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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 ...
Things 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 do in ...
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...
 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...
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...
"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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 prob...
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...
New Attractions That Opened In Singapore   Singapore is not boring. In fact, we’re far from that. There’s a whole list of unconventional experiences to partake in, and local recreations of hawker...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Because in Singapore, Singapore   It’s weird, but it’s home. We’ve seen the way live octopus is eaten in Korea, and cringed at how the Vietnamese mix vodka with snake blood. But Singapore too ha...
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...
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...
Traditional foods prepared just the way your parents like it   New may be better and faster, but old will always be gold. Machines and factories have taken over much of the F&B industry, but...
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...
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 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...
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...
We hear your midnight craving SOS   I’m a big believer in listening to my cravings. When I want it, I want it NOW. We all know the pain of waiting for food, but dread no more ‘cause here are 10 r...
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’re bei...
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...
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 t...
Grooming the finest of Instagram Boyfriends   Have you ever stared in a mixture of awe and jealousy at another female’s beautifully curated Instagram feed thinking “who took this beautiful shot?...
14 Gorgeous Singapore Boutique Hotels   Staying at boutique hotels is the in-thing now and if you're a major klutz like me, you probably didn't know gorgeous boutique hotels actually exist right...
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...
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...
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 options...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Best of the West   “West, got anything to do meh?” The answer is yes. If you dig hard enough, the west can be as entertaining as anywhere else in Singapore. Central Singapore is known for its...
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 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, the...
Most Unique Cafes In Singapore   How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was cool. If all the cafes in Singapore are starting to look the same and Starbucks is too main...
  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...
Hello from the other side   A good cuppa, flatlay-friendly breakfast sets and insta-worthy interior are essentially what most of us seek when it comes to cafe-hopping. We complain about travelli...
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...
Exploration across the causeway   Source There’s so much more across the Causeway than City Square, KSL mall and Bak Kut Teh! Few Singaporeans have explored Johor Bahru (JB) thoroughly enough to...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Best Staycations in Sentosa   Source We’ve all dreamed of that getaway to a magical land far off from this hot, bleary island. The only thing stopping us from jetting off is, of course, the feas...
Your next weekend getaway   Source Sadly, unless you’re one of the lucky few who can take time off whenever you’d like, school holidays and days off from work are often precious and few and far ...
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 ...
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...
About KTM Shuttle Tebrau     [Update]: Online ticket sales will no longer be available from 1 Dec. Instead, train tickets will go on sale at 8.30am at KTM Intercity counters one day before d...
Long drives worth the distance   Source When you look for things to do locally, roadtripping hardly ever comes up. With only a space of 719km2 , Singapore seems too small an island to explore. Ye...
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...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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 - ...
More than just ‘Gangnam Style’     Source Wherever our travels may take us, we’re all looking for something different. Foodies might spend every waking hour in pursuit of the best eats the c...
  A True Foodie Paradise   As a holiday destination, Taipei is synonymous with one thing: Food. If you’re a complete newbie, like me, to this eclectic land of bustling streets and awesome ni...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
It’s late and you’re starving   Source  It’s 11pm. You’ve just finished watching a late night movie somewhere along Orchard, you’re hungry, but everything seems to be closed. When faced with...
Secret’s Out   All my life, I’ve sniggered at Singaporeans for claiming they’ve eaten the best in JB (you know nothing!). Raise your hand if you’ve only ever eaten at either City Square, Kam Loon...
Starbucks Secret Menu   Coffee snobs around me always say: “You don't go to Starbucks for good coffee, you go there for diabetes.” Yes, indie coffee shops may be overtaking the Singaporean caffe...
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, ...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
These "mutant" HDBs HAVE to be featured on reality TV   Source Sometime in June 2016, that celebrity home-invading MTV Cribs finally returns in all its overly decadent glory, but this time as a ...
MacRitchie TreeTop Walk Guide   MacRitchie is beautiful and refreshing, but also really big and difficult to navigate. Well, it was for me, anyway. I've gone in search of the TreeTop Walk thric...
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...
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...
“Harry Potter” cafe in Singapore   Amidst the monotony of the day-to-day grind, we all crave a little magic in our lives. Which is probably why fantasy series like Harry Potter and LOTR have rem...
Spamming buffets while staying cheap   As Singaporeans, it's almost our national duty to stretch our dollar as much as possible. Which is also probably why buffets are immensely popular here. Af...
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 ...
#Fitspo Photography Without The Commitment   There are two kinds of people in this world. People who keep fit, and people who feel tired just thinking about keeping fit. Working out? Eating hea...
Trails you must not miss   Source You wouldn’t normally associate KL with mountains, waterfalls and beautiful sunrises, but that is exactly what it has to offer! It doesn’t matter if you’re a no...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
 

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