Tripods are available in plenty of shops in Sim Lim square as well, but try to avoid the camera shops on the first floor. Step on the escalators and go further up...try your luck there and you'll immediately notice the difference in price. In the end, I bought an aluminium one for just $35...slightly shorter than I am, so it must be somewhere around 160cm or so, complete with spirit levels, which I hardly ever use.
The brand is Mora. It gets the job done, but a little flimsy. With a compact camera, it does the job perfect. But use a 350D and kit lens on it, and you may see that is becomes slightly imbalanced. Put a 350D and a 70-200mm f/4 (without tripod collar) on it, and it still works, but the head tends to drag a little and you'll need to compensate by tilting the head a little higher before locking it in place.
Not bad for $35. If you want to travel light, be sure to look also for a bean bag. Quite useful on days when you want to leave the tripod in the hotel, or when shooting wild animals on safari from a vehicle (if you ever get to that stage...I don't know if I will).