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Day’s Adventure: We ended up in Bukit Batok…

It was supposed to be a photography day out with my crazy friend yesterday, and it surprisingly did turn out to be a bit of an adventure for us. No, sadly, we didn’t take as many photos as we wished we did with our DSLRs but we discovered….hold on to your seats…WEST MALL at Bukit Batok!

The day started at Holland Village, where I discovered that it was a pretty boring place in the day (no offence to Holland Villagers). Oh, and we found where Wala-Wala’s is! Like finally! It was a bit of a kill-joy when nobody else was as excited as me though. Even my friends whom I texted were plainly shocked that I have never been to Holland Village. 1) I don’t drink alcohol often, and 2) I wouldn’t travel all the way there for a drink unless I’m driving…but then again, the whole drinking and driving thing is a big no-no. There really is no win-win situation here, someone’s gotta sacrifice (most probably taxi drivers). However, I gotta say that being in Holland Village made me feel like I was sort of back in a part of Melbourne (if you went to the dangerous zone), which to me was great! The atmosphere was a tad of old-school meets modern era. And just to clear things out, I’m not saying Holland Village is a danger zone.

As the day was coming to a close end, we decided to take our adventure to a different level – hopped on the first bus that came to a random bus stop, and ended up in Bukit Batok Interchange. It was ironic as I had previously stated the furthest we’d go was Woodlands, and well, if you’re much more of a Singaporean than I am, you’d know it’s pretty much beyond Woodlands. Pretty crazy stuff. Boarded the MRT and welcomed our 1-hour journey to Raffles Place. The longest I’ve been on the train for a long time. What can I say? I’m a bus person.

Pretty much the entire day was finding for things that was not there – Cotton On in Holland Village and West Mall, followed by Margarita’s in Clarke Quay. On another hand, they might have been there but we missed it by miles. Sometimes, not wanting to use technology can be a bad thing, but hey, we learn. We shouldn’t be slaves to our phones anyway.

But, after all that chaos, we finally rested upon Octapas at Clarke Quay (pretty good play on words since it was a Tapas bar). This was where, however, where the whole “cheap” day came to a bust. Well, deciding on dining at Clarke Quay was already a bad decision. Hahaha, but no regrets! Their bacon wrapped prawns was super delish, though a tad bit too small. They were more like newly born prawns, or prawns that had shrunken so much cos the bacon was suffocating them. Can you imagine that? My imagination gets too crazy for me to understand at times. Moving on, the main course was Valenciana Paella. It was a good blend of salty and sweet, due to the ingredients. Despite the sad size of the prawns on both dishes (yes, I love my prawns), the serving for the paella was way too much for 2 of us, even when we ordered the smaller serving for 2. Maybe it was meant for 2 guys, or 2 very hungry women…hmm…

So, the moral of the story is that even when you could plan for a “cheap” day, make sure to make it foolproof, or you’d end up spending $80+ on a simple dinner despite not spending any cash the entire day. But most importantly, always have fun doing what you do. Always.

Happy job hunting!

Be good to each other 🙂

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Part I: Cheap ideas for a day/evening out

I’m starting from what’s coming off my mind right now, so I shall apologize in advance if the list is rather short. It’s all about using your imagination when money is not readily available for you. Some of the ideas are pretty old-school, as you will see when you continue reading. Let’s start rolling!

$0-$15

  • A trip to the movies* and a walk by the many parks in Singapore/ Sentosa (perfect for evening dates).
  • While you’re at Sentosa, check out Songs of the Sea for its breathtaking visual effects and fireworks. Tickets are priced at S$12-S$15.
  • Museum trips (most are free for citizens/PRs – if you’re otherwise, please do visit the respective sites).
  • Take a walk down memory lane along Sentosa, Fort Canning Park, Little India, Chinatown, Haw Par Villa, Geylang Serai, etc. Ever tried being in the shoes of a tourist for a day? It’s fun! Just grab a camera and a few brochures, and head out! Food** around those areas are not expensive too, unless you dine in a restaurant.
  • Help the needy. Volunteer your services. It’s always good to give back 🙂
  • Stay-at-home movie marathons. Invite your friends over, get some snacks or do a pot-luck party while you’re at it! This never gets boring no matter how old you are.

$16-$30

I’m actually pretty smitten by Sentosa recently, honestly. There are tons of things to do and you can find the whole line up on their site @ http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/

*For money’s worth, I’d suggest good action movies rather than other light genres as there’s really no need to watch them on the big screen. Some things can wait. Also, watching a movie on a weekday (especially Tuesdays) is cheaper than weekends.

**Will be covering some of the awesome cheap food around soon! Stay tuned!

Till next time! Stay safe and remember to leave comments/ suggestions for more cheap ways to spend a day, or affordable food places!

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