1. The Costs Of Living
Not that I got extremely hard hit by the recession but having lived alone for over 2 years I started to enjoy the thought of sharing a flat again, just for the fun of it. My other criteria were “close to the city” and “easy accessible”. So when I visited the HDB flat, I finally moved into, and it met all of them, plus it wasn’t like I’d imagined HDB flats at all, more like a nice Condo on the inside situated in an HDB block, there was no question for me of why not to move there.
The costs of living will drop significantly. I pay less then half of my previous rent plus all utility costs and Internet are included. Being only one stop away from my work place makes my EZ link card last more then double the time it did before on the other hand.
And you can safe money for waste collection, aircon maintenance etc.
2. Cultural Experience
Being an expat my own, I know that living in a private condo wont really help you in digging deeper into the local customs and understanding Singapore as the real Singapore.
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‘)); ?> However moving into an HDB flat is like moving to a new country after all. There’s no bubble of Rooftop Swimming Pools and Security Guards anymore wobbling around you, it’s the pure Singapore as you want it. Just spend your evenings sitting on the void decks benches or go down to have dinner at the Hawker Center, you will soon enough get into conversations.
After all, You are the alien here and people will be interested in why an Ang Moh would move into an HDB flat.
3. Food Right At Your Doorstep
I was lucky with my old place because it had the East Coast hawkers right on the other side of the street, but whats better then picking up a fresh fruit juice on your walk to work in the morning and Chicken Rice just downstairs at your own building for dinner? (The Top 5 Hawker Center In Singapore)
Its great to have a hawker center just a couple of floors down, and even if you go in Singlet and FlipFlops, there will be no fancy Expats looking like “what happened to you?” when getting your Mee Goreng.
4. Cats Cat Cats
Contradictory to the Asian world cats are the Europeans best friend. I grew up with at least 2 cats around me since I was born and even though I developed an allergy against them when I was 15 (very unfortunate) I still love them.
Well, Singaporeans obviously don’t.
Be it the expats that shared my old condo with me or the locals anywhere else, it seems Singapore is somewhat of a “Dog-country”. So when I came home from work the first day living in my HDB and I almost felt over three cats peacefully sleeping on the stairs to the elevator… I was more then enlightened to see them. (Singapore,Please Ban Dogs And Allow Chewing Gum)
And I have the feeling people living in HDBs are more sympathetic towards cats then people living in Condos in general.
5. Exercise For Free
My old place had five floors, now I’m living on the 16th. That gives me not only a nice view over Singapore’s central district at day and many shiny lights at night, it also makes it possible to finally exercise properly for the annual Skyscraper run.(The Complete Guide To Singapore’s Gyms)
16 floors up and down is great work out for everyone. Ignoring the stares of uncles and aunties waiting for the elevator when I sprint by taking two stairs a time winding up the HDB floors. This is it!
What Do You Think About Living In An HDB?
What are the advantages of living in an HDB for you, whats the biggest plus and what wouldn’t you want to live without? Please Share with me your opinion on living in an HDB and post your thoughts in the comments below!