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    Quote Originally Posted by Jofrey
    10 minute walk down to Bugis if you want serious shopping.
    I was in Singapore '72/'73. Singapore at it's best. Bugis Street was the place to hang out. Arab Street was the place to do shopping in those days. Oh the memories.

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    Why not check out https://www.airbnb.com/s/Singapore?p...verride%5B%5D= I'm looking at going in Sept '17 so please keep us updated on yer trip.

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    I've got the Sunday off.

    Does Universal Studios have Krusty Burger and Duff beer?

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    Or maybe some couchsurfing.

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    In spetember I optimistically booked 5 nights in Vientiane and after advice changed it down to 3. Even 3 was too much there.

    If SG is HK's boring, sterile cousin, will I be gritting my teeth after a day or so? One of those days will be taken up having fun at Universal. I would imagine the shopping is the usual array of stores and names, nothing new, the markets?

    People wax lyrical about the hawker/street food

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Or maybe some couchsurfing.
    Pat, do u want to couchsurf? I could contact some friends of mine in Sg & they can put you up for a few days. But you guys will have to sleep on the floor, in the living room!

    P.s. nothing wrong w/ couchsurfing & sleeping on the floor - I've done it several times when visiting w/ friends.

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    @pat - It depends on what ur idea of fun is. Yeah, in Orchard rd, there are rge big name beands like Chanel & Gucci, so same same.

    I don't know the backgrd of ur gf. But if she's not hi-so & can barely travel due to a low-paid job, then she would enjoy Sg. Just to walk along that esplanade near the Art science museum, wander along the streets, take pix, drink coffee/tea at clark quay & ppl watch, etc.

    Some said (AO & D94, i think), that Sg is boring. I'm sorry, but you've viewed Sg from a westerner's eyes, a first worlder. I enjoyed my 3 days in Sg, exactly bcos of the man made structures, the efficiency & cleanliness, which is sadly lacking in my country. I have friends who did a 5 day trip of Sg, and they enjoyed it too. They went on sidetrips to Legoland Malaysia & Batam island - to get more stamps on the passport. Those stamps would come in handy, if ever they'd need to apply to a visa-requiring country. That's the case for third worlsers, it is what it is. I havent met a pinoy who went on tourism to Sg & didnt enjoy it. I have many colleagues who haven't travelled abroad, mostly due to finances. I'm sure they would all love to visit Sg, Bkk or even Saigon!

    If the gf comes from nakon nowhere in Isaan & came to Bkk for studies or work, then I'm pretty sure she would enjoy the sights & sounds of Sg.

    Yes, hawker food is good. I think there's a lights show at the Marina bay sands at night.


    Btw, this is not a rant. Just my 2 peso cents. Cheers!

    Sorry for typos, am on fone
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    I don't like staying with others and sharing toilets and stuff, no offence but part of a getaway is also being in a hotel together and erm, enjoying time etc etc

    The last thing we want is to have to make friends with people we're never gonna see again!!

    I don't know the backgrd of ur gf. But if she's not hi-so & can barely travel due to a low-paid job, then she would enjoy Sg
    Slow down a bit...She's normal.
    Excellent job, well educated etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Slow down a bit...She's normal.
    Excellent job, well educated etc
    Is this a blind date then?

    But seriously, there's enough to do in 3 days

    Sentosa / Universal Studios
    Gardens by the Bay
    Marina Bay Sands Casino
    Singapore Zoo / Night Safari (don't laugh - it's really good)
    Explore Bugis / Arab Street
    Shopping at Orchard Road if you like that sort of thing
    Get a fantastic Indian meal in Little India
    Have a nice drink and meal by the river at Boat Quay
    Check out Butterfly's Ladyboy Army (Singapore division) at Orchard Towers

    etc etc

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    These sound good...

    Universal is a definite
    Zoo, night safari sounds good
    Gardens by the bay, dinner by boat quay


    Shopping? Window shopping more like it. What to buy? She has a queue of unworn clothes in her wardrobe at home. Not into jewelry, and I don't plan to propose. But, you never know, might see a nice pair of pants or shoes, or whatever, to be honest I'd rather not waste the cash. She doesn't expect to be smothered in shoes/clothes or underwear, she chooses and gets her own stuff like that

    She hates Indian food so she'll have to watch me.

    So now I am beginning to piece together a rough plan. Need to study a good map of the MRT too. I'm a map/train enthusiast, so that'll be fun.

    Any riverboats worth taking? (silly question I suppose)

    Is this a blind date then?
    Our first meeting in the flesh was a blind date, of sorts. Although photos can be altered..I didn't turn up with tattoos or beer gut and neither did she.

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    ^ Singapore gets a negative reaction from a lot of folks, personally I love it! costly though it is, two things I always make time for when I am there is a walk around the botanical gardens, beautiful! & have to eat seafood on the east coast road/parkway.

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    I find that the folks who just dismiss it and say ''it's too expensive and strict'' usually haven't even been there.

    What's it like, pollution wise? Surely nothing beats the relentless barrage of fumes you suffer in Bkk

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    I find that the folks who just dismiss it and say ''it's too expensive and strict'' usually haven't even been there.

    What's it like, pollution wise? Surely nothing beats the relentless barrage of fumes you suffer in Bkk
    No problems with pollution from Singapore itself - the problems come from haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia.
    So far this year we've been lucky, only a couple of slightly hazy days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    I find that the folks who just dismiss it and say ''it's too expensive and strict'' usually haven't even been there.
    I lived there.

    It's too expensive and strict.

    The strictness is hardly likely to bother you over a short visit though, and since you're apparently about to make enough money to holiday for another year from three week's work...

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    Defintely not enough for a year. Couple of months maybe 3 yes. Had to get back into that work again, especially when an old contact came calling...haven't done anything of note DJ wise for 3-4 years

    Probably won't carry on studying with the counselling/addiction thing. Too depressing and honestly can't see myself in 3yrs sitting in front of addicts or depressives. Great money ok, but I may go stir crazy.

    This year has been a bit of an eye opener in terms of having freedom and stability. Funny how things work out with no planning at all. I used to be really OCD about all that. I'd just planned an easy year. Then in march I joined a dating site...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille
    It's too expensive and strict.
    Strict? Give me a couple of examples so I can refrain and not get caught out
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    No duty free allowance for bringing in cigarettes is a big one if you smoke.
    The fine is $200 per pack if you get caught.

    Singapore cigarettes are marked on each cigarette that the duty is paid - and apparently there are plain clothes wankers going around checking on this.

    Likewise don't throw your cigarette butt or any litter on the street - there are plain clothes enforcers of that rule too.

    If you don't smoke then the basic rule is don't act like a twat and you should be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    No duty free allowance for bringing in cigarettes is a big one if you smoke.
    The fine is $200 per pack if you get caught.

    Singapore cigarettes are marked on each cigarette that the duty is paid - and apparently there are plain clothes wankers going around checking on this.

    Likewise don't throw your cigarette butt or any litter on the street - there are plain clothes enforcers of that rule too.

    If you don't smoke then the basic rule is don't act like a twat and you should be ok.
    So if you bring in a carton of smokes and declare them, do they open every packet and put a sticker on every one?

    b) Cigarettes

    Duties payable = Total number of sticks x Weight of individual sticks (every gramme or part thereof) x Excise duty rate
    Company A imports 100 sticks of cigarettes weighing 1.5 grammes each. Assuming the excise duty for cigarettes is 38.8 cents for every gramme or part thereof of each stick:

    Since the weight of each cigarette is between 1 and 2 grammes, the weight to be taken to calculate the duties payable is 2 grammes.

    Hence, duties payable = 100 x 2 x S$0.388 = S$77.60

    - See more at: https://www.customs.gov.sg/businesse....TbxMjWsI.dpuf
    So by my reckoning that's more than USD$110 duty. Fuck me.

    Cheaper to buy a carton when you're there.

    Trusty e-cig it is.

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    @pat - I was kidding re: couchsurfing. Didn't u see the smiley? If you've got dough for an Ibis, then u don't need to couchsurf! It's only for poor pinoy backpackers/travellers like me! Lol.

    Re: maps of Mrt & Sg, they're available online. Just google. They also give out maps (with tourist spots) at the airport & nice hotels.

    Don't overplan the holiday. Who knows, maybe you'll just chill at the pool, which is also good! Or maybe ur gf has other ideas/places she wishes to visit. Or does she have friends in Sg who she could meet for a drink? Ask her, she may want to reconnect with them.

    @pragmatic - my colleague used Airbnb recently in Japan. They were 6 in the group, so they rented an apartment for a few days. Said it was good, and it saved them a lot of $$ than if they used a hotel. His tip - read the reviews of the place! Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Trusty e-cig it is.
    Illegal and a much bigger fine in Singapore than regular smokes. Hell you dont even know what an E cig is Harry.

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    Smokers are inadequate people who, in the main, voted to remain in the EU. They complain about the price of their foolish, dirty habit and I thoroughly recommend the above products. A few here should consider attaching lengths of ribbon and affixing the items to their bibs thus ensuring swift retrieval when spat out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Trusty e-cig it is.
    Illegal and a much bigger fine in Singapore than regular smokes. Hell you dont even know what an E cig is Harry.
    They're illegal here too, but I have so much shit in my hand luggage with USB's, phones, chargers, laptops, tablets, modems, etc. they just scratch their heads looking at the monitor and wave me through.

    They did intercept a top up order from the UK though. Sent me a letter saying it had been confiscated by the Health Ministry (!).

    Mind you I can see why Sing has banned them if they're making that amount of duty on the real thing!

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    and while I remember, one thing you gotta do there Pat is EAT. The food is fantastic. If budget is a consideration, stick to the hawker centers and more down market restaurants. Be adventurous in what you try.

    Do a bit of research, as there are some absolutely superb things to eat.

    My one splurge would be Long Beach Seafood for the chilli crab (and eat it with bread or bao, not rice).

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123 View Post
    Smokers are inadequate people who, in the main, voted to remain in the EU. They complain about the price of their foolish, dirty habit and I thoroughly recommend the above products. A few here should consider attaching lengths of ribbon and affixing the items to their bibs thus ensuring swift retrieval when spat out.
    What on earth are you gibbering on about now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    and while I remember, one thing you gotta do there Pat is EAT. The food is fantastic. If budget is a consideration, stick to the hawker centers and more down market restaurants. Be adventurous in what you try.

    Do a bit of research, as there are some absolutely superb things to eat.

    My one splurge would be Long Beach Seafood for the chilli crab (and eat it with bread or bao, not rice).
    Did you see Post 67?

    I've just looked it up and it's a ten minute walk from my hotel.

    It's a great little story.


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