Backpackers Cozy Corner Guesthouse in Singapore

cozy corner guesthousefront of the building

Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse

490 North Bridge Road,
2nd Floor,
Singapore 188736.
Tel:(65) 63396128, 62246859
Fax:(65) 63388826


Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse is located along North Ridge Road, the road next to Victoria Street. Its location is really great. MRT is just a few steps away as well as bus and taxi terminals. Places to dine at night are just nearby, at Liang Seah Street. From the cheapest to the most expensive meal, you can find it there. πŸ˜‰

cozy corner guesthousehallway on the 3rd floor

cozy corner guesthousebath towels, tissue and soaps are provided

cozy corner guesthouseprivate double room, $50/night

cozy corner guesthousethe kitchen located at the 2nd floor

cozy corner guesthousefree breakfast between 7:30am – 10:30am

cozy corner guesthousebread toasters

cozy corner guesthousebutter and jam

 

Upside:

  • near the stations (train, bus, taxi)
  • food centers can be found downstairs as well as 7 11
  • nearby some places of interests: Arab Street, Bugis Mall, Marina Boulevard, Suntec
  • 24 hours open
  • hotel is secured with cameras
  • room rates are affordable
  • free breakfast between 7:30-10:30 am (coffee and toast)
  • free wifi and use of pc
  • city maps are provided
  • baggage can be leftΒ  after check-out
  • common toilets and bathrooms are clean πŸ˜‰

Downside:

  • no private toilets & bathrooms
  • the staff are not that accommodating or friendly
  • blanket provided is not that clean (ask for replacement)

Verdict: Recommended for budget travelers who only need a place to sleep. Nice play to stay and almost walking distance to most of the tourist spots in the city. We’ll definitely go back here next time. πŸ˜‰

 

Check Cozy Corner’s accommodation here. πŸ˜‰

 

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Tang House in Malacca

Since we would be staying for one night only in Melaka, I looked for a place that would suit our budget. Of course, a budget accommodation along Jonker Street would be better. Through the hotel reviews of some travelers from tripidavisor.com, I was able to made a reservation at Tang House without any downpayment at all. πŸ˜‰ The owner, Mr. Tang, kept on answering all my queries through email. He’s such a nice man. πŸ˜‰

Tang House along Harmony Street

Tang House

80-1, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia/+606 283 3969/tanghouse@live.com

2nd floor: rooms can be found

budget accommodation in malaccanarrow corridor

budget accommodation in melakaa/c twin room @ RM55/night

budget accommodation in melakauniversal adapter needed for charging

budget accommodation in melakacommon toilet

budget accommodation in melakahot & cold shower

budget accommodation in melakathe kitchen at second floor: common area

budget accommodation in melakaTang House Cafe serves breakfast

 

About Tang House:

  • Wall dividers are made of wood.
  • It only has 2 common toilets with hot & cold shower.
  • No toiletries provided.
  • Not all the staff can speak/understand English.
  • Water dispenser is available meaning drinking water is free. πŸ˜‰
  • Breakfast at an affordable price is being served at the cafe.
  • Payment can be made upon check-out. No receipt.
  • Refrigerator, gas stove and microwave can be used with no charges at all.
  • Free use of computer and internet.
  • Mr. Tang (young entrepreneur) is always around.
  • Jonker Cafe is just across the guesthouse.
  • Tourists attractions are just nearby.

 

A Short Walk in Jonker Street

Jonker Street, the center street of Chinatown in Melaka, was once famous for its antique shops but over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best time to be at Jonker Street is on Friday and Saturday nights where there is aΒ  night market that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes. You would see traders along the street who put up stalls to sell their products. Some of the locals convert their houses to food stalls where you can get a glimpse of their unique architectural designs.

Jonker Street

a local restaurant

local shops

Hokkien Huay Kuan; Ancestral House


Carrot & Raddish Cake @ 50 sen/pc

Dodol Melaka: home made delicacy made from coconut & brown sugar

ice candies

Honey lime juice

sugar lollies

candies

Gula Melaka Store

Yummy!

Ingredients: coco milk, syrup, grass jelly & beans

Jonker Walk

souv! πŸ˜‰

 

Singapore Trip: Sentosa Island

Going to Sentosa Island had never been difficult for us though it made our travel a bit longer than usual. Since Sentosa Boardwalk has already opened on the 30th of January, a couple of weeks before our arrival, I encouraged hubby to go to Sentosa by foot. The heat of the sun wasn’t a problem at all because the Boardwalk is covered with fiber glass. Aside from that, using the travellator would make your walk to Sentosa faster than what you thought.

travellator at Sentosa Boarwalk

along Sentosa Boardwalk

Sentosa Boardwalk

at Sentosa

 

Entry to Sentosa Boardwalk costs $1 using EZ link card for quick access. Well, it is much cheaper than taking the train at Vivo City for $3. πŸ˜‰ We were not able to explore that much the Boardwalk because of the scorching heat of the sun. Like what I always say, there is always a next time. But when?! Lol! The first attraction that we had seen was the Universal Studios. USS ticket for adults costs $66 on weekdays and $72 on weekends while kids age 3-12 can get a ticket for $48 on weekdays and $52 on weekends.

 

entrance to USS

USS globe

Candy Tree of Candylicious

Candy bucket of Candylicious

got it?!

The Thinker

Merlion Park

Flower Garden at Imbiah Lookout

Skyline, $12/pax

 

How did we go back to Vivo City? Taking the train to Vivo City was our only option for we had to go back again (for the 3rd time) to the Fountain of Wealth before our flight. We took the train at Little Imbiah Station. Geee, it was free! Teehee! ;))

 

Tips:

  • Go to Sentosa by walking through the boardwalk for $1 only. (ez link card)
  • Use the train in going back to Vivo City, free of charge.
  • Best time to get around Sentosa is 4pm.
  • Water in the drinking fountain is drinkable.


 

 

Singapore Trip: Sands Skypark

Marina Bay Sands was the latest tourist attraction in Singapore. It is the only hotel with three towers interconnected by a 1 hectare sky terrace, popularly known as the Sands Skypark. The skypark has the widest elevated swimming pool in the world that has an overlooking view of the city. Whoa!

aerial view of the skypark from designboom.com

Upon learning that the Sands Skypark has an observation deck that tourists can visit, I made it a point that hubby and I wouldn’t miss it. The day hubby had seen the Marina Bay Sands, he was too excited when he learned that we’ll be going to its sky terrace on our last day in Singapore. πŸ˜‰ Since the Sands Skypark opens at 10:00 am, we decided to go there early. From Suntec City, we walked back to Promenade MRT Station and headed to Raffles Avenue. The Sands Skypark is located at the back of the mall but crossing the street is not possible. We had to get inside the mall, went to the basement and turned left to reach the hotel as well as the ticketing office only to find out that the observation deck in the infinity pool area was not accessible to the public due to a private function being held that time. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel would be having their grand opening later in the evening, an event that shouldn’t be missed. Too bad for us because we would be flying back to Manila at 6:00 pm. πŸ˜₯ The idea of re-scheduling our flight came to our mind but we had decided to take the opportunity since we were already there. Each ticket costs $20 but we were able to get it at $18 for becoming a Premier Advantage member of the Sands Skypark. Registration is free. All you have to do is to show your passport and fill-out a membership form.

The wooden floor ofΒ  sky terrace

view of the infinity pool

skyscrapers in the city

breathtaking view

Marina Barrage

see the Esplanade Theater?

see the flyer?

We had also seen the on-going construction at the MBS, the Gardens by the B ay which will be another tourist attraction in the area. It consists of three unique waterfront gardens which are Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The Bay South, being the largest among the three, aims to showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. Conservatories, supertrees, horticultural themed gardens, flower market and main event space are the attractions that will definitely fascinate everyone.

Gar dens by the Bay

Conservatories: Flower Dome & Cloud Forest

Supertrees, tree-like structures

 

We’ll definitely go back at the Marina Bay Sands not as tourists but as guests of course so that we can experience swimming on top of the building while enjoying the astounding beauty of the city. πŸ˜‰

 

A big THANK YOU once again to my hubby for his wonderful photos. <wink>

 


Singapore Trip: Fountain of Wealth

Going to Suntec City to see the largest fountain in the world was included in our itinerary but it seemed that luck was not with us every time we visit the place! Booo! Out of desperation, we kept on coming back just to see the water flowing from the fountain. We were there on our last day at 9:00 am only to find out that the fountain opens at 10:00 am. Another booo! πŸ˜‰ Waiting was not on our mind that time because we shouldn’t miss going to MBS Skypark which also opens at 10:00 am. Since the place is quite close to Suntec City, we decided to come back after our Skypark visit. The time we went back to Suntec City, it was already opened. And the fountain was so nice with water flowing from its ring.

 

Fountain of Wealth

Water from the ring top

 

The Fountain of Wealth is located within the commercial complex ofΒ  Suntec City. The base of the fountain can be found at the lower ground of the complex where main basement restaurant area lies on its base perimeter. Visitors are allowed to walk around the middle fountain or the inner fountain that can be found at the center of the fountain’s base for good luck and good fortune.

 

Must-do steps

The inner fountain

Closer look of the inner fountain

 

When hubby learned that we can make a wish from the fountain, he hoped that we could come back after 2:00 pm. Since we would be going to Sentosa after that, I made sure that going back to Fountain of Wealth could be squeezed in before our flight in the afternoon. And we were so lucky for we had enough time to spare for our next visit at the fountain. We were able to walk around the inner fountain together with other tourists and whispered our wishes. πŸ˜‰ What did we wish for?! Revelation will be done as soon as wishes granted!

 

Notes:

  • Fountain of Wealth opens at 10:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm.
  • Visitors are allowed to walk around the inner circle at 2:00 pm onwards.
  • Koi Garden is within the area, visit the place to see different kinds of Koi.

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore Trip: Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, with the height of 120 ft, that is now becoming an outing spot for many people because of its unique shape and amazing beauty. Another architectural wonder in Singapore, if I may say. We had been to this place through a friend’s recommendation (my sister’s friend, Cris). Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to mention how to get there that’s why I kept on googling around but found no exact directions.

Henderson Waves

Since we had no idea how to get there, hubby and decided to go there by foot. It took us half an hour on reaching the place. Whew! Not that bad! The bridge is really beautiful with its giant wave structures. You wouldn’t even feel that your walking on a bridge that connects Mt. Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. If you don’t feel like going to those parks, you can stay on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view around you or just sit there while having a bite.

From Telok Blangah Hill Park

the bridge lighted by LED at night

couples dating on the bridge

wooden floor of the bridge

the view of the city

Bus Stop to Harbour Front or Vivo City

 

 

Best time to go there:

  • Morning: between 6:00-8:00 am. Enjoy the fresh and cool air.
  • Evening: between 7:00-11:30 pm. Enjoy the beauty of the bridge lighted with LED.

 

How to get there:

  • By Bus:
    From Vivo City, exit the main road and walk to bus stop 14121 then take Bus 131 or 145. Alight at the 4th stop along Henderson Road. Cross the street and take the staircase up to Telok Blangah Hill. Go up until you see the big signage of the bridge.
  • By Car:
    Parking is available at Mount Faber Carpark D (17 lots) and Telok Blangah Hill Park Carpark 1 (17 lots) & Carpark 2 (total 39 lots)

****Thanks to my hubby for the wonderful photos he took. πŸ˜‰

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