A young Eurasian dreamer from Manila (left) and a Singapore bred woman (right) who is unstoppable to make a change in start-up.
Since I take blogging consistently I’ve been quite open about my life, well not everything but I don’t mind sharing a few stories that I am unafraid to share. I enjoy writing on my blog even I am on board for the flight. Recently I travel to Manila for a short visit and I met some old friends that I know way back when I was only 14/15 years old, it is quite funny there are jokes and culture that I don’t get it and I was totally lost in the entire conversation. When I came back to the apartment I realized I’ve spent almost half of my life in Singapore and it is no wonder I can get lost in conversation with my homies in the Philippines.
Whilst making a cup of coffee, I’ve thought to share my story about Singapore on the blog and tell you finally how it all started. 😉
Paul Immigrations Reviews
I am one of the Filipino dreamers in 2000, during secondary I knew one day I will move overseas. At that time I don’t know exactly where or when but what I know for sure is that I was determined to leave the country because I have read about the lifestyle in the city-state in a magazine, I’ve heard about the clean governance from school, and I’ve watched the films of Fiona Xie on TV by accident. That time I want to be like Fiona Xie – she is gorgeous, a darling of the crowd, a female hustler and she is living her life.
That’s when I had an aha moment that I want to live in that country someday.
Not many people know that my family is the 2nd generation of Filipino-Americans; my sisters are living in California whilst I decided early that I don’t want to move to the States. I don’t have an American dream but I do have a Singapore dream and so I chased it.
If you think to move overseas was easy for me, well hell no, I begged my mother to allow me to study in Singapore and after many counseling at home she finally allowed me with conditions such as;
- Finish your studies. Don’t screw up.
- Don’t get married early.
- Don’t have unwanted pregnancy whilst studying.
- Respect your curfew and be good.
Like many people who grew up from a strict catholic upbringing, I am an obedient child who follows the house rules and I respect the boundaries. It was certainly not what I wanted to be but it did help me to have discipline later in life (thanks, ma!).
To study in the popular island was not easy as I have imagined, I had to take so many entrance exams prior to being accepted in the university on top of that I was required to have good grades in math and science which are the major subjects for most schools in the country. It was a huge struggle for me because I was not as smart as my older sister when it comes to math and I don’t desire to study deep science hence I didn’t pursue a medical course in school. But I knew one day I will be a successful businesswoman who can make a difference in the economy.
And that was a lot of thoughts for a teenager like me in 2003.
Fast forward: I’ve graduated with honours and I was in the stage of my life to plan my legal stability. I had the option to reside in the States, go back to the Philippines, live somewhere in Europe or stay in Singapore. I told myself, if I will stay in the city-state I must be a resident to have a safety net just because I’m young, capable and have international education in my portfolio does not mean I’m secured. After university I don’t have savings. I was so young and I was completely and utterly burnt out and needed a break from a busy life.
I took a break in 2007 where I reside in New York for almost a year but it was pretty bad because I moved during the recession period (2007-2008). I also fell in love with a New Yorker Columbian grad lawyer at that time who is 8 years older than me. My parents were not pleased with my relationship. I had a toxic upbringing where my mother was against all my choices (I can totally relate to Sarah Geronimo, 🤣🤣lol). Hence, I’ve decided to come back to Singapore and start all over again with no savings, young and broke.
This time I’ve made the right choice because living in Singapore has opened so many opportunities for me – high education, safe and clean environment, good network, the laid back vibe in my apartment in the North, decent and honest life, genuine friendship and living quality.
Moving back to Singapore was one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made. Being here and starting all over again from being confused has allowed me to get in touch with myself and became the woman I wanted to be.
If you are a professional and looking for a relocation for a safe and clean country , Singapore is what you’ve been looking for and Paul Immigrations can guide you in attaining the Permanent Residency status.
Paul Immigrations has over 15,000 satisfied customers with success stories. The specialists provide honest, professional and transparent advice based on your documents. They will guide you with tedious paperwork with a strict time frame, application process, they will advise you how to respond in the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) rejection, and also will educate you of the reasons for the past application’s rejection.
By using the professional services of Paul Immigrations you won’t be clueless of how on earth your past PR application was rejected. 😂😂
Here’s why you should use the services of Paul Immigrations –
When you become a Permanent Resident in Singapore (SPR), you will enjoy the following benefits:
- More job opportunities: When you are a Permanent Resident, your salary can be competitive depending on your qualifications.
- Family Proximity: You can bring over your family members should they be approved by authorities.
- Tax Reliefs: There are tax benefits for SPRs.
- Visa Flexibility: When you become a SPR, it so easy to apply for the US, EU, and other countries’ visas. For example, whenever I apply for visa overseas I always get a year or two validation.
- Education Priority: Suppose you have a child and he or she is living here, you can apply for a dependent pass for your child and apply for MOE’s approval to allow your child to study in a local school.
- Property Ownership Perks: If you have the SPR status and money, you can definitely buy a property whether it is an HDB or condominium. The terms of payment will be flexible.
- CPF Benefits: You can hustle now and enjoy later. Plan your retirement right by using your CPF in the future.
- Citizenship: When you become a PR for many years, you can be eligible for citizenship.
What Paul Immigrations can do for you beyond paperwork:
- They will advise you on how to make a successful application to ICA.
- They will craft personalized cover letters. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority handles over thousands of submissions. So, you have to have a superb submission to be different from the rest of the applicants.
- They minimize hassle and time wastage.
For me, there is no such thing as a “perfect” city to relocate. A city could be the right fit for your lifestyle but then a busy life can exhaust you. An overly crowded city could be exhausting but it can be good for business with a large target market to scale. Singapore is an expensive city but it can also be a good source of a network for business. Ultimately at the end of the time, you know what’s best for you and decide the place you’re supposed to be. In my opinion, don’t get stuck in your own land! No matter who you are and where you come from for as long as you have a positive attitude and determination you can live anywhere! And if you desire to be a Permanent Resident, Paul Immigrations can help!
Thank you for reading.