Such a kid....

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
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Trip End Sep 01, 2011


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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Universal Studios is awesome! It was so much fun. I'm such a big kid when it comes to amusement parks....unbelievably, I was ready to go and standing in line a half hour BEFORE the gates opened!! For those of you who know me...I'm never usually on time for anything...even flights!! Singapore's Universal Studios is small, so there aren't many rides...maybe 5 or 6 in total (for adults). The duelling roller coasters isn't open yet....due to "technical difficulties". We were told that when Singapore does something...they do it right!...so they make sure everything is in tip top shape. The roller coasters look fantastic and will be great when they get it working properly. The next best ride is the raft ride...a raft ride through Jurassic Park! Really well done..with elevators and all. We were waiting for one of the shows to open when we noticed the emergency crew rescuing people from the hanging roller coaster (which we opted out of since the line was too long and it looked pretty slow). We watched for a bit...the ride was having "technical difficulties". We went on a kids ride...the little cars on the tracks that the kids pretend to drive...it was really well done, but as we were on our safari and being surrounded by giant plastic beetles...they stopped in the middle of their attack...and they announced "please stay in your car, we are experiencing "technical difficulties" at the moment. Your ride will resume shortly"....lol. Go figure technical difficulties! haha. So out of about 5 rides, there was the roller coasters that weren't yet open, the hanging roller coaster that they needed to rescue people from, the kids safari cars that stopped half way through...that only leaves about 2 other rides. It was getting close to the end of the day, so we decided to check out the line up for the raft ride again....as we walked up, we noticed that there was no line!!...go figure...the ride was experiencing "technical difficulties" and was currently shut down at the moment!! They didn't know when it would be fixed, so we just hung out for a while...and lucked out...first in line...first to try out the ride once the "technical difficulties" were fixed! So out of about 5 rides, I think only the Mummy Roller Coaster didn't break during the day...so funny. When Singapore does something...they definitely do it right!! haha. But seriously...it was great and the rides were completely safe and extremely entertaining! We loved all the shows too! It poured on us at the end of the day and we were soaked! But still had fun!

There are two large CANDY stores just outside of Universal Studios...so of course...we had to check them out! We spent about an hour in them...I love candy! We didn't buy too much though...white chocolate Reese Peanut Butter Cups!...delicious! According to Jay's watch, it was 7:30pm...and we were waiting to see the Crane Dance at the waterfront at 9pm...so we hit up Hard Rock Cafe for some dinner. After eating...according to Jay's watch...it was still 7:30pm!...What??!!...DOH! Maybe the $3 watch from Chinatown wasn't such a good buy after all! haha...the rain caused his watch to stop. Luckily, it was about 15 minutes before the Crane Dance started, so we hustled over there...candy in hand...to check it out. The cranes are something like 100ft tall, two mechanical cranes that dance together with pyrotechnics, laser lights, and water all together as a show. It was interesting...strange, but interesting. For a free show, it's worth checking out!

The next day, we went back to Sentosa Island to check out the beaches and the Songs of the Sea show. Of course, as soon as we got there, it started pouring! haha. We walked all along the beaches...beautiful area, but a little odd for swimming. I'm not sure I would want to swim there. There are designated swimming areas...with warning signs for jellyfish and Rock Fish...google rock fish...kinda creepy. Also, from the beach, you look directly at all of the big ships waiting for the harbor and the refinery island just across the way! The water can't be that clean...and after my incident in the Philippines, I'm not too keen on swimming in polluted water...lol. It was beautiful none the less. There are also some nice restaurants along the beach. One...the Wavehouse...has a 10 ft wave machine for surfing! It was entertaining to watch.

We had already prepaid for the Songs of the Sea show, so we had to hang out in the rain for a couple hours. Since the show is a rain or shine event, and is outside, we thought we'd be smart and buy some rain ponchos from 7-11....so $7 later, we have two disposable, one time wear, rain ponchos! Thinking we're so smart, we toss on our ponchos and head to the gate for the show...what??!! What's this? Free rain ponchos?? Sigh...of course...they hand out FREE rain ponchos as you enter! haha...so we took them anyway...you can never be short on rain gear in Asia! The show was great! Lasers, water, pyrotechnics...my popcorn was a little soggy from all the rain though...lol.

We went for one last dinner with my Uncle before heading off to Indonesia....what a great time we had in Singapore! I'm sure my relatives were glad to hear that we finally decided to leave!! haha.
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