Courtesy of Martial House
Congratulations and welcome to Singapore!
If you are somebody who traveled thousands of miles to arrive on our sunny tropical shores, you may have hundreds of random thoughts in your head right now.
Goodbye Nissan Sunny! You have served us well.
Today is the first day that my family is living without a car, after 16 years of owning and driving one.
Our blue Nissan Sunny has served us well over the past 10 years that it has been with us. However, we have decided that we will not be renewing its expiring Certificate Of Entitlement (COE) for our vehicle, nor to purchase either a new or second hand car. As required by Singapore law, we have scrapped the car at a scrap yard.
How can you enjoy yourself in Singapore without spending a bomb? Especially if you have a family with kids in tow?
A lot has been written about the high cost of living in Singapore.
They include a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit which ranked Singapore as the world’s most expensive city to live in, a clarification by our Finance Minister that living costs are higher for expatriates (as opposed to locals) due to the strong Singapore dollar.
Steve Jobs immortal quote (source of image)
Have you ever had a personal epiphany?
The kind where you suddenly realised that the “dream life” which you’re living may actually be a nightmare?
That what you’ve slogged countless hours, days and months of your life for may just be a big fat lie?
What do you get when you combine exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine with nature-inspired imagination?
Inspired by the ancient Greek word Gaea which means “Mother Earth”, Gaia Ristorante and Bar is located at the Goodwood Park Hotel. Infusing natural elements in the aesthetics of its decor and food, the venue houses a martini bar, dining rooms of various configurations and an inner courtyard dining room decked to resemble a garden. Lush and luxuriant, Gaia features plush leather booth seats, elegantly comfortable arm chairs and a glass-enclosed wine cellar cum private room that seats 10.
Johor Bahru (JB) can be fun for families who watch their budgets. With our rising Singapore dollar and the high costs of air travel (taxes and fuel surcharges particularly), there are more reasons than ever to consider a Malaysian holiday.
On a whim and a fancy, we hopped over to Johor Bahru (JB) when school closed last Wednesday. Like previous visits back in 2011 and 2013, we went via mostly buses and opted to go on a weekday.
Recently, my family (two adults and one 10 year old) “broke” our record when we paid $91 for breakfast of egg benedicts, pancakes, and fine coffee at a popular cafe. While we were mentally (and financially) prepared for that enjoyable meal, it seemed quite clear that dining out and entertaining can be costly. Especially when we are only free on peak periods – Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.