Don’t miss the night market in Singapore

It was already late at night, it was above 9 pm. On the food stall, the snack is obviously gone. Finally it occurred to try to head towards the mall, but through a different side of the road, we usually pass. We have not yet arrived at the mall, we have seen food vendors, and we are very interested in buying there. This is not the usual food seller, but this is a food seller at the night market.

The Night Market, Singaporeans call it. Is there a night market in Singapore? That’s right, Singapore also has a night market, which has been around since the 1950s and 1960s. So not only Indonesia has a night market, in Singapore there is also a night market. This night market, always wandering from place to place. Just one or two weeks, this night market is located, then move to another place again, on and on like that. And coincidentally this night market is located near where we live, and will end on this week.

As the name suggests, the night market, The Singapore night market, will see the pulse of his life at night. The crowd will be felt at night, because indeed the sellers there start selling when it was late afternoon. And the location of the night market that is taking place in Bukit Batok right now, is indeed located alongside a road that is often passed by many people, ranging from workers, school children, and other citizens. So no doubt this factor is what makes the night market crowded during the night, because there are indeed many workers who come home from work stop by the night market, goods only briefly to buy food, fruits, or others. A variety of merchandise is offered in the night market, ranging from clothing, sandals, shoes, household items, children’s toys, cellphone protectors, food, fruits, and various home decorations which are certainly very unique and interesting.

Like Thursday night, the atmosphere of the night market had begun to quiet, because it was already above 9 pm. At that hour the traders have begun to close their wares. Only a few traders who still faithfully held merchandise. We chose to buy sausages. It costs $ S 2 for five food seeds. Whereas the sausage costs $ S 1 for small size, and $ S 1.5 for large size with cheese. Actually there are many choices of food on the night market, at affordable prices. In fact, it is not uncommon for foods like this to be found only in the night market, such as Japanese pizza, various fried (fried cuttlefish, fried prawn, fried chicken), twister potatoes, and many other foods, which certainly will make us addicted and hunting him down at the night market.

The next day, there was a three-day free movie show, so while watching a movie together, we took the time to go around the night market, which was located close to where the watch movie together. And of course during watching this free movie, we always pass the night market. So you can buy and try food at the same time the night market. In the following days, we tried to buy a variety of fried (fried cuttlefish), and buy Japanese pizza. The price of various fried ranges from $ S 3 – $ S 5. And there is something very interesting for me, ice, if I call it, because it makes it indeed spinning. This is very unique, and unfortunately we could not take pictures. The seller does not want to be photographed, and looks a little angry after someone has repeatedly taken the picture. The price of ice is fairly cheap, with a variety of flavours only for $ S 1. Cheap isn’t it ??

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And yesterday afternoon when passing the location of the night market, it seems like there are already many traders who don’t sell anymore, because indeed the night market will end soon, which is today. Many food vendors, clothing traders, who do not sell. Only a few sellers will close the night market. And fruit traders, with durian, rambutan and shamans, are still loyal to buyers, still selling. Twister potatoes traders, mobile phone covers, are also loyal to buyers. And the night market will be going around again, housed in a new location. One or two weeks later will move to another place, and at one time later it will be located at the current location.

Yes, that’s about the description of the night market in Singapore, called The Night Market. Just like the night market in Indonesia. If in Indonesia there is still or not the night market? Hopefully there is still and stay awake. Singapore alone is still a local culture to this day amidst of shopping places, of course I hope Indonesia also still maintains the existence of a night market like the one in Singapore.

Tips for Shopping in Singapore to Not Be Disappointed

Singapore has indeed become a shopping paradise for Indonesian tourists. But not infrequently shopping in Singapore also ends up disappointed.

Well, so that shopping in Singapore does not get disappointed there are some things you need to know. Goods in Singapore might be cheaper if purchased in your country.

1. First Price Survey

Before buying, make sure you do a price survey. If you think the price is cheaper by buying in your country, you should undo your intention to shop in Singapore.

Conversely, if indeed the item only came out in Singapore, for example like the iPhone. Of course it will be very different. So, make sure before buying to find out the price first. If it’s cheaper and more profitable, then you can buy it.

2. Know the Items You Want to Buy

Some items in Singapore are not entirely authentic. Sometimes there are also some rogue elements. So as not to be fooled by a person like this, it’s good to first identify the characteristics of the original item or the original item that you want to buy.

For example, if you want to buy branded shoes, make sure you know the characteristics of authentic goods ranging from accessories to the authenticity of the material. Do not recognize the goods after buying. Identification before buying. If it is not as expected, leave the store immediately without needing to bid again.

3. Make sure you have an official guarantee

One of the difficulties of buying goods in Singapore is an official guarantee that cannot be claimed in Indonesia. For example, such as mobile phones and other electronic products. But, there are also international guarantees for certain brands and goods.

So, before buying, ask first whether the guarantee only applies in Singapore or applies internationally. Of course the warranty also greatly affects the price of the goods.

4. Ask the Tax

Some elements often play about the tax on electronic goods, especially mobile phones. So as not to be fooled when buying, especially if you use cash, make sure that the items you buy include tax paid.

If the items to be purchased do not include tax paid. Ask how much tax you have to pay.

You can get a Good and Services Tax (GST) refund if you purchase more than SIN $ 100 with a refund of 7%. Save your invoice or purchase receipt and store stamp to make a refund claim. If you don’t want to be bothered, make sure the items you buy have a tax free label.

You can get a tax refund when returning to Indonesia by taking care of it at the Changi Airport departure check-in area. So, make sure to set aside more spare time beforehand to take care of the refund. Oh yes, if you go home via Batam, you cannot claim a refund because it is only served at Changi Airport.

5. Bargaining As Long As

If you really intend to buy, you can bid at a reasonable price. For example, try lowering the price by about 60%, 50% and so on. If there is no agreement, immediately leave and find another store.

The key, do not rush to buy. Act as if you don’t really need the item. Indeed in the art of bargaining it takes a little psychological game too.

Well, if there is no intention to buy, do not try to try to fool around. Search for shopping in community areas such as Little India, Chinatown or Kampong Glam in Singapore. Especially if you want to hunt delicious chocolate and the price is friendly in the bag, never buy it at Changi Airport unless you happen to only be able to transit.