Sentosa and Clarke Quay.
Trip Start Jan 28, 2009
49Trip End Sep 05, 2009
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The first night we arrived we met an American guy who'd been living in the area for a couple months. Even though travel-weary, we decided to go with him for a drink or two and he led us to Clarke Quay, Disneyland. ...ok, not Disneyland but the feeling was of being in some kind of adult amusement park. Clarke Quay was basically a plaza by the river with wacky themed-bar after wacky-themed bar. We passed by a bar called 'Clinic', themed after an emergency room with the clientele sitting on wheelchairs and shots drunk (sucked?) out of I.V. bags/tubes. Another bar was themed like an opium den, with heavy velvet curtains, big cushions and hookah pipes. Needless to say, the area was expensive but we found a reasonable place and had a few. The next day we walked by the area and noticed there was also a bungy jump, and a giant swing. Not to mention the giant phallic (or sea-creaturelike, take your pick) sculptures that hung down everywhere
And keeping in the theme of tourist-traps, we spent our second-last day on Sentosa island.. which is actually more Disneyland than Clarke Quay. In fact, they were in the process of building a Universal Studios while we were there.
Despite the packaged theme-landiness of Sentosa, we had a really good time. We watched a 4-D Pirate movies that was cute (and I love 4-D movies.. they could seriously be about anything and I'd go), and then went to the aquarium where they had 'petting tanks' and I touched a buncha fish, including a little bamboo shark. My favourite though was the manta-ray tank, which was also open for petting. They were so cute and playful! I had no idea! They would swim right up and suck on your hand, looking for treats. Sometimes when you didn't have anything they'd flip their wings and splash you head-to-toe. Despite smelling funny and being slightly damp at the end of it, I really really enjoyed the mantas.
We ended with a dolphin show, which was kinda boring but I had never seen one perform before, and then took the cable car (scary!) back to the mainland. Sentosa was definitely a money-sucking tourist-trap... but I'd go back. Even if just for the manta-rays!