The ultimate crazy broke Asians guide to Singapore

While the Crazy Rich Asians are showing off their ostentatious ways, some of us are just getting by in this old town
Crazy Broke Asians
Photo: Dhruv Deshmukh
By Delfina Utomo |
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Crazy Rich Asians making you want to luxe up your life? Snap out of it and stay grounded! While we understand the allure of fancy hotels, fine dining and shopping luxury brands at The Shoppes at Marina Bay, having a healthy savings account is way more attractive. Stop frontin’ and start saving!

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Mustafa Centre
Photo: Morven
Shopping, Shopping centres

Shop like a pro at Mustafa Centre

icon-location-pin Kallang

Your one-stop shop for absolutely everything, welcome to Mustafa Centre. From hockey sticks to an entire aisle of Himalayan pink sea salt, Spanish padron peppers to a London souvenir section, you’ll be surprised at the range of items stocked in the building. Think of it as your specialty supermarket or mall with a little extra on the side.

Smith Street Taps
Photo: Kevin Lee
Clubs

Every drop counts

icon-location-pin Chinatown

Chin chin up, you don’t always have to dress up to go out. It’s all right to scruff it up a little when downing some craft beers at Chinatown Complex. Beers and ciders start from $7 and there’s nothing over $20 here. Drink in solidarity alongside uncles and their buddies, frugal backpackers and the after-work crowd.

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Restaurants

Eat like a real local... but there's space for gourmet

icon-location-pin Buona Vista

Who needs Michelin stars when you’ve got dual-concept dining? Which is really a fancy term meaning that both classic and well-loved hawker fare and modern, hip food options are served here. You’ll find bright shipping containers and vintage Airstream food trucks housing 16 food vendors where you can get prawn noodles, burgers and even kopi from. On some nights there’s even live music – who needs fine dining?

Art, Public art

Swap expensive fine art for Singapore’s colourful murals

Take your art outside… and on the walls! Street art is all around in Singapore and if you go on a trail, you’ll see it by the river in the Civic District, by the side of a shophouse in Little India, plastered all over the laneways in Haji Lane and more. Relax, art doesn’t always have to be pretentious.

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News, Harmless Fun

Parks and recreation

Swap the Supertrees and city lights for real trees at the rustic and relatively untouched Coney Island. Follow the trail on foot or bike to discover secret beaches, mangroves, wildlife and the rich forestry. Best thing, you don’t even need to get on a ferry to get to this island!

ActiveSG
Photo: Sport Singapore
Sport and fitness, Gyms and fitness centres

Get fit, get good, get real

icon-location-pin Pasir Ris

Aqua aerobics at Marina Bay Sands is just as fictional as the movie itself. Who needs to pay to take the lift to the famous infinity pool when you can bring your bathers to a community pool? For $10/month you get unlimited access to all the ActiveSG swimming complexes islandwide. Gym memberships are also way affordable the ActiveSG way so you’re well on the way to a hot bod and being a crazy rich Asian (with all the savings).

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