I live a block from the mosque in the picture (Masjid Sultan near Bugis MRT). I walk one block, I can get lamb murtabak or egg prata and fried chicken for SGD 4.50 (USD 3.00). I walk 5 blocks to the National Library and half a block from the library is a street full of asian food restaurants, one of which I just got spicy chicken mushroom noodle soup and a plate of shang hai cai (veggie) with oyster sauce for SGD 6.30 (USD 4.20).
My day starts with coffee and relaxing in the sun (tough, I know ;) to build up my base tan so I can hit the beach at Pulau Bintan. Then I head off to the library, read a whole bunch, and then off to get some food. Evening is for wandering around when everyone's out.
Two things I've learned so far: (i) you can meet girls in the lending library... not in the research library (sample size 3). (ii) street vendors that handle money have a hard time when you pay by rounding up. Like with the SGD 6.30 meal, I gave them 12.00 (10 bill + 2 coins) as I didn't want a bunch more 1 dollar coins. You could see the gears turning in their head. They had to be rescued by a co-worker. I've done this one time before, with a similar result. Would people in the States fare better or worse, I wonder since we have fancy-schmancy registers to do the math.