Sydney, Singapore and London: Three Great Cities

Sydney, Singapore and London are among the most exciting and liveable cities in the world and as financial centres, they offer good career prospects. I have been fortunate to spend time living in each and I love them all. But each offers a uniquely different lifestyle and if I was pressed to choose my favourite, I would say London is the most exciting.

London is an historic and very cultural city. The arts and innovation are strongly promoted and you have endless possibilities for entertainment. London has the best pubs, clubs, theatre, exhibitions and new experiences in the world. There are plenty of green open spaces for walking and sports and the architecture that blends the very old and historic with cutting edge modern trends is amazing. The problem with London is that it is very expensive and the taxes are high so it can be difficult to enjoy all it has to offer.

Singapore is an ideal country for a safe, regular family life. It’s pretty small and a little bit dull but the cost of living and salaries are reasonable. Taxes are also exceptionally low! It is much easier here to balance work and life and save money and there are plenty of exciting holiday destinations to visit nearby.

Sydney has the most beautiful beaches in the world and the freshest produce and seafood. Food just tastes better here. However in recent years Sydney has become plagued with gambling issues and it is very sad to see the government making money through social problems.

To find out which city is best suited to you, please take this quiz. Below is my list of pros and cons:

SYDNEY

Why it’s great:

  • Gorgeous and iconic Sydney harbour
  • Best quality of food
  • Best restaurants in the world
  • Salaries are high including for unskilled work
  • Great Australian wines
  • Easy access to the best beaches
  • Weather is good (except when it rains)
  • People are attractive
  • Excellent education system
  • Not too hard to get a job
  • Tough stance on immigration
  • Easy to live a good residential life in the suburbs
  • No threats of terrorism

However…

  • Gambling is a serious social problem yet key source of revenue for government
  • Drunkeness is a social problem
  • Too many bogans live in Sydney
  • Taxes are high
  • It’s expensive to buy a house
  • Terrible public transport system
  • When it rains it’s like torrential rain
  • Essential groceries like break and milk are expensive
  • Australia is too remote
  • Lots of large cockroaches and rats

 

This is me fishing in Pyrmont in the Sydney Harbour

This is me fishing in Pyrmont in the Sydney Harbour

SINGAPORE

Why it’s great:

  • Very safe country
  • Good variety of cuisines available
  • Eating out is cheap
  • Family-friendly with affordable childcare
  • Affordable to have a domestic helper
  • Well connected by public transport
  • Diverse country with different religions and races living in harmony
  • Easy access to many tropical holiday destinations
  • Apartments are generally modern and clean
  • Rent is comparatively cheap for a major city
  • There are many Korean cosmetic and fashion shops here
  • Weather is predictable and stable
  • The pace of life is not too fast

However…

  • The MRT public transport system is slow
  • Owning a car is expensive
  • It can be dull living here
  • Singaporean beaches are not great
  • It’s too humid to walk outside often
  • People are too focused on academics
  • The quality of food is not as good as Sydney
  • It’s very strict and tightly controlled by government

 

This is me having dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Singapore

This is me having dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Singapore

LONDON

Why it’s great:

  • Innovative architecture and best city skyline
  • Great museums, galleries and exhibitions
  • Free medical with the NHS and cheap prescriptions
  • Great shopping and top brands at good prices
  • Low unemployment and easy to get a job (not necessarily a great job)
  • Best place to develop a career in finance and technology
  • Pound is strong so it’s cheaper to go on holiday abroad
  • Cosmetics are affordable
  • Rich in history that is well preserved and respected
  • Best city for walking
  • Alcohol is cheap
  • Best immersive theatre and pop-ups
  • Grocery shopping is cheap

However…

  • Salaries are low and taxes are high
  • Housing is expensive and it’s not affordable to live centrally
  • It’s not family-friendly and childcare is expensive and inflexible
  • It is difficult to navigate if you are in a wheelchair or have mobility issues
  • The weather is mostly cold and grey
  • It takes a long time and it’s expensive to get to the airport
  • Dining out where food is decent is expensive
  • Buying lunch is expensive
  • The tube is always disrupted by signal failure or weekend works
  • Medicine is too strictly controlled

 

This is me and my husband celebrating the Queens birthday in London

This is me and my husband celebrating the Queens birthday in London

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