I decided to do backpacking with so little money in hand. I only wanted to go back to Vietnam so SG is not in my budget but when I was searching for flights, a one way flight from Manila to Singapore and a one way flight from Singapore to Vietnam is way cheaper than a flight directly from Manila to Vietnam so I came here.
I found out about couchsurfing from one of the travelers I met in the hostel I stayed at here in Singapore last July 2014. I have been wanting to try it to save money since as we all know, Singapore is one of the most expensive city in the world.
I contacted an Indian guy I was supposed to couchsurf last August. My Filipina friend accommodated me instead during that trip so I just went and met these guys for lunch. He lives in Clementi with 5 other Indians and they are all professionals, not to mention “geeks” type. They all agreed for me to stay for 5 nights. How lucky am I?!
It was a 3 bedroom flat with 6 professional Indians living there so I literally stayed on their couch. Of course, it’s not comfy like a bed but it wasn’t that bad at all. Besides, I wanted to save money! During the weekdays, I was the only one in the flat since they are all working.
On a Friday night, we went out for dinner. We went to “Khansama Tandoori Restaurant” in Science Park. I had a kind of Indian food I never had before and it was really good. I heard that the bill was SGD 130. It was their treat! 😉
After dinner, we went to Clementi Sports Complex. We played snooker and billiards from 11PM to 3AM!!! That was fun.
My first couchsurfing experience was awesome. I got lucky that I met these nice people. 🙂