Sen­tosa Isand

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This is­land is con­sid­ered the “Is­land of Fun” and it’s ob­vi­ous why! Sen­tosa is jam packed with fun and ex­cit­ing places to visit. Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Singapore, Un­der­wa­ter World, Singapore Ca­ble Car, 4D Ad­ven­ture Land, Tiger Sky Tower, Kidza­nia, Sky­line Luge and many more ex­cit­ing at­trac­tions are found on Sen­tosa Is­land and it is one of the best fam­ily fo­cused places I’ve been lucky enough to visit. The first at­trac­tion we ex­pe­ri­enced was the Singapore Ca­ble Car, which we caught from Mount Faber Sta­tion. Mount Faber is 100 me­ters above the sea and is called the Moun­tain of Hap­pi­ness. You can en­joy a de­li­cious meal here while tak­ing in views of Singapore or even dine in one of the ca­ble cars! Make sure you pur­chase one of the lit­tle wish­ing bells in the gift shop, tie them on the fence and then ring the Bell of Hap­pi­ness. And just for the girls, an ex­tra spe­cial treat… the view from the ladies loo is spec­tac­u­lar! There­after, we headed straight to an amaz­ing place called Kidza­nia. When I first walked into Kidza­nia, I was quite shocked be­cause this at­trac­tion is like an ac­tual city, where kids are fire­man putting out fires, po­lice pro­tect­ing the streets and se­cu­rity guards tak­ing money to banks. Kidza­nia isn’t a play­house, it is a place which al­lows kids of all ages to be­come a part of the work force. You have to see Kidza­nia to be­lieve how amaz­ing it is. Kids can make their own food at a func­tion­ing KFC and Pizza Hut, go shop­ping at a su­per­mar­ket, fuel the car up at a servo or even make their own Pad­dle Pops. And if that isn’t fun enough, kids can even be pi­lots and fly a plane in a flight sim­u­la­tor in­side a real 737! When you first ar­rive you’ll check in at the Qatar flight desk and re­ceive your board­ing pass, a tem­po­rary Kidza­nia visa, a credit card and 20 Kidza­nia dol­lars. There is a bank lo­cated in­side Kidza­nia where kids will be able to put their money on their card. When kids want to learn a skill at Kidza­nia, they will be able to earn as much money as they need. This will al­low them to pur­chase what­ever they want. There are also some cour­ses such as pho­tog­ra­phy and make-up, which kids will have to pay to do. Kidza­nia is a great learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all kids; and be­lieve it or not… there are par­ent no go zones! Kids re­ally are the bosses at Kidza­nia and if I had a Kidza­nia near me when I was lit­tle, I wouldn’t want to leave! Our next stop was Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Singapore; I have been to Uni­ver­sal Or­lando and LA and I think Uni­ver­sal Singapore is the best so far. The park is di­vided into 7 dif­fer­ent sec­tions; Sci Fi City, An­cient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away, New York, Hol­ly­wood and Mada­gas­car. My fa­vorite part was Sci Fi City, which is home to Trans­form­ers The Ride 3D, Bat­tle Star Galac­tica Hu­man vs. Cy­lon and Ac­cel­er­a­tor. The Bat­tle Star Galac­tica Hu­man vs. Cy­lon has two dif­fer­ent tracks (hu­man and Cy­lon) Thrill seek­ers would take the blue Cy­lon track and peo­ple who don’t love roller­coast­ers as much should go for the red Hu­man track. To get the most of your time at Uni­ver­sal you re­ally should spend a bit ex­tra and pur­chase the “front of line pass,” which will al­low you to go to the front of the line once for each of the rides. When some of the line-ups are up to 70 min­utes, you will at least be able to fit as many rides in as you can. My all time fa­vorite ride is Trans­form­ers The Ride 3D. Be­ing a huge Trans­form­ers and Ca­maro fan, this is al­ways the ride I go to first. I was in­cred­i­bly ex­cited when I saw a replica Bum­ble­bee Ca­maro from the 3rd Trans­form­ers film. It is also a great photo opp, so make sure you can squeeze in as close as you can get. Mada­gas­car and Far Far Away are pop­u­lar kids rides and there are heaps of shows and meet and greets with many of the char­ac­ters. Hol­ly­wood and New York don’t have any ma­jor rides but they have shops and restau­rants. If you’re look­ing for sou­venirs to buy from Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios you’ll be able to find them in Hol­ly­wood or New York. An­cient Egypt has two rides. One is a dark in door roller­coaster and the other is a more fam­ily friendly an­cient Egypt ad­ven­ture. The Lost World is a giant Juras­sic Park themed park and the River Ad­ven­ture is a long river rapids ride where you’re lucky enough to ex­plore Juras­sic Park and see the di­nosaurs. I think this is the best Juras­sic Park ride of all the Uni­ver­sal parks. Be pre­pared to get wet be­cause at the end of the river ride your raft is taken up a lift be­fore the doors open and you go straight down a steep slope. On a hot Singapore day, it is a wel­comed relief and you dry off very quickly. I just love Sen­tosa and I only wish I had more time to ex­plore all the other amaz­ing at­trac­tions you find there. Sen­tosa is a col­or­ful and vi­brant place to visit with a re­laxed and fun filled at­mos­phere. You can ac­cess all the at­trac­tions via very clean and re­li­able pub­lic trans­porta­tion or even the travel­la­tor; a re­ally cool mov­ing walk­way tak­ing you from Vivo City to Sen­tosa. There are so many things to do in Singapore and Sen­tosa is just one of them. If you have a Singapore stopover, make the most of your time by go­ing to www.yoursin­ga­pore.com for in­for­ma­tion on places to ex­plore and ex­pe­ri­ence the things Singapore has to of­fer. DT

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