Hello, it’s Pooh-san.
I’d like to write about my experience during my trip to Singapore at the beginning of this year.
Scoot TR 809 Narita to Changi
For this trip, I used Scoot, a low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliated with Singapore Airlines.
The outbound flight was from Narita at 9:00 AM and arrived at Changi Airport at 3:20 PM.
Since I was able to purchase tickets during a sale period, I could use it at a discounted price of about 49,000 yen per person.
By the way, Scoot is my favorite airline because they operate with the B787 aircraft.
Despite being an LCC, they use large planes, so the cabin doesn’t feel cramped, and it’s comfortable for the cost.
Of course, in-flight services and entertainment require additional options, so you need to plan accordingly, but I highly recommend it if you want to save on airfare.
Renting Global WiFi
I always rent a pocket WiFi when traveling abroad.
While it’s true that public WiFi is more widespread overseas, you often need to enter cafes or restaurants to connect.
There are many things to figure out in a foreign country, and nowadays, you may also need to use taxi apps, so having a reliable internet connection at all times brings peace of mind.
We chose a relatively affordable overseas dedicated ”Global WiFi”（海外専用グローバルWiFi） for our 2-night, 3-day trip to Singapore.
The prices vary depending on the region and usage period, so make sure to find one that suits your needs.
Stay at lyf Funan Singapore
After arriving at Changi Airport, we took a taxi to the hotel.
The hotel we stayed at was “lyf Funan Singapore.”
It was more like a hostel than a hotel, but the big advantage was that it was located inside a shopping mall.
Being inside Funan Mall, we could enjoy shopping and dining immediately after leaving the hotel.
It was also conveniently connected to the City Hall MRT (subway) station, providing easy access to the city.
*However, we had to walk through an underground passage for about 10 minutes from the hotel to the mall, so it felt a bit far.
The price was around 220 dollars per night, which was still reasonable considering the cost of living in Singapore.
The room was very simple, but it had a clean and sufficient space for sleeping.
Dinner with friends at a Korean restaurant
After taking a break at the hotel, we went out for dinner with friends.
We got off at Tanjong Pagar station from MRT City Hall.
Tanjong Pagar is a business district in Singapore where many Japanese people gather.
In addition to Japanese restaurants, there are also many Korean restaurants, and we were taken to a place that was highly recommended for its delicious food.
Although we didn’t drink much, it cost around 300 dollars, and it made us realize how expensive things were. Haha!
Exploring the city without masks
Afterward, we took a stroll from Tanjong Pagar to the Bay area where the Merlion is located.
While Japan was in the midst of freezing January, Singapore was pleasantly cool and comfortable.
At that time, mask regulations were still in place in Japan, but Singapore had already removed them.
It was a refreshing walk, being able to take off the mask after a long time.
Lau Pa Sat, famous for hawker food.
Marina Bay Sands welcoming us. It’s really beautiful.
The combination of the Merlion and Sands was breathtakingly beautiful.
The museum was doing projection mapping.
Snacks we saw on the way back. It seems to be popular in Singapore.
Arriving at Funan Mall, it felt a bit strange to return to the mall. Haha
Impressions of Day 1
The first day in Singapore and my long-awaited overseas trip was truly enjoyable. I loved the sense of openness and freedom that Japan lacks. However, I also heard about inflation becoming a social issue, making life difficult for foreigners. Obtaining or renewing visas is challenging, and skyrocketing rents are forcing many people to return to their home countries. Despite that, I found myself longing to experience life in such an atmosphere. Exhausted from the long journey, I quickly went to sleep on this day.
To be continued on Day 2.