As oil prices continue to tumble, our oil-exporting neighbour to the north experienced their largest two-day loss since the 1997-98 financial crisis. At 5pm on Monday (1 Nov), S$1 could buy RM2.63 – a 10 month high.
With this recent development, we decided to see what visitors from the other side of the Causeway can do in Singapore with just RM10, or S$3.80.
1. Bowl Your Friends Over
At $2.50, the cheapest game of bowling in Singapore can be found here at Kallang Bowl at Kallang Leisure Park. This price unfortunately does not include shoe rental, so the overall cost might just break our limit. Just try to keep the proceedings civil.
2. Half a (Student) Movie Ticket
Students have it good here in Singapore. Student specials are available at almost every dining and entertainment establishment, theatres are no different.
Student prices for 2D movies range from $6.50 to $7. The only catch: student deals are only available till 7pm on weekdays.
Overaged friends will have to make do with regular weekday tickets for 2D movies range from $8.50 to $9.50.
3. Two BreadTalk Buns
Treat yourself to not one but TWO BreadTalk buns as you ponder how far this homegrown franchise has come. Averaging at about $1.70 each, RM10 is just about enough for two buns. However, the ever popular FLOSSS buns cost up to $2.20 each, leaving only enough for a $1.60 bun. Wait, do those still exist?
4. A 1.4km Taxi Ride
The average person takes 15 minutes to walk 1.4km, but choose to travel in style with a short taxi ride. With flag-down rates averaging $3.20, $3.80 is enough to comfortably cover a short taxi ride.
5. Chill at the Pool
Cool off a one of over 21 public swimming pools around the island. Entrance fees for adults on weekends are $2, with even cheaper on weekdays and for children.
Protip: travel down to the pictured Jurong East Swimming Complex, which is probably the most well-equipped public pools around. Featuring water slides, a Jacuzzi, and even a kiddy fun station pool, make the most of your entrance fee by spending the entire day inside.
6. Grab A Bubble Tea
The rise of niche bubble tea shops has so far managed to support two major chains, and they have kept their prices (relatively) low. $3.80 should be enough to buy a decent sized drink from either Gong Cha or Koi – or be a cheapo and opt for a $1.50 neighbourhood bubble tea instead.
7. Visit the Doctor
Holders of the blue Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) are eligible for subsidies of up to $18.50 per visit to General Practitioners. This subsidy should be enough for minor illnesses that do not always require medication. Check for your eligibility here, and use your new found superpowers for cheaper MCs when needed (just don’t tell your boss)!
8. Advertise on Facebook
Those new-fangled advertisements on the side of your Facebook page are pretty pervasive, and wouldn’t it be fun to see your own advertisement online? Rates for Facebook advertising are pretty complicated, so check them out here if you want, but rates start at US$1 (S$1.30).
9. Go For Singapore’s Best Mee Soto
Saying that any dish is the “best in Singapore” usually invokes uproar worthy of the angry mob in Beauty and The Beast. However, Amirah & Nur Aniqah Mee Soto & Mee Rebus, located at Adam Road Food Centre offers a worthy nomination for best Mee Soto. At $3 for a bowl, and 50 cents for a bergedil, the stall comes with Makansutra’s chopsticks of approval, and is more affordable than the Nasi Lemak stalls in the same hawker centre.
10. 38 Toilet Trips
A visit to most public toilets will set you back 10 cents, making it the national gauge for something cheap. Make the most of the day by going to toilet 38 times. The facilities might not be the most sanitary, but at least your hands will be clean.
Life Here Isn’t So Bad After All
When a weak currency meets the most expensive city in the world, the sight is not pretty.
Singaporeans may moan about the high cost of living, but our Malaysian friends have to live with a volatile currency, and have to worry about its value despite it being safely in the wallet. The Singapore Dollar, by contrast, is more stable and we should be proud of that. At the very least, if we ever want to feel rich, just head over to any neighbour country and find out the true strength of our currency.
We both have it tough, but our Malaysian friends have it a lot tougher.
Featured Image via William Warby
With reference to TODAY, Soh Zi Haur, Taxi Singapore, Swim Singapore, chas.sg
Images from cloudusa, Wikimedia Commons, Cory Doctorow, Kallang Bowl Facebook Page, Expedition: Singapore, Reedz Malik, chas.sg, KeropokMan, Reaction Gifs, SGAG, Nate Bolt