Discount Memberships in Singapore

Shopping Discounts

The Perks and Points of Singapore

Singapore is a shopping city, so whether you are looking for  the glitz and glamour of Orchard or the basement bargains in Chinatown, the city will never fail to satisfy that shopping itch…


“No.” I say.

“Would you like to apply?”

I look at my watch, “No thank, not today.”

Eventually you will relent and you’ll be glad you did. From department stores to supermarkets, everyone has point and discount incentive cards. Do you really need them? The answer is YES. It is amazing how much you save, and gain, from flashing one of them on your next purchase!

Here a few ideas to get you going

EZ Link: You can either buy the pay as you go (the benefit: reduced fares) or a “season pass” which is available to Singapore residents (the benefit: unlimited use on the MRT and LRT)

Passion Card: The list goes on! There are many benefits to this card for as little as S$12 per year. It can also double as an EZ Link, so one less piece of plastic to fill your wallet!

Kinokuniya Book Store: Books are expensive in Singapore, I mean really expensive. Your average paperback can set you back S$20 or more! It is well worth purchasing their “Privilege Card”. It offers a 10% discount on all books and you receive updates of storewide sales of 20% off.

Survival Chic: This membership card offers an insiders scoop on events and happenings in Singapore, as well as discounts at their participating F&B outlets. It is great for new comers and established expats alike!

Miscellaneous Credit Cards: Amex offers up to 50% discounts at main stay restaurants such Da Paolo (Rochester Park), Citibank offers discounts on petrol and DBS offers discounts and giveaways with minimum purchases. It is best to decide where you frequent the most to decide which one will most benefit you… or you could just get one of each!

 What’s that in the Wet Market?

Empress Market on Farrer Road

What’s the difference between Garoupa and Grouper… nothing! The Singapore wet markets have an array of fish from all over South East Asia, including New Zealand and Australia and if you are coming from the shores of Europe or the Americas it can be quite confusing trying to find your favorite fillet.


The big fish market is in Jurong and while it is open to the public, you need to get there at about 2am to get the fresh catch of the day. The solution; go to your local wet market. It’s cheaper and fresher than any of the grocery stores and once you have found your favorite fishmonger, he’ll be throwing in an extra shrimp for your next barbie!

Steamed Garoupa will serve 2 people

Fresh Ingredients


1 Garoupa- cleaned, filleted and deboned (no tail/no head, unless you want it)

½ Cup of Chinese parsley leaves (cilantro)

¼ Cup of chopped Scallions (some green bits)

1 Tablespoon of good Olive Oil (extra virgin)

2 Heaping Teaspoons of freshly grated Young Ginger

Juice of 2 Limes

Salt (good salt) and fresh ground Pepper to taste

Ready for the Oven


Preheat oven to 175 (C)

Place fish in individual parchment paper (large enough to fold at top and tuck under on the sides, about 20 inches) onto a flat baking sheet, preferably cast iron.

In a bowl combine olive oil, lime juice, scallions, ginger and salt. Pour mixture equally over each fillet. Then sprinkle Chinese parsley equally over each fillet. Pepper to taste.

Lift edges of parchment paper, leaving enough space to steam the fish, fold the two sides and then tuck both ends under the fish.

Put fish in oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

Serve fish in or out of parchment package

So easy, so good lah!