Singapore 2011: Sentosa & Jurong Attractions

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Sentosa Island:
We were non able to exercise all the things nosotros laid out to exercise on the solar daytime that nosotros took the kids to Sentosa equally the conditions did non cooperate amongst us.  The grayness sky was heavy amongst clouds equally nosotros left our hotel that morning, an ominous alert of things to come.

There's a complimentary double-decker service which stops at our hotel every morning time to pick out tourists to Sentosa, but since our hotel was the 2nd to the concluding halt in addition to our see was also timed at the peak go season, the Filipina at the reception entrance hall advised us non to queue upwards anymore equally the double-decker gets to our hotel already filled to the brim amongst passengers/tourists picked upwards from other hotels. 

The start fourth dimension I visited Sentosa a few years ago, I think feeling let-down later on I realized that's all at that topographic point is to it.  We visited the aquarium, walked on its sandy beach, took the nature walks...  Through the years, Singapore continuously developed it equally the inaugural of all leisure isle spending billions of dollars to marketplace it as" Asia's Favorite Playground."  

I think feeling sorry for the Singaporeans because the synthetic isle atmosphere of Sentosa pales inwards comparing to our ain lovely paradise such equally Batangas in addition to Mactan, amidst the many others.  The imported sands that lined the Siloso Beach conduct maintain nix on the shoreline of our ain Boracay.  Nothing beats the natural isle vibe our ain islands conduct maintain to offer.  I experience that what Sentosa has achieved is a perfect in addition to effective  marketing plan; something which our ain Department of Tourism is withal establishing to do.  Despite the best efforts of a long line of people at the helm of the agency, our country's crevice at tourism fame has yet to ignite.  Sigh!

But to larn dorsum to talking almost Sentosa...
Underwater World is withal an attraction that continues to trace inwards a lot of tourists.  The touch pool is the start affair that welcomes us in addition to nosotros took quite a piece convincing the kids to acquit upon the slimy, slippery sea creatures.

My kids enjoyed the massive oceanarium, fifty-fifty going through seemingly endless rounds on the travelator that goes unopen to the aquarium.  

After all, it's non everyday that they come across underwater scenes similar this diver feeding the fishes inwards a Santa costume. :)
...or watching a manta ray conduct maintain its meal

... or a shark bespeak for 2nd servings!

The ticket for the Underwater World also comes amongst a Dolphin Show, but the slight drizzle worsened into a downpour shortly later on nosotros came out from the giant aquarium thus nosotros but decided to hold back it out yesteryear riding on the tramline that goes unopen to the island.

We decided to larn off at the Palawan Beach, where a pause brace links beach-goers to the Southernmost Point of Asia, the tip where Asia is closest to the equator.

We climbed the viewing tower where nosotros tin come across the panoramic persuasion of the entire isle on i side in addition to the sweeping vista of the opened upwards sea on the other.

By forthwith the pelting has stopped, in addition to nosotros create upwards one's heed to conduct maintain our chances amongst the unpredictable conditions in addition to lined upwards for the Luge.  The Skyline Luge offers a unique outdoor experience suitable for all ages. The Luge is basically a ride that relies on gravitational trace to move.  The riders command the speed of the cart yesteryear moving the handlebars dorsum in addition to forth.  It goes faster equally y'all allow larn in addition to it brakes equally y'all trace on the handlebar closer to the rider’s body.  This allows the rider to command how fast or ho-hum the ride is. 
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C in addition to R were the start i to conduct maintain on the forked tracks.  They sped downhill the 650-meter woods trail.  C in addition to I agreed that I should go concluding thus nosotros could separate looking out for the kids, in addition to I trailed the girls equally they took on the 688-meter dragon trial.

The kids found the adrenaline rush thus addicting that they were begging for a 2nd ride equally presently equally nosotros finished.  But sadly, the conditions did non cooperate amongst us, peculiarly me – at all!  Since I was the concluding to go, I was withal inwards the middle of the tracks when pelting poured down.  I was really torn betwixt letting larn of the command to conduct maintain out a jacket, but of course of report that would hateful full disaster since letting larn of the handgrip bar would hateful letting larn of the brake… making for a really fast ride.  In the end, at that topographic point wasn’t really anything else to exercise but to but bask the 2nd – getting soaked inwards the pelting in addition to all. 
After the luge ride, nosotros took the Skyride to pick out us dorsum to the starting point.  The Skyride is similar to a ski lift.   It offers a fantastic scenery of the beautiful coastline, which I failed to pay attending to... because I was likewise busy existence scared. :)You see, it was withal raining that fourth dimension in addition to thus I had my umbrella open, in addition to I was likewise pre-occupied preventing it from existence snatched upwards yesteryear a abrupt flare-up of wind.  Yeah, I know... scaredy-cat!:)

Getting held upwards yesteryear the pelting is no argue to complain, thus nosotros looked for other options equally nosotros waited for the downpour to halt in i lawsuit again. We tried our hands at origami...

We also tried interviewing the trees...
... But sadly, the pelting did non present whatever signs of easing up, thus nosotros had to cancel all the other Sentosa attractions on our list, ate an early on dinner at Vivo City Mall, in addition to finished our solar daytime amongst to a greater extent than shopping along Orchard street. 

Do go aware, though, that piece entry to Sentosa is free, y'all conduct maintain to pay for all the rides in addition to attractions separately.  For the consummate listing of things to exercise in addition to attractions to see, see the Sentosa webpage.   

Jurong Island:

Singapore Discovery Center
Since Jurong is located far away from the city, nosotros planned to tackle 3 of its attractions inwards i day.  We initally intended to start our solar daytime inwards Jurong yesteryear visiting the Singapore Discovery Center, thus walk through Jurong Bird Park mid-day in addition to destination amongst the Science Center

The Singapore Discovery Center, as Wikipedia describes it, is an attraction that offers engaging exhibits for everybody, providing insights into what makes Singapore ticks.  
Someone (namely me!) plainly did non enquiry enough... halfway through the attraction, the kids were starting to larn bored because it was later on all non an attraction, per se, but to a greater extent than of an data centre almost everything Singapore.  Still having paid for the entrance already, nosotros did explore the house equally much equally nosotros can.  However, if I were to propose you, I would tell y'all to skip this amongst the kids.

Unfortunately, due to the pelting unexpectedly appearing equally nosotros exited the Discovery Center, nosotros had to veer away from our itinerary.  We decided to larn to the Science Center start in addition to but larn to the plane commons when the conditions clears upwards a bit.

Singapore Discovery Centre
admission:  kids $6, adults $10

Singapore Science Centre
At the  Singapore Science Centre, the kids had such a nifty fourth dimension satisfying their curios minds in addition to busy hands.  The Science Center is really a playground of noesis for adults in addition to kids alike.  With unopen to twenty permanent exhibit areas in addition to frequent travelling exhibitions, the Singapore Science Centre is dwelling work solid to a huge collection of interactive exhibits featuring the scientific discipline of outer space, the earth, sound, inventions, ecosystems, human bodies, technology, in addition to visual illusions.

At the Sound Exhibit, the kids were charmed yesteryear the playful in addition to theatrical demonstration of sound waves inwards action equally shaved Fe fillings controlled yesteryear an electromagnetic plate trip the lite fantastic toe to a diversity of tunes.
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The exhibits, although appealing in addition to interesting, are non the star at the Singapore Science Center; the shows in addition to demonstrations are the must-sees!  We were mesmerized at how they fake i of the most virtually impressive BUT terrifying phenomenon inwards nature, a fire tornado, within a specially built enclosure inwards the museum.  Fire tornadoes are non normally something that is captured on cameras, thus seeing i fake upwards unopen is something that captivated everyone.
This demonstration exclusively comes upwards in i lawsuit a solar daytime at 3pm, thus go certain to go at that topographic point when they lite this up
Another must-see demonstration is the Tesla Coil Show, an explosive in addition to electrifying alive demonstration of high voltage electricity.  Electrical arcs go wirelessly in addition to popular out hydrogen-filled balloons, making an explosive demonstration.  Audience who are brave plenty tin also volunteer to sit down within a giant plane cage piece electrical currents travels unopen to it. 

There is a Science show, as well, that is really entertaining in addition to engaging, amongst a lot a strong chemical cistron of fun in addition to play thrown in.  There are a lot of activities which involve audience interaction in addition to participation.

Here nosotros are crossing a tunnel where psychedelic lights illuminate when motility is detected.

Dinosaurs Live! is i of the traveling exhibits on display, in addition to C in addition to R took the chance to see since they missed this when nosotros were inwards Hong Kong.  There are almost 50 life-sized dinosaurs inwards their created habitats.  There is a separate admission to this exhibit. 

There are a lot of things to exercise in addition to come across that an afternoon is almost non plenty for my kids. We ended upwards staying the whole afternoon, foregoing a see to the Jurong Bird Park, inwards the process.  You tin visit this site if y'all demand whatever assist planning your itinerary at the Science Centre

This is pretty much similar the Science Museum inwards Hong Kong where at that topographic point are a lot of interactive exhibits to entertain the kids.  Only, the HK Science museum already had a mini-dinosaur exhibit. For the Singapore Science Center, nosotros had to pay another admission fee to larn inwards the Dinosaur exhibit.  While I personally think that the hands-on display in addition to exhibits of the Hong Kong Science Center were superior inwards terms of diversity in addition to the might to engage the kids.  Nonetheless, the Singapore Science Center makes the trip to a greater extent than than worth the piece amongst its unique in addition to must-see shows in addition to demonstrations!
Singapore Science Centre 
admission kids $3; adults $9; senior citizens $6; children below 3 free
Dinosaurs Alive!
admission:  kids $15; adults $23; inclusive of Science Center admission 

OmniTheatre, also called the Science Centre Observatory 
We purposely, intentionally, deliberately planned for our see to the Science Centre to autumn on a Fri since that is the exclusively solar daytime when the Observatory is opened upwards to the populace for a black of FREE stargazing from 7-10pm.  

My kids conduct maintain this National Geographic telescope at dwelling work solid which they utilisation to facial expression at major constellations on nights when the sky is clear.  So I know the kids, most peculiarly B, would honey to conduct maintain a conduct chances to honour the heavenly bodies using the Observatory's state-of-the-art telescope, which tin go made to swivel inwards whatever administration in addition to its shutter tin go made to slide opened upwards for the telescope to focus on whatever interesting objects inwards the sky.

It is but our luck that the pelting did non allow up; piece the observatory was withal opened upwards to visitors, stargazing through the observatory's telescope has been rendered impossible due to the weather. Sigh! 

Phenomenal TIPS:
1.  It is best to larn far at SENTOSA early on to avoid the crowds that start coming inwards in the afternoon.
2.  Like the Philippines, Singapore's conditions is unpredictable.  It tin go sunny inwards the mornings in addition to plow rainy inwards the afternoon, or the other way around.  It is advisable to pick out foldable umbrellas in addition to lighweight but water-proof jackets/parkas.
3.  If y'all are traveling amongst kids, pick out along H2O bottles in addition to some lite snacks.
4.  The Singapore Zoo, Night Safari in addition to Jurong Bird Park conduct maintain a 3-in-1 articulation ticket called the Park Hopper Ticket. This is nifty value if y'all project design on visiting all 3 parks. You larn to salvage a chunk off the full ticket price. You may also larn a diversity 2-in-1 Park Hopper tickets for entry into whatever ii of Zoo, Night Safari or Bird Park. Prices vary according to your choice of parks in addition to rides.
5.  If you/your kids are into astronomy, brand certain to experience the FREE stargazing session every Fri black at the Science Centre Obervatory.

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