Living and working in Singapore is one of the best decisions I took during the Covid-19 pandemic. While many countries like the UK and other European countries faced the wrath of the pandemic, Singapore has comparatively had fewer cases and rare deaths due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, I was stuck inside my apartment in the UK last year, and except for a few months, all restaurants and pubs were closed, so it wasn’t much use for me, considering I am a food blogger.
I spent the required 14-day quarantine period in a dedicated SHN facility after arriving in Singapore. As soon as the result came back negative, I moved into my new place at Coliwoo. Coliwoo gave me a virtual tour of the facility so that I could make an informed decision.
Let me take you through my day today to give you an idea of what it is to be a digital nomad in Singapore.
I am up early today because I have a meeting scheduled with a US website looking to partner with me. So after a quick shower and a shot of black coffee, I am all set for it. Internet connectivity across Singapore is superb, which makes it perfect for remote-working freelancers like me. The place I stay – Coliwoo @Lutheran – has unlimited fibre broadband connection, a good workstation area in every room and an onsite printing/scanning service making it perfect for work from home. And the beautiful green view outside my window just makes it delightful.
After the meeting, I quickly take a bath in my ensuite bathroom and get ready. The building facility is well managed and the operations team go out of their way to help the tenants. This is one of the greatest benefits of getting a co-living studio apartment for rent in Singapore instead of sharing a flat with other mates. You don’t have to worry about the cleaning or repairs, or the bills or the interfering landlord (Ugh. I really hate that!)
I plan to visit Chinatown food street today, which has recently reopened after more than a month. Camera check. Recorder check. Umbrella check. (A quick piece of advice for those planning to come here. Singapore has a tropical climate, which means it is hot, humid, and can rain anytime. So, it is best to carry your umbrella wherever you go out. Especially if you carry expensive gadgets).
The MRT system in Singapore is very well-planned, and it’s the fastest way to get around. My stay is close to 3 MRT stations – Tan Kah Kee, Farrer Road and Botanic Gardens so I am very well connected to Downtown line, Circle line and the North-East line. Accessibility is an important factor for me to choose a place of stay. I get to Chinatown food street, and it totally lives up to all the hype. The mix of exotic smells and sights from all the food stalls is heaven for food lovers like me. I have my lunch at a seafood stall and spend some time capturing the beautiful colours of this place with my camera. I can go on and on, but I have had sufficient shots for the day and need to sort and sift through them before I can do anymore. I choose a comfy-looking café and spend the next couple of hours doing this. Time to head back.
I must do some grocery shopping on my way back. Today me and a friend from co-living have decided to watch the Euro Cup match together and cook up pasta. One of the benefits of co-living is meeting new people and communal living. Many youngsters, Singaporeans, and expats prefer to live in these co-living spaces that are hassle-free, close to central areas, and yet not so expensive. Back at my place, I quickly freshen up and go down to the kitchen to start cooking dinner. Enjoying the match and dinner with a friend is the perfect evening for me.
Singapore is truly a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities and one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. I would definitely recommend co-living to anyone looking for accommodation in Singapore or would like to try it out experience it for themselves.