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A great way to learn quickly about hidden Singapore.

When travelling in Singapore recently, we were really impressed by 'Grab', an app and concept similar to Uber.  The idea is the same - enter your pick up and destination into the app, and drivers bid for your job.  You can order everything from a standard taxi up to a 40 seater bus (boy, were we tempted).  In many cases, using a Grab can be cheaper than using the MRT but the real knock-on benefit was the conversations we had with the drivers.  Unfailingly polite and informative, they were happy to recommend the best places to eat and visit, many off the beaten tourist track. While we were there, it was the rehearsals for  Singapore's National Day on 9 August, and again, the drivers told us the best place to view the fly-pasts and fireworks.  We also got a real insight into what it was like to live and work there and some of the pressures the locals faced.

Grab is free to download from the App Store or equivalent.

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