Dec 14 2011

Guide to Singapore museum discounts

There’s no denying that Singapore is an expensive city, which is why I try to regularly write posts with the potential to save Travelfishers some money. I’ve recently covered budget places to stay like Singapore’s cheapest hostels and family rooms under S$120, and now I turn my focus to the city’s diverse and world-class museums. … read the full post

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Dec 12 2011

Christmas in Singapore

Published by under Festivals

Don’t be fooled by the balmy climate and the non-Christian majority: Singapore goes crazy for Christmas. Like festive celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Christmas time in Singapore is largely a secular event that takes place not at home but in malls and restaurants around the city. Singapore’s “Christmas in the Tropics” events are full swing now … read the full post

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Dec 07 2011

Family rooms from S$120-250 in Singapore

Published by under Accommodation

Last month I wrote about family rooms under S$120, but in Singapore’s over-priced hotel market this gets you little more than four walls and two beds. Small luxuries like 24-hour air-con and your own bathroom can be indispensable when travelling Southeast Asia with children, but for these comforts you need to venture into mid-range accommodation. … read the full post

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Dec 01 2011

Photo: Singapore shophouses

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Singapore wants to be famous for its glassy skyscrapers and and gravity-defying swimming pools but it’s often the simpler, down to earth shopfronts that are, if not the most beautiful, then at least harbouring the most character. These twins in Little India were among a mishmash of newer, uglier shopfronts and note that, save the … read the full post

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Nov 30 2011

Left luggage services at Changi Airport

Got a long lay-over at Changi Airport? Singapore’s small size coupled with its efficient public transportation means even with just a few hours to spare it’s possible to venture into the city. Thankfully Changi Airport has excellent left luggage services so there’s no need to drag your suitcase along when you’re meeting the Merlion or … read the full post

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Nov 29 2011

ZoukOut Sentosa beach party

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Think Ko Pha Ngan is the only place in Southeast Asia where you can dance to DJs all night on the beach? Think again. Straight-laced Singapore lets down its hair one night a year for ZoukOut, a 14-hour party held right on the beach of Sentosa. With dozens of DJs and an expected turn out … read the full post

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Nov 23 2011

Where to buy a prepaid 3G micro SIM in Singapore

Published by under Phone & internet

Getting a local SIM card in Singapore is as easy as popping into the nearest convenience store with your passport, and I’ve already written about how to buy one. However, if you need a prepaid 3G micro SIM card to fit your iPhone or iPad they are only available at select locations. Singtel offers its … read the full post

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Nov 21 2011

Elephant Parade stampedes into Singapore

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Keep an eye out for elephants on the footpaths of Singapore over the next few months.  No, Singapore hasn’t morphed into a mahout camp – the Elephant Parade open-air art exhibit is in town until January 2012. The Elephant Parade was created to raise awareness (and money) to save the Asian elephant from extinction. Each … read the full post

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Nov 16 2011

Singapore’s Mint Museum of Toys

Published by under Museums

When you were a kid, how did you treat your toys? Did you tear into a new toy and play until it broke, or were you the type who kept your favourites in mint condition with the original box? The Founder of the Mint Museum, Singaporean Chang Yang Fa, was definitely the latter and his … read the full post

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Nov 14 2011

How to extend your Singapore visa online

Published by under Visas

Welcome to Singapore! Depending what country you’re from, tourists are issued a visa-on-arrival which is valid for 30 to 90 days. This is more than enough time to see the sights, but if you need to extend your visa it couldn’t be easier. In fact, you don’t even need to get up from the computer … read the full post

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