Our second full day in Singapore turned out quite sunny and nice, so we decided on a beach day at the city’s resort island, Sentosa. We decided to cab it there, and feared for our lives as we sped through traffic as breakneck speed, forking out SG$15 for our fare. Yikes! Luckily we had brought snacks with us from the local grocery store, and managed to have the cab ride as our largest expense of the day. After being dropped off at the casino (where there is no surcharge for taxis to come and our 4 dollar entrance fee to the island is waived) we wandered around, in awe of the huge shopping complexes, restaurants and attractions that were on display. We felt like it was Disneyland, with prices to match! It was wild after being in the “other” Asia for so long to see such luxury and the newness of it all struck us as very artificial. But hey, at least the tram was free! We boarded and headed to the other side of the island, to the beaches. The first beach was called Siloso, and it really wasn’t much to look at. A tiny beachfront with a view of the huge shipping tankers in the ocean, bordered by some very expensive cafe’s charging SG$20 for the use of the loungers.
I know I sound super cheap, but coming from places where your dollar is worth 10,000 or even 40 of the local currency, it was tough to pay for things that were on par with our dollar. If I wasn’t careful I could have blown the rest of my trips budget in a few days!
We happily ate our store-bought peanuts and people watched for a bit before deciding to check out the other side of the island, and Palawan beach, which ended up being gorgeous!! In a totally artificial way. Lol My friend even told me later that the rocks on the trucked-in sand were made of plastic! Nonetheless, we enjoyed the beachfront, and were sharing it with what seemed to be about a thousand high schoolers or university aged students, taking part in some kind of epic games day in the sweltering heat. Whatever! The sand was warm and the water was nice, so we wasted away most of the afternoon on the beach, browning ourselves while the Japanese sought shade and looked at us like we were the crazy ones!
After all the sun and sand, we boarded the tram and rode it around aimlessly for a while, checking out the rest of the island and it’s activities. Theres no shortage of fun things to do there if you have money – you can ride the cable car, the luge, go zip-lining, surfing in a fake wave pool, rock climbing, hang on the trapeze, go to universal studios, go to the aquarium, you get the idea. We didn’t do any of those things and still had a great time on Sentosa, so it all depends on your budget, i guess. On our way back we stopped at the giant mer-lion, Singapore’s mythical mascot, and climbed the covered escalators (??) to the top of the lookout, where there was a view of Sentosa and the city beyond. We laughed at the ridiculous items in the gift shop and ate ridiculously expensive ice cream, and boarded the tram back for the ride across the causeway and out to the city once more. The tram dropped us at a giant mall called Vivocity (surprise, surprise) and we walked around feeling like scrubs in our beach clothes, finding a giant food court and some sweet and sour pork for me!
We were ready to trek back to the burbs after our $5 dinner, and after our 30 minute ride, we were happy to have a quiet night with our host family, playing cards and having a great time relaxing with them. Jo even popped my laundry in the dryer for me while we were out, and folded it all for me!! 😀 to a traveler, this is actually the NICEST thing you can do for someone on the road, to help them with their laundry!! After some good phone chats with friends, we called it a night. more adventures awaited us tomorrow 🙂
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