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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Singapore

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: June 2014

Many people are now choosing to live alone in Singapore as financial stability and a changing housing market has made this easier. Family ties are still very close with many living near to each other, by living alone there is greater access to freedom and independence.

As an expat your only choice could be to live alone when moving to Singapore. Singapore is an international financial centre guaranteeing it to be always busy, so it is unlikely you will be bored or lonely. There are plenty of places to visit if you want to eat out, from street food to expensive 5* restaurants to thousands of bars and pubs for more relaxed evenings. Travel to neighbouring islands such as Malaysia and Indonesia is cheap and easy, perfect for a long weekend or short break. As there is a large expat community in Singapore there is a wide variety of expats groups and clubs that you can join. These groups often arrange meetings and get together so it is a great way to meet new people.
If you are looking to meet a partner, pubs and bars are a traditional choice but the general view is that this is not a good way to find a long term relationship. Popularity for online dating has risen in recent years and is seen as a reliable way to meet others.

There are many dating websites providing services for people based in Singapore which can be found by a quick search online. For example, this article gives you the five best dating websites in Singapore in the author’s opinion: https://www.thebestsingapore.com/lifestyle/the-best-5-online-dating-sites-in-singapore/.

Each website provides different services to cater for a mixture of preferences with many giving suggestions based on certain characteristics shared between you and your potential match. It is common to register yourself and create a profile when using their services. You may need to pay for this in most cases; some dating websites do offer free services but these are considered to be less effective. Before you submit any personal information to these websites make sure you have fully researched whether it is reputable and the security measures used to keep your information safe.

You may need to buy credits, which are often referred to as Stamps, to see others’ profiles or pay subscription fees which vary depending on how long you would like to subscribe for.  

With online dating becoming more popular so has the online dating scam, often this is when a fraudster poses as an interested party with the sole intention to scam money. A typical way for them to do this is by requesting financial help to visit you. For tips on how to avoid these scams you can search online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. 

If you do  suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can get useful information regarding this on the Singapore Police Force’s website: https://www.spf.gov.sg/advisories/scams.html. If it is an emergency, call 999.

 

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