Thursday, March 11, 2010

Remembering Singapore Part Two

The best place to go in Singapore is most definitely Sentosa. A tiny island on the southern tip of Singapore, with a plaque reading 'Southernmost point of the Asian continent.' I guess Indonesia is not included as it is a collection of myriad islands and not attached to the mainland. Singapore of course, is attached via the Causeway, a bridge linking strikingly different countries. Singapore's growth has been electric while many parts of Malaysia still lag way behind. A 30-second drive across the bridge is like leaving one world for another.

And so it is with Sentosa. That too, is accessed by a bridge from the Singapore mainland. And what a place it is! I have been there on numerous occasions and enjoy it every time. (Now of course, there is the new Resorts World Sentosa {RWS} freshly built which has added even more to this amazing place).

I became acquainted with this sloping palm tree back in 2003 and I revisited it with my dad in 2008. It was still hanging firmly over the sea, even if we weren't, as can be seen in these shots:

We took a sweaty walk through the jungle which was a relief from the penetrating Sun but like a sauna as the trees kept in the humidity. We decided to hang out there for a while, and you'll see what I mean in this next picture:

A wooden staircase carved its way up through the lush vegetation. The surrounding greenery provided a good setting for a snap.

There are plenty of things to do around Sentosa, although you will need a fully loaded wallet to experience all of the thrills that await its customers. For those on a tighter budget, there are always the sandy beaches which outline the island, jungle treks, free animal performances, cheap bicycle rental and various other things to keep one occupied.

Incidentally, the wooden staircase led to a hotel swimming pool as a back passage. It was a tough climb.

The Merlion is the main attraction of the island, a huge white stone lion spraying out a fountain of water sitting on a rounding pool. The carriageway perpendicular to the Merlion is lined with water features for children's pleasure and acts as a photo opportunity to capture the big Merlion. Here's my dad by the water games:

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