Alif has visited Singapore few times, still he hadn’t got enough visit yet to Universal Studio. Luckily, there was a promo on Jetstar then I could buy tickets for me and him only Rp.796,958 (less than US$80 for return trips during “kids fly free” promo).
My widowed mom never travelled abroad before (she almost went to Japan for student exchange, 40 years ago, but govt political conflict caused the funding organization changed the plan). Last week, I took her to immigration office to get a passport because I wanted to take her to Singapore too. Return trips on same flight with mine above for my mom was only Rp.597,187 (less than US$60).
Our main destinations would be Legoland at Johor Bahru and Universal Studio Singapore at Resold World Sentosa.
Legoland (http://www.legoland.com.my/) is first international theme park in Malaysia that opens since September 15, 2012 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia upon its establishment. The opening hours = 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM but Legoland Express, Dino Island, and Pharoah’s Revenge will close at sunset due to safety (darkness) then I must plan our visit not to miss any of them.
November 2013 would be great time because a brand new Legoland Water Park would open on October 21, 2013 (right next to the theme park) as the largest Legoland Water Park in the world and the first in Asia. In total, the water park would feature 20 rides and attractions and over 70 Lego® models. One of the highlights is the Build-A Raft River where kids customize their own raft made of soft Lego bricks before floating down a lazy river. Apart from several body slides and tube slides there’s also a wave pool and a water play area designed especially for toddlers. There are three small slides and interactive Duplo® characters modeled after the actual pieces found in Lego sets: an alligator, polar bear and an elephant. Must not forget to bring our swim suits and googles.
To get discount on entrance fee, I would have to purchase tickets directly from their website.
Hello Kitty Town and The Little Big Club (http://www.playtime.com.my/hello-kitty-town) near Legoland would be interesting too. It’s the first Sanrio Hello Kitty theme park outside of Japan, consists of various walk-through attractions, interactive activities and rides which follow the Hello Kitty theme. But the entrance fee (RM 330 for three of us) might not worth to see gigantic dolls then I didn’t included it in my itinerary.
Beside, seems like Alif would soon get bored at this place that mostly for young kids and teen girls (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298278-d3626607-Reviews-Sanrio_Hello_Kitty_Town-Johor_Bahru_Johor_Bahru_District_Johor.html). An adventurous boy like him would want a theme park which can rush his adrenaline.
For Universal Studio Singapore, I found a good deal on their website (http://www.rwsentosa.com) to buy tickets with BCA credit/debit card, 15% discount on adult’s one day pass (usual price = S$74) and S$5 off on child’s one day pass (usual price = S$54).
For our stay in Johor Bahru (1.5-2 hours trip from Changi Airport, http://goo.gl/maps/oIsPp), I booked a quad room at Warm Blanket Hostel (because one friend would join my mom, Alif and me). Total price = RM 124.73 after ANZ credit card discount through http://www.agoda.com/anz (less than RM 16 per night per person).
To save cost of accommodation (Singapore is very expensive city), I booked 4-beds dorm room at Sky Orchids Hostel for four of us through http://www.hostelbookers.com. Only S$13.90 per night per person (+10% tax) should be a good deal.