Bandung-Singapore-Bandung: Airasia IDR 1,640,000 Airport tax: IDR 75,000 Get a map and some information about Singapore at Changi airport, but don’t trust the map fully, it sucks (sometimes). You can get interesting tour packages from the brochures if you haven’t planned your holiday neatly. There are free walking tours and discount vouchers too. You can ride the skytrain to the nearest MRT station for free.
Get an Ez Link card for adult @SGD 12; Reload min. SGD 10; tap it whenever you use public transportation. Ask for MRT map (pocket size), very convenience to bring it with you everywhere. I love the MRT system in Singapore. Well, I love the public transportation in Singapore! You can also ride the bus. There are bus route information boards at every bus stop. Stay alert while you’re waiting for the bus because you must “flag” your hand if your bus arrived, otherwise the bus will pass. We barely called taxi. Mostly you can reach everywhere by foot (but we were dying after walked around Singapore)
Sing-Tel SIM card SGD 15 with SGD 18 load (plus 2 face towels bonus lol), bought it at 7-11. Show your passport to the shop keeper. There’s fee for incoming calls, so you should activate your free daily incoming calls for SGD 0,66 (66 cents) per day: *1300. Oh, you can call Singapore local numbers for free from pay phone or home telephone. Never tried it though…
We stayed at People’s Park apartment, People’s Park Complex, Chinatown. It’s actually a boarding house owned by an Indonesian, Ms. Afen. We booked the room 2 months before arrival and paid around 30% of the total cost. SGD 110 per room per night (high season: Idul Fitri holiday; price may vary, depends on the room). Unfortunatelly, I DID NOT take the picture of the room. Sorry… Our room: regular room with 4 single beds (blankets provided). Other facilities: Shared bathroom, kitchen, filtered drinking water, washing machine, wifi (she’ll give you the password), a servant to clean up your room. Watch over your belongings, tidy them up. The servant may remove your stuff or throw them away. She threw away our PRECIOUS raincoat (it’s rainy season!!), and I lost my PRECIOUS chocolate bars (one full regular plastic bag). But the money we left on the drawer during our trip was fine. It’s easy to get here. Just use the MRT, alight on Chinatown terminal, find the exit direction to People’s Park Complex, and here you are. There’s food court and shopping center just outside the apartment building. Cheap yummy food, cheap souvenir shops.
UPDATE: some people got through not so nice experience dealing with Ms. Afen, so I don’t recommend you to stay there.
Across the street, you’ll find Pagoda St. Nice place for night shopping, with red lanterns above you along the street. You’ll find Chinatown Heritage Center here. Admission fee: SGD 10 (adult). Check out www.DUCKnHiPPO.com
Chinatown Price range per meal: SGD 2 – SGD 6 Try: Thousand Taste at People’s Park Complex (24 hours); ngohiang pork sausage (pork sausage with brown thick sauce), fried kway teow, kaya toast.
Clarke Quay Price range per meal: SGD 4 and above. Lots of bars and food stalls on the riverside. Cool view, but watch the price, can be very surprising. There’s a Turkish ice cream stall too. The seller will do some tricks while preparing your order.
Try: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh across the Central Mall >> Pork ribs!! (closed on Mondays) www.songfa.com.sg
Behind the Orchard bus stop, we found a nasi Padang restaurant. It’s yummy, but you better order the drink at the front counter. You should try Indian food if you like unique spices (say it “strange food”). We ate huge portions of vegetarian Indian food at Komala Villa’s in Little India. It’s really unforgettable! Love the Ghee Onion Dosai. Don’t try the pickles, it may kill you or at least ruin your tongue…and appetite. We ordered chili crab and some delicious Chinese food at a restaurant near my cousin’s house in 297 Choa Chu Kang Avenue. Sorry, I forgot the name ><
People’s Park Complex: you tiao / char kway (1 for 70 cents, or 3 for SGD 2) and soy milk (SGD 1)
Uncle’s $1 ice cream (street stalls, sold by uncles, almost everywhere); mocca chocochip is the best! It tastes better with the roti / sliced bread.
The Choa Chu Kang Yangzhou fried rice. Tips: learn some Chinese and bring salt!!
PLACES TO VISIT
I underlined Worth Visit places (subjective)
Orchard Rd. Find shops all along the road. Indonesian people (or maybe other people too) usually shop at Giordano outlets. It’s on Lucky Plaza. There are 2 Giordano outlets adjacent to each other. You should check them both and choose the more quiet place to shop comfortably. Always on sale. T-shirts for SGD 8-SGD 10 each. My other favorite store is Bossini outlet. I got nice t-shirts for SGD 6 each!
We found ABC store and bought few things. Maybe it’s really the cheapest store in Singapore.
Mustafa (24 hours)
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Little India Cheap stuff – fashion (casual and sports wear), snacks, electronics, toys.
Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk Check out National Geographic store, Daiso Japan, and the view from the rooftop. I usually drop by at Candy Empire to buy Hanuta, my favorite chocolate, made in Germany. The most delicious chocolate in the world (my world…).
Address: One Fullerton No admission fee! This is the signature of Singapore. You MUST take a picture with the famous Merlion!
Esplanade Theaters on The Bay
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive www.esplanade.com
Address: 288, South Bridge Road, Chinatown No admission fee. www.btrts.org.sg
Address: 39 Armenian Street Admission fee: SGD 6 www.peranakanmuseum.sg
Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.
Address: 244 South Bridge Rd, Chinatown No admission fee, unless you want to take the pictures of the interior.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Address: 141 Serangoon Road, Little India No admission fee. www.sriveeramakaliamman.com
Gardens By The Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive I think it’s an awesome place! Felt like Paradise. You should enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Admission fee for both: SGD 28. www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Universal Studios Singapore (USS)
One day pass: SGD 68 (weekdays). If you plan to travel on high season, buy the express pass to cut the queue line (+ SGD 30) Must ride: Transformers in Sci-Fi city!! Book your tickets here: www.rwsentosa.com
Songs of The Sea (we didn’t watch the performance, but I did last time I visit Singapore) http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/attractions/beaches/songs-of-the-sea/
There are 2 sling shots in Clarke Quay. One of them looked extremely interesting to try (but no one wanted to accompany me to ride).
Casino in Marina Bay Sands. Bring your passports. Dress casually, no sandals are allowed. Tips: if you plan to visit temples, bring something to cover your body. You can also borrow or rent a piece of cloth there.
The recommended places we missed
Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Botanical Garden
Singapore National Museum
Haw Par Villa
Istana Kampong Glam
Asian civilisations museum
Changi chapel and museum
Long Bar at Raffles Hotel (to taste the legendary Singapore Sling)
They charge you 7% everytime you shop. If you spent more than SGD 100 on 1 receipt, ask them to give you stamps so you can get your 7% back on the airport later. Passports needed.