Singapore Tourist Pass, EZ Link or Standard Ticket? Which One is Better?

To take public transportation in Singapore, you need either cash or card.

Paying by cash is rather inconvenient because you need to give the exact amount, otherwise no change will be given. Majority people use cards, but which card is better?

There are 3 cards that travellers can use in Singapore: Singapore Tourist Pass, EZ Link and Standard Ticket. Each has its own pros and cons, and each is suited for different types of travellers.

In this post, I write about the details of each card, followed by situations when a certain card is more favourable than the other.

To learn about all the different types of transportation in Singapore, read my in-depth guide about getting around Singapore.

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Year 2018 in Review: A Year of Challenges and Opportunities

I’m always a latecomer to the party, aren’t I? Other people have started their reflections in December, but I still couldn’t make up my mind whether I should write a review post of my life in 2018.

Year 2018 is a real rollercoaster for me. My life went from great, to not so great, to nice, to bad, to amazing, to hell, to fabulous, to nightmare, to great again. I guess that’s how life goes, isn’t it? I almost didn’t want to write this post because I’m afraid if I write about all the hardships that I faced, this blog would turn into a complaint outlet.

At the same time, I want to show that my life is definitely not as picture-perfect as how my blog might portray. I want to paint an honest picture that everybody can relate to. Without further ado, let’s start. (more…)

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Visiting Phi Phi Island from Phuket Without a Tour

If you have time constraints, take a day tour to visit Phi Phi Island from Phuket. If you love to travel deep, skip the day tour; instead, take the ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi Island and stay at least a night on Phi Phi Don.

My hubby and I decided to stay a night on Phi Phi island on the second night of our Phuket trip because we want to see Phi Phi island up close. Our next step was to look for a ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi Island.

We searched online, and a bunch of websites came up. All of these websites show different ferry schedules from different companies and have links to book the ferry tickets in advance. However, we didn’t dare to book these online because: (more…)

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Visiting James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay on a Day Tour from Phuket

“What are the places that you REALLY WANT to visit in Phuket?” I asked my hubby when we were planning for this trip to Phuket.

“James Bond Island and Maya Bay,” he said.

“Okay. Let’s go to James Bond Island on our first day. Then, Phi Phi Island (where Maya Bay is located at) the next day.” (more…)

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First Time in Patong

We spent so many hours looking for the perfect place to stay at in Phuket. Well, our definition of perfect involves the adjectives cheap and nice. And I think we found a gem.

To be honest, there are too many things I like about Phuket. First, its efficient transport and travel agent. Second, the huge varieties of food. And, the number of affordable hotels. There are literally hundreds of affordable hotels all around Phuket.

Since it was our first visit to Phuket, I wanted to stay at a busy location with plenty of amenities and crowd. I want to be able to walk safely at night along busy roads with countless cheap massage parlours.

It looks like Patong is the area that could fulfil my requirement. So, Patong it is! We booked Lub d Phuket Patong for our first 2 nights because of the many rave reviews. We told ourselves not to have any expectations. After all, it’s only SGD 50.9/night after tax. (more…)

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3 Days Phuket Itinerary and Cost
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3 Days Phuket Itinerary and Cost

“Let’s go to a place that we both haven’t been to before!”

There’s something magical when you visit a completely new place that your travel partner and you have not been to before. That’s what drives us to decide that Phuket should be our next destination. (more…)

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4D3N Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas: My First Time Cruising!

Why would someone pay money to go to a country by sea and spend 24 hours on the ship one-way, when you can just take a 1-hour flight to get there?

This question bothers me a lot when I was young and naive. Cruise vacation has never crossed my mind in my twenties. The young lady in me wanted to explore, explore, explore, and not sit still in a vehicle for days where there’s no network. But, as you get older, you get wiser, right? So, how did I end up on a Royal Caribbean vessel for 4 days 3 nights? Did I enjoy it? What are the highlights of this cruise? Having been to Penang often, what did I do at the port of call this time?

If you’re a cruise newbie who hasn’t taken a single cruise in your life, or you’re looking for snippets about Voyager of the Seas to justify whether it’s worth your hard-earned money, I will share my experience, written from a clueless newbie perspective. Mind you, I didn’t do a single research prior to the trip (I had long hours at work before the trip) thus I made plenty of mistakes that you should avoid! (more…)

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The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra: Favourite Place for Buffet

There are less seafood and more meat in The Carvery, and I’m okay with that. Maybe I’m really a meat lover!

There are endless buffet choices in Singapore. From international buffet, Korean BBQ buffet, sushi buffet to even porridge buffet. If I’m a true buffet lover, I would try as many buffets as possible. But, I’m not, so I would only keep coming back to the buffets that I love. The Carvery buffet is one of them.

So, what makes me keep coming back Park Hotel Alexandra for The Carvery buffet? To answer this, I need to bring you back to many years ago. (more…)

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dnata Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore

Note: dnata is closed and replaced by Marhaba lounge in 2019.

In a quest to maximise the benefit of my Priority Pass, I decided to visit dnata Lounge at Terminal 3 Changi Airport when I went back to my hometown last month. There are 2 dnata lounges in Changi, one at Terminal 1 and the other at Terminal 3. So, why did I choose Terminal 3? Well, the answer is quite simple. (more…)

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