Who can live and travel without data SIM card? I CAN’T. SIM card is my second priority when I arrive in a new country, after local currency. Having a local SIM card with data gives me confidence and assurance that I can survive in a new country even if I don’t speak the language.
When my family and friends visit me in Singapore, they’re always asking me to help them buy SIM cards. Choosing the best SIM card in Singapore is both easy and hard! Easy because there are only 3 major phone operators in Singapore, namely Singtel, M1 and StarHub. It’s hard because every operator offers so many different SIM cards with different features and validity, it’s so hard to choose what’s the most suitable card for you.
I’ve been there, I’ve had my share of headache when choosing a SIM card. In this post, I’ll do comparison and breakdown of each SIM card, then provide you with my recommendations! Let’s dive in! Read More
If you are that last-minute guy/gal who always arrive at the airport just in time before the check-in counter closes, I recommend that you arrive much earlier if you’re flying out from Changi Airport. I’ll tell you why.
There are SO many things to do in Changi Airport! And don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget, the most awesome places are free anyway. No wonder it’s the world’s best airport according to Skytrax in 2019!
Because I’m an ambitious traveller, I did what I should do. I spent a lot of time at the airport, trying to compile an enormous list of things to do in Changi Airport. The list is divided into 5 main categories according to their location: Jewel, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4.
The list includes FREE things to do as well as things that require money. It also includes both Transit Area (i.e. inside departure gate where only flying passengers are allowed to enter) and Public Area (i.e. area where everyone can access, regardless whether they’re flying or not). Read More
Off the beaten path? Check. Non-touristy? Without a doubt. Cheap? Yes, yes, yes.
Pulau Ubin is a small island (about 10sqm in size) located at the north east of Singapore. Even though it is part of Singapore, Pulau Ubin doesn’t look a tiny bit like Singapore! It is said that Pulau Ubin is a reflection of Singapore in the 1960s. In Malay, Pulau Ubin means Granite Island. Granite mining was once the major industry on Pulau Ubin. Today, there are no more granite mines. Instead, you’ll find beautiful quarries, dense vegetation, wildlife and memories of the past.
There are still roughly 100 people living permanently on the island. The residents use diesel generators for electricity because the grid doesn’t reach the island (yet). To go to Pulau Ubin, you need to take a 15-min bumboat ride from Changi Village. In this article, I will write the step-by-step guide explaining how to go to Pulau Ubin.
Some people go to Pulau Ubin for recreational activities like fishing, cycling or camping, some for school/corporate activities. Me? I go to Pulau Ubin to escape Singapore and to rekindle my love for nature.
You may have your own reasons to visit Pulau Ubin, that’s why you’re searching for Pulau Ubin and stumble upon this post, right? Alright, since you’re here, let me provide you with guides and recommendations about what to do, how to go, and other essentials information.
What’s there to do in Sentosa? Isn’t it just a small island?
Yes, it is. In fact, the island is just slightly under 5 square kilometers. If you’re a first-time visitor to Singapore, I couldn’t recommend visiting Sentosa highly enough. If have visited Sentosa before, well, it’s so hard to tell your friends you’ve seen it all because the island keeps adding new things all the time, it’s so annoying.
Is Sentosa worth visiting? Yes. Well, I’m obviously biased. I visited Sentosa the first time about 17 years ago and fell in love with it. To this day, I’m still loving it. They say love is blind and biased.
11 May 2019
Pa, it has been almost 4 weeks since you’ve been gone. I’m now back to the daily grind in Singapore, the city where I’ve been living in for the past 14 years. 14 years, that’s how long I’ve been away from you. I didn’t ask you how you felt about me leaving our country to pursue better opportunity overseas. I hope you felt proud. Read More
One of the most important questions that independent travelers like us need to answer before arriving in our destination is: How to get from airport to city?
Through this article, I hope to give you an overview of all the possible methods and estimated prices to get from Changi Airport to the city. Let’s cut the introduction short and go directly to the answers! Read More
If you’re searching for information about Kualanamu, my best bet is you’re already planning to visit Medan. So, I just want to tell you this: welcome to my hometown!
Here’s a little bit of introduction and history about Medan’s Airport. Before 2013, Medan’s old airport, Polonia, was located right at the heart of Medan. However, the old airport was too small to serve 7.5 million passengers annually (it was designed to handle 900k passengers only), hence the new airport.
Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) was opened in 2013 and it’s located about 24km or 37km from Medan, depending on whether you take the toll or normal road. The normal road is about 24km but the road is narrow and traffic jam is common. In this post, I’m going to write about facilities of the airport as well as travel tips from the perspective of someone who calls Medan her hometown. Read More
I searched Priority Pass website to see which lounges in KLIA2 accept the pass. The search gave me 4 results: all 4 of them are Plaza Premium Lounge in KLIA2. Wait, is there an error in the website? How is it possible that there are 4 Plaza Premium Lounges in KLIA2 alone?
It was 2.30am in the morning when we arrived at KLIA2. We had just alighted from the bus which we took from Johor Bahru Larkin Terminal. I had a solid 4-hour of sleep on the bus (which is not enough to be considered a good night’s sleep). Earlier, I had estimated that we’d arrive at KLIA around 4.30 to 5.30, but it turned out that the traffic was extremely smooth and the bus didn’t have many passengers to pick up. So, we arrived much earlier than we thought we would.
Our flight from KLIA2 to my hometown, Medan, was scheduled at 8.40am. There were 6 hours to kill at this airport, what do we do now? That’s when I decided to search online for lounges that accept Priority Pass. That’s when I got overwhelmed when PP’s website showed me there are 4 Plaza Premium Lounges in KLIA2. After patiently and meticulously reading each description, finally I saw the light. Read More
The transportation system in Singapore is one of the best in Southeast Asia in my opinion.
Why is it so? Firstly, it’s extensive. Almost all parts of Singapore can be accessed by public transportation. Secondly, it can be easily understood. The rules, routes, fares, schedules are set in stone, so you don’t need to worry about being scammed MOST of the time (I’m going to mention about situations where you could be ripped off in the Taxi section, though).
This article will show you EVERYTHING you need to know about how to travel with the various transportation modes in Singapore, including my personal tips.
So, you’ve had enough of boring activities like swimming on Sentosa’s beach? Enter Mega Adventure Park.
Travelling should awake all your senses, pump your adrenaline and give you a memorable experience to remember for a long time, shouldn’t it? If you have the same view about travelling as me, then push all of your “Sentosa-must-do-things” to the bottom of your list and head to Mega Adventure Park first thing when you arrive at Sentosa.
As a long-time (over a decade) resident of Singapore, MegaZip has been on my radar for so many years. I felt a rush of adrenaline every time I saw people zipping past above me at Siloso Beach. I yearned to try it but the little voice in my head reminded me about that time I took 30 mins to calm myself before sliding down a terribly high water slide at Bali’s Waterboom.
After years of grueling arguments between my heart and my brain, the former eventually won. I took the brave steps to Sentosa last month to prove if my heart made the right decision. Read More