While it’s no surprise to any of us residing in this fine city that Singapore can be an expensive place to live, it’s always a bit of a shock to find our Little Red Dot near the top (or even number one) on any of those numerous most expensive cities in the world lists. The one thing those polls never seem to consider is the fact that it’s possible to live a bit more cheaply, particularly in Asian cities, where affordable food is readily available everywhere you turn and the majority of the population isn’t living in swanky condo units. In Singapore, on top of the infinite number of cheap eats to be had at hawker centres, there’s a myriad of great bargains and deals to be taken advantage of throughout the city. With that in mind, we’ve put together an itinerary of things to do throughout the day that can help you save a few bucks, from dollar deals at restaurants and free events around town to shopping online and buying booze in bulk.
Of course, since it’s also Halloween this month, we’ve got a round-up of the top events to check out and an interview with notorious ghost story writer Russell Lee – plus a list of the scariest sights in Singapore on our back page. We’re also looking forward to the first WTA Finals being held here, with top draws like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, plus Whisky Live and a bunch of parties on the beach.
Finally, on a personal note, this issue marks my last as editor of Time Out Singapore and I’ll be passing the torch over to our new incoming editor Iliyas Ong. I know you’ll continue to see great things from him and our hard-working team, who dedicate their lives to bringing you the very best of Singapore every month. Thanks for everything – and as always, know more, do more!