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 at the end, I’ll provide you with my recommendations based on the length of your stay! Let’s dive in! (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). (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.(more…)
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.
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! (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.
I think it’s safe to say that Singapore is the most expensive country to live in Southeast Asia.
In general, the Southeast Asia region is pretty cheap compared to other regions, such as North Asia (where Japan and Korea are located at). Budget travellers are mostly attracted to Thailand because of its low living cost. Many would skip Singapore in a heartbeat.
As someone who have lived in the tiny red dot for over a decade, let me tell you the truth that you deserve to know: It is possible to travel Singapore on a budget. To convince you, I’ve come up with a list of 8 awesome places you SHOULD and COULD visit for free.
Should, because these places are so gorgeous you’ll thank God that you have made the right decision to come. Could, because the transportation system in the country is so extensive, it’ll cost you not more than $3 transport fare from wherever you are to these places.
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.
As someone who stays and works in Singapore, I am constantly looking for short getaways to neighboring countries.
The nearest city from Singapore would be Johor Bahru, one of the major cities in Malaysia. There are many ways you could travel from Singapore to Johor Bahru, such as by public bus, by shuttle tebrau train, by taxi, by hired car or by driving.
The travel duration from Singapore to JB depends greatly on traffic condition. And nope, there is no flight between JB and SG. Some people, on rare occasion, do walk across the border. However, please do not walk because it is dangerous as there is no pedestrian footpath and the vehicles don’t give way to pedestrian.
In this post, I will write about how to go from Singapore to Johor Bahru by public bus. You can pay the fare using EZ-Link, ManjaLink (only Causeway buses) or by cash.
If you pay bus fare by cash, please pay with exact money because no change will be given. After paying cash, you will then be given a ticket that you must keep throughout the journey until you reach your destination.
If you don’t have exact cash, you can pay on the bus or pay at the counter (for Causeway buses). The Causeway (CW) bus counters are usually available at every starting point of the buses’ routes. So, for Causeway (CW) bus, you go to counter to buy ticket instead of paying on the bus. (more…)