Champagne lifestyle, Tiger Beer prices: How to procrastinate on a budget

Fill in the blanks.  ‘Job hunting abroad is’….

…Exciting, sole destroying, all-consuming,  something we all must do… But most of all it takes: Time!

So give yourself a break, re-charge, fix up, and enjoy a sneaky bit of procrastination. Here are some of the budget perk-me-ups  every city is hiding.

I sound as though I’m obsessed with parks, but we all need a little greenery. After all; ‘Green is the most restful of the colours’ so say the hippies. I’m mindful to agree.

“I feed the pigeons I sometimes feed the sparrows too. It gives me a sense of enormous well-being. And then I’m happy for the rest of the day safe in the knowledge, There will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it” (Blur/Parklife)

Singapore Botanical Gardens. 8am – 7pm daily, admission free, MRT Circle Line.

Check out the Andy Warhol exhibition until 21st Oct at Singapore’s Art & Science Museum for a bargain $15.  Or visit the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) #2 City Gallery, 45 Maxwell Rd, admission free. Their miniature scale urban planning models are cuter than a Hornby train set. Plus their Sims-esq interactive game is a fun way to appreciate the intricacy of intelligent city planning. How do you balance heritage, business, arts, culture, industry, energy sources, green spaces, and the rest?  Turns out, not easily! Although Singapore proves to be a master.

Take a trip to the zany Gardens By The Bay – a huge horticultural sanctuary. Although their indoor conservatories are ticketed entry, their OCBC Skyway is only $5, and worth it for the views of nearby Marina Bay Sands. You can have a nice walk whilst pretending you are on the set of Avatar. Plus, if it’s good enough for Kate and Will’s royal visit last month you know it’s a decent day out.

Given the words cinema + budget friendly rarely go together. But since the $9 ticket price can barely buy you glass of (cheap) pinot here, it’s all relative. The gorgeous art deco fronted Cathay Cinema at Dhobi Ghat is actually super chic inside. It was a lovely spot to catch Woody Allen’s Too Rome With Love. And an even lovelier place to appreciate the life-size cut outs of Daniel Craig for the new Bond film Skyfall (out in Nov.)

And finally this is where the ‘champagne tastes’ come in. I’ve blogged before about the delightful Marina Bay Sands.  Let’s face it, quaffing extortionate $21 glasses of Merlot should technically be saved until after the new job search not during, but a nice city skyline vantage point is good to clear your head I say. Beat the crowds and shun the $20 Skypark ticket by brazenly announcing to the elevator bouncers in Tower 3 that you are off to swanky drinks lounge Ku De Ta. The views are just as great as the observation platform, and you can peak over at the famous  infinity pool. Do it on a Wednesday and they may also throw in a free vino for ladies night. Sneakier still. : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

Blasts From The Past…

October 2012

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