1. Make Local Friends
Many things that actually “are” the culture shock, simply portrait weird customs, food or behavior, we are simply not used to. You even meet that situation when going on vacation in London, while origin Down Under. The moment you leave your country, you aren’t home anymore, realize that! (Singapore Is Really Strange – Can You Explain Please?)
And if I had realized my own culture shock earlier, I hadn’t spent my first 3 month in that typical “expat enclave” complaining about the strange Singapore.
So my number one tip is to go out, search contact and make friends with locals. It opens up great opportunities for wild and interesting discussions, you can get things explained directly and it’s heart warming to actually also see what the other side thinks about us! (Asia And The West – The Image We leave Behind)
Behavior which seems rude to you, may not be intended as rude. Polite customs are different for each culture. And this way you will learn and understand what is going on around you, and besides, wonderful friendships can develop, that will make you not wanting to leave the little red dot soon again!
2. Don’t Isolate But Keep A Piece of Home
The worst thing you can do is staying in your little group of expats, ranting about the local issues and ordering your Pizza home every evening.
I promise you wont get over the culture shock ever. You have to go out and look around you to understand the new place you are living in. To understand how it works and why it is the way it is.
Do baby steps, and once the feeling of being a stranger gets too overwhelming, go home and think about what you miss most and what was the most enjoyable thing for you in your home country? (How To Prepare best For Your Move To Singapore)
Watch a German movie, buy an Argentinian steak, buy a bottle of good French whine. While meeting your desires, you mood will go up and you will be ready for the next “dose of Singapore”.
Singapore is very multi-ethnic and cultural based, expatriates are normally treated as a part of the family, there is no reason not to join “the community”.
3. Take It Easy And Have A Sense Of Humor
It’s probably what helped me most. Some say I have a weird sense of humor anyway, but it’s hard to top the Singaporean level of humorist weirdness. (The 6 Most Weird Campaigns Seen In Singapore)
So when I go out and that little auntie stares at me for the whole elevator ride, I take it easy, smile at her and ask if you can help her carrying that bag upstairs, laugh about the misunderstandings and smile when you get a mixed Ginger-Celery juice instead of the ordered Pineapple one.
Singaporeans are very easy going people and a smile hasn’t hurt anyone so far.
4. Look On The Bright Side
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‘)); ?> Take a walk along the East Coast Park or through the Bukit Tima nature Reserve, and then be happy to be here, in the tropics, with warm climate, all the advantages one can have here and most probably half way around the world, with great holiday places to go around you and many experiences along the way, you will later never want to miss again. (The 5 Most Beautiful Nature Walks In Singapore)
You made it this far, now don’t drown in your sorrow about.. making it so far. Of course things are different, you are in Asia now, but every time you see, feel, smell or experience something you are not used to, think about the nice things on the other hand. Its worth it!
5. Stay Healthy
The basis for making your integration and life in Singapore as nice as possible, is your own well being. If you suffer of stomach or headache all the time, you wont be able to start exploring the island. (How To Avoid getting Sick In Singapore)
You wont be able o have a nice diner with your friends at the local Hawker Center or go for a hike in the Nature reserves.
You have to try to continue eating healthy things, minerals, vitamins, don’t have that tempting Chicken Rice or Murtabak every day, its cheap, I know, but it wont make you feel better either.
What’s Your Tip To Deal With The Culture Shock?
You had chicken Feet the first day, and Durian for desert, you walked over to JB and back the first morning, let us know how you survived the culture shock, and what your tricks and tips are to make it happen as quick as possible!