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  1. grrofunger

    Singapore trip - planning tips?

    themagician covers a chunk of it plus its not exactly legal and singapore authorities arent exactly "friendly" so you are risking your money for no real reason. there are tonnes of hotels in singapore. the singapore MRT is excellent, just find a decent cheap hotel near a MRT station and you are set absolutely no need to stuff about or take any risk with airbnb
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    Singapore trip - planning tips?

    do not airbnb in singapore
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    Singapore trip - planning tips?

    I used a private driver, had to pay cash but got the legoland tickets off him and checked vs online price and the tickets were cheaper. We splashed out on a top luxury vehicle think the return journey was $280SGD - definitely can be done cheaper. https://www.sgmytaxi.com/ We were picked up at our hotel at 8am and were at Legoland around 9:30am. It's not always 1.5 hours at the border. When we went we were allowed to stay in the car to be processed, just handed all the passports to the driver and he gave them to the authorities and we were verified by waving through the window. I believe now that has been changed and every person has to get out of every vehicle at the border. So this may add more time. We were then picked up from Legoland at 6pm and were back by the pool at the hotel in Singapore by 7:30pm. (yes, you need to be processed at the border again..including filling out those annoying immigration cards) It was a longish day but the kids had an absolute blast , it was one of the top highlights of the week long family trip. As for legoland - there is a theme park and a water park. We were really lucky both were very empty on the day we went. Water park we did from 10am to approx 12:30pm and we did plenty of stuff there, multiple rides on slides etc - but there were no queues at all. Had a quick lunch in the themepark and covered off that whole park by closing time (again-no queues) which from memory was 5:30pm - we were allowed to shop up until 6pm and spent a fortune on lego. If the park was remotely busy there is no way 1 day would cut it and there is enough there to justify staying overnight and doing 1 full day in each park. Or half day water and 1.5 days theme park. I will say i went there with low expectations and it far exceeded them so my review of the place may be a touch too much on the 'glowing' side. Kids had a blast and i guess that was the main thing, they enjoyed it way more than Universal. Ages at the time were 10,8,4
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    Singapore trip - planning tips?

    Good point on the travel to the zoo , definitely cab for that one. I also recommend NOT staying on Sentosa too And again, yep most shops wont open until 10am or even 11am for some but then they stay open until about that time pm as well. Fort Siloso was a good tip, i found it interesting from a historical persepctive, others may find it really boring. Zipline is still there also a high ropes obstacle course as well which i enjoyed. Has 3 different height/difficulty levels.
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    Singapore trip - planning tips?

    Yep, used to be there but not anymore
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    Singapore trip - planning tips?

    Phew...where to start... i love Singapore and visit every couple of months ! You're list is pretty good, i'll try and work through it.. 1. Singapore weather is pretty much the same all year round...very hot and humid and scattered rainstorms. you might get a bit more rain in december-march and june-september. 2. *Universal Studios - 1 day is enough * Singapore Zoo/River Safari/Night Zoo - i reccommend 2 days for this - otherwise its a massive day. i've done it all in 1 day with kids and it killed us..we were too exhausted to really enjoy the night safari which gets packed. you could do zoo and river safari in a day and if you want to do night zoo do it another night... if you need to skip 1.. skip night zoo - its overrated IMO * Gardens by the Bay - If you go here you must do the cloud forest and the flower dome. you could do this place in one afternoon/night - must do at night for the lights. * Orchard Road shopping - meh, boring - singapore has shopping everywhere - same same all over the place. * Sentosa Island Aquarium/Luge/waterpark - sentosa needs a good few days to explore all the activities - plenty to do. *Pop over to Legoland Malaysia (if time allows) - if you can , make time for this - was a huge highlight of our family trip. we went as a family last year august and did the water park and theme park in one day , covered everything as we had the whole park pretty much to ourselves, if the place was busy no way could it be done in one day. we hired a private driver to take and return us, made the journey and border crossing much easier - leave plenty of time to get there , at least 1.5 hours to allow for delays at the border and traffic. 3. Klook 4. I answered in 2. 5.depends on what you are into, you have covered the typical main things. really explore the sentosa website for all the activities available. 6. the MRT is first class - so easy to use , cheap and gets you pretty much everywhere with ease. otherwise taxi's are cheap and can be found on an app called grab which is like uber (singapore dont have uber) 7. Pretty much anywhere, but just stay near an MRT station - i recommend finding a serviced apartment but most require 7 days minimum, hotels are expensive
  7. +1 I was about to type this suggestion. Did the 8:45am VIP tour in March , it was awesome
  8. I did the zombie shooting at zero latency in vegas. Was bloody awesome fun Bit expensive for half an hours fun but fun nonetheless.
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    Topgolf Menu released

    From memory that menu looks better than what was on offer at Top Golf in Vegas but i was pretty drunk there and ate mainly sweet potato fries which were pretty average
  10. Thanks for sharing this, had never heard of this guy before.... now i am hooked on his videos. Yes, there is a huge wanker element to him but the guy is a bloody genius scammer. Some pretty good viewing amongst his videos
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    Topgolf Gold Coast Construction

    I have just been to Vegas and went to Topgolf as well. I'm a casual golfer and really enjoyed Topgolf, its more than a driving range. Beers were flowing , food was being delivered. Plenty of different 'games' to choose from for competition and banter with mates. The screen replays your shot and gives you info like speed,drift etc - I can see it being a big success. Was pretty fun. (you can rack up a pretty big bill in a hurry)
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    U.S Trip Advice

    I was there yesterday, most queues were 60 minutes and Harry Potter was 2 and a half hours. I did the VIP tour and had unlimited front of line, well worth the money. The additional tour benefits and our tour guide were amazing and so was the included VIP buffet lunch. The motion rides made me sick. I prefer the Singapore versions of Mummy and Jurassic Park. The park for me was mainly all about the studio tour and VIP is definitely the way to go IMO We are staying in Downtown LA - caught the red line metro train there - was about an hour door to door. Short walk to a Universal Shuttle when you get to Universal City station or you can walk up the massive hill to the entrance if you like. Uber home was about 20 minutes. The park was open to 10pm last night. There are also shops, cinemas and restaurants and an iFly outside the park in Universal City which can soak up some time and $$
  13. Lol. thanks mate. Love it You had that place running on an impressive margin then 👍🏻
  14. Average of 2857 per day then, ok, better than i expected. Good ! 40 mil over 7 is obviously much more than 27 mil over 6 Not sustainable I'll reiterate here also that i am a huge supporter of the park have spent a lot of money on season passes, food, guest passes, fast passes etc over the past 4 or so years so i am not trying to nay say for the hell of it or denigrate the place but i feel some expectations here are very unrealistic.
  15. Some random maths which mean absolutely nothing but i'm bored at work so lets play.... Open approx 175 days a year Maximum capacity 5500 (from when they locked the gates december 2015) Say they got on average across the full season 2000 visitors per day ever day (generous) 2000 x 175 = 350,000 guests per season lets pretend 35% of those are season ticket holders and use the full adult rate for each of $169 = $20.7 mill lets pretend 65% of those day guests paid full adult admission of $58 for 1 day = $13.2 mill We have gate takings on these wild assumptions of $33 mill lets pretend each person spent $10 on food/merch etc every single time they visited = $3.5 mill I haven't allowed the plethora people not buying food/merch, child entry $ values, discounted tickets, etc In this scenario we have income of approx $37.5 mill After wages,R&M,advertising,admin,tax etc - all outgoings a profit margin of circa 15% would probably be considered healthy So we have profit of approx $5.5 mil a year I would peg true profit probably closer to $2 mil cue Mark Shaw to tell me i'm way off... Either way recovering $12 mill (abyss) and $7 mill (kraken) and $7.5 mill (goliath) and was it half a mill to fill in that old lake? whats that $27 mill just there in the past 6 years? It aint sustainable - even at $5 mil per year profit (yes i understand 6 x 5 is greater than 27) no way AW is generating $5 mil a year profit.