One place we did get to visit, as we fancied a change of scenery was Sentosa Island. Here, there are several tourist attractions as well as being the home for the Universal Studios franchise; although we didn't have time to visit this time.
As we arrived at the terminal, to go over to the Island, we decided to go on the cable car and were talked into buying tickets from a concession. Arriving at the terminal, there was a long queue, however, feeling confident, as we had already purchased tickets, we took the lift straight away to the cable car boarding station, only to be deflated, as the tickets that we had bought only entitled us to a cheaper ticket at the ticket office. Humbly, we joined the long line to get our tickets.
The view was impressive and we were soon on the island, where there were a full range of activities. Having enjoyed the luge in the past, we chose the more difficult route and raced down that to the bottom of the hill. Unfortunately for Sue, a large school party of young children, was also going down and as is often the case the one pupil with no common sense or fear decided to race her!This proved quite a scary experience watching him tear around the corners and she arrived at the bottom quite shaken up.
As we explored further, we found the beach area and there was a wide range of other activities on offer such as bungee jumping and an aerial walkway, as well as some impressive gardens. These reminded us of the Gaudi mosaics in Barcelona. At the end of the garden was a large Merlion sculpture overlooking the park.
An enjoyable day and with a longer time, a place where we could return as there was a lot more to see and do.
Singapore at night
The views by night, as we explored the city, were just as impressive. We crossed the Helix bridge, one night and went to the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. From here we were treated to a colourful light show and views of the city from all sides.
We also had a fantastic view of the city by night from our hotel room, that gave us a different perspective of the area.
Several times on these excursions around the city we used the underground system Once we understood the layout this proved to be very reliable and cheap, and something we would highly recommend.
The only observation was that it's strange seeing young people riding these trains, as they seem oblivious to their surroundings; too busy looking at their phones!
One young man was sat next to a young lady, in the past they may have chatted and who knows what may have followed!
These are just some of the sights, in the next blog I will talk about the one we were most looking forward to.