The world’s most liveable city through the eyes of a Singaporean migrant
The world’s most liveable city through the eyes of a Singaporean migrant
The world’s most liveable city through the eyes of a Singaporean migrant
The world’s most liveable city through the eyes of a Singaporean migrant

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Williamstown Botanic Garden

When we think of Williamstown, Nelson’s Place, with its stretch of restaurants comes to mind more often than not. However, did you know that there

Riverbend Historical Park

We searched online for off-the-radar places to visit and were pleasantly surprised to find the Riverbend Historical Park situated at Werribee. It is (to us

Werribee Park Mansion

The mood for a bit of walking struck us again and off we went to the Werribee Park Mansion during a weekend! Location: K Road, Werribee

Brunetti cakes

When the urge strikes for a slice of heavenly cheesecake in Singapore, we all know to head down to Hilton Hotel for its range of

mattress

When migrating over to any country, the first instinct might be to try to ship all of one’s possessions over to the new location. Until,

Werribee Gorge

Occasionally, when we are in the mood for a bit of walking (more like hiking up and down slopes), we head out to explore waterfalls

Medicare

Medical care in Australia is really top notch and we are grateful that Medicare benefits are made available for migrants on permanent resident visas. When

lower cost living in Melbourne

Despite being voted as the “World’s Most Liveable City” many times in the past, Melbourne is a wonderful city but it can be an expensive

Petaling Street Malaysian Restaurant

It is quite true that there are more Asian eateries in the East in general so we made our way to Carnegie one weekend to

Photo by Cris Ovalle on Unsplash

The first things about buying a car in Australia is that cars are so much cheaper compared to Singapore. If you don’t live in an

LuLu's Char Koay Teow

For quite a few years now, we have read good reviews about LuLu’s Char Koay Teow, the supposedly best in Melbourne. We could not pass

Chiki Chiki Restaurant

While wandering around the CBD one weekend, we stumbled across Chiki Chiki Restaurant. It looked very inviting and we just could not pass up the

Tick Tok Williamstown

One of the perks of living in Melbourne is the opportunity to enjoy its cafe culture for which Melbourne is well-known internationally. Melburnians love coffee.

Desserts by Night

Having a bit of a sweet tooth, we pop into Desserts by Night in Maribyrnong every now and then. It’s open from 3 pm to

Newport Lakes

Location: Lakes Drive, Newport, VIC 3015Facebook: Friends of Newport LakesWebsite: Newport Lakes Reserve The reserve is open daily from 8 am to dusk. Pedestrians can enter anytime on

Pet ownership in Australia

One of the first things we did within 6 months of migrating to Melbourne was to visit an animal shelter to adopt pets. Over the

Little Miss Violet Cafe

If you are after a quirky café that serves Western dishes as well as Asian foods, look no further than the cutesy Little Miss Violet

Chef Lagenda Malaysian Kitchen

We have been to Flemington many times over the years and strangely, we are always drawn to the Asian eateries along Pin Oak Crescent. Last

Saigon Street Restaurant

We were once again walking around the suburb of Fitzroy one weekend and this time, we came across another Asian eatery called the Saigon Street

I remember getting a plastic toy camera when I was about 8 years old. It used 120 roll film and the black and white photos

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Melbourne Food

You might be living in Melbourne but you can still enjoy food from around the world! Check out our Melbourne food posts for tips on our favourite places to eat, where to get that specific dish you love, and what we think are the best pies in Victoria

Brunetti cakes

When the urge strikes for a slice of heavenly cheesecake in Singapore, we all know to head down to Hilton Hotel for its range of

Petaling Street Malaysian Restaurant

It is quite true that there are more Asian eateries in the East in general so we made our way to Carnegie one weekend to

LuLu's Char Koay Teow

For quite a few years now, we have read good reviews about LuLu’s Char Koay Teow, the supposedly best in Melbourne. We could not pass

Chiki Chiki Restaurant

While wandering around the CBD one weekend, we stumbled across Chiki Chiki Restaurant. It looked very inviting and we just could not pass up the

Tick Tok Williamstown

One of the perks of living in Melbourne is the opportunity to enjoy its cafe culture for which Melbourne is well-known internationally. Melburnians love coffee.

Desserts by Night

Having a bit of a sweet tooth, we pop into Desserts by Night in Maribyrnong every now and then. It’s open from 3 pm to

Little Miss Violet Cafe

If you are after a quirky café that serves Western dishes as well as Asian foods, look no further than the cutesy Little Miss Violet

Chef Lagenda Malaysian Kitchen

We have been to Flemington many times over the years and strangely, we are always drawn to the Asian eateries along Pin Oak Crescent. Last

Saigon Street Restaurant

We were once again walking around the suburb of Fitzroy one weekend and this time, we came across another Asian eatery called the Saigon Street

Punjabi By Nature Restaurant

We were walking through Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre and suddenly we spotted a new restaurant that seemed to have sprung up overnight. Punjabi By Nature

Happy Hot Pot in Point Cook

Now that autumn is here, it pays to have a tummy warming meal every now and then. We find that the good old fashioned hot

Shokuya & Co

Are there any good restaurants in the western suburbs serving Japanese cuisine at affordable price points? Sure there are! We have been patronising Shokuya @

Calia Restaurant

If you are after excellent Japanese cuisine that is a cut above the rest, do consider Calia. The restaurant chain has a few outlets and

Sichuan Hot Pot

If you are after an authentic and spicy Sichuan Hot Pot meal, David’s Hot Pot might just hit the spot for you. The restaurant has

Chestnuts

In autumn, few things could beat the bliss of tucking into hot chestnuts on a cold day. In our opinion, the best chest nuts come

Lune Croissanterie Fitzroy

We read and heard so much about the best croissants in the world, right in our neck of the woods. So we made the trip

Pango Coffee Newport

One of the perks of living in Melbourne is the opportunity to enjoy its cafe culture for which Melbourne is well-known internationally. Melburnians love coffee.

Basil Leaf Pho

While walking around the eclectic suburb of Fitzroy one afternoon, we came across a homely Vietnamese restaurant along Brunswick Street called the “Basil Leaf Pho”.

Gold Leaf

Singaporeans call it ‘Dim Sum’ while Melburnians called it ‘Yum Cha’. Either way, it’s the same thing and while there are several good options in

Sambal Kampung

When the craving for mud crabs strikes, there is a place to go for the cure! Name: Sambal Kampung Malaysian & Chinese Cuisine Location: Shop

Places To Visit In & Around Melbourne

When it comes to places to visit from Melbourne, there are just so many diverse locations to explore! From city lights to nature walks, strawberry picking to unique experiences, there is really something for every season and occasion. (Which is good, because the weather changes so often you usually need options!)

Williamstown Botanic Garden

When we think of Williamstown, Nelson’s Place, with its stretch of restaurants comes to mind more often than not. However, did you know that there

Riverbend Historical Park

We searched online for off-the-radar places to visit and were pleasantly surprised to find the Riverbend Historical Park situated at Werribee. It is (to us

Werribee Park Mansion

The mood for a bit of walking struck us again and off we went to the Werribee Park Mansion during a weekend! Location: K Road, Werribee

Werribee Gorge

Occasionally, when we are in the mood for a bit of walking (more like hiking up and down slopes), we head out to explore waterfalls

Newport Lakes

Location: Lakes Drive, Newport, VIC 3015Facebook: Friends of Newport LakesWebsite: Newport Lakes Reserve The reserve is open daily from 8 am to dusk. Pedestrians can enter anytime on

Roraima Nursery Lara

If you’re into gardening and plants, a trip to Roraima Nursery in Lara is highly recommended. Location: 20 Swan Street, Lara, VIC 3212, AustraliaFacebook: Roraima NurseryWebsite: Roraima Nursery

Aurora Hunting

You’ve probably heard about the northern lights or gone on trips where you braved the freezing cold to see them. Did you know that we

Hosier Lane Melbourne

Music, art and creative pursuits are a big part of our lives, which is one reason why we moved from Singapore to Melbourne. Whilst Singapore

Forest Glade Gardens Mount Macedon

One of our favourite day trip locations is Mount Macedon. Mount Macedon is a small town 64 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. The town is located

Turpin Falls

Occasionally, when we are in the mood for a bit of walking (more like hiking up and down slopes), we head out to regional Victoria

Strawberry picking in Victoria

One of our favourite weekend activities in summer is strawberry picking. There’s simply no comparison between a freshly picked strawberry and a store-bought one. Where

Melbourne Property

When thinking about moving to a new place, one of the first things you usually look at is the property market. In our Melbourne property posts, we share everything from where and how to find a house, to tips on building and landscaping.

lighting point

Once you have finally decided on a floor plan for your new house with your preferred builder, a contract signing appointment will be organised by

power point

Once you have finally decided on a floor plan for your new house with your preferred builder, a contract signing appointment will be organised by

Apartment vs House in Melbourne

Suffice to say, the property market in Australia is very different from the property market in Singapore. In Singapore, it’s relatively simple. Having a condominium

concreting

When you finally get to the completion of construction and the new house is handed over to you, it may or may not include concreting

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A common comment by Singaporean visitors to my home is that I have drainage holes installed in the floor of my bathrooms and kitchen. This

Investment property

You’ve probably heard it from time to time that you can get a tax refund from an investment property. But what does this really mean?

flowers

When we had our first house completed more than a decade ago, ours was the first house in the street. It was heady days as

flowers

We were happy when the landscapers said the entire job of landscaping the front, sides and back of the house should take about 7 working

flowers

Landscaping the front nature strip with tuscan toppings was completed within a work day. Through judicious use of machinery and the right tools, the landscapers

flowers

With the garden beds sorted out, the landscaper returned another day (2 weeks later) to lay the lawn on the back yard. Some common species

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The first step in building your own home is finding a suitable block of land. In Australia, we do not refer to them as ‘pieces’

Display Village

This is probably the most fun part about the construction project. If you liked visiting show flats in Singapore, then visiting display home will be

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The process from deciding on your house plan to actually signing on the dotted line is a process that could take weeks. To kick start

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For some of us, this is an exciting phase. Not because it’s actually interesting or there’s much to look at, but because it signals the

house frame

The next most exciting stage of construction is the frame stage. This is where it starts to feel real. Once the timber frame has been

bricking of house completed

If you thought the most exciting stage of construction was the frame stage, well this stage gets even better. The house starts to take shape.

Stages of House Construction

If you have gotten this far, you are almost at the home stretch! It won’t be long before handover and you get to move into

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This is the stage where you would be busy checking and re-checking stuff, while trades people fit off little items and your site supervisor organises

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So you finally decided on a floor plan for your new house. If your builder is flexible and allows for minor changes to the plans,

Property

Having bought, sold and leased on both sides of the equator, we came up with this unique list of top 5 differences between property agents

Everything Else

Compared to many Asian countries, the normal way of grocery shopping in Australia is mainly via the major supermarket chains such as Coles, Woolies, Aldi

While owning a vehicle in Australia is relatively cheaper compared to Singapore, fuel prices are also cheaper too. This is a much welcomed relief as

Australian taxes can be confusing even for Australians. The Australian taxation system is one of the most complex in the world. Coming from Singapore where

Photo by Cris Ovalle on Unsplash

The first things about buying a car in Australia is that cars are so much cheaper compared to Singapore. If you don’t live in an

mattress

When migrating over to any country, the first instinct might be to try to ship all of one’s possessions over to the new location. Until,

This is a common question asked by Singaporean migrants as you may have heard stories of a friend’s friend being audited by ATO after transferring

To dress for the 4 seasons is not something that is on the average person’s mind, unless you’re a Melburnian. Coming from Singapore where the

I can still remember my very first haircut in Melbourne. As a newly arrived migrant, I was wondering how best to save money on haircuts.

lower cost living in Melbourne

Despite being voted as the “World’s Most Liveable City” many times in the past, Melbourne is a wonderful city but it can be an expensive

Medicare

Medical care in Australia is really top notch and we are grateful that Medicare benefits are made available for migrants on permanent resident visas. When

credit card photo

Let’s face it. Migration or an overseas move requires money. Lots of it. In the initial days, you will need funds for a car, furniture

Singaporeans are notorious for being ‘gancheong’. But opening an Australian bank account before you arrive in Australia is one aspect that is important if you

Pet ownership in Australia

One of the first things we did within 6 months of migrating to Melbourne was to visit an animal shelter to adopt pets. Over the

I remember getting a plastic toy camera when I was about 8 years old. It used 120 roll film and the black and white photos