How to live for free in Singapore

It was reported in the news that a starving Australian model in Singapore does not have a job, food to eat or a place to stay. She went online to ask whether anyone would offer her a job or a place to stay. She only received 1 job offer to distribute flyers (which she turned down because it was "strange") and many inquiries about whether she provided sex or adult services.

What did she expect? Nobody ever offers something for nothing on the Internet but there are always people asking something for nothing. I'm not writing to revel at her plight - though I can't understand why she refused to distribute flyers - I would think someone that desperate would be willing to do some odd jobs. This article is about things which you can do for free in Singapore. You can even eat and drink for free!

- Plain water can be drank straight from the tap in most parts of Singapore, excluding the industrial areas like Tuas.
- There are water coolers in various public buildings like the library.
- If you don't want to drink from the tap, you can visit jewellery shops like Goldheart or Lee Hwa. They will offer you a free bottle of water as soon as you sit down. All you need to do is to act interested for a minute.
- If you're female (or look like one), you can get free drinks at pubs on ladies' night.
- Once a year you can get free coffee at Starbucks.

- Walk around the food hall in basement 2 of Takashimaya and you're bound to get some free food samples.
- Attend a Malay wedding or Chinese funeral. Food is always served for free.
- Attend some free sales talks and seminars - they usually serve refreshments.
- You can have free lunch at some Hindu and Buddhist temples in Singapore
- Once a year you can get free ice cream at Ben N Jerry's (coming up soon!!! 21 April!!!).

It's not normal to hitch-hike in Singapore though I did it before... There are free bus rides to take you to certain shopping malls like Great World City and Plaza Singapura. I believe there's a free SMRT shuttle bus from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station to Chinatown and Little India.

- You can visit certain museums for free on Friday evenings.
- If you need free aircon you can always walk into a shopping mall, bookshop or visit the library to read free books, magazines and newspapers.
- The top floor of Raffles City Shopping Centre is a good place to chill out (nice sofas).
- The basement of the Fullerton hotel is nice for chilling out too - relax in 6-star setting, bring your own food and water and no waiters will bother you or ask you to buy drinks.
- If you prefer the outdoors instead of aircon, you can go to the beaches at east coast or west coast, you can go to the parks such as the botanic gardens or the reservoirs like MacRitchie.
- Try the treetop walk at MacRitchie or go to Mount Faber if you like heights.
- Attend free concerts at the Esplanade or outdoor ones at the Botanic Gardens.

If you feel like looking pretty, you can go to the cosmetic counters or pharmacies to try on the sample products. If you're lucky they even have free samples to take with you. Perfumes are free too of course so you never have to smell bad even if you don't shower.

If you need a place to sleep, the Esplanade underpass provides shelter from the rain and cold. Just get your free copy of Today newspaper and lay it on the ground to serve as your bed.

If you feel rich
On days when you're feeling rich and have $2 or $2.50 to spare, there are many shops in Singapore that sell food for that price. In fact, a healthy meal of kuey chap with an egg and toufu (without intestines) costs only $1.50.

So there you have it! If you've got very thick skin, you can live for free in Singapore :P


Anonymous said...

no free condoms for sex, so sex is out.

Yu-Kym said...

Even if there are free condoms, I can't advise on how to get free sex :P

Anonymous said...

Will you make yourself available for free?

Yu-Kym said...

What for?