Singapore is a great place to live in as it has the most convenient transportation, very clean environment and nice people. But living in Singapore can be costly too.
I read an article on how much does a yuppie need to spend in order to thrive in Manila.
Here I listed down my usual expenses for you to get a view of how a yuppie survives this side of concrete jungle:
1. The Basics:
Rent: Rent cost is primarily dictated on your nearness to the city. It can range from SGD 1k-5k. For me, I share an apartment with 3 people and I have my own room. The rent costs me about 800 SGD a month. But please be aware that for your first month, you have to pay the 1month advance, 1 month deposit and 1 month agent’s fee.
Food: I don’t cook at all. So I usually eat out and that can be a bit expensive. A typical meal with rice (yes, asian!) will be around S$5. My favourite sushi place will charge me around S$12. My general rule, anything above S$10 is expensive. Of course food gets cheaper in a far away locations. But since you will spend 80% of your time in the Central Business District (CBD), they will charge extra. So in a month you need about S$500 to survive.
Transportation: I usually take a bus going to work and take a train going home. I spend maybe S$3 dollars a day going to and from work. Ofcourse if you live nearby, you can walk. Walking is free and can get you fit. So as much as possible, walk. Singapore is absolutely a safe place and you can walk to almost anywhere.
Since I go to other places as well aside from home and work, I allot S$50 a month for my top up on my EZLink Card (the value card that you can use in your daily commute). Busses and trains operate until midnight only so you have to time your night outs. If it’s inevitable, cabs cost around S$15 going to my house after all the surcharges from CBD.
Groceries (including toiletries & snacks)
I still have supplies from the Philippines but it usually costs me around S$40 for my groceries.
Shopping for clothes will cost around S$40 for a decent long sleeves work clothes and S$50 for pants at Uniqlo or G2000. A necktie will cost S$35 at Zara. Black shoes from Bass will cost S$120.
2. The excess
Alcohols & Cigarettes
I drink on a Friday at a bar in CBD after work, and it pains me to say that a pint of beer will cost you S$15-25. I don’t smoke but i think the pack is around S$10. A typical Friday and Saturday night will cost you around S$100. So prepare S$400 a month.
I am a member of this gym near my office. It costs me around S$160 a month. If you want a trainer that’s around S$100.
I’m a coffee drinker and the usual western coffee costs around S$5. Ofcourse there’s a cheaper and in my opinion stronger local coffee option which is called Kopi. It’s just S$2 dollars. So let’s just say you might spent S$50 on that.
I like watching movies and I assume most of you are as well. On weekdays the movie cost around S$8 and S$13 on weekends.
So your expenses here in Singapore will be roughly about S$2400 a month. I don’t account other expenses like remittances and my savings.
This small town in the west of Malaysia packs a punch in terms of rich history, culture and diversity. Being a UNESCO world heritage site, it is no wonder why this place is an easy pick on perfect weekender trip.
Roughly 4 hours from Singapore by bus, the small town is easy to get to and really cheap. We booked a bus ticket the night before the trip for only 18sgd one way. We hopped on to the bus at 8:30 and we were in the place at around 12pm
For just 40 bucks a night, you can stay at a small hotel around the area. We went to the highly rated and recommended Sunshine Inn. There’s a Sunshine Inn Plus as well which is almost the same price.
The hotel lobby is somewhat quirky, colourful and have free breads.
Here’s the catch, this place is a bit farther from where the touristy places are. We walked for about 15mins before we reached the destinations
Some folks with kids might find this on slight disadvantage. But if you have a pair of working feet, then I guess there’s no problem.
As mentioned, we were not the most prepared brunch that toured Mallaca, we booked the night before and we just relied on Agoda and LonelyPlanet on this one. The hotel has a very useful map where all the must see spots are labeled.
St. Johns Hills
The view from the top is a small church of St. John. It is sad that the place is almost deconstructed and only few portions are left standing.
The Dutch Square
This is the centre of Melaka and the busiest place. As you can see, most of the streets here are painted red which adds to the uniqueness of the town.
St. Francis Xavier Church
Melaka River Tour
I believe this is the highlight of our stay. Melaka really comes out beautiful at night. At 15 MYR, the boat will take you from end to end which is roughly about 45minutes tour.
Istana Kensultanan Melaka
The food is one of the things that Mellaca boasts of. Different cultures creates a different kind of fusion.
Steamed Chicken + Chicken Rice Balls
Go visit Mallaca, it’s one of the place you should see even for just one night
All photos taken using my new Sony 35mm f1.8 lens