This is the story of four best friends and a night at the Singapore hostel.
A couple years ago Fia threw a Christmas slumber party, and we decided to make it a tradition. I wanted to do it the next time but we weren’t together for Christmas as I was away. We celebrated it a few days later over a Thai steamboat dinner and gift exchange. Also an issue: my current place was too small to host a sleepover for four grownups, what with two weeks worth of laundry and owning only one single sized mattress. Around the same time I got an invitation for a staycation in bunc @ Radius. ,a new and hip Singapore hostel. It took me less than five minutes to check with my best friends before accepting the perfect-timing offer.
On said the weekend, we packed our toiletries, games and snacks before heading down to 15 Upper Weld Road, Little India. For some reasons, I never stayed in a hostel before, mainly because I was worried to share my personal space with the many types of crazies out there; so I came with no expectation, but I should have. I should have come with some expectations because hostels rock. At least this Singapore hostel does!
The hostel has a minimalist decor, mostly in gray, white and black colors and the whole place smelt nice. There were lounge areas, games/movie room and decks. There were MacBooks near the entrance and cooking area with plenty of utensils and ingredients. There were three floors, and we stayed at ladies only floor. When they showed us to our room, and I did a happy dance in my head because again it’s really NICE. The beds were protected with extra sheet. The sheets were clean, there were writing table and lockers.
First thing we did? We played Vi’s board game called The Settlers of Catan. It has villages, road, sheep, famine, and soldiers. It required heavy thinking, If you are wondering what were I doing with the heavy thinking game, I wonder about that as well. Until now. But seriously, the game was fun. We discovered new rules and gang up with others during difficult times. It was definitely better than monopoly, trust me!
We played until very late and decided to go out for some time.
The hostel hosts different activities each day (check out their bulletin wall, my most favorite part of the hostel) and on Saturdays it was a pub-crawling of a few bars in Singapore with discounted prices for entry and drinks. We contemplated for a while to join, but decided not to, we were on lazy mode. Instead, we went for dinner. Since bunc @ Radius is located right in the middle of the city we had many options, we could go to Bugis, Little India or Dhoby Ghaut. It was raining, and we were lazy to walk, so we went to Usman, one of my fave restaurants at Little India. Feeling full by extra servings of keema and naan we walked back to our Singapore hostel.
Back at the hostel, we took showers. The communal shower area was so clean! Cleaner than our Uni dormitory communal shower was; with a dressing area, huge enough for the vanity in us, a couple of chairs and hair dryers! At times even hotels don’t have hair dryers! I know, I checked, way too many times.
We changed into our PJs, and so the slumber party began! We started with
a pillow fight and worked our way towards.. We played charade and later got cozy under the duvets and talked, mostly about politics (?), until.. dawn, almost dawn? I am not sure.
When I woke up it, as usual, it took me some time to realize this wasn’t my place, and I was sleeping on a bunk bed. I saw Fia was still sleeping, I smiled and took an extra snooze myself.
When we finally woke up, like reaaaaally woke up, we went down to eat our FREE breakfast (this was the first time I heard hostel with free breakfast). We again chatted our hours away when finally the sleepy head Yin joined us.
It was almost noon when we got ready, returned our towels and bid a “goodbye.. See you again!” to bunc @ Radius.
It was a fabulous staycation at a Singapore hostel. Either you are solo traveling or traveling in a group, as four of us sharing a whole room definitely was cheaper than staying at the hotel. I also want to thank my best friends who left their wife-ing, baking and painting to spend a night together, just like the old times eh girls?