- Why Singapore is _the_ place to be
Why Singapore is _the_ place to be
Plus: Learn how to set your own prices, recent headlines
In today’s issue
Let’s all go to Singapore: the world’s cosmopolitan tropical city
How to set your own prices: learn 5 key rules of open market bargaining
Headlines: meet a self-proclaimed “shuttler,” Japan’s soon-to-be digital nomad visa, top paying remote gigs
🇸🇬 Singapore: Yes, totally worth it
The Merlion is Singapore’s official mascot
Take a glance at a world map and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a city — let alone an entire country — in our equatorial “coconut belt” that’s as sophisticated as Singapore.
The young, tiny island nation is home to about 5.92 million people, of which around 30% are foreigners. And, despite a permanent ban on chewing gum, Singapore is the only country in Asia with a higher per capita GDP than the US.
Haji Lane, Singapore
Why we ❤️ Singapore
Singapore is warm, clean, and modern…but that’s just the beginning:
English is an official language (in addition to Chinese, Malay, and Tamil)
Rich culture, excellent food, proud people
Virtually no danger and definitely no drugs
🌴🌴🌴 Lots and lots of palm trees 🌴🌴🌴
View from the Park Royal Collection PIckering
Great ways to learn about Singapore while you’re here:
Learn your history at the National Museum of Singapore, you won’t regret it or forget it. Tip: book with Pelago and skip the entrance line.
Strike up conversations with your taxi (aka “Grab”) drivers: in our experience, they offer a fair and balanced perspective.
Take a day or 2 to walk the city, eat some famous street food, and mingle with locals.
➡️ More on Singapore in the next issue of Palmtree…
How to get the prices you want at open air markets
Open-air markets in developing countries are the kind of quirky and charming-ish places you wanna love but sometimes feel a tad uncomfortable.
They can be hot, bewildering, and filled with pushy sellers.
And the most frustrating part? Nothing has a price tag 😬
Now let’s say you wanna buy something. You ask, “How much?” The merchant quickly looks you up and down, then gives you a completely arbitrary price.
Awkward, right? Well, not really. Merchants expect you to bargain. You just need to know how to do it right. Keep reading —>
The 5 rules of price bargaining at open markets
In your mind, pick your “walk price:” the absolute highest price you’re willing to pay for the merchandise before you literally walk away.
The first price they quote you is almost always outrageous. Don’t accept it.
Instead, offer something well below your walk price. They’ll counter it with something higher — that’s fine — just keep working your way down until you’re at a price that’s comfortable.
If they won’t meet your walk price, just say “no thanks” and walk away. This often works and you’ll get the goods at your walk price.
Be kind. These merchants’ livelihoods depend on your money. A few dollars price difference is worth more to them than you🏼
This 32 year-old programmer “shuttles” between Singapore and Japan, says it offers more advantages than being a digital nomad.
Speaking of Japan: a new digital nomad visa to be outlined by December. Come for the lifestyle, cleanliness, and weak yen.
No surprise: software engineer, AI researcher, product manager are some of the highest paying remote jobs out there right now.
—the Palmtree Editorial Team