Travelogue: Sentosa, Singapore

Friday, February 28, 2014

MERLION MEET & GREET. This Singapore trip wont be complete without of course seeing the country's iconic symbol, the Merlion! We missed visiting the Merlion park, where the largest and tallest Merlion statue can be found, but atleast I got to meet a smaller version of it at the Sentosa Island. hihihi. We had a very quick tour at this place since we had to catch up with our schedule at Marina Bay Sands hotel. And since, this is just a quick visit, I make "sulit" of the few hours that we spend here by making my self busy goofing around, hahaha. I warn
you, goofy and wiggly "Me" on the photos ahead. Don't be annoyed with my annoying face, I already warned you! Tahahaha! Anyhoo, i would like to invite you to join me, as I share our story and memorable adventure at the Sentosa Island through these photos... ready?
On our way to the Island, we traveled via Sentosa Express which costs us $4. It is a monorail line that connects  Sentosa island to HarbourFront on the Singapore mainland across the waters. The main station is located at the 3rd level of Vivo City. Other than this, you have other transportation choices. If you have a tight budget, you could take a walk from Vivo City to Sentosa Island by walking at the Sentosa Boardwalk which costs $1. Another choice is you could take Sentosa's Cable car which costs $26 for adults and $15 for children
We got this Map at the entrance which will give you an idea how wide the whole island is. It comprises sheltered beaches, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore. Sentosa offers a variety of attractions, museums and other facilities to provide a variety of experiences, recreation and entertainment to visitors. Too wide that we got to  visit only 40% of the Resorts World, huhuhu. I told you we were in a hurry and how I wish the next time I visit, I could cover the whole area. 
These greeted us on our arrival at the Resorts World Sentosa. Candies overload!!!!
Here I am at the infamous Universal Studio globe. Every tourist has to take photo here for souvenir! I love how my dress again matches my backdrop, hahaha. Unfortunately, we were not able to enter in because I told you, we still have an appointment at the Marina Bay Sands which I will talk more on the next post. 
Universal Studios is a theme park inspired by the Universal Studio production and movies! Here you could expect attractions like pirates of the Caribbean, Far far away castle from the movie Shrek, Madagascar and countless more. I promised myself that the next time I visit Singapore, I will never miss it again! (*sigh missing Singapore already!) If only we had had enough time....
Spotted this cartoon version of Merlion near the entrance of the Universal studio. It looked like a baby Merlion, hihi. Too cute not to strike a pose with! Love the rainbow color as well. Makes me think of the colorful Merlion lights and musical show at the Merlion Park which again, I missed to see during my Singapore trip! (*too sad.)
According to Wikipedia, Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort which offers numerous key attractions including one of Singapore's two casinos, a Universal Studios theme park, Adventure Cove Water Park, and a Marine Life Park, which includes the worlds's largest Oceanarium. 
Sentosa's tourist rate reaches the minimum of 7.83 visitors annually! No wonder, everywhere I turn my eyes, there are foreigners representing different countries. Here, we met a fellow Filipino asking for directions. That's my sister acting like a pro, tahahaha. One thing I could not forget about this photo was, that man together with his family were really trying hard to speak to us in English! Boy! our fellow pinoy did'nt recognize us as Filipinos! They thought we were from a different country. Dear sister, if you are reading this, explain WHY? How do we look? american? UMArican? african? korean? japanese? or chinese? LOL
Bonding time and loka-loka time! I told you, I kept myself busy goofing around and here's the proof! Timeless happiness with my partner in crime! Forgive us, first timers don't care! LOOOL
Chocolate anyone? I tried to steal this for pasalabong (take home) but it won't fit in my bag! Wish I brought a sack with me, harhar! Anybody wants to help me finish this giant bar?
Now its time to meet and greet the infamous Merlion! RAAAWWRR!! Oopzz not yet, we still had to stop by this gorgeous backdrop of the fountain overlooking the Mister Merlion at the back! Hihihi You could find this on your way to the Great Merlion statue at the Resorts World.
VIOLA! So happy to finally see you in person mister half-mermaid?-half-lion! How do you like our goofy pose with the Merlion? hehe, kids coming through!!---just don't ask how old my sister is! AHAHAHA and don't ask me how old I am too! I knew inside I'm still a kid! LOL
Spot those men? They are having a maintenance check during our visit. See how tiny they are! It would give you an idea how monumental this statue is! I don't know how tall it is but I sure did make me feel small as I came closer! A little fact about Merlion, (according to wikipedia) it is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa". This symbol was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner.
Meet my new found mohawk friend! Hihi too cute! Tried to mimic his nguso! hihihih
More goofy me! Can I just stay here? I don't wanna go home anymore!! huhuhu
Here's one of the many hotels at the Resorts World Sentosa. Ain't it pretty? Another architecture experience for future architect like me! It was designed primarily by American architect Michael Graves. Four hotels offer a total of 1,840 rooms for accommodation. Each hotel is designed with a different theme, catering to both the leisure and business visitors. The resort is split into west, central and east zones.
At Resorts World Singapore, you could also find one of the world's most expensive casino properties, after Marina Bay SandsIt is also a sister resort to Resorts World GentingPahang, Malaysia and Resorts World Manila, Philippines.
Inside, you could also find numerous shops and cafe like these photos above. I love how the exteriors look like! Looks so welcoming---makes me wanna stay there the whole day. One of the prettiest Starbucks store design I've seen by far. Other than  cafes, you could do shopping and buy souvenirs on this area!
And oh..... did I mention chocolates too?? and all sorts of sweets you want to try! Plus, you could hang with these M&M's gang outside the store! They were so accommodating, see they reserved a seat for me! LOL
Spotted these cute kids too playing at the fountain area! Makes me wanna join! Haha... especially that it's too hot that day. You'll feel plungin' in too!
Aside from shops and cafes, they also have restaurants at the Resorts World! Love the architecture here too! You will pass by here first if you happen to take the Sentosa's Boardwalk going to Resorts World. It was I think around 3 PM when we went here so the place looks empty but during evenings, this place is packed with hungry tourists! This is also a place for those who loves alcoholic beverages.
On our way going to Vivo City, we passed by this unique architecture. I don't have any idea what it is but I was too intrigued by the skin used on this structure. It looks like fish scales! It just doesn't show in the photo above. But i could tell you that those scales-like exterior skins sways when the wind blows which makes it look like moving or something--like a curtain. Anyway, I don't know if you could understand what I am babbling here, but if I were you, you see it yourself to know what I mean, hihihi.
A view of the Vivo City accross the sea! Lovely architecture too! Aaahh.,., dream come true for me! *architect in the making coming through!! wiggle wiggle! tahahaha
This is Sentosa's Boardwalk which I talked about at the start of this article. It is one of the access you could take on entering the Sentosa Island. Above is the monorail line we took on our way going to the Island. Looks like a catterpillar! hihihi. Cutest train ever!
Ahh. Singapore you are full of wonderful architecture! Love this photo showing some of SG's modern architecture on the left side and bygone architecture on the right. And above is the Cable car line; I wonder how the view looks like up there. I am sure it is spectacular.
We passed by Sentosa's visitors center on our way out.
Welcome to the Boardwalk! Yipee! Since we took the Sentosa express going to Sentosa, and we also would like to experience and see what the Sentosa Boardwalk look like, we decided to took it at our exit!
At the boardwalk, you two choices. You could either walk at the boardwalk itself or took this walkalators. And since we were already exhausted, we took the walkalators of course! Do I look tired on this photo? hahahaa... Sorry... I am just happy as a clam! Hapiness overload!!
Tahaha ooopzz,,., super goofy and kagulo masyado me! I love making memories!! Tried to plank here but I was a bit shy from the intriguing look of the passerby so I just did a half plank a.k.a. my mermaid pose. Hihihi
At the stretch of the boardwalk, you will have this stunning panoramic view of the Sentosa Island.
Yehey!! Finished the whole Sentosa Boardwalk stretch! Mission accomplished!! Hihihi... Now we are off to Marina Bay Sands!! And that is UPNEXT.....!!! please do come again!! (^-^)

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