Perth city is small in size, compared to Singapore. Like most tourists, Singaporeans can get a 1 year tourist visa, multiple entry and 3-mths at one stay. I hear that we can even get a 3 or 6 year extended visa. Many Singaporeans settle down in Perth, not necessary in the city but in many suburbs south of Perth.
Connected by fast timely trains and highways, one gets to travel into the city within 30 mins. Unlikely muti storey shopping centres, Aussie malls are generally ground or low level. Due to space availability, car parks are huge, and very often, one gets to park for free.
How much do we have to pay for a car? How are living prices in Perth? Or should one settle for an apartment instead, just like many of us are used to? How much does it cost to buy a house or an apartment?
How is eating out, or cooked in? What are prices like? Is it easy to get Asian food? What about service charges? How much does pork or chicken cost? What about vegetables, milk, fish, apples and mangoes? Will I feel at home? Easy to find friends and make friends? One can tell how many Singaporeans live in Perth by chatting with the passengers on Scoot or Singapore airlines.
We can also tell when there is a Singapore National Day gathering. As a citizen or PR, how are medical facilities and health costs? Oops, we are retiring tourist. How long does one have to wait to see a doctor? What is it like to see a doctor, a dentist or a pharmacist?
Where are the hospitals? How are the summers and the winters? How extreme can the weather get? Can we as retirees take the weather? Oh, my bones ache and my joints may go stiff. Or is it always hot, steamy and rainy? Life must be more interesting. What time do shops open and close? Do shops open on Sat and Sun? Heard that fishing, crabbing and picking abalones are fun activities. Are there bars, dancing places and restaurants that close at midnight?
Or do they close at 6pm only? Anyway to get a massage for SGD 30 per hour? Cinemas, karaoke rooms and bowling alleys, are they easily available?
What about open markets and Sunday Fleamarts? Space and fresh air. Australia is not Perth. There is Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide, and many more cities. Farm stays, passion fruit picking, grapes and vineyards, kangaroos, whales, dolphins and sharks. Can we truly see a million stars at night or is there haze at times? Can we engaged in sports? Many Singaporean retirees travel to Perth each year.
This include a number of SilverHairsClub members who live in Perth. What is it like to live in Perth? Or in any other city. Share your thoughts and comments. Or from your mobile, whatsapp and join the group.