Curries, electronics and adrenaline - SG style!

Trip Start Oct 21, 2011
Trip End Jan 11, 2012

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Shamrock Motel Hot Springs
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

There is a startling contrast between the last 2 days since our last entry. Yesterday was spent in Little India and Fort Canning Park and today was Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. Both days have been wonderful for different reasons. I enjoyed today very much because of the Cylon and Human roller-coasters at Universal Studios but Sam would probably choose yesterday as roller-coasters weren't his pièce de résistance of the journey so far.

Little India is a charming little area. The streets where still lined with Deepvali decorations. Deepvali is a popular Hindu celebration for when Lord Krishna killed a Demon! I'm atheist but Hinduism interests me whilst Christianity bores me. We had lunch at Lagnaa barefoot dining where you choose the spice level of your curry from 1-6 (1 being no chilli and 6 being super hot). We had Murg Kadai as a level 3 and Aloo Gobi as a level 2. Due to my perspiration during the meal I declare that level 3 is certainly my threshold level. The drinks where as superb as the curries, especially my lime lassi which was as perfect as a drink can get.

After wandering around little India we continued to burn off the big lunch in Sim Lim Square which is THE place to buy electronics. I got a fish eye lens for my camera and a portable speaker to plug into my phone. Sim Lim is a place where tough bartering skills are essential. The store clerks are battle hardened and often display a disenchanted and rude disposition which can sour a shopping experience which can potentially be the acquisition of some great bargains on the latest electronics.

We had a quick visit through Fort Canning on the way back to the hotel. I saw Nine Inch Nails here in August 2009 so I have some great memories of Fort Canning Park. It is as beautiful as I remember it from 2 years ago. It's a true urban oasis and has some wonderful museums along its eastern rim.

Today we got to Universal Studios at 10:30 after taking the MRT to Harbourfront, then the Tram to the waterfront station which is in Resorts World. Universal Studios is immediately fetching with the giant spinning Universal globe logo at the entrance. We went early on a weekday which allowed us the get around without a big crowd. We started with the Cylon (blue) roller-coaster at Battlestar Gallactica. This was Sams first proper roller-coaster so he was absolutely terrified. I know from his screams and smiles that he enjoyed it. After the Cylon we went on the Human (red) roller-coaster which was also awesome fun. We left at about 4:30 after visiting Madagascar, New York studio's, Monster Musical and Jurassic Park. I recommend this place highly but I would advise to dedicate a whole day to Universal Studios and not to pack too many more activities into the same day.

We got back to Chinatown at about 6:00 and have decided to have a chilled out day tomorrow before re-visiting Sentosa for Underwater World, The Luge and The Zoo. 

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