion as I'm sure in many expat households with more companies shifting staff to SGP from HK it's potential consideration for us. I find Singapore's weather and "fakeness" boring but the diversity and friendliness are big big pluses. You see people of all races and ethnicities, you go into the food court and get delicious food from all over SE Asia. Here there's very much a local vs foreigner attitude.
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    HK beats Singapore hands down for me - better weather and better hiking.

    But if you like eating, Singapore wins imho. And I hear flats are cheaper too.

    HK is better for public transport (but both beat the UK hands down!).

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    OP: I was in a similar situation as yourself and chose Hong Kong because of the perception that Singapore is too boring. Two years later and many back and forth trips to Singapore for both work and pleasure I still think that Singapore is quite boring.

    As others have mentioned everything is quite artificial. The social scene is bit slower than HK and the dating scene is abysmal according to my friends. Their primary complaint is that ex-pat social circles are so intertwined that you'll inevitably end up dating the ex of a friend or seeing ex's at bars/clubs on a regular basis. Although HK has the same issue to a lesser extent.

    That being said, the overall quality of life in Singapore is much better - cleaner air and streets, much better and cheaper food options, and generally people are much nicer / friendlier.


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    Singapore: Asia's Word City??? With press freedom at 154 out of 180, I don't think so. Freedom of speech and assembly is also lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    As an Indian, I feel more at home.
    Wondering why you chose to remain in HK then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeky Kiwi
    Wondering why you chose to remain in HK then?
    Been here for 25+ years, no escape plan and stopped giving a flying fuck about others... HK style.

    Takes me a few days to get used to places where people are just a bit nicer than HK. First day or two, I'm like W(hy)TF is someone looking at me and smiling, do I know them? What scam are they running on me!?

    But then you get used to the other place just being nice... And then you come back and have to deal with fucktard taxi drivers who do not want to get out and help you put your bags in the trunk. In 2 mins, you're back in HK mode - fuck the world, now lets go make some money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeky Kiwi
    Wondering why you chose to remain in HK then?
    Could ask the same question to someone with "Kiwi" in their username- why aren't you in NZ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    Could ask the same question to someone with "Kiwi" in their username- why aren't you in NZ?
    So if my user name is Donald Trump then I am the president of the United States??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeky Kiwi
    So if my user name is Donald Trump then I am the president of the United States??
    Yes, you better be. Trademark issues at play.
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