Pleasure Island

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 19, 2009

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

After a couple of jam packed days it's already the weekend.

2 nights ago we returned to Chinatown in the evening and met up with Kee, a fellow Edinburgh medic and had a delicious dinner at the local Hawker centre (I'm really going to miss these). After wandering round and soaking up the red lanterns, street sellers and old-style buildings it was time to leave and return back to Geylang in preparation for the main activity for the next day: Sentosa Island.

We woke up early and set off towards the harbourfront to reach the island with skies that were gloomy and grey. We got off at "Vivocity" - another ridiculously modern and large mall - before heading off to the cable car station. Sentosa itself is located just off the southern point of Singapore and we accessed it by cable car which was highly amusing. The view itself was slightly different to what we were expecting. As Sentosa is currently undergoing massive and rampant development, our view was littered with cranes, construction workers, half-built buildings, lorries, cement mixers and the like. As we crossed the water to reach the island, we could see shipping yards and docking stations for the many, many transport vessels surrounding the island. As we passed all the construction we finally alighted at a place called Imbiah.

Sentosa island is Singapore's pleasure island and as such is highly touristy and has a multitude of beaches, attractions, food outlets and shopping areas on offer. The massive construction site we passed was actually for Singapore's own Universal Studios complete with duelling dragon suspended roller coasters that is to be opened next year. We got the free monorail system towards Palawan Beach and rented bikes for the hour. We cycled towards Siloso and Fort Siloso before going in the other direction towards Palawan and Tanjong beaches. It was a highly amusing ride and actually cooled us down despite the heat.

After that we headed for lunch at a local hawker where I enjoyed my favourite steamed dumplings before heading towards Palawan Beach and relaxing on the sand for a couple of hours. We then left for underwater world which is an aquarium in many respects similar to Sea World complete with a moving travelator in tunnels surrounded by water and fish. It was enjoyable but unremarkable - nevertheless it was still fun. We then headed towards Sentosa Luge - after my experience in Rotorua, I had to engage in the luge once more. We took a scenic chairlift to the start of the track and then descended. I was feeling slightly more daring than last time and decided to try my luck and build up speed. After nearly tilting 180 degrees and avoiding the crazily slow people on the track I made it back to the bottom and it was the end of an exhausting day.

We returned to La Prasat for dinner before heading off back to Geylang.
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