Pokémon trainers, rejoice! Is the Pokémon experience in Japan included in your bucket list? don’t fret because somehow, you can also do this somewhere else in Southeast Asia, but for a limited time only.
This month is indeed a perfect time to visit Singapore as there lots of activities in the country which will make you feel like in the real game franchise. The chance of living the dream actually starts when you physically landed at Changi International Airport.
The Pokémon Experience at Changi international airport
It really feels like moving in to a new legit Pokémon region when you arrive at the world’s best airport. There are currently three terminals fully operational at Changi International Airport and the first thing that you’ll notice once you get out at the arrivals area are the inflatable Pokémons along the grassy parts of the airport – I was in awe when I saw them.
Since the terminals are all interconnected, there is actually a train with full decal of Pokémon Sun and Moon that connects from Terminal 1 to 2 & 3 and it looks so cool. I panicked when I saw it and went on full fan boy mode.
At Terminal 1, there is a special Pokémon kiosk that you can also visit while waiting for your next trip. The kiosk is powered by an XBOX One with Kinect console that’s running a customized Pokémon app. The app allows you to literally perform a Z-Move of your selected Sun and Moon starter – Litten, Popplio and Rowlet in real life.
The Z-Move you did will be recorded and will be available for a certain period of time and will be sent to you via the QR code you entered before playing. Make sure you get it before it gets deleted by the administrators of the app.
Apologies for the awkward Z-Move set. I was conscious with the people watching me, LOL! Aside from this kiosk, there’s also this NARIKIRI Face Painting activity at a kiosk that you can do.
The said kiosk that lets you put on your Pikachu festive look and record a holiday greeting for your loved ones. Just smile for the camera to turn your face into Pikachu! Visit them when you get the chance at T2 Departure Hall (Between Row 6 and 7) and T3 Departure Hall (Opposite Row 11).
However, there’s no assurance that these kiosks will be available when you arrive as it will be there for a certain period of time. They might probably remove these by the end of February, 2017 so make sure to visit when you can.
The Pokémon Experience at bugis Junction
During my first visit in Singapore last year, I missed the chance to visit the Pokémon Café located at the Bugis Junction. After digging in a little research, I found out that this is the second time they are opening the store in SG.
The café uses a business model that changes seasonally, which is a unique move for a restaurant. This means, the Pokémon Café will not be open all year round. Hence, the café converts back to Singapore’s famous Everything With Fries (EWF) restaurant when the Pokémon Café period is over. Its first wave from May to August of 2016 was actually a success that when EWF was converted back to Pokémon Café during November of last year, a 5-hour queue welcomed its return.
This time around, I did get the chance to dine in like a Pokémon Trainer who’s about to head for the Pokémon League or the one who’s about to catch the legendary Pokémon Giratina.
I did had a good time, although the food in this café is pricy, the experience is what matters, and for me, it truly is worth it. The food choices are ranging from $18 SGD to $25 SGD for both main course meals and desserts, and of course $8 SGD to $12 SGD for drinks.
I ordered myself the Pikachu Smiling Alola Region Curry Rice which is a Japanese Curry Rice with Pikachu’s face made of turmeric rice, ears made of egg omelet. For my drink, I ordered a Pokémon Café Iced Latte and it is designed after Pikachu. My meal costs about $40 SGD all in all and comes with a free great ball mug, Litten coaster and Pokémon Café exclusive placemat to take home as souvenirs.
What I love about the food in here is that it isn’t all about the presentation, they serve big and it is delicious too. I am biased though with the curry because I can live with it the whole day and yes, It is surprisingly good.
If you’re in Singapore, keep in mind that the Pokémon Café’s business hours is from 11am-10pm. This is actually their last week in operation as they will close on February 19, 2017 and will convert back to EWF, but I am positive that they will extend this for weeks like what they did during the first time they operated.
The Pokémon Experience at sentosa island
Maximize your Pokémon experience at the S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World in Sentosa Island as they brought the Pokémon Research Exhibition for the first time outside of Japan. Like the Pokémon Café in Bugis, this attraction is operating up until the 5th of March, 2017 only.
The attraction is a test of your Pokémon knowledge and instincts. This is how it works, you It is categorized into three categories: Easy (Poké ball), Medium (Great Ball), and Difficult (Ultra Ball), you get a ball of your choice and it contains a Pokemon inside. The goal is to guess what’s inside. There are different kiosks which works like the computers inside Pokémon Center where you will place it in a slot for the clues to be analyzed.
While you’re there, Pikachu will appear from different times, and it is the time for you to have a photo opportunity together. There were also inflatable Pokémons as well around the area. And guess what, I really did the chance to meet the legendary Pokémon Giratina and I took a selfie with the legendary god. Lol.
To get in, you must purchase two tickets: One for the S.E.A. Aquarium (Priced at $21 SGD) and the other one for the Pokémon Research Exhibition (Priced at $8 SGD) which can be bought at a discounted price of of $29 SGD or PHP 1041 via Klook with $5 SGD savings. You’re welcome. The attractions operates from 10:00am – 7:00pm daily.
The entire experience was definitely something I will carry on. The Pokémon fan in me never fades away even though I’m no longer a kid. Never thought that I will have these fun memories in real life.