Cheaper across the Causeway

On Monday, the Malaysian ringgit (RM) sunk to a 10-month low against the Singapore dollar, amid growing worries that oil-exporter Malaysia would be one of the Asian countries hardest hit by the fall in global oil prices.

As of noon on Dec 2, the exchange rate was RM2.62 for every S$1. In August, the exchange rate was RM2.52 for every S$1.

Here are five things that will give you more bang for your buck across the Causeway this December holidays:


A combo adult ticket, which allows you entry to the theme park and the water park, costs RM175 while the child and senior option costs RM140.

What it would have cost in August:

Adult: S$69.44; Child: S$55.55

What it costs now:

Adult: S$66.79; Child: S$53.44


An entry ticket to the Hello Kitty-themed park costs RM75 for both adults and children.

In August: S$29.76

Now: S$28.63


The rib restaurant opened an outlet at the Komtar JBCC, a stone's throw from the Woodlands Checkpoint.

They now have a promotion called the Tony's Fiesta Platter, which costs RM148.

In August: S$58.70

Now: S$56.49


Laser Tag at Galactic Laser, Sunway Pyramid Mall, is an option if you have a few hours to kill. One mission costs RM23.

In August: S$9.12

Now: S$8.78


If you've been toying with the idea of getting a travel-size hairdryer, now is the time to do it at Tesco.

A Philips SalonDry Travel HP4940 hairdryer costs RM68.90.

In August: S$27.34

Now: S$26.30