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What's There To Do In Singapore?   "Singapore is so boring! There is nothing to do!" Ask the average local for what to do in Singapore and you may get that reaction. That there isn't much to...
Free Things To Do In Singapore   According to The Economist, Singapore is world champion when it comes to most expensive cities to live in. Things have become more expensive in Singapore, but we ...
 Who says your HDB flat can't be beautiful?   On our sunny little island, we have a joke that says the worth of our homes is measured by the distance of the gate from our house. The longer...
"WHO LOVES CAFÉS KEE CHIU!" *frantically raises up both my hands (and legs)* *oh yes my toes too* I love cafes for their casual atmosphere, relaxing vibe and soulful food. I do know how to whip up ...
20 Singaporean Slangs - A Guide to Singlish To all Singaporeans who have been away from home, nothing in the world feels more heart-warming than stepping into Changi Airport's arrival hall and hearing...
The 10 Best Cheapest Singapore Buffets   The ten cheapest and best buffets (relative to their price) in Singapore. No, we are not going to list the steamboats you see at Chinatown and Bugi...
Uncovering Singapore's Hidden Gems   You may have seen one of those road trip movies where a bunch of friends go travelling and have the time of their lives. You probably wish you could do the s...
Design Inspiration for Small HDB Flats   View the images on "Beautiful Small HDB Homes" as it was originally published at TheSmartLocal.com Many of you were inspired by our previous ...
Beyond Taipei's Shopping and Food   Whenever Taipei is mentioned, many immediately think of the iconic Taipei 101, bustling night markets and mouth-watering small bites. While I am a fan of cit...
Your HDB Can Look Like This   It is something we all do - flipping through pages of Home Decor magazines and Ikea catalogues, thinking to ourselves “Wow, I want a house like that,”. Then you pr...
17 Cool Interior Design Ideas for Greater Storage   "Don't throw away my A Level notes ah! Must keep in case of emergency..."  "Eh why you keep buying new things! This house no space liao...
Where to Find Free Flow Food   I have a love-hate relationship with buffets. The good ones are often overpriced and the cheap ones hardly serve food worth stuffing your face for. Overeating is al...
9 Biggest Unsolved Crimes in Singapore History   Update: We've added two more cases thanks to suggestions from our readers. Even as a young nation with a relatively short history, Singapore ha...
20 Best Halal Restaurants in Singapore   It's not that difficult to find a Halal restaurant in Singapore. We're surrounded by Halal outlets at almost every nook and cranny of Singapore but it c...
23 Words Most Commonly Mispronounced by Singaporeans   Picture: @chaverry Update: Thanks for the comments guys! We've since improved on this list it's now up to 23 words! Thank you to Chery...
The most romantic places in Singapore I know many people who whine about how boring Singapore is. From those who have not seen our "52 Things to do in Singapore" list (boo!!) to couples who have been...
Best Shopping Spots in Bangkok   Bangkok has earned a reputation as the shoppers' haven, and rightfully so. It is a shopping paradise. But with that paradise comes chaos - a beautiful type of cha...
Malaysia's Weekend Getaways   Living in the city and enduring the endless traffic and mundane routine can really take a toll on our mental stamina. Often, we find ourselves so mentally drained ...
13 Scariest Singapore Ghost Stories   Every country has their fair share of horror stories. They are passed down and sometimes warped by each generation. But these are the stories we sit around...
The 10 Cheapest Places to Shop in Singapore   Let's face it, shopping is Singapore is not cheap. We all know the feeling of being super excited to hit the stores only to realise you can only ...
Late Night Dating in Singapore   You know the feeling - it’s midnight and you can’t fall asleep. Who do you call? Your boyfriend, of course! And no, wipe that cheeky grin off your face. I don’t m...
The Best Chicken Wings in Singapore   I recently read a survey which found that 98% of ardent chicken-lovers regard the wings as some of the best parts of the bird. I count myself to be amongst...
Singapore Food Festival 2016 is here   Source There’s something about pop-up events that makes them so fun. Perhaps it’s the transient ‘here today, gone tomorrow' nature of the event, or the exp...
22 Romantic Dating Ideas for Singaporeans   "I'm running out of dating ideas! I'm afraid that he/she will find me boring!!" Now before you go ahead and say its not your fault that "Singapore i...
Cheap Food In Orchard Road    Noble quests have always faced skepticism.  Prior to my hunt for meals below $10 in Orchard Road, I surveyed my friends. Some looked at me as if I had j...
The Perfect Malaysian Beach Getaway    There comes a time where all us crave to leave the cacophony of noises of our busy city life behind. The picture perfect postcards and...
Remembering Singapore's Biggest Disasters   We always think Singapore is safe. And it is. I can leave my house at 3am and take a stroll around my neighbourhood and reach home at 4am - cold and s...
Hidden Finds At The World’s Best Airport     As exhilarating it is to fly overseas, nothing’s more stressful than scrambling to make it in time for check-in and boarding before the gate clos...
Unconventional things to do in Singapore   Ask any tourist for their itinerary in Singapore, and the answer will surely involve things like Katong Laksa, Marina Bay Sands or the Singapore Zoo. Tr...
The most beautiful cafes in Kuala Lumpur   Those who do not have an Instagram account, raise your hands. No one? Yea, I thought so. Everyone loves Instagram. It's a great platform to share pict...
The 18 most affordable Restaurants in Singapore   Views full images and map of "18 Most Delicious Restaurants under 15 dollars" how it was originally displayed on TheSmartLocal.com. Being a Si...
Exciting restaurants that are more than food   Singapore is a foodie's heaven but sometimes it takes a little more than good food to make a great dining experience. There are far too many optio...
The Biggest Misconception About Singapore Bloggers   The term 'blogger' today gets thrown about too carelessly. Everyone who owns a blog could technically call themselves a blogger. Yet, t...
Food Delivery in Singapore   Yea yea I know its boring ordering the same old Pizza Hut and Mc Donalds for food delivery yet again. And that is why we've come up with this list of home delivery ...
See the World From Singapore For Under $800   With so many long weekends approaching in 2015, it’s especially ideal to plan a short 3D2N getaway. Hands up if you’re one of those filled with w...
A hidden gem in the East   Yes, City Plaza can look like a pretty shady place, and most people would look at its rundown exterior and not give it a second thought, let alone dare to go in and ex...
13 Gorgeous Singapore Boutique Hotels   Last updated with latest prices in October, 2015. Staying at boutique hotels is the in-thing now and if you're a major klutz like me, you probably didn't k...
Best Blogshops in Singapore   Here's a list of fifteen of the most popular and best (highest rated by our members) blogshops in Singapore. When shopping online its important to shop smart an...
Milo, Milo and more Milo   Source: michtsang  First things first, it’s pronounced as mai-lou, not mee-lo. I don’t know if it’s just me but it drives me crazy each time I hear someone...
Birthday Party Ideas   A: It’s ABC’s birthday next Tuesday! What should we do? B: ¯\_(?)_/¯ We can just meet at *insert random location* and surprise him with a cake? A: Okay! We’ve all been...
Places To Hike In Singapore   When we think of Singapore, we see a bustling modern city, densely packed with office towers, shopping malls, and condominiums. Exercising usually mean a morning jog...
Summer relaxation   Source Nothing beats Sydney’s summer heat than a good splash! Check out these 10 secret spots to escape the overcrowded beaches and have your own summer fun!   1. Congwo...
About Volunteerism   “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa How many of us volunteered in schools just to fulfil the m...
Eat like a local in JB   As Malaysians, we know that the best way to get to know a place and its people is through food. Hence, when I moved out to Johor Bahru for a few years, getting to kno...
The Best Supper Spots in Singapore   Let's face it. We're Singaporean. We eat ALL THE TIME. During the day that isn't a problem. Food is everywhere.  But what happens when its 2am and you...
  Things You Must Do In Hokkaido   You may know of friends who travelled to Hokkaido, the most Northern part of Japan. A wonderland filled with beautiful Sakura, snow and strange Japanese in...
Singapore's BEST Churros   What's long, brown, sticky and has made the once-dilapidated Level 5 of Orchard Central the current go-to place after a long day of shopping? That's right - ...
Why Shop At Supermarkets When You’ve Got Food Factories?     That mint chocolate brownie you order every week at your favourite cafe? Or that lobster bisque you fork out a good $10 for? They...
Sun, Sand, Sea and a Happy Wallet   Imagine yourself laying on warm, powdery sand, basking in the sunshine and taking in the sounds of ocean waves crashing at your feet. A friendly waiter place...
Cheapest Buffets in Kuala Lumpur   To me, buffets are the best value option out there. Having a wide array of dishes laid before your eyes, from spaghetti carbonaras to tempuras, rendang chicke...
10 Food Hacks for Singaporeans   Everyone dreams of being a kitchen deity, but we blame the lack of time and skill to whip up a decent dish. There is no one true way when it comes to food,...
Singlish words that should make a comeback   With the popularity of "new" words like swag, hashtag, and meh, many of us are struggling to keep up with the new words entering the dictionary. L...
The Unhappy Singapore Generation   They're lazy, self-entitled and arrogant. These common negative stereotypes surround the Millennial generation - those born between 1980 to 2000. Whether or...
15 Singapore Cafes with NETT prices   We've all experienced it before. You happily go to a cafe and order your eggs benedict and artisan coffee. But when the bill comes, along with it comes a w...
50 Best Local Bangkok Food    After several solo trips to Bangkok, the TSL team decided to fly over together with one mission in mind. To create the greatest guide to Bangkok food the worl...
Abandoned Places in Singapore   Note to our readers: Certain places have since become illegal to enter. Please obey the law and do not trespass at such places. Be careful! Singapore is known...
Escape the crowds!   With locations like Krabi and Boracay increasingly drawing in the tourist dollars, it’s hard to find a secluded location for a vacation nowadays. Most popular destinations ...
The Most Beautiful Singapore Homes   What do Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne have in common? Other than a kickass life fighting crime, they both own mansion(s) which they spend way too little time i...
10 Singapore Off-Shore Islands To Visit   You just concluded your year-end trip yet you’re itching to get away again. Plus, the monsoon season is coming to a close! As sunny days creep back ...
This post was brought to you by Pickat, a food app that gives you free coupons to redeem at restaurants all around Singapore. Download Pickat on: GooglePlay | iOS   Challenge Yourself to Eat Al...
Discovering hidden gems in Singapore   Have you ever thought that Singapore was too small, and that you're always trying to find new places to go to? Fret no more, we’ve compiled a list of plac...
Magical dim sum minus the queue    Source Anytime is dim sum time. Those bite-sized pieces of heaven are enough to send any dim sum addict into a frenzy. Thin, delicate skin wrapped around ...
Most Romantic Restaurants in Singapore   "Romance is dead! So is chivalry! So is my goldfish!" We claim that romance is dead and we are trapped in a city too soulless. I don't think so. I...
IG Life, IG Lies    Over the summer vacation, you’ve swum with baby sharks in Maldives, climbed the Great Wall of China and backpacked across Italy. But have you really traveled if they’re ...
Proud to be Singaporean   Phua Chu Kang is unashamedly Singaporean and we love him for that. He can bochup and speak Singlish, and he runs the best construction company in Singapore, ...
Pictures say a thousand words   We may not have the four seasons or any of the seven wonders of the world, but there are some seriously Instagram-worthy places right here. You just have to know w...
The Independent Singapore Girl   Women come in all shapes and sizes these days and you would definitely have encountered an Independent Girl sometime in your life. Driven, headstrong and ice ...
Japanese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur   Konnichiwa! We Malaysians enjoy Japanese Cuisine, but we only know Japanese words like sashimi, sushi or matcha. It's time to expand our Japanese vo...
Go on an adventure together!   Most people would agree that vacation and best friends are the ingredients to a successful holiday - experiencing fun times together and creating new memories toget...
15 Ways Singaporeans dress to School    School. An institute of learning where you go to broaden your mind and better yourself. Right? Wrong! School is a runway for everyday people. Yup, ca...
For an easier ride     Ah, the MRT. We complain about it all the time. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too crowded, it keeps breaking down. Our daily commute often involves being pack...
Most Popular Articles On TheSmartLocal   This will serve as a master list to quickly navigate to all the best and most popular articles on TSL. This is a rough work in progress and it will...
12 Mind-Blowing Facts About Singapore   12 Mind-Blowing Facts About Singapore and its full images can be seen as it was originally published at TheSmartLocal.com Whether you've lived on t...
Guide To Coney Island   Coney Island is located on an actual island off Punggol, in the most North Eastern part of Singapore. So unless LRT stations like "Samudera" and "Nibong" sound familiar t...
The Best Non-GST Restaurants in Singapore   You know that tiny script at the end of the menu that sneakily declares "Prices subject to GST and service tax." I don't know about you, but when I'm...
Gotta catch ‘em all!   The stuff of dreams is now reality. After years of wishing we could go on a real Pokemon adventure like the protagonists of our favourite games, the time has come. Pokemon ...
12 Breathtaking Venues for Singapore Weddings   The days of the cookie cutter hotel weddings are disappearing as more Singaporeans look towards modern innovative approaches for their weddings. ...
Most Delicious Food Hacks   Think you’ve tried it all? Think again. We all know even delicious food can be made better. That was the reason cheese was invented. Because cheese makes everything...
Miss Independents of Singapore, this is for you.  I am always baffled by society’s repulsion towards the act of doing things – dare I say it? Alone. This following conversation is one you must h...
Finding The One   Source: Alta Ego You lock eyes from across the room and suddenly everything clicks. There’s a moment of complete silence before the two of you run towards each other, arms ou...
About The Projector   Maybe you’re a film buff wondering why the films they show at film festivals never appear in cinemas here. Or maybe you’re an old soul, longing for the days of silent movi...
Staycaytions in Singapore   Ahhh, staycations. Waking up to a place away from home. Waddling in unreasonably long bubble baths. Only having to worry about a lack of stamina to eat up the entire ...
How to know your boyfriend is worth keeping   @elaineteoo Women lamenting their Singaporean boyfriends. Sounds familiar? Complaints like "don't bother to dress up", "too stingy", "too traditio...
Rustic Restaurants   With the glut of conceptually-driven cafes proliferating our island, hipster cafes have - ironically - become mainstream. If you’re sian of overpriced artisanal cafe fare ser...
Note: This guide has not been updated as of 1 Jan 2015.   Tiong Bahru Cafe Guide   Click on the map to Zoom. Alternatively, you could view the full google map here. If the images a...
The Most Unbelievable Bars in Singapore   If you think Singapore's night life doesn't get any better than Zouk, think again. From inconspicuous locations with secret passwords to dim sum serving ...
Smallest Homes In The World   It's not the size of the house - it's the way you live in it. The smallest 3-room HDB flat has a floor area of 60 square meters, or approximately 645 square f...
10 Hotel Buffets Not To Miss In 2015   Buffets. Ahh the idea of free flow food, stuffing yourself silly and then slowly slipping into a food coma as the day passes… who doesn’t like that? In...
Stepping Into Adulthood   Source There are things that we’ll love whether we’re 8 or 50. Like Nutella, Marvel superheroes, or an acceptance letter from Hogwarts. And then there are those that...
The Best Liu Sha Baos in Singapore   There are memorable milestones in every Singaporean foodie's life. Your first plate of Hainanese chicken rice. Your first bite into a $1 ice-cream sand...
All about those dollars   Some jobs make you feel like you’re slogging away for hours for a mere pittance. But with some careful negotiation and searching though, you can find a position that pa...
The Story in 20 seconds At 9.23pm on the 8th of December, it was reported that a foreign worker was involved in a fatal bus accident in Little India along Race Course Road. This accident sparked a ri...
Best Local Desserts in Singapore   Source: www.catch-fortywinks.com I love Singaporean food, but I feel our local desserts don't get anywhere as much attention as our iconic hawker dishes. S...
 

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