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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Use Your OEC Wisely and How to Get One at NAIA?

Just came back from my Philippine vacation and I discovered something useful to share with you. 

I have 2 pieces of OEC that I can use anytime until next year, which is the green type.  For the past few months, I was going back and forth from Singapore to Philippines because of some personal reasons.  I don't want to use these OECs to avoid the hassle of going back to the Philippine Embassy Singapore and will waste half of my working day.

What I discovered is that I can get an OEC instantly at the NAIA entrance counter.

How to Get an OEC at the NAIA airport?
I just want to let you know that this is only applicable if you travel back to Philippines for 5 days or less.

At the NAIA Terminal 1, there is a counter before you go in to the terminal entrance, where the X-ray section is located, you can approach the OWWA counter there and tell them that you want to get an OEC.

When I got mine, they asked for my passport and the Singapore Employment Pass.  They handed me a form to fill-up.  After that, you have to go to the OWWA Section, a counter just beside the OEC Section,  for verification.

After the verification, you will hand it over to the OEC Section counter again and they will stamp it as verified or cleared.  Then, you're good to go!  It took me around 5 minutes time to finish the whole process.

The OEC that they will give you is the white type and the validity stamped/written on it is until the day of your departure.

How much is the OEC in NAIA cost?
In Singapore, the OEC cost SGD3.50 and that is around P122.00 pesos equivalent based on the 35SGD/1PHP currency exchange rate.  (Please see top right section of my blog for an updated exchange rate)

At the NAIA counter, the OEC costs P100.00 only.  This will save you around P22.00.  Not Bad!

Now you know some tips about the OEC, try it by yourself and Happy Trip!

Other Related Posts
Importance of OEC: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to Get an OEC at the Philippine Embassy Singapore

Friday, September 13, 2013

The View of Sentosa BoardWalk

There are two ways to go to Sentosa if you're at Vivo City.  It's either you ride the Sentosa Express or walk to the Sentosa BoardWalk.

But before that, how do you go to Vivo City?  First, aim for the MRT Purple Line (NorthEast Line) and alight at HarbourFront or you can read the details at my post about How to Get to Sentosa.

How Much is the Difference Between Sentosa Express and BoardWalk?
Sentosa Express cost you SGD3.00 per entry to Sentosa.  You can use the EZ-link or buy a ticket.  This will bring you to all stations (Waterfront, Imbiah, Beach Station).  This route is fast.

If you want to experience and see the sea and feel the sea breeze touching your skin, you can take Sentosa BoardWalk route. Don't worry, if you're lazy enough to walk, you can just take the long walkalator, it's free.

Sentosa BoardWalk cost you SGD1.00 to enter Sentosa.  You can use the EZ-link or buy a ticket beside the entrance.

How to Go to the Sentosa BoardWalk?
Ok, you're now at Vivo City.   Inside the mall, look for the way to Promenade and you will see the sea and Sentosa at a distant.

For a better view, just watch this video in Youtube.



The only difference of the two routes is TIME.  If you have around 20-30 mins of your time to spare, why not use the Sentosa BoardWalk?  After all, it's the view that you're aiming for...

Other Related Posts:
How to Get to Sentosa
Singapore Tour Suggested Itinerary
iFly Singapore: Experience the Thrill of Indoor Skydiving

Friday, September 6, 2013

Discover the 2013 World's Best Airport

Yes, I know, I'm not a Singaporean but a 100% Filipino.  But, this time I have to admire not my country's airport but the Singapore Changi Airport. I'll show you why.

NAIA 3, for me, is the best airport in the Philippines.  It's clean and organized as compared with the NAIA 1 and 2 or other domestic airports.

Singapore Changi Airport is different, it has a lot to share to the visitors and is undoubtedly organized and clean.  You won't be bored here because food and amusement are everywhere and the relaxation points as well. 

Sharing you this is not to brag about Singapore, but to let you know that we (Filipinos) can achieve this.  Our country will soon be like Singapore or even better.  If the economy will keep on moving upwards, why not?

I can't describe it by mere words. Just watch the video for you to find out. 

It's the 2013 World's Best Airport, by the way...if you're a fan of Changi Airport, visit their page on Facebook.


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Airline Booking at the Lowest Price in Singapore

Once a year, an OFW, like me, need to go back home to Philippines to visit their love ones.  As for me, I travel to Philippines 5 to 6 trips per year.  Looking at my son and wife's faces in Skype is not enough.

So, advance booking is what I do to get the cheapest price as possible.  But, the need to monitor each Friday or Tuesdays is what I found difficult.  I also hated to have my email subscribed to the airline website.  If these Airlines will send me an email each, there will be five emails all at once. 


What I Found the Cheapest Way?
I also have been traveling quite sometime in some parts of South East Asia including China. Booking is sometimes a difficult task since I have to find the best and cheapest price of the air ticket.

I was lucky because recently, I just found out that I can book a ticket, it may be by Philippine Airlines, Tiger Airways, Malaysian Airlines,  Silk Air, and other airlines, in the lowest price possible.

This is not only for domestic or Asia flights but it is Worldwide.  How Cool!

The best thing here is that I can get the cheapest price even if my flight will be on the next week.  It's really a WOW thing!

I can't say anything better than this!

Where Can I Find this Cheapest Air Ticket!
If you are interested in this, please email me at benalagnam@yahoo.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

Singapore View on Video

The road is my everyday mate and now I'm taking videos of it.  The cool thing now is that it has directions and street labels.  This video is intended for new motorist and also for tourists that has no idea how the road of Singapore looks like.

You can check my YouTube Channel not only for the videos of the road but some of the random places like parks, stations and airport in Singapore.



For me, taking these videos are not just for FUN but also storing my memories of Singapore in a digital way.  Through this, when my age reaches 80 years (I hope), I can see how I traveled to a place where a ship is placed on top of the building (Marina Bay Sands), the Lion has a fish tail and the Right way is LEFT.

*If ever you found a copy of the law or rules that disallow filming road or streets in Singapore, kindly send me the link below so I will take out these videos immediately.   I really can not find the regulations such as this. Please help me find. My intentions for this video is to let the foreign motorists know what the road of Singapore looks like before their visit.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Visiting the Gardens By The Bay

The opening day of the new recreational park in Singapore was last Friday, 29 June 2012.  The following day was opened for  public and it was our opportunity to visit the place.

Singapore named it as the "Gardens By The Bay".  The name speaks for itself as it has lots and lots of tropical plants of different varieties.  Located at the back of the Marina Bay Sands (MBS), it is a nice location for photography since it's facing both the MBS and Singapore Flyers.

How to Get to the Gardens By The Bay?
The place is accessible from Marina Bay MRT Station, Marina Bay Sands and Bayfront Station.

Marina Bay MRT StationYou need to exit at the EXIT A and walk your way to the place.
Bayfront Station - At this station, look for the EXIT B.
Marina Bay Sands - Go to the Marina Expo and climb at the overpass going to the gardens.

Check this map to see the whole view: Gardens By The Bay Map

How much is the Entrance Fee?
Some of the amenities are free for public viewing but the best attractions have their respective fees.
The opening hours is:

Bay South Garden - 05:00am to 02:00am daily
Cooled Conservatories and OCBC Skyway - 09:00am to 09:00pm daily.

These are the places with Entrance Fees:
Flower Dome
Cloud Forest
OCBC Skyway

Check out the prevailing rates here.  Gardens By The Bay rates and hours of Admission.

When is the best time to visit the Gardens By The Bay?
For me, I recommend that you go there at 4pm as the sun's heat is not that intense.  This time, you can take photos of the different views of the place with the sun's light source.

Once approaches the sunset, the place transforms into a colorful beautiful light displays from all over the place.  This is what I like most.  Change your camera settings to night mode and it will capture the beautiful structures of the Garden's by the Bay with their lights on.  Superb!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 Formula 1 Singtel Grand Prix Singapore

In the next 10 days, Formula 1 Grand Prix will be in Singapore.  This is exactly on September 23 to 25, 2011, which you shouldn't miss.

While I was near the circuit, I can hear the roaring engines and see the white smoke from their wheels.  Probably they were practicing that time.

It's quite amazing that when I was in the Philippines, I can only see them and hear their engines from the television. Now, I can hear them clearly.

If you want to know the schedule, you can check the link below.


You can buy the tickets on the designated and authorized ticketing offices found in this link,


Other Related Posts:
iFly Singapore: Experience the Thrill of Indoor Skydiving

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The 12:05am Flight Problem

Booking your flight is so easy today, it involves few finger clicking and a credit card.  The last step that you need to do is to print the copy of your itinerary.

When I book a ticket in Singapore bound to Philippines, my flights are usually scheduled at 12:05am or 1:15am on a certain date.  This brings chaos for someone who is not used to on booking a ticket and may sometimes leads to a  delay or even a forfeiture of his ticket.

Why the 12:05am Flight Schedule Creates Chaos?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

iFly Singapore: Experience the Thrill of Indoor Skydiving

My friend had just arrived from the Philippines and I need to let him see the beauty of Sentosa.  We went there at around 3pm in a sunny Sunday.

We alighted at the Waterfront Station and walked our way to Universal Studios, Resort World Casino then to Merlion.  We take photos here and there until we reached the Beach Station.

Going Inside iFly Singapore 
I looked around and something caught my eye, a new building just beside the Beach Station.  We can see the big screen outside, showing video with a man doing a skydive. It's the new iFly Singapore themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. WOW!!!

I was curious, as a little boy, so I asked my friends if we can go inside and see.  At first,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Travelling with a One-year Old Baby in Singapore Tour

It's best to visit Singapore with your family because you can share the feel of excitement with them.

One of the few questions my readers asked me is "How to travel with kids?" and "Is it safe to travel with a 6-year old?".

This is not a problem, but a little bit inconvenient.  Of course, it's rewarding when you're with them all the time.

Travelling with  a 1-year Old in Singapore 
1. Transportation - A one year old needs a lot of stuffs and a bulky stroller.  This is not a problem specially at the MRT and Buses in Singapore.  The MRT has Reserved Seats for those with

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Extension of Short Term Visit Pass / Tourist Visa

If your Short Term Visit Pass is due for expiration and you need to extend it, you have to apply for an extension at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in Singapore.

There are two purposes which you can extend your visa.  It's either for Social Purposes or Seeking Medical Treatment.  Take note that this extension is for ICA approval and consideration, it may not be approved at all times.  

If you want to extend your Short Term Visit Pass for Social Purposes, you can visit the link HERE...

For Seeking Medical Treatment Purposes, click the link HERE...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

How to Buy MRT Ticket and Card Top Up

As soon as you arrive at the airport and you're at the MRT Station, find a GTM as seen at the photo below.  

What is GTM in MRT Stations?
GTM stands for General Ticketing Machines, where you can purchase your MRT ticket or top up your EZ-link cards.  If you have no Ez-link card, you can buy at the MRT cashier.

Card costs : S$5.00
Free Load : S$7.00
Total Cost : $12.00  

How to Top Up the EZ-Link Card?
If you have your EZ-link card, place it on top of the slot, labeled "Please place here" at the top portion of the machine.  The screen, at the lower corner will display the options of what you will do with your card. 

Press the "Add value" and follow the instructions. You can pay by cash (notes or coins) by inserting it in the slot, located at the upper right corner, or the NETS, at the upper left corner.  

If your EZ-link card is inside your wallet. You don't need to remove it, just place your wallet on top of the slot "Please place here".  It will automatically read your EZ-link card.  Make it sure that no other RF cards are present inside your wallet or else the machine will have difficulty detecting your EZ-link card.

Take note that the minimum top-up value is $10.


How to Buy a Single Trip Standard Ticket? 
Tickets are used if you don't have the EZ-link card. This is a single trip ticket and is useful when you're not staying in Singapore for a longer period.

At the screen, with the "Select Option", choose the Standard Ticket and it will prompt you to choose your destination.  Press directly on the map, at the right side of the screen, the location of your choice.
The machine will prompt you to pay, you can pay with notes or coins located at the upper right corner. Then follow the instructions. Then, the ticket will pop out of the machine bin located the the lower portion.  Tap it on the MRT barrier to open.

Take note that there is a $1 refund if you'll return your single ticket to the cashier or the GTM after using it.  If you don't want for a refund, keep it as your souvenir.

There you have it, happy trip!

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MRT Reserved Seating
Kranji MRT Station

Friday, May 6, 2011

24-Hour Singapore Itinerary

One of my reader requested an itinerary from Ben. The best thing is, it's only good for 24 hours. A challenge of a lifetime.  This is like the Amazing Race Ben's Episode.

Anyway, this is what I thought for this 24-hour Singapore Itinerary.

September 1 (Thursday) 
11:15am - Singapore Immigration Checkpoint.
11:45am- Out of the airport and proceed to MRT Station to TUAS.
12:15nn - At Changi MRT Station. Buy the EZ-link card (S$12)
12:25nn- Arrive at Tanah Merah Station, transfer train to TUAS (just 10 steps from the train door)
12:35nn - Arrive at Outram Park. Walk/Transfer to board the MRT (NE Purple Line) heading to Harbour Front MRT Station.
12:45nn - Arrive at Harbourfront and take your lunch at Vivo City (Food Republic) Level 3
01:55pm - Board the Sentosa Express (S$3), can use your EZ-link, just beside the Food Republic.
02:00pm - Arrive at Waterfront Station and buy tickets for Songs of the Sea (S$10) at ground floor.
02:05pm - Walk and proceed to Universal Studios (S$72).Enjoy!!!
06:00pm- Go out of Uinversal and walk your way to Songs of the Sea passing through Merlion (Pictures).
07:30pm- Queue to watch the Songs of the Sea.
08:40pm- Proceed to Beach Station and board the Sentosa Express back to Vivo City.
08:50pm- Arrive at Vivo and proceed to Harbourfront MRT Station
09:00pm- Board the Harbourfront MRT to Chinatown.
09:10pm- Arrive at Chinatown. Read this post for details 360 Chinatown & Chinatown on New Year

Option A
10:00pm- Board the MRT to Clarke Quay (bar hopping) and check-in to any hotel afterwards...

Option B
10:00pm - Ride the Taxi (S$13 estimate) to Marina Bay Sands (Casino, Helix Bridge, City Viewing)
11:15pm - Ride the Taxi (S$18 estimate) to Changi Airport and sleep there. Read this, Sleeping at Changi.

September 2 (Friday) 
6:00am - Depends on where you have stayed, aim for the MRT(Green Line) to Changi Airport.
6:45am - Arrive at Changi Airport and go visit the beautiful places inside.
8:00am- Check-in
9:30am - Bon Voyage to MANILA, Philippines!!!
*This is for your guide only, it may not be exact, but at least an estimate. Leave your comment if there are clarifications.

Other Posts:
Singapore Suggested Itinerary
Singapore Budget Terminal Experience

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Justin Bieber LIVE in Singapore 2011

Waahh!...Do you have any idea why am I shouting?  Guess what?

Prepare yourself for the coming of the man who has a total of 1 billion views on YouTube. The worlds hottest young star who is idolized by the teens, wherever these teens may be.

This April 19, 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium...Justin Bieber is performing Live in Singapore for one night ONLY! A part of his World Tour...

If you happen to be in Singapore at this point in time...and you're a fan of this young Star.  You can buy the tickets priced at $250, $228, $198, $158, $128 and $98 at Sistic.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Best Time to Visit Marina Bay Sands

After we visited the Art Science Museum, we went down to the foot of the Marina Bay Sands. The sun is waving goodbye to the tourist scattered on every corner, taking photographs.  Some are setting up their high powered cameras with expensive lenses on its stand, preparing to capture the scene as Singapore reveals its secret.

The lights started to lit up, revealing the jaw-breaking beauty of MBS and the City.  The reflection of the buildings with the lights and a touch of shadows bounces of the waters of Marina.

The sun started to set and was like putting make up on the beautiful face of a lady (Singapore).  It enhances its beauty with the blending of the city lights. I looked to my left and saw these trees and lighted boardwalk...



The best time to visit the place is during sunset, which is at 6:30pm to 7:00pm.

Other Related Posts:
The Weird Building at Marina Bay Sands
360 View of the Marina Bay Sands Helix Bridge
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Five Dollar (S$5) Entrance Fee at Universal Studios Singapore: Is it True?

Note (as of Sept. 10, 2011): I asked the USS attendant and she said they will resume this $5 entrance on September 16, 2011. Please wait for further announcement or call +65 6577 8888 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +65 6577 8888      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Is it really true that the S$5 entrance at the Universal Studios Singapore is OVER?  Does it exist?

These questions had challenged me one Saturday morning.  What is really the truth about this entrance fee that cost less than 10% of the normal one.

I jumped off my bed, took my bath and put on my clothes.  A pair of shorts, t-shirt and a flipflop is what I wore that day.  Then at 3pm, I arrived at the entrance of Universal Studios Singapore, the ticketing section.

I've been to this place about 5 times now and it looks just like before, though the globe was under repair.  They covered it with blue-painted cardboard, and made those tourists unlucky and disappointment.

Anyway, I'm not a tourist, sort of...I asked the girl at the ticketing booth, wearing red uniform, about the S$5 dollar entrance fee.  She told me this:

Universal Studios Singapore
Entrance Fee : S$5
Every Friday and Saturday
Time: 6:30pm (selling of tickets)
         7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fireworks: 9:00pm depends on the weather.  If its raining, definitely no fireworks, so better pray not to rain, for this is the only chance.
Restrictions: No rides and half of the Universal Studios is only open for thrifty tourists, haha.  You can take pictures until Madagascar and before the Galactica.

So I queued up at 6:00pm and luckily, they started selling tickets at 6:15pm. The line is long with a 10 seconds per accommodated person. It took me 15 minutes to get the ticket.


Yes, I got the ticket and waited for the 7:00pm opening of the gate.  At 6:50pm, the people queued up to the gates so I hurried and joined them.  The gate opened and this is what it looks like....


So indeed, the myth of the S$5 Universal Studios Singapore is TRUE!...If you happen to be at Singapore on a Friday or Saturday itinerary, come visit the place, it's worth it.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Weird Building at Marina Bay Sands

The excitement of Ben is pumping when the itinerary for the weekend is the Marina Bay Sands.  

I was there at the opening of the Marina Bay Sands Helix Bridge few months ago, but we are not allowed to come in at that time, only half of the bridge was open.  

But this time, the place is fully open, so that means, we can take photos and videos...*demon laugh*. As we're approaching the Marina Bay Sands, I made it sure to take a photo of it...   

Marina Bay Sands photo taken along Temasek Avenue
The view taken at the intersection of Temasek and Raffles Avenue
We alighted at the bus stop just in front of Marina Bay Seating Gallery and we walked about 3 minutes and went up to the mouth of the Helix Bridge, then I took this photo...
Marina Bay Sands - taken at the mouth of the Helix Bridge
We are curious to know what was that building with a shell like figure or a hand, I think?  So we walked through the bridge for about 5 minutes and reached the entrance to the Marina Bay Sands mall...
Marina Bay Sands mall Entrance
Then, I looked at my right and the view of the weird building is towering over me.  It is bigger than what I had expected.  My goodness, what a huge structure!

At the foot of the Marina Bay Sands, looking at the structure
I wanted to know what's the name of the building and is there any special thing inside?  So, we went down to take a closer look...
So, it is a museum...Art Science Museum 
We went inside and checked how much would be the fee to get in...Oh, it's just S$30.00. Then I said, "I don't really like museums". *sour-graping dude* 

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Sexy Alien in Marina Bay Sands

Warning: If you are below 18 years of age, please do not proceed reading this blog.  If you do that...I warned you!

We were walking at the foot of the Marina Bay Sands. It was a huge mall and the ceiling is so high.  We did some window shopping but haven't bought any. Just looking at the windows, how nice the glass were built. haha!

Anyway, we saw people crowded on one spot of the corridor.  Curious enough to see what's happening, we went there with a haste!  Then three aliens, with long feet, were taken photos by the tourists.  And one alien caught my attention. See the photo...

Hey kid, I already warned you!  

Other Places:
The Weird Building at the Marina Bay Sands
Singapore Botanic Garden
Chinatown Singapore
Lucky Plaza
Inside ION Mall

Friday, February 11, 2011

Singapore Tour Suggested Itinerary

One of my reader, you know who you are...thanks, is asking me for an itinerary for a tour around Singapore in 4 days.

What I can suggest is to have this list of places to visit...

Thurs (16) 
Singapore Expo (1 MRT Station next to Changi Airport) 

*The following places can be toured by foot.
(alight at City Hall MRT station)
Esplanade, Suntec, Marina Square, other malls nearby...
Merlion (at the City) 
Marina Bay Sands ,(S$20-Adult, S$14-Children )
Arts Science Museum (S$30-Adult)
Glutton's Bay (Eat dinner)
Clarke Quay (bar hopping)

Friday (17)
Sentosa (S$3.00 Sentosa Express, you can use the EZ-link card)
Universal Studios (Cheaper tickets during weekdays) (S$66 - S$72 per person)
OrchardLucky PlazaIon (Alight at Orchard MRT Station and travel by foot)

Saturday(18) - These places are in one location
Orchid Farm
Night Safari

Sunday(19)
Jurong Bird Park
Airport (4pm)

Note: You can get the Three in One Package for the Zoo, Bird Park, Night Safari.

What's the Budget?
Oh my! This is difficult to estimate.  It depends on how you choose your food and how often do you take it.  The budget for a meal can be at S$4.50 and above, take note, this is with drinks.  Drinks costs from S$0.9 to S$1.50.  If you can see the Hawker type, this place is much cheaper.  You can bring your own mineral water to save few cents.

This is just my suggestion as I have been to this places.  It also depends on your energy, so for me, this is quite comfortable for people who are at 20's and 30's of age. 

Have a nice trip and Welcome to Singapore!

Any questions and comments, may it be violent or a simple thank you...please leave your message below.

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24-Hour Singapore Itinerary

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