Island hop to Sentosa

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
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Trip End May 14, 2009


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We decided to go to Sentosa Island after brekky today. We walked to the Sentosa Express Tram stop which was at Vivo City. You can normally walk to Sentosa Island but due to the mass construction of a new Universal Studios place, the walkway was closed. It was only SG$3 for an all day pass on the tram anyway!
Actually, when I say tram, it's really a monorail.

After getting off the tram, we took a walk along Sentosa's man-made beaches. They have really been created well, into little coves. It's really clean again here and the whole island is set out like a big theme park - quite amusing. Wherever you walk, there is music playing from speakers hidden in the bushes and the ground. They even played "Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth! I am sure that is the first vinyl single I ever bought! Obviously, only the older ones amongst you will remember that one.....in fact I am not sure that even the elders ones will remember it actually!!

After singing out a few Pass the Dutchie lines we got back on the tram to Imbiah Lookout. This is we found the Tiger Sky Tower. Anything sponsored by beer always gets my interest! Basically, you get into a round cabin that wraps round a central pole - bit like a doughnut on a stick. Once inside, the cabin starts rotating 360 degrees and starts working it's way upwards. It feels like one of those theme park rides where you are suddenly just going to drop! Luckily, we didn't. At the top, still rotating, you get a really good view of Sentosa Island and Singapore marina. From here we spotted a Subway and that immediately solved any lunch dilemma's!

After our up and down a pole experience, we walked along to a giant Lion that overlooks the island. I have no idea why this thing is here, but we did find out it was called The Merlion. Is that like Mer-Lion? As in Mermaid, but Lion? I will have to check this out on T'internet later. Come on, surely not a Mermaid-Lion!?!

We walked back down towards the beach alongside some weird type of colourful waterfall. It was a nice walk though. Once back at the beach, we enjoyed an ice cream and a game of cards. It's a really chilled out little theme island here on Sentosa. I expect over the next few years, after the Universal Studios thing is finished, this place will become pretty manic!

We jumped back on the monorail back to Vivo City and then walked back to our hotel. I then watched the Asian Champions League semi-final 1st leg between Adelaide Utd (Australia) and Kuhuvchi (Uzbekistan). It was a pretty good game and that old git Rivaldo was playing for the Uzbek's, and they had Zico as their manager. Adelaide won 3-0!
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