Hello from Singapore!

Hey there, how’s it going? I think this is the nth time I’m telling you that I’m back – but not really because I got sent to Singapore for work for three weeks (!!!!!!). I’ve been meaning to update you but I’m busy participating.

I’ve been here since last week – and the city has nothing been short of amazing. I’ve already met a lot of people – both in and out of work. My liver is being tested with all of this participation but of course, it’s a hustle too because I’m still doing work that’s in Manila while training here. But I’m super psyched to learn about new stuff – while in a city, albeit I’ve been to three times already, that I’m still acquainting myself with.

Today is the start of Week 2. My friend and officemate who was with me last week flew back to Manila already – so I’m practically by myself now. Not that I haven’t traveled by my own before, but #sepanx. I guess it’s time to make new friends here.

I’m happy that I got to sneak in a lil time to update. Photos to follow – or follow me on Instagram for my finds!

 

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Laneway-Singapore 2013

Laneway Festival may be months and months and months ago but it still is my big thing of 2013. Looking back, I embarked to Singapore with no less than an exact budget with only (exact!) PhP 300 in my wallet when I got back to Manila. And so, yes — two things:

1. SAVE UP GUYS! I’ve never realized that I haven’t been saving up enough when I arrived in the Philippines with barely enough funds to get through until payday.

2. If you’re up for anything goes, fine. But always bring extra money. I was just lucky, there’s unlimited Koko Krunch in the hostel to at least keep me alive if ever I lost my money – which I didn’t, haha!

Gad, I can digress like an ADHD kid. So on to my Laneway review. I believe there’s no better way for me to give you a feel of the music fest but to share a playlist, so download freely!

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Click the photo to download the playlist

Also, this is my first music festival abroad, so some little tips for you if ever you go to Laneway next year (or any music festival, like Wanderland in Manila this May, for that matter.)

TAKE NOTE OF THE WEATHER

The sun can be a bitch. And so can the rain. So give yourself heads up on the weather for your own good. Bring a poncho, ’cause you can use this whether the sun is up or it’s pouring down. ALSO, sun block. For that —

EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THE USE OF SUN BLOCK (HAHA!)

I’m saying this because I don’t really use sun block, and I didn’t know you have to apply every hour. I didn’t even bother reading the fine print, haha stupid. Anyway, for tropical countries like Singapore where the whole country can get feverish (40 degrees!!! Jeez.) save yourself from UV, do your skin a favor. I got really bad sunburns just because of this. SO. DON’T. SKIP. THIS.

WEATHER-PROOF YOUR GADGETS

As much as your skin needs protection, so do your gadgets. I’ve heard horror stories from the first Laneway in Singapore where it was actually called Rainway because it rained so hard and where some friends went home with non-functional phones and cameras. Bring cases that insulate your babies from heat and water, and you’ll thank me for being able to bring back home your camera or phone alive.

DON’T BOTHER BRINGING WATER BOTTLES

It’s in the rules actually, so it’s senseless to put it here. But I’ve seen some other who brought their own flasks. So yeah, try your luck! I really wish I brought at least a flask, ’cause the beer can cost you up to S$10!

EAT HEAVY MEALS

‘Cause lines can get so long! And it’s also expensive. What we did though for dinner is we went out to Marina Bay Sands (quite a walk, though) and ate at Rasapura instead.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVETURE

The festival ended at 1am, and there’s no train or bus anymore at Singapore at that time. So you have three choices — wait in line for two hours for a cab, walk to your place, or just leave early. I actually walked from Marina Bay to Chinatown, where I’m staying, and it wasn’t so bad. I’m so tired by then but walking in the Lion City is really a pleasure. Plus, you can easily use your gadgets while walking since it’s very secure there!

KEEP OPEN EYES AND EARS

You don’t know who you’ll be meeting at the festival. It’s actually nice to make some new friends there, especially you’re all there with the same interest, and eventually look them up at Facebook or Twitter to connect with them. We saw this too as a good opportunity to promote the Philippines to some of our new friends!

DANCE TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT

There is free space for everyone to dance and go crazy, for as long as you’re not drunk, ’cause they might detain you. Scary. But after you read this, you may forget all of these, but don’t ever ever forget to enjoy your time and have fun at the festival! It’s what it’s for and you did not just pay S$145 just to sulk under the sun.

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I’m really thinking if this could be a yearly thing for me. And yes, if the line up’s as good as this year’s, Imma haul my ass back to Singapore for some more!

Or maybe New Zealand… Hmmmmmmm

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
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Matchbox Concept Hostel

What to do on an impulsive trip, with a 20 grand budget minus music festival ticket and airfare? If we’re on the same page, then read up.

First things first. Don’t. Deprive. Yourself.

One of my concerns when I was in Singapore for the Laneway Festival was an affordable place to stay. And I didn’t just go to the cheapest hotel I found in Agoda, no matter how I wanted to. While this hostel might not be the cheapest place there is, I booked impulsively, just as before the beds ran out, because it’s beautiful. And I have to admit, they had me at unlimited cereals and milk!

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Matchbox has been recognized in the hostel industry as one of the most creatively thought of places, not only in Singapore, but also in the world. And not to my surprise, it did match my expectations – from the reviews I read and from friends’ recommendation. I really liked that the beds are in pod style. Apart from the aesthetics and the space saving, I’d just really really like to sleep in a pod. My favorite place was the loft though – where I spent my first night.


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They really don’t offer the loft for sleeping. It was more for lounging around when you feel like just staying in the hostel. But do let me allow myself a little digression.

In the spirit of maximizing my budget, I booked a flight that arrived in Changi Airport by 1am. While there is nothing wrong about that – the city is still much alive even if you land by 4, I entirely forgot to book an earlier day just to save my bed share. (Personally, I think my system in tipid, thirift in English, mode made a subconscious decision to just leave that one out.) So I arrive in the hotel, bed-less and no sleep from the flight, they let me sleep in the beautiful designer loft upstairs. I just had my first impromptu couchsurfing experience in a hostel. I’m really thankful that they did not throw my out and instead let me sleep in the couch. These little things add to the overall feel of the hostel for me. And I love staying in that couch, may I just say!


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Anyway. Enough of that. It was fun to reminisce though.

Amenities-wise, You just gotta love everything in the hostel. The toilet and shower room is clean, complete with toiletries so you wouldn’t need to bring your own. Just bring your own toothbrush and toothpase, or buy at their store. Aside from that, everything’s provided. You can even do your own laundry for a small fee there!

I think I cannot emphasize more that breakfast cereals and milk are unlimited and available throughout the day. When you lose your money there and go practically broke, you can live out the rest of your days with cereals – I’m pretty fine with that scenario (but. not. hoping. for. that.)

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Matchbox is in the middle of a quaint, artsy street in Chinatown, so explore a bit when you’re around the area. Ann Siang Road is pack full of similarly quirky restaurants and bars, and is quite accessible to hawker center (Maxwell), museums (Red Dot Museum) and the train (Tanjong Pagar station).

When booking a bed with them, you may go directly to their website and watch out for last-minute beds ’cause they go on a sale! I got mine for S$75 instead of S$90 for two days (and yes, that free night on the loft). This is my first time to stay in a hostel, and I’m really happy to stay in a dorm-type room instead of having my own. I got to meet other people and even met a couple of Filipinos who are there for Laneway as well! But if you’re iffy to share a room with a couple of strangers, then you may book for their solo rooms – which are of course available for a higher price.

God, making this post makes me wanna go back. AND OH! They give you 10% discount if you’re a returning customer! If it’s your first time to stay in a hostel like me, then I highly suggest you try Matchbox. Or if you’re the veteran hostel-staying backpacker, give yourself a treat once in a while, won’t you?

Say hi to Shah for me if you’re there!

Matchbox Concept Hostel
39 Ann Siang Road
+65 6423 0237
[email protected]

Travel Series: Singapore

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Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands

Hello there!

I’m starting this new series about my not-so-recent trip to Singapore for Laneway Festival! It’s the first time I went here not on any business, but to enjoy the music festival and all the city-state can offer me!

Watch out for more posts! I’ll be featuring Matchbox, that beautiful, pretty, quaint, *insert more fancy adjectives here* hostel I stayed at; a lil’ bit about Laneway Festival and my favorite band who I actually heard play — Of Monsters and Men; my mini temple-run, and the little sidetrips along the way!

Keep tuned in! Excited to share all of these. And to actually remember all my experiences is an experience in itself 🙂

J

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