Telegram groups and bots for Singaporeans
Besides receiving an avalanche of fake news from paranoid relatives and daily “are you coming home for dinner?” texts from our parents, WhatsApp is practically #ded to many millennials - even though it was the first instant messaging app many of us used after the demise of MSN Messenger.
Apart from its cute sticker packs, another thing Telegram has that WhatsApp doesn’t is its useful channels and bots, which provide “insider” information that’ll help make your life easier. From airfare promotions to weekly date ideas, here are some Telegram channels and bots to help you stay winning.
1. For food deals: @sgfooddeals
@sgfooddeals was created for one reason, and one reason only - to keep subscribers in the loop with the latest food discounts and promotions. From 1-for-1 Starbucks to $1 GrabFood Deals, they’ll show you how to best stretch your dollar when it comes to good eats.
2. For weekend plans: @sgweekend
As its name suggests, @sgweekend provides you with events that you can attend to spend your weekend well. Despite Singapore being a small country, you’ll be surprised with the exciting activities you can do here.
3. For cab promos: @sgcabcodes
@sgcabcodes helps you stay updated on the latest taxi/Grab/Go-Jek/Ryde promo codes. Before you book your ride, give this group a quick scroll to check out all the existing promotions and make an informed decision from there.
4. For student promos: @sgstudentpromos
Balancing social life and managing finances can be tough as a student. And that’s why you should maximise that low budget with @sgstudentpromos. They curate the best value-for-money deals for students, so keep that student card by your side.
5. For travel promos: @sgtravelpromos
More than just airline promotions, @sgtravelpromos also shares the latest travel deals, activities and hotel accommodations. A little saving goes a long way!
6. For beauty & fashion deals: @budgetbabes
@budgetbabes, an all-in-one female-centric channel compiles the latest beauty, makeup and fashion promotions. From Sephora discounts to beauty warehouse sales, there is something for every lady here!
7. For club guestlists: @ntuclubbing
Not merely limited to students of NTU, @ntuclubbing rolls out club guestlists from time to time so you can amp up your nights out at different party spots such as D’underground, Avry or Altimate. You might even stumble upon ticket promotions nearing major events like It’s The Ship or ZoukOut.
8. For fun activities in Singapore: @TSLmedia
Perhaps this is shameless self-promotion, but hey, our channel is the solution to every “there’s nothing to do in Singapore!” whine. @TSLmedia gives you the low-down on new activity ideas in Singapore so you don’t have to wrack your brain when planning for get-togethers.
9. For part-time jobs: @singaporeparttimejobs
You’ll be surprised to find out that Telegram channels have job lobangs too. @Singaporeparttimejobs has plenty of ad hoc and events-based job listings for anyone who needs to earn some quick moolah. It has over 25,000 subscribers, so fastest fingers first!
10. For local news and current affairs: @mustsharenews
@Mustsharenews puts a different spin on current affairs by presenting the latest news in a light-hearted way that resonates with young Singaporean readers.
11. For train updates: @sgmrt
@Sgmrt lets commuters know, first-hand, whenever a train breakdown or delay happens. It also provides notifications for any early closures, late openings so you’ll get updates for every MRT line right at your fingertips.
12. For internships: @sginternships
If you are a confused millennial or a student taking a gap semester, @sginternships is the ideal channel for you. It provides internship listings for job seekers who can commit for a longer period (eg 3-6 months) sans the tedious recruitment process through third-party agencies.
13. For finance tips: @personalfinancesg
We know, adulting is hard. @Personalfinancesg channel makes dry money-related topics easier to grasp by breaking them down in a step-by-step fashion. Tips and hacks you’ll find find here include handy recommendations on which Singapore Savings Bond to invest in, or ways Singaporeans can visit the clinic at a subsidised rate.
14. For food recommendations: @eatbooksg
Through undercover reviews and listicles on food trends, @eatbooksg provides ideas on where to eat in Singapore when hunger pangs strikes. From hawkers and fast food chains to fine dining restaurants and cafes, there is something to satiate every palate.
15. For concert updates: @sgconcerts
@Sgconcert provides all the latest concert updates in Singapore and ticket sales alerts so you can be notified right away - so all you gig lovers can chiong for your tix.
16. For bus timings: @sgbusunclebot
There are loads of bus apps around, but here’s how a typical conversation with the endearing @sgbusunclebot looks like:
Both witty and informative, this bot provides you with accurate bus arrival timings coupled with cheeky Singlish replies. Every conversation will be filled with snappy wisecracks to keep users entertained.
17. For lottery updates: @TOTOhuatbot
Not that we advocate gambling, but if you would like to receive updates on TOTO prize money, @TOTOhuatbot is one handy bot for you!
Telegram channels and bots for deals, jobs, and timely updates
With a whole slew of channels and bots dedicated to make users’ life a whole lot easier, Telegram is more than just a messaging app - it’s a super app that all millennials need.
Let us know if there are any other Telegram groups worth joining in the comments section below!