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Travel Tips for Singapore

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 25, 2017

2017

You have to bring:

  • Prescription medication.

Everything else can be bought in Singapore.

Do not bring illegal drugs into Singapore!

90% of Singaporean space is made up of shopping malls.

Things you can buy here or bring with you:

  1. Luggage:
    • You can use a suitcase or a backpack. A Backpack gives you a little more mobility, but it’s not a must-have here.
  2. Clothes:
    • Singapore is mainly a series of interconnected malls. There’s really no need to ever go outdoors.
    • You can buy any and everything here.
    • The prices of stuff might be better back home, though.
  3. Towel:
    • Bring your towel if you are staying in a hostel.
  4. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash:
    • All hotels provided guests with shampoo and body wash.
    • You are never given conditioner.
    • You should bring your own toiletries if you are staying at a hostel.
      • You can buy shampoo, conditioner, and body wash at any convenience store.
      • You can find many popular brands like Dove, Pantene, Finesse, and Lux.
  5. Deodorant/ Antiperspirant:
    • You can find this here, but the brand selection is limited.
      • It’s mostly Dove, Nivea, and other brands I’ve never heard of.
  6. Sunscreen:
    • It’s mostly Banana Boat and Nivea.
    • Many (not he Banana Boat brand) come with “skin whitening” (whatever that means).
    • You can buy shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, and suncreen at a convenience store, but they will be cheaper at grocery stores. Grocery stores will have more variety, too.
  7. Over the counter medicine:
    • There are lots of pharmacies where you can buy cold medicine and pain killers like aspirin.
    • It’s best if you know the generic or chemical name of the drugs you need.
      • Instead of asking for Bufferine, ask for ibuprofen.
    • I would still bring some medications for basic illnesses like diarrhea, fever, and constipation.
      • Don’t run out of these.
      • It’s always tough to look for medication when you’re already sick.
      • It’s easy to find what you want if you have a label of the drug you are looking for.
  8. Other things you should bring:
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Flip-flips
    • Smartphone

Free art gallery at a mall.

General Tips:

Food:

  • Singaporean food is delicious, but expensive. To save money:
    • Go to Malaysia and try the food there before or after going to Singapore.
      • It’s essentially the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
  • While in Singapore, here is how to eat cheaply:
    • Go to a mall. Not a super fancy mall, just a regular mall that would have a Uniqlo or a Gap.
    • Go to the lowest floor. B1, B3, whatever the lowest floor is.
    • This is where they keep the more affordable food courts.
      • You can find a good meal for about 5-6 SGD.
    • Look for hawker stalls around Little India.
      • Some, not all are quite affordable.

Transportation:

  • Completely unlike Malaysia, taxis are no problem in Singapore, though taking the subway might be cheaper.
  • Use a single-trip ticket to use the LRT.
    • Do not get the Adult Stored Value Card since the 5$ deposit is not refundable.
    • When you get the credit on the card returned (ie. You have $6.75 left on the card and now you are leaving Singapore) you cannot keep the card.

Money:

  • Banks do not change money in Singapore.
  • You have to go to a money changers.
  • Or, get cash from ATMs.
    • HSBC has no ATM fees.

Scams:

  • Not many scams to look out for, just use common sense.

Singapore
(Republic of Singapore)

How to get there:

You can enter Singapore by bus, train, plane or boat. Though, as of 2017 the train from Malaysia is a bit of a hassle requiring multiple transfers at the border.

Most can get 90-day visas to enter Singapore. Check with the ICA website for visa information.

Phone:

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Police 999
    • Ambulance and Fire 995

Website:

Downloads:

Data:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not bring illegal drugs into Singapore!
  • Do not carry the luggage of someone who might have drugs into Singapore.
  • In most countries, it’s best to change money at a bank. For some reason, banks do not change money in Singapore. You must use a money changer’s.
  • Use a single-trip ticket to use the LRT.
    • Do not get the Adult Stored Value Card since the 5$ deposit is not refundable.
    • When you get the credit on the card returned (ie. You have $6.75 left on the card and now you are leaving Singapore) you cannot keep the card.

 

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The Malls of Singapore

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 20, 2017

Thursday, June 8th – 12th, 2017

Singapore is known for being quite expensive, but Mark and I managed to not spend a lot of money by planning ahead of time. We packing everything we wanted to do in just four days. Everyday we got up early and did lots of things before heading back to our hostel at night. We would rest in a more economical country.

The good thing about Singapore is that there is a cheaper version of almost everything you want to do. You could visit the Gardens by the Bay and pay to see everything, pay to see somethings, or you could just stay in the free areas. A majority of the Gardens by the Bay is free. The same is true for Sentosa Island. You could pay to enter Universal Studios or any of the many other attractions. But you could also just walk around then head to the areas with free activities. You’ll still have a great day.

Ritz Art

Mark and I packed our schedule with as many free things as we could. We were going to pick a few non-free things to do, but we didn’t feel the need or have the time. If you love art, Singapore is for you! There were a few free displays of artwork at hotels and malls. Some of them, like at the Ritz-Carlton, came with a pamphlet with explanations. Others came with art experts just dying to talk about the works.

There are many malls in Singapore. You can go from subway station to mall to another mall and back to a new subway station all without going outdoors. At times it seemed that Singapore was just a bunch of interconnected malls that came together and declared itself to be a country. It’s so easy to just spend all your time, and your money, in the really nice malls of Singapore.

Try hard to resist the shopping urge and go outside.


Singapore
(Republic of Singapore)

How to get there:

You can enter Singapore by bus, train, plane or boat. Though, as of 2017 the train from Malaysia is a bit of a hassle requiring multiple transfers at the boarder.

Most can get 90-day visas to enter Singapore. Check with the ICA website for visa information.

Phone:

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Police 999
    • Ambulance and Fire 995

Website:

Downloads:

Data:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not bring illegal drugs into Singapore!
  • Do not carry the luggage of someone who might have drugs into Singapore.
  • In most countries, it’s best to change money at a bank. For some reason, banks do not change money in Singapore. You must use a money changer’s.
  • Use a single-trip ticket to use the LRT.
    • Do not get the Adult Stored Value Card since the 5$ deposit is not refundable.
    • When you get the credit on the card returned (ie. You have $6.75 left on the card and now you are leaving Singapore.) you cannot keep the card.

The 5 Merlions of Singapore

How to get there:

  • Coordinates:
    • The Merlion on Sentosa – 1.253475, 103.818908
    • The Merlion on Mt. Faber – 1.273339, 103.817764
    • The Merlion at Merlion Park – 1.286797, 103.854504
    • The Mercub at Merlion Park – 1.286814, 103.854143
    • The Merlion at Tourism Court –  1.303755, 103.824061

Address:

  • 2 at Merlion Park
  • 1 on Sentosa Island
  • 1 up Mt. Paber
  • 1 at Tourism Court

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Some are always available, some are not

Videos:

Notes:

  • Technically there are 7 Merlions, but 2 shall never be spoken of. They know what they did.
  • One merlion has survived a lighting strike.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 1.281400, 103.844291

Address:

  • 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840

Phone:

  • +65 6220 0220

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free
  • Donations are welcomed.

Hours:

  • 7:00 – 19:00

Notes:

  • No shorts or sleeveless shirts.
  • If you are wearing shorts or a sleeveless shirts you can borrow a scarf and skirt.

Gardens by the Bay

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 1.281702, 103.863678

Address:

  • 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

Phone:

  • +65 6420 6848

Websites:

Downloads:

e-mail: 

Cost:

Hours:

  • 5:00AM – 2:00AM

Videos:

Notes:

  • Watch Garden Rhapsody, a light and music show.
    • Free
    • everyday at 19:45 & 20:45

ION Art Gallery

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 1.304003, 103.831540

Address:

  • 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

Phone:

  • +65 6238 8228.

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 10am – 10pm

Notes:

  • Some of the pieces are for sale.

Artwork at the Ritz-Carlton

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 1.290441, 103.860147

Address:

  • 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799

Phone:

  • +65 6337 8888

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Notes:

  • Ask for a pamphlet on the art. It’s helpful and free.

Sentosa Island

How to get there:

Address:

Phone:

  • 1800-SENTOSA (7368672)
  • +65 6736 8672

Websites:

Notes:


Botanic Gardens

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 1.314097, 103.815871

Address:

  • 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

Phone:

  • +65 6471 7138

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 5:00 – 0:00

Mt. Faber

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 1.273831, 103.817513

Address:

  • Mount Faber Rd, Singapore

Phone:

  • +65 6377 9688

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 24h

Notes:

Map:

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