We are all artists and creatives at heart, even though we may not think we are. And our smartphones enable us to do and create so many amazing things. The hard part is getting started and knowing how to start. Fortunately for Apple fans, Today at Apple has totally free and fun how-to classes and interactive activities for the public. (more…)
What’s that strange ball on top of Fort Canning? Which Raffles statue (the white one or the black one) was the original? And why is there a lighthouse on top of the Fullerton Building? (It has nothing to do with the restaurant.) Find out the answers to these questions, and more, on the Singapore Maritime Trails from MPA. (more…)
Ask a person what comes to mind when you say “Halloween”, and they might reply with “candy”, “costumes”, and “haunted houses”. But even more spooky than “haunted houses” is the amount that people end up spending on this “minor holiday”. Over the years, Halloween has become one of the most expensive holidays (Americans plan to spend $9.1 billion to celebrate Halloween). As a day meant to remember the dead, the saints, and the martyrs, today it is heavily commercialised. And it’s no longer regarded as a “kid’s holiday”. These days, more adults are joining in the fun (and in the spending). So where can a frugal person go to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve?
You don’t have to spend $65 for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights tickets (which itself would give me quite a fright!). Instead, why not spend this Halloween at any of the following frugal events, which are all under $15 (on average, for 1 child + 1 adult). If you can’t find a single event on this list that you deem as “scary enough” for your taste, and you really want to scare yourself silly, try living paycheque to paycheque. Now that will surely leave you with nightmares. (more…)
In addition to our public libraries, museums, heritage centres, monuments, and parks (also don’t forget the myriad of events in the Frugal Week Planner), there are other lesser-known places where you and your family can experience Singapore like a tourist, bond and make memories, and gain a deeper appreciation for our nation’s history, national institutions, and civic and urban visions for the future. The best part is that all these places are free for Singaporeans and PRs.
If you haven’t yet taken a ride on the Sentosa Line, the new intra-island cable car service that connects Siloso Point to Merlion Plaza, now’s a good time to try it. For just $39 (or $135 for a family of 4), you can get unlimited rides on both cable car lines (Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line) for an entire year. That’s just $6 more than the usual price for a one-time ticket to ride both lines. It also includes entry fees into Sentosa (U.P. $1 by foot, $4 by the Sentosa Express) and other privileges: (more…)
When I was younger, I used to enjoy getting things by post; as an adult, I quickly realised that the letter box is more often filled with bills, useless advertisements, or urgent notices rather than actual letters (or at least the ones that are pleasant and joyful). Perhaps that’s why many people subscribe to magazines or newspapers. It’s like having a dear old friend visiting you on a regular basis. But I found magazine and newspaper subscriptions to be quite expensive here. That is, until I found out that you can get them for free (digitally) through the NLB. (more…)