Category Archives: Singapore

New budget carrier from Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has just launched its own affordable airline, called Scott, which will fly to destinations in Australasia and China, in direct competition with the already-established AirAsia. The flights are scheduled to begin in mid-2012, with bookings available starting early next year.

Scoot plans to initially focus on destinations that are five to 10 hours from its base at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. The company then expects to expand flights to India, Europe and other markets, possibly including Africa and the Middle East.

Read more here.

Pod hostels becoming more popular

The pod hostel, a short walk from Chinatown and a 20-minute drive from Changi Airport, accommodates 34 people in a women’s-only dormitory (named Flamingo) or an 18-bed mixed dormitory including what it says are two world-first couples’ beds (named Spring Mist).

Matchbox The Concept Hostel  on 39 Ann Siang Road

It provides different pillows for back, side and front sleepers and there’s free wi-fi, iPod docks and hair straighteners.

It costs from $S45 ($35) a night, which includes all-day breakfast.

Here is another pod hostel:
The Boutique Flashpackers Hostel
133 Devonshire Road

Have just been informed that this hostel is closed.

More pod hostels here.

24 hours in Singapore

If you have 24 hours in Singapore and you wish to experience it all, then below you find a picture gallery of things to do.

Singapore Airlines will take on AirAsia and Tiger Airways

Singapore Airlines is creating its own low-cost carrier to take on the likes of Jetstar, Air Asia and Tiger Airways for medium and long-haul routes in the Asia-Pacific region. The new airline – whose name is yet to be announced – will be a wholly owned subsidiary and be based out of Singapore, it was announced late last night.

”As we have observed on short-haul routes within Asia, low-fare airlines help stimulate demand for travel, and we expect this will also prove true for longer flights,” said Singapore Airline chief executive Goh Choon Phong.

Read more here.

Top-five in South East Asia

It is very hard to come up with the perfect top-five as there are so many factors to consider. We decided to just go with our gut feeling as its based on first hand experience instead of conducting an empirical study. We will scribble down  some more top-fives as we go along.


1. Koh Wai, Thailand – a gem in the Koh Chang archipelago.
2. Perhentian islands, Malaysia – truly white and powdery beach.
3. Pulau kapas, Malaysia – endless and empty it embraces the island.
4. Kuta Lombok, Indonesia – underdeveloped and pristine.
5. Nha Trang, Vietnam – a taste of Europe in Asia.

1. Singapore –  both bargain prices and high-roller tags.
2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – clean, organised and easy to find your way.
3. Bangkok, Thailand – bargain hunters Mecka.
4. Hoi An, Vietnam – dream for tailor shopping.
5. Phuket, Thailand – growing into a shopping princess.

1. Singapore – from fast food to Asian delights.
2. Dalat, Vietnam – cheap but with expensive taste.
3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – this city has it all.
4. Bangkok, Thailand – good mix of Asian and global foods is available.
5. Luang Prabang, Laos – charming eateries and French inspired food.

More top-five will be published soon.

Här bor Palm!

När vi vandrade omkring på Singapore Zoo hittade vi fram till en av mina bästa vänners speciella inhägnad.  Håkan Palm, dagens bild är dedikerad till dig.

Pictures from Singapore City

Pic1  – Little India where we stayed for one night. You only see indian men here, maybe one women if you’re lucky
Pic2 – Fragrance Backpacker Hostel where we stayed, 25 SD/person
Pic3 – Orchard Road, the big shopping street, you can find everything you need here
Pic4 – Mikael posing outside the Prada store

Free Internet in Singapore

Singapore is a model country for the world to copy. In the entire city there is free wireless internet access provided by the government telco. To access the service you need the following:

WiFi: wireless@sg
Password: 048qqcc6

We think that the Nordic countries are in the forefront of internet development. In some ways we are correct with the implementation progress of the 4G network and high speed ADSL broadband to most households. But we do lack WiFi connections for a more mobile (and read cheap) connections. Singapore has tapped into this need and connected the entire city with WiFi. Free Internet for all in Singapore!

Wireless@SG is a wireless broadband programme developed by IDA as part of its Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure initiative. It is run by three local wireless operators – iCELL Network, M1 and SingTel. Users can enjoy free, both indoor and outdoor seamless wireless broadband access with speeds of up to 1 Mbps at public areas.

The targeted users of this wireless broadband network are broadly classified as “people on the move” – people who require wireless broadband access while away from their homes, schools and offices. These include students, tourists, business travellers and enterprise users such as insurance agents and real estate agents who use widely-available and wireless-enabled devices such as notebook PCs and smartphones. Once connected, users will be able to access all Internet-based services e.g. online gaming, web surfing, instant messaging, VoIP and email.

Singapore är en kuvös för kineser

Mannen framför lyssnar på sin musik med hörlurar. Mitt i trappan som leder till bussen stannar mannen för att ändra låt. Bakom honom fastnar vi som vill till hållplatsen då trappan bara rymmer en person i bredd. När vi rör vid hans axel och ber honom flytta på sig tittar han surt tillbaka.

Kvinnan går på gatan med sitt paraply för att slippa solen. Samtidigt som hon går pratar hon i sin mobiltelefon. När hon vrider runt för att titta på frukten i ett stånd hugger hennes paraply huvudet på en förbipasserande. Kvinnan försöker ignorera händelsen men lyckas inte undgå utskällningen hon får av den hon orsakat smärtan. Kvinnan med paraplyet blir sur och går vidare.

Tunnelbannan stannar på Bugis station. Samtidigt som passagerare går av tåget vill de väntande på perongen kliva på. Det blir en kollision i dörrarna. Avstigande och påstigande tittar surt på varandra.

En kvinna med två barn kliver på tåget. Barnen sätter sig på marken i vagnen och börjar kasta sina sandaler som en lek. Barnen skapar ett problem i vagnen då den är överbelastad med arbetare som ska hem från kontoret och sandalerna de kastar träffar passagerare. Passagerarna tittar surt på kvinnan och barnen som tittar lika surt tillbaka på sina medpassagerare.

Ovan beskriver händelser som vi upplevt här i Singapore där den kinesiska populationen varit aktörer. Singapore är som kuvös för otyglade kineser. De spottar – Singapore förbjuder spottning. De struntar i övergångsställen – Singapore ger dem dryga böter, de äter sin mat på tunnelbanan – Singapore förbjuder all mat på tunnelbanan och så vidare. Kineserna i våra exempel ser inte sin omvärld som mer än statister i den egna teatern. Sköter sig inte statisterna blänger de surt och länge på den som begått handlingen. Eftersom det är deras egen teater och alla andra blott är statister kan det aldrig någonsin vara deras eget fel. Att begå en felaktig handling finns inte i den kinesiska existensen.

För oss svenskar som är vana vid ansvar och reda är det en underbara pjäs att beskåda när man går på gator och torg.