SINGAPORE ON A BUDGET: Food and Shopping

The best Hainanese Chicken Rice with Milo Dinosaur - two must-try popular food in Singapore

The best Hainanese Chicken Rice with Milo Dinosaur – two must-try popular food in Singapore

My friend, we are not only travellers.  We are also shopaholics and a hungry bunch, too.  In Singapore, we can also have our food and shopping adventure without damaging our pockets.  Here are my experiences on my recent Singapore getaway.

FOOD: Hawkers!!!

Maxwell Food Center at Chinatown.  It's just right across the Pagoda

Maxwell Food Center at Chinatown. It’s just right across the Pagoda

Singapore is also a place to fulfill your gastronomical adventures and hawker centers offer the best and cheapest option to taste the different flavors the country has to offer.  Depending on the food you will eat, you will spend around SGD 3 to 10 a meal per person.  For drinks, it ranges from SGD 0.90 to 3.  That is cheaper compared to eating at fast food joints or restaurants which may cost SGD 20 or more.

Long line at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Center.  Home of the best chicken rice for SGD 5 only!

Long line at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Center. Home of the best chicken rice for SGD 5 only!

As for desserts, walk on any street and look for any cart that sells ice cream sandwiched in wafer for only SGD 1.20.

The popular ice cream wafer at the streets of Singapore

The popular ice cream wafer at the streets of Singapore

To know more about the location of different hawker centers in SG, go to this website.

SHOPPING: go to street markets or grocery stores

Shopping for souvenirs at Chinatown

Shopping for souvenirs at Chinatown

Singapore is a mall rats wonderland!  There so many malls in this country full of shops catering to your different liking but may cost you an arm and a leg, or even your kidney or liver.  But if you want to save money, go to street markets instead.  I highly recommend that you go to Chinatown with 3 streets full of sellers of knick knacks of everything.

For SGD 10, you can buy either of the following:

  • 3 to 4 pieces of souvenir t-shirts
  • 4 to 6 pieces of ref magnets (depending on its size and material)
  • 6 pieces of key chains
  • 3 pieces of accordion fan
  • 3 to 6 pieces of wallets for ladies (depending on its size and material)
  • 3 to 4 pieces of table display (depending on its size and material, again)
  • 3 to 4 pieces of paper weights
  • 3 to 6 pieces of lucky charms (depending on its size)

But if you want to bring along some flavors of Singapore with you, go to any grocery stores for a more budget-friendly option.  A bottle of their popular Kaya spread costs SGD 2 to 5 dollars depending on its size and brand.  Buy chocolates, cup noodles or chips that are not available in the Philippines for SGD 0.50 – 8 depending on its brand and size.

Hope I help you save on your upcoming Singapore adventure.  So my friend, enjoy your vacation and don’t forget to buy me a pack of flavored Yakult (priced at SGD 3.10).  Hihihi!

A pack of Yakult with Green Apple, Orange and Grape flavors.  Available only in Singapore for SGD 3.10

A pack of Yakult with two original flavors, one Grape, Orange & Green Apple flavors.  Available only in Singapore for SGD 3.10

 

*Tinakits*

 

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SINGAPORE ON A BUDGET: Discounted Rates & Free Sights

B looking at the Singapore Opera House.  One of the free sights you can view in Singapore

B looking at the Singapore Opera House beside Helix Bridge. One of the free sights you can enjoy in Singapore

My friend, what are the places you want to visit in Singapore?  I’m sure you have a lot on your mind but you’re very concern how you can spend less on your tours.  Here are some of tips I can give you based on my experience during my recent trip.

Save on tickets to different attractions in Singapore

Enjoying my discounted entrance fee to Universal Studios Singapore :)

Enjoying my discounted entrance fee to Universal Studios Singapore 🙂

How?  Go to Cebu Air Travel and Tours!  From their name, you will know that it is own and operated by Filipinos.  It is located at Lucky Plaza Mall in Orchard Road, a popular hangout place of Filipinos living and working in Singapore.  This travel agency offers discounted rates and packages to all Singapore attractions and more.  We availed of our tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) for only SGD 69 which includes SGD 5 meal voucher and SGD 5 shopping credits to any of the stores inside USS.  The original price of Universal Studio ticket online is SGD 79 without any freebie.  So that gave us a saving of SGD 10!

Since they don’t accept ticket reservations, you need to go to their office which you can do on your first day in Singapore to purchase them.  They are open from 10:00 AM till 7:00 PM daily.

Cebu Air Travel & Tours calling card

Cebu Air Travel & Tours calling card

For more information of their long list of promotions, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.  (P.S.  I was not paid by Cebu Air Travel and Tour to promote them.  My blog is purely out of experience and research – Tinakits)

Visit free sights in Singapore

There’s so many shows and attractions you can visit in Singapore but with charge.  But if you really want to visit popular places and know more about the country, you can visit these areas for free.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Merlion Statue
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Tourist shot at the Merlion

  • Helix Bridge
Passing thourgh Helix Bridge, you will also have a great view of the Singapore Flyer Opera House and Marina Bay Sands

Passing thourgh Helix Bridge, you will also have a great view of the Singapore Flyer, Opera House and Marina Bay Sands

  • Fullerton Hotel and Raffles Hotel (just look around the area, okay)
Fullerton Hotel - a member of the Historic Hotels Worldwide

Fullerton Hotel – a member of the Historic Hotels Worldwide

  • Cavenagh Bridge
Cavanagh Bridge - just infront of the Fullertn Hotel

Cavenagh Bridge – just infront of the Fullerton Hotel

  • Stamford Raffles statue
Crossing Cavanagh Bridge, you will see the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore

Crossing Cavenagh Bridge, you will see the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore

  • Sri Mariamman Temple
Sri Mariamman Temple at Chinatown - SIngapore's oldest Hindu Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple at Chinatown – Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple

  • Blue Tooth Relic
B outside of the Pagoda Temple at Chinatown where the Blue Tooth Relic is located.

B outside of the Pagoda Temple at Chinatown where the Blue Tooth Relic is located.

  • Esplanade (the Durian-like building)
Can be seen near the Merlion Statue

Can be seen near the Merlion Statue (CTO)

  • Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City Mall
Fountain

CTO

  • Gardens by the Bay (sightseeing)
Catch the lazer and light show here during weekends at 8:00 PM

Catch the lazer and light show here during weekends at 8:00 PM

  • Ion Orchard Mall
Colorful statues along Ion Orchard Mall

Colorful statues along Ion Orchard Mall

This is the second part of my “Singapore On A Budget” blog post.  Wait for my other posts about my tips to save on your SG trip!

*Tinakits*