As a Melburnian, I have been somewhat spoilt when it comes to choices for coffee. You can get amazing coffee in a range of different mom-and-pop operated cafes in Melbourne for about AUD4. This is not the case elsewhere in the world. I have heard that coffee in Europe can run about $12 for a cup. Singapore is not particularly expensive for coffee in the scheme of things, but it’s not cheap either. A regular skinny flat white will run you about SGD6 (or AUD6).
Recently, I signed up for a DBS Credit Card that I’ve tied up to my Apple Pay account. It turns out that Starbucks is running a promotion where they’ll take $2 off every order that is paid for via Apple Pay on a DBS Visa or Mastercard. So a venti skinny flat white is now effectively SGD5.90 for me every morning. As a result of this, I have become the most popular person in the office for morning coffee runs. (If you’re smart, you and your friends can just place separate orders and pay with a single individual’s credit card that qualifies for the promotion). I’m told that the promotion lasts for 150,000 instances for each outlet. Earlier today, when I picked up a coffee from Starbucks at Ion in Orchard (one of the busiest Starbucks in the city), they told me that they no were no longer offering the promotion there, and what the limit per outlet was.
So, if you’re a coffee drinker, and use a DBS Credit Card via Apple Pay in Singapore, you can pick up a cheap coffee while the going is still good!
I’m here! Courtesy of an 8-hour flight on Qantas Airlines QF35, I have touched down in my new home (at least for the next couple of years).
It’s different from being a tourist. I now have to familiarise myself with things like medical clinics, post offices, banks, and grocery stores. I also have to set myself to a routine which will become part of my life for the next couple of years. So here are a few observations that I have made of Singapore so far.
- The train system is supremely efficient. There’s usually a train every two to three minutes. The stations are clean and well organised which is great since it is such a core part of everyday life for the general population.
- Shops open late and are open till late. This was one of my pet peeves in Australia of everything closing down at 6pm. No such issues here, where it is common to find shops open till 10pm.
- The days can be oppressively hot and humid, but the evenings are balmy and offer cool relief. The best time go out in Singapore is after the sun goes down and the lights come on. The city takes on a different feeling after dark.
- It’s safe. There is very little petty crime, and local laws crack down hard on misdemeanours making it very unattractive for one to even consider breaking the law.
- Locals are warm and polite, especially for foreigners. In a nation which has no natural resources, Singapore’s economy is based on being a business hub and tourist destination. I get the sense that locals have been ingrained to make foreigners feel welcome here, both for short visits, and to do business and invest.
- The food is awesome! The best food is found at hawkers markets, and it’s cheap! Lunch typically costs me about $5 to $8 with more food than I can eat.
As part of my relocation package with my employer, the relocation company assigned an agent to show me around Singapore for a few places that may be of interest.
One of the places that really stood out to me was Tanglin Village. I’ll write a more thorough write-up about the location in general in a future post. We had to pass by a pool which was home to a few fish, including two very large fish that are native to the Amazon. Continue reading “Big Fish at Tanglin Village”
Grocery shopping is one of those things that must be done in life, but is not the most enjoyable of chores. . When I discovered the ultimate online grocery store for Singaporean residents, I was all over it.
RedMart is an online grocery store that will deliver groceries to your doorstep for you. If you exceed $50 on your purchase, the delivery charge is waived. They even allow you choose a two-hour window between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m during which your groceries will be delivered.
Continue reading “Grocery shopping made easy”