Skip to main content

First Month

Finally the mood comes. I want to share the story about my first month here in Singapore.

There are more than 10 ITB alumnus that are accepted in this company for this year, but the departing is different. Me and 2 guys from electrical and physical engineering, Heldi and Gun Gun (sounds like a dog song, "Heldi, gun gun gun! Kemari, gun gun gun" *me run away :D*) were flight on 1st Dec 2008. We arrived in Changi Airport around 1 pm, and went to service apartment that is provided by company for 2 weeks while we're searching by our own later. Luckily other guys got an apartment in Dover which is very near to office in Ayer Rajah (walking distance). Whereas me, is put in Geylang (takes 15 MRT stations and 3 bus stops to get office). I think I have written about the first week here.

My second week is full of stressed looking for room. I had contacted an agent (got the number from my friend who moved to Singapore 2 weeks earlier than me) in the middle of 1st week, but she didn't contact me back until mid of 2nd week. Shit, I should not lean only on 1 agent. Then I searched it by myself in roomsdb and easyroommate. I needed to move on sunday, but I just started viewing on wednesday (D-4). At that night (after work), I was viewing 4 rooms with 3 agents (my company will pay for agent fee so I don't matter looking a room with agent) in Queenstown, Bukit Gombak and 2 rooms in Clementi. But I was so disappointed with all of them, not as convenient as I imagined. I was tired and panicky, the time was clicking, I still got nothing.

The next night I was viewing 2 rooms in Queenstown, their blocks are just side by side. This time I was still unlucky. Not because I didn't like all of them, in fact I hardly choose between 2 of them: I like both. And because the matter of time, I thought I needed to decide right away, although still have somethings that I don't like from those 2 rooms, but not too urgent. So now I'm renting a room in a flat of an Indonesian family with another tenant from Thailand also. The minimum contract is 6 months, maybe I will look for other room after that, maybe this time without agent, please (no longer paid by company)! :P

And I had a bad experience concerning my Employment Pass (EP). Before going to Singapore, I had already got work-permit which is formed as In-principle Approval Letter. With that document, I was passing the immigration Singapore. Right after arriving, I was asked to go to medical checkup by HR girl, doing some blood test and chest xrays. The result would come out 3 days later and directly sent to my company then company would take care the rest of processing my EP. But I was very unlucky at that time, my medical result was failed. My lungs were diagnosed infected, so I needed to drink antibiotics first for 1 week then do chest x-rays again (while blood test was passed). That means I couldn't get my EP before 10th of Dec. That means I couldn't get my December payment/salary on 20th Dec. That means I would get that on the next month together with next month's salary (those are company's rules -_-). I was having so hard time, had to be living so economically. But hopefully, because of end of year, the company needs to do closing-book (tutup buku?), so my payday should be faster, it's on 2nd Jan, not 20th, yippie! It's quite relieved (although my friends had already enjoyed their salary on 20th *sigh*). Ohh I have passed my x-rays yay \o/ haha no pneumonia! Well my friend said that I should be grateful because my lungs were founded out having problem when I was having x-rays. If I wasn't moving to Singapore, for a long time maybe I didn't figure out that my lungs were sick. Hmm he is a positive person haha *I only thought about money :D*

Hmm what else?! OK, the food. It's hard to find halal foods. In hawker or foodcourt, there are always only 2-3 halal stalls, which 1 of them is always Indian food which is I don't too like (except mee goreng :D), so I have no many choices. Also the fast food restaurants are not always labeled as halal. And those halal foods are even more expensive than the foods containing pork T.T Maybe I'll write another posting discussing about foods in Singapore #wisatakuliner. For praying (sholat), there is no room provided for praying in my office. So, moslems in my company do praying in the server or lab room (when it isn't occupied), or in changing room (where the manufacturing workers change their wearings to enter the production site). Very tragic huh, but it's fun and challenging :D

About my company, hemm what can I say... Ohh, we're having Dinner and Dance as a whole Gemalto Singapore in Suntec Convention Hall in my 2nd week. I still didn't know many people, and didn't prepare any dress before, so I just attended for food (with no much style) hahaha! Then suddenly the MC called new comers to go upstage. In my mind only: "cool, we can get some stuffs by doing simple games". So, there were 6 people upstage, ready to hear the MC's instructions. We would hear some music and should dance according to that music. We're down to the dance floor, our eyes were closed (so we couldn't see others' style). The music played: rock, Dangdut (yes, Kopi Dangdut song :P), R&B, Indian, jazz, Arabic, salsa... I just danced! Suddenly the music stopped. My hand was pulled into the stage again. I thought it's finished, but then the music started again. I was frozen for a while, didn't know what to do, until I heard the MC's shouting, "Yeaah, Benka is dancing very good, yesss David you are awesome..." so I thought others were dancing again, so I moved my body into the swing. After 2 songs, MC asked me us to open eyes. Guess what, I was standing on the stage alone! Well with the MC of course, I mean my dance-mates were all gone (maybe since a couple song)! They're bullying me! But they gave me very big applause so I just could bow honestly and embarrassingly *suddenly feeling famous*. Hhh what a night! But yeah, how could I resist to dancing??! I am a dancing queen :)

So many things happened. Next time, I should not be procrastinated to write them down.


  1. Awesome! Btw gajian belum makan-makan nih

  2. ayo goyang, rita-rita...

    I am still looking for video of that.

  3.  Apart from having access to multitude of listings both for tenant and landlord, looking to rent in Singapore. TRUrental offers creative add-ons like the concierge service provide assistance ranging from managing the lease agreement to physically moving into the new place and even helping you get the furnishing done or fixing the utilities. Visit us -


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Jeju Island in 3 Days

Jeju Island, the Hawaii of Korea, where couples usually go for honeymoon, and the place of many UNESCO Nature Heritage sites, is really beautiful and romantic. Some people say we need to spend at least 1 week to explore and experience the most of this island, but in my opinion 3 days are enough. Trust me, many places in Jeju only look good in advertisement, they're good at selling it. There are no interesting places in the North and West part of Jeju Island, so you can focus on East and South. East and South parts are amazingly naturally beautiful! Here's the itinerary I recommend.

Day-1: East of Jeju Island

Manjanggul / Manjang Cave
Spending time: 30-45 minutes
Hallasan, located in the middle of Jeju Island is the only volcanic mountain in Korea. It created several small volcanic mountains throughout Jeju Island, called Oreum in Korean. One of the biggest Oreum is Geomun Oreum, famous with its large lava tube system and designated as a UNESCO Natural Heritage site. It has few l…

Review: Homestay Cahaya Sikunir Dieng

Mencari penginapan di Dieng itu susah-susah gampang. Disana tidak ada hotel, adanya penginapan rumahan atau homestay. Beberapa turis kadang menginap di kota Wonosobo, sekitar sejam dari Dieng, demi mendapat penginapan yang bagus. Pilihan di travel apps hanya sedikit dan kurang cocok. Setelah browsing sana-sini, terutama baca review blog orang, saya hubungi beberapa homestay di Dieng baik lewat telpon maupun Whatsapp. Saat kami sudah mulai road trip Jawa Tengah tanggal 12 Desember, kami masih belum tau mau menginap dimana di Dieng tanggal 17 Desember nya. Karena waktu itu kami belum fix juga sih mau berapa malam di Dieng, 1 atau 2 malam? Kalau 2 malam, keduanya di homestay yang sama atau ganti homestay?

Akhirnya tanggal 16 Desember, sehari sebelum ke Dieng (saat itu kami di Solo), kami memutuskan untuk menginap 2 malam di Dieng. Malam pertama di Homestay Cahaya Sikunir, karena keesokan subuh nya mau sok-sokan melihat sunrise di Bukit Sikunir, dan malam kedua di Homestay Serayu. Untuk

Transportation in Jeju Island

These are some remarks regarding public transportation in Jeju.
Buses in Jeju Island accept Seoul's t-money card. You can buy and top-up it in convenience store, like GS25 and Family Mart.City buses normally charge 1000won for cash, or 950won for t-money card. If you pay by card, tap it to the machine when you aboard and when you alight. If you transit between 2 buses during a certain times, fee for the next bus can be 0won, or free.Intercity buses vary depends on the distance, usually between 1000-3000won. There's no different fee paying with cash or card. When you aboard the bus, tell the driver about your destination, he will tell you how much it is, and you have to pay there directly. If you pay by card, no need to tap it again when you get off.There are 2 bus terminals in Seogwipo city. The main bus terminal is in the south-east of downtown, near the Jeongbang Waterfall, which is also the old one. The second one is to the right of the E-mart in front of the World Cup Stad…