Multicultural Singapore, home to hundreds of thousands of expats and transients from every corner of the globe, has a way of allowing tourists to blend in almost seamlessly. You could be gawking, jaw on the floor, amid a crowd at the latest Moshe Safdie stunner, for instance, and not feel a twinge of self-consciousness because, well, everyone else is doing it. At the Jewel Changi Airport — a seven-storey, glass-domed enclosure that, almost inconceivably, combines a futuristic mall and airport complex with Jurassic World-type atmosphere of a misty rainforest, complete with a water feature called the Rain Vortex as a centerpiece — everyone is a tourist beholding the city-state’s newest architectural prize. In other words, you can try not to look like a tourist but often there will be little point to it. Instead, to derive more value from your visit, direct your energies at recognizing how residents operate. Other places to check out in Singapore: Mark Justiniani … [Read more...] about How not to look like a turista in Singapore
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I noticed in social media while I was in Singapore that there had been quite a buzz about Sangley and Duterte’s order to move domestic flights there before December. The President wasn’t happy about NAIA congestion and has started asking questions about relief plans. Of course, the President was told about “a basket of solutions” and the most immediately viable is moving the general aviation flights to Sangley. This is an old plan from the past administration that got nowhere even if the DOTC Secretary then was a former congressman from Cavite. The plan to move general aviation to Sangley actually started with Mar Roxas during his short and uneventful stint as DOTC Secretary. It was one of the solutions Mar offered. The other was the construction of quick exit taxiways at NAIA. Unfortunately, Mar was extremely poor in implementation. So was his successor, Jun Abaya. The current administration completed the construction of the quick exit taxiways so an aircraft … [Read more...] about Airports
Singaporeans love travelling to Johor Bahru for a short getaway or grocery shopping, thanks to the favourable exchange rates. There are multiple ways of travelling to JB from Singapore, but which is the cheapest way to get there? We compare 4 common modes of transport: train, bus, car, and taxi. COST OF TRAVELLING TO JOHOR BAHRU BY TRAIN For those who are in a hurry to get to JB and want to avoid the traffic jams on the Johor-Singapore Causeway, taking the train may be your preferred route. While travelling via the Causeway can take up to 6 hours during peak periods, going by train will take merely 5 minutes. The trains are operated by Malaysia's KTM Berhad and runs daily on regular timings. You can opt to purchase train tickets on KTM's official website before your trip, or buy tickets on the spot at Woodlands Train Checkpoint. It is slightly cheaper for you to buy your tickets at the KTM counter itself, but there is a risk that tickets have been all sold out by then. Train Ticket … [Read more...] about Cheapest way to travel to JB: Train, bus, car or taxi?
SINGAPORE: During Chinese New Year last year, retiree Kenneth Tang wanted to visit his sister-in-law at her home in Upper Bukit Timah, in a relatively secluded area he was unfamiliar with.Instead of getting driving directions with a few taps of his smartphone, the 64-year-old sat in his living room, put on his reading glasses and studied the route on the pages of his 2018 street directory.“I think GPS is more convenient and better in many ways, but I use road directories because I can have a better idea of how to get to the place I am going to,” he told CNA.Mr Tang said the directory allows for more flexible alternative route planning in the event of congestion, and gives a clearer picture of nearby car parks – crucial for peak times when every lot has been snapped up.“I use road directories also because I have been using it for years, long before GPS was available,” he added. “My friends and I who are from the older generation have been … [Read more...] about In the age of online maps, who needs street directories anymore?
Singaporeans love to hang out at the airport.” I was told this by a number of staff members at Changi Airport, when they explained that they cater to locals as much as they do transient guests. They claim that Singaporeans enjoy the airport because of the air-conditioning, the shops and the restaurants. In fact, I was so dubious that I confirmed this with a Singaporean friend when we had dinner that same day. Was it true, or simply a clever marketing strategy? “Oh, yes,” my friend says before biting into her chicken satay. “Singaporeans really do that. I know people who go to the airport just to people- and plane-watch.” A pay-per-use lounge is available at Jewel Changi Airport for air and sea passengers. You see, as someone who has grown familiar with the inner workings of our own NAIA, I find it incredible — borderline ridiculous — to imagine myself putting on pants, getting in my car, and spending the day at the airport. Quite frankly, it … [Read more...] about Why Jewel Changi Airport is the best in the world