Singapore Style Yachting: What you need to know

Never been on a yacht before in Singapore? 20170806_164952(0)-01-01[1]With the thought that it would cost sky-high, perhaps the reason why you haven’t tried the fun voyage.20170806_161909-01-01[1] Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to be super rich or well-connected to be renting a yacht in Singapore. One also does not have to break the bank to enjoy a yacht ride. Yes! You’ve read it right!20170806_164517-01-01[1]20170806_164155-01-01[1]20170806_163620-02-01[1]Satisfy your inner pirate by taking to the high seas. It’s crazily affordable specially if you are in a group. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1681.JPG20170806_164014-01-01[1]What better way to spend any occasion like birthdays, anniversaries, family outing or just a fun getaway with your friends?20170806_170539(0)-01-01[1]20170806_170558-01-01[1]Cruise around Singapore’s calm waters, see the unspoilt neighboring islets and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1688.JPGDCIM101GOPROGOPR1687.JPGIt’s just so great to get out of Singapore for a bit, feel the sea breeze and enjoy some water activities. 20170806_173509(0)-01-01[1]20170806_172322-01-01[1]Yes, it’s not only cruising. 20170806_175319-01-01[1]There are activities to choose from, such as fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, swimming, and do some grilling? BBQ! Yasss! 20170806_173805-01[1]20170806_172355-011.jpegThere are a lot of yacht charter companies to choose from. Ranging from at least $400 to a whooping $3000 or more but of course, it depends on the package inclusions and the kind of yacht you’ll be using. So choose the yacht charter company which suits your budget.20170806_180138-01-01[1]20170806_180127-01-01-01[1]20170806_180137-01-01-01[1]For our fun voyage, we booked at summit marine system. We could have just simply booked a 4-hour charter with no food inclusion for about $488 plus $50 weekend surcharge but since no one was quiet eager to prepare food, then we added a BBQ Package which cost around $150. 10 pax maximum. And if you’re a group of 10, not bad to pay $70 per person. I tell you, it’s worth it!20170806_174749-01-01[1]20170806_181422-01-01[1]Brand of Yacht: Grandbank20170806_170842-01-01[1]
Inclusions:
1 captain & 1 skipper
Water & electricity utilities
BBQ logistic items
Free flow of mineral water and cans’ of pepsi
Free usage of 2 ice Box & Iice cube
Free usage of fishing rods
Free prawns as baits
Free usage of 2 Kayaks
Free 1 hour Jet-ski service20170806_175559-01-01[1]BBQ PACKAGE:
Chicken Frank Hotdogs
Otah Delights
City Satay “Chicken Flavour”
Signature Marinated Mid Wings
Yakitori Chicken Kebah
Fresh Grey Sea Prawns
Sweetcorns
Crab Sticks
Garlic Bread
Mashmallow Candy Dessert
Fruit Puddings20170806_184609-01-01[1]A private yacht excursion is totally fun, exciting and extremely relaxing all at the same time. We did enjoy so much, and we almost didn’t want to leave when it was time to go back. 20170806_184809-01-01[1]The best part? On your way back to the Marina, you can admire the breathtaking view of Singapore’s iconic city skyline. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1736.JPG
Oops! Who’s not done eating yet? lol! Honestly, the food was more than enough for us.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1745.JPGRenting a yacht in Singapore is pretty easy, simply email the yacht renting company with the number of pax attending, dates and time. And I thought it would cost a bomb, but it’s actually pretty affordable, especially if the cost is split between group of friends.20170806_173159-01[1]
Interested of this fun voyage? Use the code “stylishwanderer” for a $70 discount.
Yes! You’ve read it right!
Contact Peter at +65 8481 0378 or email to summitmarinesystem@gmail.com
 Don’t forget to include the code when you make your booking to avail the discount! Don’t miss the chance. ❤

Here’s a short clip of our escape to the sea!

 

Love,20170806_163716-01-01[1]
stylishwanderer.com

 

Singapore on a Budget: 6 Important Tips Before Your Trip

It’s no secret that Singapore is an expensive city to be a tourist. Whilst known to be the most prosperous city in South East Asia, it’s the smallest nation by land area. And because of its compact size, traveling around would be so easy without worrying of your safety.20160409_222309-011It is true that costs here are significantly higher than the rest of Southeast Asia, but still a lot of people continue to visit Singapore. Why? Simply because of its unique and top-notch attractions that cater to almost every type of traveler. Certainly, Singapore will give you a fun-filled yet expensive experience but with a little planning and information, you can enjoy this amazing Asian City-state on a budget. Yes, you’ve read it right. Fret not of losing all your cash.

So here are some tips to get the most bang of your Sing-dollar on your trip.

BTW, just so you know, I am a Filipina working and living here in Singapore. Hence, I will be giving Philippine currency alongside every Sing-dollar cost in your SG trip. 🙂MYXJ_20161107024436_save-01[1].jpeg

Let’s start with ACCOMODATION:

1.) Accommodation will be your biggest expense in Singapore. A small private room with en-suite bathroom will probably set you back close to S$100 (3,500Php) a night. Reputable Hotels range from S$200 – S$300 or 7,000 – 10,000 pesos. This also depends if you book beforehand, if not then it can go as high as S$350 over or roughly 12,oooPhp.

In order to have that Singapore budget travel then You Must Settle For Budget Hostels, or if you enjoy backpacking then there’s a lot to choose from for as low as S$20-30 or (700-1,000Php) per night. Of-course not all would want to share rooms/bathroom with other guests so backpacking ideas would be a No-No for some. Aside from booking budget hostels then Airbnb would be a best choice. With Airbnb, you can experience the city like a local, live with a local by getting a room with own bathroom for as low as S$30 (1,000Php). Why Not! And if you plan to stay longer in Singapore or if you come in group, this will surely benefit you by getting 1 whole unit to share.

2.) Eat at hawker centers and taste Singapore’s multi-cultural food. Mains at casual restaurants start at S$12-18 (400-600Php) some of which comes in small share that won’t even feed your hunger pangs. But thanks to Singapore’s abundant hawker centers, eating is as tasty as it is affordable. Hawker stalls are Singapore’s version of low-cost eateries. Just be experimental with foodSingaporean cuisine is a complete delight for every foodie, you would surely savor every bit of the delicious options including chicken rice, nasi lemak, hokien mee, char kway teow, laksa, etc., at a price of S$3-5 (100-180Php).20160807_132419-01120160807_132415-01220160807_132659-011Just a tip:  A long line of people queueing at a stall is usually a sign that it serves good food and is definitely safe to eat. And before I forget, bottled water are too expensive here. Don’t get a shock if you see prices from S$3 – 6 (105 – 200Php) for just a bottled water. Drink tap water instead. Don’t be afraid, it is safe and clean. So might as well get a water tumbler and bring some water with you as you explore the day.

3.) TRANSPORTATION – Use Public Transport. Ride MRTs and buses — This is the cheapest way to get around. There’s no need to hire taxis because Singapore’s transport system is efficient and very safe. One train ride within the city costs between S$0.8 – 2 (28 – 70Php). You can even enjoy touring Singapore and go for unlimited rides with S$6.70 (250Php) per day! Read more from this link EZ-LINK Tourist Pass. And if you’re going to be in Singapore for a longer stay then get an EZ – LINK card (sold at MRT stations), take advantage of lower fares and transfer discounts.

However, when traveling as a group, particularly of 3 or 4, consider taking a taxi for short rides around the city center. The price difference (calculated per person) is not a big wallet buster. Your feet will thank you from the tiring walk to/from train stations anyway. haha! And if you want to experience SG’s Night Life, sadly, MRT is only until 12 Midnight but you can take advantage of the Night Rider and Nite Owl Bus.

4.) ATTRACTIONS – Get a good map and explore the city on your own tour.20150808_180334-011Go on a do-it-yourself (DIY) around Singapore’s different cultural districts if you want to save yourself from expensive admission fees at themed attractions. There are a lot of awesome things to do in Singapore that doesn’t cost a dime. Admission fees may take up a huge chunk of your expenses if you plan on visiting many themed attractions, rides, and museums. But there are also many museums offer free admission. Those that charge entrance fees usually cost S$10 (350Php) or less. Entry to Singapore Zoo is S$28 (985Php), Universal Studios Singapore is S$74 (2,600Php), Singapore Flyer is S$30 (1,050Php), Marina Bay Sands Sky Park is S$23 (810Php) and taking a ride of the Singapore Cable Car to and from Sentosa is S$33 (1,160Php). Plan your itineraries ahead and cluster them according to their locations so you can make the most of your trip.20150808_193023-01120150808_193352-011

5.) Shop SMART! No vacation is perfect without a shopping escapade, especially when you are holidaying at Singapore. But do take note that The best time to make a shopping trip to Singapore would be during the ‘Great Singapore Sale’ which begins mid-year and lasts for about a month. Shopping at Orchard Road, Bugis Street, Centrepoint can be a fulfilling experience for most shopaholics. myxj_20161108225858_save-011With such irresistible options for shopping, you can always go overboard with the budget for your shopping. Not only that, you can get a reimbursement of up to 3% on the Goods and Services Tax, if you shop for above $300 (10,000Php) from outlets with ’Tax-Free Shopping’. You can easily avail this reimbursement by showing your cheques at the airport. And even if you may not be able to make it on a Great Singapore Sale month, don’t be upset for there are still many bargains you can avail especially in Malls with many outlet stores.

6. Night Life – drinking is an expensive activity.20160625_224624-01-011You may want to give your liver a break while you’re here. Singapore’s high tax on alcohol means that drinking is certainly an expensive activity. Bars and nightclubs charge significantly high, so take advantage of happy hour promotions. lol. Yes, there are many happy hour promotions at some pubs. Try to hit the popular watering holes at Clarke Quay from 6 – 8pm to avail such. You’ll still be paying around S$14 (5ooPhp) for a drink, but at least the next one will be free. Female visitors can also take advantage of ladies night every Wednesday, when most bars offer free entry and free drinks until midnight. So ladies you already know when to party. lol! 20160625_221453-011And if you want to experience SKY BAR offering 360 degree view of cityscape at night (which are my stress-relief after a week of work) don’t go for those with Entry Fee, like 1 Altitude. You’ll be paying for S$30 (1,050Php) for the entry that comes with a glass of drink. You wouldn’t want to waste bucks on that, right? So just for a feel though, you can go to Celavi at Marina Sky Park. Drinks are expensive of-course but no one will know if you haven’t ordered any drink. lol. (Just a tip. But don’t be too obvious, okay?) haha!

20151025_002343-011We all know how easy it is to spend money but surely we also don’t want to anyhow spend, isn’t it? If the fear of spending beyond your budget is giving you jitters and preventing you from making a trip, it is time for you to let go off your fears.

In an exciting and vibrant city like Singapore, I bet you wouldn’t want to miss it in your travel lists. You can savor the beauty and enjoy one of the best holidays at Singapore, even on a frugal budget.

 

Love,

Stylishwanderer

 

 

 

 

What makes Haji Lane & Arab Street Famous for?

A trip to Haji Lane is all about the experience. Hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, this tiny lane is one of the most fascinating and authentic neighborhood of Singapore. A famous haven for art and culture lovers. Famed with its quirky fashion shops, local eateries and buzzing shisha bars. This street indeed has developed an atmosphere all of its own. And even if you leave without buying anything, you’ll end up still be satisfied because of the fun vibe and picturesque spots you will be seeing from any corner.

But what does every tourist or even locals do when they visit Haji Lane?
I mean, something anyone wouldn’t miss to do?!
Voila!
Photography session for Ootds!
Ooops! ( Sorry, I’m guilty!) hahamyxj_20161102003122_save1That Instagram-worthy snaps,
I bet you also wouldn’t miss that!
Yes or Yes? :p

Here’s mine!myxj_20161102003705_save1myxj_20161102002940_save120160925_182612-011Did I blend in? lol.myxj_20161102002408_save1myxj_20161102002820_save1It’s purposely visited for street photography session.myxj_20161102002659_save1myxj_20161102002624_save1myxj_20161102002456_save1
Everywhere is literally Instagram-worthy!
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And Just parallel to Haji lane,
you’ll find Arab Street.20160925_184131(0)-01[1].jpeg

Take a walk along Arab Street,
enjoy some traditional Arab fare
and cherish the beautiful,
mesmerizing assault on the senses.20160925_183748-011 It’s the vibrant colours of the shops of the Arab Street that stick in the memory.
Textile stores and outlets selling Persian carpets are the most prominent,
but you’ll also see leather, perfumes, and jewelries for sale.
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If you want to enjoy mouth watering Arab, Moroccan & turkey food this is the place to be. And If you’re a foodie who likes to try out different food,
then its definitely a must place for you!
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Enjoy!

Love,

Stylishwanderer 🙂

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