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Singapore Travel Blog Guide Itinerary Expenses

Singapore is a small city state sandwiched between south of Malaysia and north of Indonesia. Most budget travelers try to steer clear of it due mostly to the notion that it is an expensive travel destination. There is indeed a basis for such—the country being labeled as the world’s priciest city for four straight years by the Economist Intelligence Unit. But still, a trip to Singapore can be enjoyed without burning holes through your pockets.

During our recent trip, we actually stayed for four days in Singapore, but since we did nothing on one of those days but rest, hunt for cactuses, and walk around the vicinity of our lodging, I’ll only be outling a three-day itinerary for this travel guide. We were on a budget at the time, so the focus really are the admission-free attractions in the city. For those with more money to spend, I’ll also list optional activities for popular tourist attractions around the city where you actually have to pay to enter.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Century Service World Hotel Chinatown Singapore

From the chaos of Chinatown, we went inside a nondescript building, up through a darkened stairwell, and into an open hallway. We were ushered inside a keypad-locked wooden door and were greeted by the tiniest lobby ever. A step away, another door was opened for us and we were, again, greeted by the smallest dorm room. Ever.

It was our last few days in Singapore. We were supposed to go to Johor Baru, crossing the border between Singapore and Malaysia, and spend a night there, but we decided to simply stay at SG. It was the end of our Beach Hop Asia summer tour and we were just too doggone tired.

The problem was, since it was an impromptu thing, we have nowhere to stay. We were then lodged at the Beary Best! Hostel, but they were already fully booked, so we have no choice but to look for another hostel. A cheap hostel.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Singapore Food Trip Hawker Yong Tau Fu

Eating in Singapore is a daunting task if you don’t have enough money in your pockets. Understand—you’re on the last leg of your two-month backpacking trip trying to make ends meet with the last wad of dollars in your wallet. And that last leg just so happens to be at one of the most expensive places on Earth. Just how and just where do you eat? The answer, food hawker centers.

Singapore Food Trip Hawker Fishball Noodles
FOOD IS RELATIVELY CHEAP ON SINGAPORE’S MANY HAWKER CENTERS

Indeed, during our four days running around the city, including a visit to the National Singapore Gallery, we were quite surprised at how relatively affordable our meals were. We usually eat at the city’s many hawker centers, it was still more expensive than say Malaysia or Thailand, but it was still within our meager budget. If you have deeper pockets and don’t want the hassle of looking for the best street food in the city, you can always book online for a food tour around Singapore.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, June 18, 2017

National Gallery Singapore Facade

“What’s the plan?” I asked C as we broke our fast on a creamy laksa noodle at a hawker stall near our lodging, the Beary Best! Hostel. “Well, we’ll meet with R and see where he takes us.” It’s inevitable that you meet friends on trips abroad. Filipinos are just everywhere.

National Gallery Singapore Facade
THE NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

After a train ride, meet ups with R and C, a Burmese lunch, and some chit chat, the plan emerged. Unlike the previous day of checking out free attractions around Singapore, the plan today was somewhat more sophisticated. Like museum sophisticated. And we’re not visiting just any museum, we’d be heading over to the National Gallery Singapore to check out artworks all the way from our very own Juan Luna to international masters like Pablo Picasso.

National Gallery Singapore Interior
APPARENTLY, TODAY IS MUSEUM DAY

We’re really not into museums, but with R around, you just know you’re gonna enjoy viewing artwork after artwork. He’s quite the brain when it comes to art, especially the juicy bits about the life of the hands that painted them.

From our lunch place, we walked towards Singapore’s Civic District where the gallery is located.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, June 16, 2017

Free Attractions Singapore

It was both our second time in Singapore. During my first visit, I did the usual paid attractions and found the city to be a tad cold; it seemed too artificial. My constant travel mate totally agreed with me. But we were ready to give SG a second chance. Only this time, our wallet really wasn’t as ready as we were.

MRT Station Singapore
THE ONLY COST OF OUR DAY TOUR, TRANSPORTATION FARE & FOOD

So, with budget only for food and transportation, we scoured the Internet for free places to visit in Singapore. And surprisingly, we did find a lot! We started our day early and ended it quite late—we were that busy running around the city.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Singapore MRT

It was almost midnight and we were running like it was the end of the world at Changi Airport’s wide corridors. With heavy backpacks on, we barreled our way down to the basement where the last train to the city was about to leave. We entered its door a few moments before it closed. Panting in exhaustion, we laughed as we sat down the almost empty coach. We made it!

Chinatown Singapore
SINGAPORE IS THE LAST COUNTRY FOR OUR TWO-MONTH SUMMER TRIP

Singapore was our last stop for our Beach Hop Asia summer tour. It started out in Malaysia, crossing over to Thailand, spilling on to Sri Lanka, and then Maldives. After several weeks of traveling and beaching around, we’re honestly quite ready to go home and have our Jollibee Chicken Joy. But, yes, we still have Singapore left—plus a night in Kuala Lumpur—before we haul ass back to Manila.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, June 12, 2017

Tagaytay Travel Guide and Trip Itinerary

Tagaytay City, the nearest and most accessible weekend get-away from Metro Manila, is one of the most loved tourist spots in the Philippines. Located in the province of Cavite, it hosts a number of scenic spots, delectable food places and fun activities suited for couples, families, barkada, and even the solitary traveler. Located a couple of hours away from the bustle of the metro, it provides a cool and breezy vacation place to soothe frayed nerves and bestow a renewed sense of vitality to city-worn souls. Much has been written about Tagaytay, but for those new in the city, a travel guide and a sample itinerary is an invaluable resource for a trip at one of the coolest place this side of the Philippines.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Starbucks Downhill Tagaytay

Besides beer, coffee is the next best beverage for me. I’m not the grind-your-own brew, nor the sip-your-hundred-peso-fancy-coffee type—I like my 3-in-1’s. Sacrilege it may seem, but yes, I like my instant coffee. Well, okay, sometimes, I do indulge with a Venti of Frappucino at Starbucks, granted that it’s free. I collect Starbucks Icon Mugs and I usually buy them using Starbucks cards, which gets you a free cup of coffee. Cheapskate, I know.

Starbucks Tagaytay Downhill
STARBUCKS DOWNHILL TAGAYTAY

During our recent staycation at Crosswinds Tagaytay, it just so happens that I have a couple of cards with free drinks with me. So, on our way home, instead of dropping by the Bulalo Stalls at Mahogany Market like we usually do, we instead went to one of the newer Starbucks Coffee in Tagaytay.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, June 8, 2017