• How to Score Discounts From the Sights to Data SIM in Singapore!

    Scrambling for good deals on hotels and the sights takes a considerable amount of time. Here's a possible solution.
    by Kitty Elicay .
How to Score Discounts From the Sights to Data SIM in Singapore!
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  • Singapore has become the ideal destination for Filipino families because it’s visa-free, the country has the same time zone as ours, and there are a lot of family-friendly attractions to choose from that are easily accessible. (By the way, the 2019 Philippine holidays have already been announced!)

    The Lion City though is expensive. While we can dream of a guided travel tour because of the convenience, it comes with a steep price. DIY is the next best thing, but scrambling for good deals on hotels and the sights takes a considerable amount of time. (Your computer knows — just look at the browser tabs you have opened.) To those who want to simplify the research (and their life), you may want to try Klook.

    This travel booking app provides deals and discounts to various tourist destinations, attractions, and restaurants around the world. It can even provide you with Wifi and airport to hotel transfers. You probably already know at least one person who has tried it. But does it really make a difference, savings-wise? And how does it work exactly? 

    Klook asked us to try it out for one day in Singapore on our own — no guided tours, not even a Klook representative to meet us. We arrived at night, which is usually the most affordable flight, spent the following day to see three sights, and left in the morning.

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    Easy airport transfers

    Before to our arrival, we booked a private vehicle from the airport to our hotel. There were different packages to choose from on Klook, starting from a sedan for a group of three to bigger vans for a group of nine.

    We chose the package for a sedan, which costs Php1,552. We availed of a mobile sim (Php465) that would give us free 20 minutes of international calls, 100GB data, 500 minutes of local calls and 100 local SMS. After booking, we received a confirmation email and vouchers that we need to present (either printed or saved on our smartphone) to get our purchases.

    Upon arrival at the Singapore Changi Airport, we headed to Cheers, a convenience store and one of the pickup points inside the airport, to get our data sim. Be wary of the redemption hours for each pickup point — our flight arrived at 8:15 p.m., and we had to race to the store to get the data sim because redemption hours were up to 9:00 p.m. only. Whew! (We couldn't find it until the information desk told us it was at the departure area, a different floor)

    Once we secured the sim, we headed to the exit gate closest to our flight’s luggage belt to wait for our transport. According to the Klook voucher, the driver would wait for us up to an hour and 15 minutes from actual flight landing time. Since we arrived earlier than expected, we had to wait, but it was easy to spot him because he was about to hold up a sign with our name on it.

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    According to the Changi Airport website, regular taxis range from SG$30 to 35 (around Php1,167 to Php1,360) while private cars start at SG$55 (around Php2,200). You can save even more if you ride the train or bus, but when you have younger kids in tow, this is one convenient and stress-free option.

    Discounted attractions

    Science Centre Singapore is an interactive museum with over 23 exhibitions and attractions. Half a day here isn't enough.
    PHOTO BY Leah Nemil-San Jose

    We had a full day ahead of us with three of Singapore’s top attractions. The Science Centre Singapore, Night Safari, and the newly-opened Rainforest Lumina at the Singapore Zoo.

    According to a Klook representative, it is best to book the attractions ahead of your trip because they can get sold out on a daily basis.

    For Science Centre Singapore, the Klook package that includes 1 Omni Theatre Movie and the “Butterflies Up Close” exhibition costs Php621 each (tickets for children ages 3 to 12 are priced at Php504 each). Standard entrance with the butterfly exhibition is at SG$20 (Php778) for adults and SG$16 (Php623) for kids. Omni Theatre is priced at SG$14 or Php544 for both adults and children. Savings from Klook: Php700.

    Night Safari tickets were priced at Php1,629 for adults and Php1,086 for children in the Klook app. Standard rates start at SG$47 (Php1,825) for adults and SG$31 (Php1,204) for kids. For Rainforest Lumina, that day offered discounted tickets at Php776 each (Php543 for kids). Standard rates are at SG$21 (Php815) for adults and SG$15 (Php582) for children. So, you get to save around Php235 from Klook.

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    Science Centre Singapore

    Science Centre Singapore has a vast outdoor space called the Kinetic Garden.
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    Now, this is the kind of hands-on exhibit kids love!
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    If you only have one day in Singapore, then we suggest taking your kids at this interactive museum. You will be surprised to realize it's already 4:00 p.m., and you haven't seen every inch of the place. It houses various exhibitions that would satisfy the natural curiosity of your child and teach him about science, technology, engineering, and math in the most fun way possible. Grown-ups, you will enjoy your time here, too!


    Our favorite exhibitions include “The Mind’s Eye,” where you get to witness various illusions that play with lights, shadows, and visuals to shift your perception.
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    Take a photo on this spot and witness how tiny you become!
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    There’s also “Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic!” that features Asia’s massive mirror maze. Challenge yourself and escape without getting lost in the infinite tunnel of reflections.
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    Teach kids to be brave by learning about their fears in the exhibition, “Phobia: The Science of Fear.” Discover how our phobias take control of our minds, and how we can overcome it.
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    And don’t miss out on the Tesla Coil demonstration! You’ll get to witness what 3.5 million volts of electricity looks like and even even have the opportunity to be “zapped” in front of an audience.
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    Love butterflies? Identify various species at the “Butterflies Up Close” exhibition and learn more about their beautiful markings and colors.
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    If you find this photo amazing, you have to head to the Omni-Theatre, a 3D digital dome theater where it feels like you’re traveling through space.
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    Escape Singapore's sweltering weather at Snow City where kids and adults can play and slide down a snowy mountain!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Science Centre Singapore
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    Rainforest Lumina and Night Safari

    Rainforest Lumina is a limited attraction that will run until December 31, 2018.

    The country has many kid-friendly places you can visit at night, but one of the tourist destinations worth the stop is Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Night Safari and Rainforest Lumina, which is Singapore Zoo’s latest attraction. Both open only at nighttime, starting at 7:00 p.m.

    Here, guests will explore a one kilometer stretch of the Singapore Zoo and be mesmerized by a beautiful audio-visual experience. You won’t see any animals, but you will get to know the Creature Crew.
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    There are 11 different zones in the forest, each providing a one-of-a-kind light show. You won’t miss any of them as it’s a straightforward path, but do watch out for “Garden of Virtues” where you can be part of the creature crew (like a sloth, orangutan, or chameleon) by choosing a silicone bracelet that represents the animal’s personalities. Your kids will delight in “Sing Like an Animal,” where they can coax the creatures to appear using their voice.

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    One of the zones is “Play Like an Animal” where kids can make the creature crew join them in play when they jump on the circular stages.
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    Don’t forget to take a photo by the “Wall of Fame” where you end the journey by becoming one with the creature crew. Take the silicone bracelet home with you, scan the barcode, and get your souvenir photo!

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    In Night Safari, you’ll get to know the nocturnal animals that roam the wild — a herd of deer and elephant, a lion, rhinoceros, and even a hippopotamus! Explore the park via a tram ride or the various trails wherein you will get the opportunity to see various animals like wallabies, possums, fishing cats, civets, tigers, sloth bears, hyenas, and more.

    Don’t miss out on the Creatures of the Night show, where you can see the animals that roam the park up close.
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    They’ll also teach you a thing or two about saving the planet and protecting various endangered species.
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    Did we get you excited? If you're booking a trip to Singapore, read up on more attractions here and here. Happy planning!

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