Singapore is a country that’s part of South East Asia and started having their freedom by the year 1965. This country is considered to be one of those expensive countries in South East Asia. The rise of Singapore would not be possible without Lee Kuan Yew. He was able to make Singapore a clean and safe country by implementing laws and being strict about them for the betterment of the people. Despite being expensive and a small country, Singapore still has a lot to offer which can surprise us.
In order to fully explore Singapore, my cousins, cousin’s teammates and I decided to do it yourself style instead of attending tours. As much as possible, we did not attend tours in order to feel like locals and know the place by heart.
FLIGHTS TO SINGAPORE
The flight we took going to Singapore was via Cebu Pacific. In fairness, Cebu Pacific has improved a lot. They were able to offer a plane that was suitable for international flights. If you want to get cheap flights to Singapore, you have to check Cebu Pacific’s website from time to time. They tend to give out flight promos. Due to the promo, I was able to pay 6,000 PHP roundtrip.
The trio goes to Singapore !
Staying in Singapore is not cheap. That is why we decided to find hotels/hostels via Agoda because they give price discounts compared to the original price. We were able to look for a hostel called Bunc@Radius Little India.
There are a lot of cheap finds in Singapore. Usually, food stalls would start selling around S$6/meal. For Indian food, they usually start selling around S$7-9/meal. Expensive restaurants would usually cost S$20 and above.
During our stay in Singapore, we would usually go to food stalls because we were on a tight budget. We were only able to splurge on food when we tried out Ce La Vi which is located on the topmost floor of Marina Bay Sands. It is a famous restaurant that a lot of celebrities go to. Their rib eye steak is to die for ! Although it is pricey for a rib eye steak (S$54).
There are different modes of transportation in Singapore. I would recommend to ride the MRT since this is the cheapest among all of the transportation. Riding the MRT would usually cost you S$1.50-2/one way. If you want to have a comfortable ride, then I would suggest riding the taxi. Price depends on the length of your travel.
We would usually go to Bugis Street. In Bugis, this is where you can find a mixture of cheap and expensive things. There’s this small alley where you can find locals selling Singapore goods like t-shirt, keychains, the merlion, etc. If you want to check out the quite expensive part, you can go to their mall.
If you are the type of person who loves to check out really expensive things, go to Orchard Road. This is where you can find H&M, Cotton On, Forever 21, TopShop etc. Orchard Road is very long that you won’t be able to have the patience if you are the type of person who is not fond of shopping.
If you want to go for the very high end shops, you can opt to go to Marina Bay Sands. In Marina Bay, you can also go to their skydeck to see the view of Singapore and ride their gondola which is inside the mall/hotel. Within Marina Bay Sands, there’s a park called Gardens By the Bay. This is where you can find the beautiful lights at night and see how huge and tall Marina Bay Sands is.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Gardens By The Bay
Ce La Vi dishes
Yummy pizza but price is gold.
If you want to experience Indian Culture, head to Little India. This is where you can find Indian cuisine and Indian shops. The famous Mustafa Center is also located here. Mustafa Center is a 24-hr shopping place where you can find cheap finds. I was able to find an Adidas Eau De Toilette which costs S$6 and a Victoria Secret cologne for S$12. At first, I was hesitant to buy because they might be fake but the people surrounding me kept on telling me that Singapore is not allowed to sell fake items.
If you love going to museums, check out Singapore Art Museum, located at Doby Gaut. This is beside the Admissions Office of Singapore Management University. What I love about this museum is that they are able to showcase deep and meaningful artworks for people to appreciate. Good thing it was free entrance when I decided to check this place out.
Air Pollution Artwork
Mon Boulet Artwork
When going back to your home country, do explore Changi Airport. Not only do they have shopping centers inside. They also have an entertainment room where you can play video games. They even have a mini theater where you can watch while waiting for your flight.
Because we did not have enough time to check out the other places in Singapore, I hope to check these out when I go back there :
Singapore Botanical Garden
Singapore Night Zoo
Party at Clark Quay
Singapore Botanical Garden
MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Ride the bus to go to Malaysia via Singapore