Reminiscing on Sentosa

There are a lot of pictures in the post and I feel like I have a lot to say. We didnโ€™t visit Sentosa on the most picturesque of days. To be honest, even after being in Manila for 9 months the mugginess of Singapore was a bit much. So the overcast skies were welcome.

I had been dying to visit Sentosa again for a long time. I last visited before it was Resorts World, back in 1999. Tiernan had never been at all. Luckily, the spirit of the island hasnโ€™t changed much from when I was 11.

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We took the monorail in and made our way tour first port of call – the Southern-most point of continental Asia! (Monorail is about SGD4) It might have been a Friday, but a lot of other people had the same idea about lounging on the beach. A low hanging rope bridge crosses the lagoon to the two viewing towers. Plenty of space for sunning and dunking on both sides.

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We moved on, catching the shuttlebus back up towards the monorail stop. One of my favourite memories about my childhood is the Merlion light show. Of course, we were visiting just after lunch so there were no lights, but we took the lift to the top for views and roars! (SGD12 to enter the big Merlion)

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There were still plenty of cool displays around for Chinese New Year. Tiernan naturally found the drums and took over!

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Trying to fit all of Sentosa’s attractions into one visit was just not possible. So we picked Fort Siloso (an old favourite, but definitely tired and neglected, which says a lot about how World War II is leaving living memory and heading into the realm of history) and the luge and Skyline. I am not going to post any photos of the Fort, as I said, it was pretty sad. And we were disappointed that the laser tag was closed when we got there. But the luge made up for it. One ride and the chair lift for SGD13.

We have set a new bucket-list-esque goal of trying out all the Skyline Skyrides! Since we’ve done the one in Rotorua, NZ, I guess our next stop should be Canada!!

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By the time we had finished up with our activities it was after 6 p.m. Time to head to the cable car and work our way home. The smoggy sunset looked strangely attractive. We went around for 1 and a half rides, which I think is a bit cheeky of us, but we were fairly confused about which of the stops to get off at. Also we were fascinated by watching the dining cable cars go round. Did you know you can wine and dine in the Singapore Cable Car? Neither did I! Looks fun!

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Celebrating the Year of the Horse – Singapore

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In the last week I have been in and out of Singapore three times! I have always loved this place – it’s so metropolitan! Good food, good activities, such a shame accommodation is so expensive!

My flight to New Zealand had a 7 hour lay-over in Singapore. So I took the metro into Marina Bay Sands and had a lunch time stroll along the river – with lovely photographic results. Although Changi Airport in Singapore has plenty to do, it is just so easy to go into town that I can’t recommend it higher if you have a long wait. Everybody loves the Merlion city!

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On the way back to Manila, Tiernan and I made a three day stop. We stayed in the Carlton Hotel, which gets my double thumbs up for their awesome service and their huge breakfast buffet! I tell you, if you want buffet you really have to commit. Waking up at 7am to have your pick of seats and foods is essential. The buffet might be massive, but sharing with a couple of hundred guests isn’t fun ๐Ÿ˜›

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On our first night we took a stroll from the hotel down to the river (just near the Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel). As it so happened to be Chinese New Year, everything was lit up and there was a lantern festival happening right near by! So, of course, we had to check that out! Tiernan tried his hand at ringing the bells with his spare change while I tried out my night time photography skills. Getting better and better every year!

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This included the requisite selfies ๐Ÿ™‚ I will spare you all of them, I think I took about 20. Turned out we got down their really late. The stages were beginning to close not long after we got there. But it was still lovely to walk amongst the red, yellow and purple theme. Happy Year of the Horse! Gong xi fa chai!

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