Relocating to another country can be a daunting process. Other than the hassle of packing, there’s also a long laundry list of tasks such as finding a place to stay, sorting out all the important paperwork, and opening a new bank account. Pair this with having to adjust to an unfamiliar environment, and you may find everything particularly overwhelming.

If you are all geared up for a big move to Singapore, and don’t quite know where to begin or what to do when you arrive, here’s a cheat sheet to help you out — think of it as a welcome gift to the place you’ll soon call home.

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Moving to a new country can be daunting, but we’ve got you all covered with this guide. (Photo: iStock)

Dining

With 38 Michelin-starred restaurants, a variety of eateries serving up everything from dim sum to Spanish tapas and Korean barbecued meats, and an abundance of hawker stalls across the island, Singapore is very much a culinary destination in its own right.

For a decadent brunch with your family, consider Brasserie Les Saveurs for a posh afternoon of champagne and French cuisine, or Foc Pim Pam for a boisterous feast of Spanish tapas and cava. There’s also a plethora of afternoon tea options available in town, if you’re more inclined towards a midday pick-me-up of scones and cakes.

If you’re seeking an upscale, fine dining restaurant for business meetings with work clients, Singapore has plenty to choose from. Noteworthy examples include the one-Michelin-starred Jaan, which recently launched a new spring menu.

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A selection of dim sum at Jade. (Photo: Jade)

And if you happen to be a HSBC cardmember, make the most of your card perks at these eateries, which offer promotions. Our top picks include Jade, a Cantonese restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel, and Hashida Sushi — where you can indulge in an omakase meal crafted with the finest seasonal ingredients.

Hotels

Getting through the paperwork for housing can be quite a headache, but it’s a necessity if you’re going to be living in Singapore for a long time. To ease this hassle, HSBC has partnered with several property agencies and furnishing brands, so members know where to go for special privileges and deals.

You don’t have to worry if your new residence won’t be ready for a few days when you arrive, though. Consider staying at a hotel during that interim period, since many of these establishments are conveniently located in town or the CBD.

There’s the newly opened Six Senses Duxton in Tanjong Pagar, which is housed in conserved shophouses and furnished with themed rooms, and the charming Andaz Singapore in the heart of the heritage-rich Bugis neighbourhood.

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The facade of Six Senses Duxton. (Photo: Six Senses Duxton)

Culture

Despite its small size, Singapore boasts a burgeoning arts scene. It’s home to museums like the eye-catching ArtScience Museum and the National Gallery Singapore, which features the largest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia.

It also showcases a diversity of events spanning theatre, ballet, musicals and concerts. Upcoming highlights include The Lion King musical (from 27 June to 26 August), and Ultra Singapore — an annual outdoor electronic music festival on 15 and 16 June.

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The upcoming Ultra 2018 is worth checking out. (Photo: Colossal Photos)

Your adventure awaits

Now that you’ve got everything you need for your move, there’s really nothing left to do apart from packing your bags, boarding your flight and embarking on your new adventure. If you really want to get an additional headstart before you land, you can also open a bank account there. HSBC is the only bank in Singapore that allows expatriates — be it new or existing customers — to do this even before their arrival.

www.hsbc.com.sg/expat