(September 29, 2015) Singapore: Sentosa
Our last day on this travel is for Singapore and ,
specifically, for Sentosa Island, where we'll see the beaches and the
At afternoon we can go to some missing place or
coming back where we liked most.
As yesterday we could rest we leave the hotel
early this morning and can be in VivoCity shopping mall, where the
Harbour Front metro station is delivering us. We must go up some floors
to get the ticket desk for Sentosa access.
We pay 4 SGD for each sky train ticket, which will
take us to and through the island as we can use it unlimited times
This sky train only has three more stops in the island to add
to this first one, so we can see how we’re going across the sea to
Sentosa Island. We’ll leave at the last one, where the beaches are.
At this early time the beaches are completely
empty and we can admire the landscape artificially built in this part
After a walk we come back to the sky train for the next stop,
as our plan is visiting all of them. This one is Imbiah and address to
a square with the colossal Merlion which view already amazed me when
passed by here in our way to the beaches.
The Merlion is a mythological animal, half lion
half fish, which can be seen in different spots around the city, but
here is represented by a huge sculpture which is a touristic attraction
The attraction is actually two lookouts: one in the mouth and
another i the top of the head. Tickets are 12 SGD and they try hard to
make it worth the money as it includes an ice cream, a gift from the
shop and one token which we should use later inside.
Just after the entrance we walk through a dark
pass way with an exhibition about mythological monsters which ends in
the entrance to a small cinema where we can see a computer-animated
short film about the myth of the Merlion and Singapore city foundation.
Then we get into one room with golden sculptures where we can use our
tokens to get a souvenir in return.
The next is to use the elevator to reach the top of the
monument. First we have the lookout in the mouth and then there are
some stairs to go to the very top, where a sort of terrace is set for
having 360º views. The views are astonishing even with the fog that
we’re having today.
This elevator is peculiar as the walls are really screens
which are using animations to make you feel as you were going up from
the bottom of the sea to the sky, or the same way down when coming back
to the ground level.
The last skytrain stop before leaving the island
is Waterfront and is in a square where the amusing parks and resorts
are grouped. Here is the Universal Studios but, as we’ve already been
in the one in L.A. we’ve chosen another place to visit here: SEA
I learnt the “SEA” in the name is not about the sea itself as
I thought, but an acronym for South East Asia. We pay 32 SGD for each
There is an exhibition about navigation in display
which we go across in our way to the Aquarium entrance, which welcomes
us with the popular glass tunnel, which is full of sharks
This aquarium is bigger than what I thought. I’ve seen
pictures of the huge and amazing screen they have here but, until
reaching it, we’re getting hall after hall with beautiful displays with
samples of the underwater live on these tropical part of the globe.
The main screen is amazing indeed. It’s that big that there
is not enough room as per taking a picture showing it in a piece. There
are all types of sharks on it: Hammerhead, sawfishes, etc… even we can
see mantarays in there!
When we leave the Aquarium is only for making our
last sky train trip back to the city.
Once back in VivoCity shopping mall it’s about 1:30 PM and
time for lunching, so we go to the top floor looking for a restaurant.
What we find there is a sort of big dining room with wooden tables
surrounded by small food places. We take the offer in the first one to
We choose Chinatown station to link with the line for our
hotel just to have the chance of a walk on this iconic neighborhood. We
find a big shopping mall and the streets taken by a swarm of stalls, so
this entire part of the city is a market. It may be because today is
the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a Chinese Festival.
We go back to our hotel for some resting. Singapore metro is
immaculate and the stations have walls cutting any access to the
railways. It’s through the doors set on this wall that we can get into
the train where they open, once the driver has make the ones in the
train to match with those.
It’s around 7 PM when we go out again for a special night. At the
moment we get the Gardens by the Bay we meet the lights of the Chinese
Festival adding more magic to the beautiful smart trees that are in
light here every night. We go to there.
The area is crowded and things are liven up by the music coming
from a stage and the illuminated sculptures as amazing and complex
paper lanterns on display here and there, making a fantastic
The bad side of this comes when we’re told there is a 40 minutes
line to go up to the Skyway, the platform making a pass way around the
top of these artificial trees. We want to enjoy the views up there, so
we take the tickets anyway by 8 SGD each.
We find out now the people seated around the area are actually part of
the long line, which we join by standing at the beginning. A few
minutes later we’re already seated and moving slowly while looking
around and up. There is a moment the music from the stage stops and we
can watch a light & sound show where the lights in the trees try to
follow the music.
When we have to leave the seating is because we’re close to the
elevator in the base of one of these trees. There is a limited number
of people that can be in the Skyway and we can only go up as the ones
already there are leaving.
The time calculation is exact and after 40 minutes since we got the
tickets we’re up in the Skyway platform making our walk slowly in order
to enjoy the views and the magical environment with the tree tops.
The walk is short and ends in the elevator in the last tree. This
is for going down. We can still enjoying the festival and the wonderful
lantern sculptures for a while after that.
It’s past 9 PM when we start our way back to the hotel as a closure for a fantastic last night of this travel.