HOME TO THOUSANDS OF FILIPINOS, SINGAPORE IS RANKED MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE WORLD
By Edwin C. Mercurio
March 22, 2017
For the 4th year in a row, Singapore is top on the list for the most expensive city to live beating Hong Kong, Zurich, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Geneva, Paris, New York and Copenhagen, according to a biannual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
In the March 22 issue of Today Singapore News, Singapore “ranked most expensive city for expats and business travelers”. The survey cites New York slipping into the 9th place and London has fallen to the 24th. Five Asian cities were among the top ten on the list for worldwide cost of living for 2017 survey with Singapore leading the pack followed by Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul.
Singapore is also one of the most cleanest and organized city in the world with its subways and buses, streets and parks bereft of garbage and slum dwellers. Commuters strictly follow the no food or drinks, no smoking regulations and signs on subways and busses. For those who violate these policy, there is a stiff fine of $500 and a $1,000 respectively. The financial cost of violations gives credence to a jest which says “Singapore is fine, because for everything there is a fine.”
The city is also home to thousands of Filipinos who work in banks, hospitals, home and health care, and other service industry. There is never a day without bumping into Filipinos speaking in one of the Philippine languages. But beware of talking too fast in Filipino to a Filipino-looking bus or train seat mate or flashing that expensive smile in a crowded train. One could get an answer in Malay, Korean, Vietnamese or Mandarin.
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