Kissing Pink Dolphins

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 16, 2007

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Oh boy what an amazing day!

We were up later than we originally planed because I didn't want to get out of bed; it's just so comfy. Anyway we have a quick breakfast (which is included in the price of our room at Keong Saik & so it should be for the price!), then catch a tube back down to the water front as we plan to spend the Day on Sentosa Island.

There are several ways to get across; walk, bus or cable car. We did the cable car last night and we can't walk because the path is closed as they are making it bigger I think (the whole area looks like a bit of a building site) so we catch the free shuttle bus. There's a big black cloud looming above us and as soon as we step off the bus and onto Sentosa the rain lashes down. Just lately the most useful thing we have is our rain coats and thankfully we brought them with us today.

So now we are at the visitors' entrance part where there is a whole range of tickets you can buy. We decide to just pay the entrance fee (S$3) instead of buying one of the package deals and wonder round as we don't have much money and are not sure exactly what we want to do. Once inside there are free shuttle buses which go in all directions to the many different attractions inside. We jump on the first bus that is there and figure we will start with a nice coffee at Coffee Bean near the cable station; only we end up being on the bus for more than half an hour as a tree has fallen into the road and we can go no further. It is still pissing it down but eventually we decide to get off and walk anyway (we have no choice if we want coffee; we could be sat here all day). We feel somewhat disappointed as there is a lot of building work going on and it really spoils the feel of the place. We ride the escalator up the hill and finally see the lovely coffee bean and enjoy our latte as we decide what we should do.

The closest attraction to us now is the Sentosa 4D Magix; a 3D film where you sit in seats that move, you get wet and whipped on the legs by a piece of wire, so they call it 4D. It's a Pirate Film and quite funny; everyone was screaming and laughing and the whipping thing really hurt. It is still pissing it down when we come out so we decide to go to Under Water World (your ticket here also gets you into see the dolphin show later (or vice versa) so we are hoping the rain will have stopped by then). Under Water World maybe small but it is ace. As you walk in there is a touch tank with baby reef sharks, tiny blue spotted rays, ickle porcupine puffer fish and lots of other little fish, you can put your hand in and touch the fish. The baby sharks feel so smooth and the rays feel a bit slimy. Ben then decides to put the water proof camera in and take some pics. This guys looks at him like 'oh my god what are you doing with your digital camera?' and we laugh. On the way down to the under water tunnel there are lots of different size tanks with sea creatures in to look at, then you step on a moving walk way (travellator my brochure says) which takes you under the tunnel and round. It was way cool but when we saw the Dugong we kept walking backwards as it is so cute. For those of you who do not know what a Dugong is I will tell you what the brochure says: "a picture of charming gentleness, it's easy to see why sailors often mistook dugongs for mermaids. Rescued as a calf off Pulau Ubin in 1988, Gracie has grown into a star in her own right. As one of the few aquaria in the world to house this marine mammal, you'll surely be enchanted by this endangered 'sea cow'". And we truly were she looked so happy just floating and swimming around. We took loads of picks and didn't want to leave so we just kept following her. Then she stopped in the corner and did a poo right in front of us, it was so funny I didn't know fish (well she is a bit bigger than a fish I guess) could poo like that!!!!. When we were in KK we could have gone diving and looked for Dugongs further up north but it was expensive and you are not guaranteed to see them so we didn't go, but we kinda wish we had now. If you still don't know what one is ask jeeves!

Anyway after here the rain had let up just enough for us to walk down to the beach and follow the road along to look for the Sentosa Luge & Skyride. This is way cool, so much fun and goes like this; you pay for either one or two goes (we new we'd want more than one go and if you buy two you get a third for free so obviously we bought two for S$15 about 5 quid), then take the skyride which is the same as a ski lift up to the top of the hill. The view is pretty good and you jump off at the top, grab a helmet and get to the start line. So now you must be wondering what a Luge is? Well it's a cross between a go-kart and a toboggan (that's what the leaflet says). It sits really low on the ground and has handles like a bike and you drive down a race track as fast as you wanna go. The only thing you have to know is to pull back on the handles to stop yourself. So we're off and Ben is flying round corners while I am a little cautious on the first go. At the bottom we jump straight back on the skyride and do it all over again trying to get a few pictures for the website on the way back down. We decide to save the last go till later and walk along the beach road as the dolphin show starts in an hour and we want good seats. Along the way we see the other coffee bean (where the new sky train is still being built) so we grab a takeaway coffee to walk with.

Like I say we arrive at the pink dolphin show early so we get great seats right at the front and we are surprised to see the pink dolphins already swimming around and posing for photos. I swear you won't believe it till you see it but they just lay in the shallow water, stick there heads and tails out and pose for the camera its amazing to see. So the show finally starts and there will be three pink dolphins in this show (can't remember the names but one is a young one and they are all so cute). We'd never heard of pink dolphins till today, well they are part grey and pink; they get pinker as they get older and are really something special to sea. Ben is a genius on the camera and gets the most amazing photos while I am struggling to contain my excitement. Then I hear the commentator man (who is stood about 10ft away) say the word VOLUNTEER and before I know it I am waving my arms in the air like a lunatic begging him to pick me and you know what he bloody well did. He also picked two other girls (both from India) so we stand up front, introduce ourselves then we have to hula-hoop while the dolphins play in the water behind us; the dolphin with the hula-hoop was way better than all three of us put together and the audience seemed to be amused.

This is the best bit; then we get in the water with one gorgeous pink dolphin each (I have no bikini or towel but I really don't care) I couldn't get in fast enough! We have a dolphin each in different parts of the lagoon and I am in the middle across from where we are sat and Ben is clicking away on the camera trying to capture every moment. First the pink dolphin swims round me and I get to stroke it a few times, then I have to kneel down in the water (which is now up to my shoulders) and the pink dolphin comes up and kisses me on the cheek, then it splashes me all over my face with its tail. I couldn't stop laughing it was amazing. Then I feed it tiny little fish by hand and the trainer guy tells me off cause I just put it in her mouth instead of throwing it for her. My pink dolphin then waves bye bye to me with her tail so I wave back and now I have to get out even though I didn't want to and watch the rest off the show from my seat. I've been to loads of these shows and never dreamed in a million years I would be the one they pick out of such a big crowd, but it happened today for me. I felt a bit guilty afterwards and I guess I should have let Ben go as I have swam with dolphins before (not pink ones though) but he will get his turn one day and there is no way I would have got pictures as good as he did. After the show you can have your picture taken with a pink dolphin and we had already bought a ticket (about 4 quid) so Ben had the picture done on his own while I took a few pics.

After here we walk to the Southern Most Point of Continental Asia (an island attached by a bridge and Sentosa is attached by a bridge to Singapore) to take a few pics before getting a bus back up to coffee bean and grabbing a sandwich from Subway for a very late lunch (its now about 5.15pm). We realize we still have one last go to have on the Luge and Ben zooms off before I have even got started. I lost sight of him on the second corner even though I thought I was going fast and at the bottom a man is waving me to stop because I didn't break soon enough (he was laughing at me though) and Ben looked like he'd been waiting for me for ages. We take the skyride back to the top (taking pics of the race track below), have a quick coffee and decide we have had enough excitement for one day, catch the bus & tube back home with me getting us lost as we take the wrong exit out of the tube station!

There's still loads we haven't done so we will se how much money we have left; tomorrow our last day in Singapore and maybe we will pop back across if we have time.

Much later. . . . .

After writing the above we decide to go for a little walk which turned into 2 hours and it feels like we have walked around the whole of Singapore (see pic of map with walk marked on; it doesn't look like we walked far but we didn't walk the easy way going). We are staying on the edge of China Town and we some how found ourselves in the middle of it and just kept walking because Ben saw this really bright light flashing in the sky some where that looked miles away over lots of buildings and trees. So of course we have to go and find it or Ben won't be able to sleep! We laugh saying it will be just another big screen TV on the side of a building and of course it was. We got some great pics (well we think they are great not of the TV silly of Singapore all lit up at night) and I was looking out for bizarre street signs as I always do. Like I said before there is a big banker's conference here and some how we ended up in the banking area where it's all happening, but by the time we got there it was all over so we just wondered around taking pics and enjoying the view. Ben is great at navigating his way round; if it was left up to me we'd well and truly get lost. He keeps telling me to pick out land marks and I do but then they move or change shape on the way back; for me this place is so confusing and it all looks the same.

On the way back we laughed (at my dizziness) and there were a few really big bangs like cannons firing, it was a bit scary. We saw a police man on a scooter but didn't get a really good pic, then just as we were walking back down our road Ben spotted a really great sign so have a look at the pics - it's the name of a pub. Oh god need sleep, night, night.

To be continued. . . .

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