My fingers pick out at the void that fills my wallet. It has once again fallen victim to a creature that never fails to trap me in its gaze every single year. Things were going well before this. My wallet gave me the freedom to splurge on the little things – water from our neighbours up North, bicycle sharing deposits and even a trip to Santorini, Greece. But everything changed when The Great Singapore Sale attacked. Is anything ever affordable in town? My wallet has never been the same and I fear it will not be able to recuperate.
Yup, Singapore is expensive. Really expensive. But if you are going stir crazy from being cooped up at home, you have to get out. What affordable things can you do in town?
Enjoy some amazing views from up high
You may be surprised to learn that there is a lush, verdant garden amidst the concrete, glass and steel jungle that is Orchard Road. Located at the top of Orchard Central, the garden allows for panoramic views of the main shopping district of Singapore.
Fountains, ponds, sculptures and thoughtful arrangements of the flora lends a sense of peace that is at odds with the bustle and rush that is common in not just Orchard, but Singapore. There are some restaurants located within the garden too such as the boldly named Tsukiji Fish Market restaurant.
It is also worth mentioning that Orchard Ion also has a viewing gallery on the 55th floor named ION Sky. However, you have to spend at least $20 over a four day period and download an app to earn entry to one of their 45 minute shows.
Have some great Fish and Chips at Fish Tales
Fish and Chips is a quintessential British classic, and you can find many interpretations and local twists on this famous dish. Fish Tales at SCAPE, offers them starting at $8.90 and a spicy local version with sambal at $9.90.
Founded by Mr Joses Chan after having lived in Australia for 3 years, he wanted to provide a quality offering of a classic dish that shouldn’t break the bank.
Visit the National Gallery
The National Gallery boasts 10 galleries of exhibits within a 690,000 square feet area. Featuring exhibitions all year round, the National Gallery is a good way to pass a few quiet hours admiring art, or going on a guided tour.
Of the 10 galleries, the DBS Singapore Gallery and the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery are permanent fixtures. The DBS gallery is about the cultural identity and heritage of Singapore from its discovery, colonization and modern day Singapore, and it features works from Singaporean Artists.
At the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, more than 400 art pieces will be available for your viewing and are dated from the 19th century to present day. This exhibit offers a view into the experience, desire and artistic dreams within the region with thought provoking work that reflect tumultuous social events and history.
The Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery on the roof can be your last stop. It is a tranquil spot that blends modern architecture with beautiful horticulture.
Level up your Instagram skill
Singapore is well-known for a few things. Food, people and its architecture. If you are on a budget and are wondering what to do, why not suss out some great spots and take some amazing pictures for your Instagram account?
It doesn’t cost anything and improving your photography skill always comes in handy. Some popular spots include the Orchard Gateway skybridge, the tree lights outside The Cathay, The Wisma Atria stairs, the Apple Store and the Orchard library.
Watch a free movie
MovieMob offers free movie screenings at various locations islandwide. Movies are screened every fortnight on the weekends and are often at locations where you can watch under the cover of a starry sky. Since the location changes each time, some locations may have comfy bean bags, mats or may even be on a big grassy field so grab your yoga/picnic mat just in case.
The SAM Imaginarium
The Singapore Art Museum is holding their annual Imaginarium exhibition and its pretty wild. It is described on their website as “a family friendly exploration of the mystery of time”. Works from artists across the globe will be on display and it is a slightly surreal experience. With glass jars glowing with an almost otherworldly light, luminescent grass and more
The topics covered include the movement of planets, new technologies animated exhibits you can insert yourself into and a “fourth dimension” to meet different people and cultures. The exhibit promises to take you to the fourth dimension to discover what it means to different people and cultures.
Shop for free
No, your eyes do not deceive you. It really is a flea market where everything on display is completely free. All goods and services offered at the market will be available to all visitors. If you have stuff to give away or a skill you want to practice or simply to show some goodwill, feel free to set up a stall.
The range of items you can find are quite eclectic. Vintage records, antiques, a large amount of second hand clothing, fortune telling and more. If you are up for clearing out your wardrobe or house, the Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM) may just be what you need. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more information on when and where the flea market will be held.
So, while it is easy to head to a bar with some friends and spend hundreds of dollars on bottles, why not challenge yourself to being able to have as much fun without having to spend some serious cash? You may discover new experiences, learn to appreciate seemingly staid locations by exploring a little more.
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