Monday, November 19, 2012

Singapore Expenses

This is my personal Singapore expenses for 5 whole days and 4 nights. The total amount is Php 24,048.42 ALL IN and that includes my day trip to Malaysia. As you can observe, I did not buy any gifts or pasalubong to my family and friends because it's too expensive plus they said I shouldn't bother haha :) 
In this expense blog post, I included a new part called the "possible savings" part since there are a lot of things we overlooked due to either lost in translation (like in Malaysia food court) and lack of research on our part for the EZ link train card or even the packaged fee for the museum visit haha. If we knew about the discounts and other promos then we could have saved Php 1,192.

On the next part of "possible savings", I included items which can be deleted or avoided if I resisted temptation...and I could have saved additional Php 6,458!!! AND YES, 2 beers and a small plate of Calamares (deep fried squid) amounts to a whopping Php 1,277 :O 

So, all in all I could have saved Php 7,650 and if I subtract that amount to my total (24,048.42) then I could have spent only 16,398.42 ALL IN for 5 Days 4 Nights in Singapore plus side tour in Malaysia :) Isn't that cheap or cheap? :) haha

Now you may ask me how did I do it? Then please take not of my tips on saving.

TIPS ON SAVING:

Accommodation:
1. Look for the cheapest BUT make sure it has good reviews through travel sites such as Travel Advisor, Booking.com, Agoda etc...
2. Try SG Backpackers dormitory (very decent) but definitely not for all travelers. It is highly suggested if you're with your friends of 2 to 6.

Food:
1. Try to eat a variety of food such as food court, restaurants, and street food because eating in restaurants (especially in Singapore) could be expensive.
2. Research on places that have expensive foods like the Universal Studios. Hence, we ate at 7-11 for heavy noodles prior to going to the theme park haha "poor mode on!".
3. Bring water bottle at all times for refill in possible drinking stations.
4. If going with friends, share food and don't always order 1 per person because servings are big.

Transportation:
1. Be aware of your EZ Link Card load, since you can only load for minimum of SGD 10. Therefore, if you need to use the MRT for once only, just buy single ticket.
2. No need to ride taxi...because we survived not riding one in Singapore haha. We walked and walked or took the MRT :) RESEARCH is the key! Research the MRT station nearest to your location or try to look at Bus Route which can easily be understood unlike in Seoul haha.

Entrance Fees:
1. Maximize all packages being offered through websites, ticketing booth or hotels because these has great discounts.
2. Ask in accommodation if they provide discounts.
3. No need to go through all the rides and entrance especially in Sentosa. Select only what interests you! AND TRY THE INDOOR SKYDIVING at iFly Singapore :D
4. Sometimes there are Filipino Staff working in Singapore so speak to them and try to ask for discounts. they are generous in giving discounts to their Kababayan ;).

So, there you have it folks! I was able to tour around Singapore and Malaysia with just around Php 20,000 in 5 days!

If I can do it...so can you! :)

Check out my suggested itinerary too! Thanks!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Singapore Itinerary For 4 Days 3 Nights

Singapore is definitely a must visit place in Asia because of the list of things that you can do there that can't be done elsewhere in Asia. Although there is an extensive list of places to visit and things to do in SG, 4 full days in the City will be enough to make the most out of your visit. You also have an option to visit Malaysia (KL) but you will have to stay longer (5-6 days) to make up for the long travel time.

How to start with the Itinerary?

First, list all the places that you want to visit and all the things to do in SG because you can accomplish everything in just 4 days! Just cross out the things later on that you decide not to do once you're in Singapore. 

Second, decide if you'll be going to Malaysia specifically in Johor Bahru (nearest City to Singapore), or if you'll go further to Kuala Lumpur or other cities in Malaysia.

Lastly, Singapore is a very small place, so just make sure that the places you'll visit are nearby since this will save a lot of time despite having efficient transportation systems.

Below are my recommendations for Itineraries going to Singapore. Feel free to alter, combine or copy depending on what you would like to prioritize, your budget, or the people you're with. 


If you're going to KL, I suggest you just spend 3 full days in SG based on the list above, and spend additional 2 days in Malaysia. 

Travel time to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore should be around 4-5 hours including immigration and bus ride for one way. But 1 day will be enough to go to key tourist spots in KL.

The two Itinerary above can be accomplished as long as you're efficient and do not have a lot of resting time. But you may opt to remove some of the above based on your preference. For Example, we removed Night Safari because we didn't want to try based on reviews that we heard and we skipped Bugis Street because we were too tired to walk hehe :)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

iFly Singapore: My Indoor Skydiving Experience

Flying without wings is a dream come true for me considering that I love adventure BUT I'm too scared of heights haha. The iFly Singapore is the perfect environment where your dreams meet opportunity to fly in a very safe wind tunnel--no parachutes, no jumping, no bad weather, no airplanes and no death-defying worries. 

You can expect the overall experience to be at least 90% REAL because the tunnel will simulate REAL FREE-FALL CONDITION at 12,000 to 3,000 feet just like a REAL skydiving experience. How cool is that?

The iFly Singapore is the world's largest themed wind simulator tunnel for indoor skydiving that can accommodate around 20 PRO divers all at the same time. There are many iFly theme parks all over the world but it is only in Singapore where you can see the unparalleled view of South China Sea coupled with fireworks display at night during the Songs of the Sea show. 

The overall concept and ambiance of iFly Singapore is spectacular! The flyers are taken to an airport or space shuttle like terminal experience. Check out their official website here and you'll know what I mean! Little details make huge impact! 

So, are you ready to fly?

Friday, October 12, 2012

iFly Singapore Video

It's a bird! it's a plane! it's tinco flying!!! :) 

Watch out for my detailed blog post about iFly Singapore. It's really really really cool! 

One check for my bucket list haha :)

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International Beach Bum

If I will be stuck in an island, I probably wish I'd be in Sentosa because of the things you can do in this whimsical island. You can chill or have romance, adventure, educational all at the same time and it also caters both casual or luxurious living. 
Photo courtesy of Sentosa Island Website
Going there is very easy! The route is the same as the Universal Studios that's why you can stay in Sentosa Island for one whole day--morning in Universal then late afternoon until midnight in Sentosa. 
Directions: The most convenient way to get there is via MRT. Alight at Harbour Front Station and walk towards 3rd floor of Vivo City Shopping Mall. Then, ride the Sentosa Express (SGD 3.50 flat rate) and go down at Imbiah Station or go straight to Beach Station. The train operates from 7 am to 12 mn daily and the Beach area closes by 12 mn as well. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Crossing Boarders: The Johor Bahru, Malaysia Experience

Backpacking around Asia is part of our long bucket list and it's been our dream and ultimate challenge to travel the world without my trusty stroller bag haha. Although we weren't able to do it this year, our Singapore-Malaysia trip can serve as a pre-backpacking adventure--at least we got a feel of being boarder less in a day haha! 

To be honest, when we booked our Singapore flight, crossing to another country was not what we had in mind.  It was actually spontaneous! And through research, we learned that we can go to Malaysia (supposedly Kuala Lumpur but ended up in Johor Bahur due to time constrains) and so as Indonesia (forgot the name of the island!) by train,bus, or boat. However, we didn't push through with the Indonesian adventure because apparently, my Korean boyfriend is required to pay visa fees haha!--and yes I feel privileged to be a Filipino haha the perks of being part of S.E.A. country :P

So now, the question is how to get there?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Universal Studios Singapore

When we visited Singapore last August 2012, we never knew we will be visiting many places at once because in Universal Studios Singapore, the theme park was divided into 7 themed zones. Somehow, we felt we were able to visit Hollywood, Madagascar, Egypt (The Mummy), The Lost World, and even Far Far Away Land :). 

Universal Studios Singapore is the second theme park in Asia and the first in South East Asia. Of course, being Singapore's neighboring country, we did not let our trip end without experiencing Universal Studios Singapore--the best excuse to act like a kid again mwahaha :)) But first things first...how to get there?

How to get there? The most convenient way to get there is via MRT. Alight at Harbour Front Station and walk towards 3rd floor of Vivo City Shopping Mall. Then, ride the Sentosa Express (SGD 3.50 flat rate) and go down at Water Front Station. The train operates from 7 am to 12 mn daily while the Universal Studios itself operates from  10 am to 7 pm only. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Majestic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Jaw drop, wide eyes, raised eyebrows and big smile! That's basically how I looked like after seeing the majestic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore right in front of me--with matching goosebumps too! Sounds exaggerated? But that's the truth! haha. Before, I only see pictures of my Jet setter friends at the top of the building with their lovely infinity pool, spectacular skyline and grand infrastructure photos and it made me want to visit SG for a long long time. 
First thing we did was to explore the Marina Bay Sands Mall. It's a nice place to stroll because you'll see a lot of interesting things like the Sampan Ride. Historically speaking, sampan is the mode of transportation way back in  1800s and it was used for fishing and transporting goods. Now, these boats were replicated so people of today can still experience riding it, this time, along the canal of The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands for SGD 10 per person. The sampan ride is suitable for children above 2 years old and it operates daily from 11:30 am until 8:30 pm. You'll have an opportunity to make a wish once you circle the Rain Oculus which gushes 22,000 liters of water per minute from 2 storeys above. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Power Walk: From Clarke Quay to Merlion Park


It is a known fact that walking is the best form of exercise and is also the best way to help Mother nature reduce pollution. Walking is also our best bet to cut your transportation cost when you travel abroad. Yes, it can be tiring and an MRT ride or Taxi can be very tempting but as I always say, strolling along a foreign city is not something you do everyday so DON'T BE LAZY :) and burn those carbs you ate at Wee Nam Kee, Singapore haha.

Clarke Quay and the archetypal symbol of Singapore, the Merlion is one of the most popular tourist spots in their country. Clarke Quay is known for its night life bars usually Irish and British Pubs (with LIVE football coverage!) full of expats while the Merlion is known for its romantic vibe and cover photo worthy for your Facebook account. If you didn't go to the Merlion at the very least, then you're trip to Singapore was worthless! whahahaha just kidding :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I wanna be a billionaire so freakin bad


"I wanna be a billionaire sooo freakin baaad! Buy all the things I've never haaad!" I was singing this song while walking the streets of Orchard Road, Singapore. It's a district full of luxury shops and area for everything that shimmers in our eyes. According to the official website of Orchard Road, it is "a great street" because I believe almost all luxury brands can be found in Orchard Road from Louis Vuitton, Channel, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Hermes, Gucci, Bvulgari and the list goes on.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Singapore Foodgasm

According to James Michener, "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home". True! because these are all part of your travelling experience. You travel to experience the fullness of one's country and as they always say, food is a reflection of a country's culture, belief, and way of life. So, I present to you TinCo's top 6 must try foods in Singapore:

1) Wee Nam Kee: Even though we already have a Wee Nam Kee branch here in the Philippines, the famous Hainanese Chicken does not give justice to the AUTHENTIC one in Singapore. We googled their first store located at the Thomson Road, Novena Ville (across Novena Church) to treat our palate with some authentic singaporean dish. When we arrived, it was past 10 pm but it was okay since the restaurant closes at 12:30 pm. Usually this place becomes too crowded during day time because most employees from different multinational companies around the area eats here. When we came, we were lucky to get good seats but unlucky because the servers were too exhausted to serve us..."mejo buraot na sila with the customers! galit galit ang peg! haha".

It is highly recommended to try their Hainanese Chicken w/ rice which ironically is not stated in their menu (solo for SGD 4 or around Php 134) and their oh so yummy Cereal Prawns (small for SGD 17 or around Php 575). I can say that the chicken tastes differently compared to the Wee Nam Kee here in the Philippines. I can't describe their differences because I am no food blogger and my descriptive words are limited :)) but all I can say is that it's heaven! :) Same as the cereal prawns--it's a bit spicy but divine ;)


Backpackers SG: Cool, Comfy and Cheap



When we booked our Singapore flight last year, I was a bit hesitant because my friends and my sister would always say that traveling to Singapore is very expensive. Being a budget traveller, flying to Singapore served as a big challenge to my budget-ability :) haha! And so my research began few months before our trip.
I came across a website called Hostelworld.com. It's a website for hostels and B&Bs worldwide! And I can say it is legit because 1) we were able to successfully transact with them and 2) it's the most trusted website according to Lonely Planet.
We booked our hostel through Hostel World and booked one of the cheapest yet very convenient, cozy, and worth both our money and experience in Backpackers SG. Sadly, they don't have a website of their own but they are found in various hostel and B&B websites anyway. We chose this over the other 3-4 hostels that we've pre-selected because of the following:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The JUAN I Really Love!!!

It's the time of the year where we hoard tickets (again) thanks to my best budget friendly airline...tandadaaaaan! Cebu Pacific! :)

Last night..or should I say awhile ago as in 3:00 am in the morning I couldn't sleep because something was bothering me. Good thing I didn't sleep because sakto lang when Cebu Pacific released their much awaited piso fare!!!

I WENT GAGA OVER THE TICKETS LITERALLY! hahaha And I can't wait till next year for our booked trips. It's surprisingly very cheap this time and probably THE CHEAPEST EVER TICKET I GOT because we were able to get tickets for the following:

South Korea- Php 1,927
Taiwan- Php 970
Shanghai- Php 1,494
Dipolog- Php 779

NOTE: Rate is for BACK AND FORTH ALL IN for 1 adult.

You see, I always tell my friends my golden rule which I included in my previous post "BE PATIENT and wait for a promo flight" because it will automatically cut down your expenses so you can spend it to other things like shopping and food trip!

and to those who are skeptic about piso fare...well, I tell you this, Piso fare is REAL! You just have to choose the best deal haha rhyming! :) It's actually my favorite "holiday" next to Christmas and Valentine's Day haha. Anyway, though I will only go to Taiwan and Shanghai next year, I included the other purchases I made for my mom (Dipolog) and my BF's Dad (Korea) to give you an idea about the piso fare.

Next week, I'm off to Singapore and Malaysia and I'm so excited for the things I will be sharing once I get back :) So hold on tight my friends, more travel and budget tips from yours truly, TinCo!
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Travel Stuff

These are my latest travel "borloloy" haha :) My boyfriend's cousin, who is a Korean, gave this Travelus all-in-one wallet, passport, cards, and ticket organizer for our next international trip to Singapore. It's perfect because I love the color red and I'm very OC with my things :) My next buy would be a body bag? Or some sort...it's where you can put valuable stuff inside your clothes while you travel to avoid theft. I don't know the name of it but soon I shall purchase one haha.

The other cutesy stuff I recently bought in SM department store was a bag tag...a couple bag tag! Haha as you can see Korea na naman :) well, that's because it's my favorite place in the world :D Plus it's "terno" with my passport holder haha pa-cute effect lang ;)) Photobucket

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Go Gaga Over Outlet Stores In Paseo Greenfield

Who says bazaars and big big discounts are seasonal? Well definitely not in Paseo Greenfield City!

Paseo Greenfield in Sta. Rosa is just a few minutes away from Nuvali. It is the hub for foreign outlet stores in South area and you can go there soonest because it's just 1.5 to 2 hours away from the busy Manila. Paseo Greenfield is located at Sta Rosa Business Park, Balibago, Tagaytay Highway, Sta Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.

Wow look at those greenery? Isn't it tempting to stroll and chill with the family? Or perhaps, a photoshoot worthy location? :)


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Giddy Up, Giddy Up!

Ya! Giddy up, giddy up!

Horse back riding is one of our 4 missions listed in our Nuvali and Tagaytay family trip last weekend. Since this escapade is dedicated to my three nieces, we gave in to their princess fantasy for a day--to ride a "real life" horse and not the round and around carousel in Mall of Asia (MOA).

A solo horse is about Php 250 1 rider only for 30 minutes. While a Kalesa or a horse with a carriage is about Php 350 for 30 minutes as well but it can accommodate maybe 2 adults or in our case, 1 adult (my mom) plus 3 toddlers :) You can also ride a carabao carriage for the same price and time (Php 350/ 30 mins). It can accommodate more people around 4 adults all at the same time...but of course, don't expect the carabao to giddy up haha!
Horse back riding is a bit over priced for me considering that the duration is too fast and not much scenery can be seen from the riding location. Well, unlike in Baguio, you can go up and down the hill or road for hours and choose from the wide array of horse color, costume, shape and sizes haha :) I chose the white one with pink hair and a cow boy hat when I was little, I remember.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nuvali, The Best Family Getaway Near Manila

I've been to Nuvali, Sta. Rosa almost 4 times already since it opened and whenever I go there, I notice that the whole community keeps on growing and evolving year by year--which is good of course! That's why Nuvali is one of the top destination for me whenever my family and I simply wants to unwind in a place alternative to the generic Malls around the Metro.

Nuvali is all about clean, fresh air, abundant greenery,catered for the family, work and leisure in one modern but "back to basic" community which we all need now a days.


This is what I love about Nuvali, cool fresh breeze & Mother nature :)


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quotable Quotes


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. ~Ray Bradbury

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. ~Mark Twain

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. ~Aldous Huxley

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. ~Hilaire Belloc

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

“I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

NEW And Improved Look

This is my NEW blog banner woot woot! I hope you guys like it more than the old one haha :)
Old Blog Banner:
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Love And Adventure To The Next Level

This is for you Steffi :) ...oh! Mr. and Mrs. Idian haha

June 10, 2012

Union of two hearts
at
Don Bosco Parish Church

The beautiful bride :)

To infinity and beyond...

First bride in our barkada :)

Congrats and best wishes!!!! Pls. go and multiply haha :)
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