Sentosa Island

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Friday, December 30, 2005

I agree with Lonely Planet's suggestion that no visit to Singapore is complete without a visit to Sentosa Island. But they should put in a point about getting there early... which I did and stay there as long as possible... I didn't have the impetus to stay for the free light show in the evening. It was raining by the time I left at about 4. By mid afternoon, the queues to access everything were huge. There are advantages to travelling alone. A very kind official saved me about 30 minutes waiting for the cable ride back to Sentosa Island (from Point Fabet) by pulling me out of the queue and putting me right on the cable. Talk about fantastic service.

For those of you that don't know, Sentosa is a multitude of things including Siliso Fort (Singapore's defence against WW2), resort hotels, sights for the tourist (a tower, underwater world, the Merlion etc.) and beaches/ resort pools for those who want to swim away the afternoon. The weather wasn't really conducive to doing this. But the highlight of the day was getting from Sentosa Island to Point Fabet on the Cable ride which takes you across freeways, the river and beautiful gardens. Point Fabet gave me the best 360 degree views of Singapore you could of hoped for. It was truly an awesome experience up there. Next time I come back, and when I'm on a larger budget, I'll stay for dinner and drinks I think.

At this stage, my travel journal only allows me to put 5 photos on for each entry. I hope to change this in due course and add more.

Still thoroughly enjoying Singapore. The public transport system (the mass rapid transit underground) makes getting around very easy. The weather during the days has been fine but it seems to like to rain at night.

Last night, I fulfilled my goal of meeting a couple of locals to get their perspective on Singapore as a place to live. One of them, Gary, who works as a flight attendant for Singapore airlines was very interesting to talk to. An interesting life that flight attendants have... he is off to Bombay today and then Perth next Wednesday. I think he liked me telling him that S.Airlines has a very good reputation in Australia. They love their city. Gary's analysis of Perth as being 'boring' has some merit if we consider the fact that areas of Singapore like Chinatown are open for business nearly 24 hours a day. Bar Northbridge, we seem to close so early (5-6pm). I don't understand why Western Australians voted against de-regulation of shopping hours at the last referendum. It makes for such a more exciting atmosphere if areas like the CBD or other entertainment precincts are allowed to stay open for an extended period of time. Maybe its factors such as this that make these type of cities so attractive for visitors?

I booked my ticket for Melacca today... all up $A9. Should take about 4 to 5 hours on the 1st of Jan. This is when the real adventure begins.
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