Sentosa Island & Singapore Zoo
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Our visit to Sentosa Island was more of a token one. My dad and I had visited four years ago and spent a day there. Several things have changed about the island, mainly more attractions to make money, like the Carlsberg Skytower and a 4-Dimensional movie theatre. As a tourist attraction, Sentosa is pretty good and accommodates tourists (especially families) well, and it's also popular with the locals who flock to the beaches every weekend.
We shelled out $10 apiece to go on the Skytower, which is a large, round green thing that ascends and rotates so you have a good view of Sentosa Island and mainland Singapore. It takes around 10 minutes, and while the view is nice, I'm not sure if it's really worth it. $8 Carlsberg beers at the bar aren't really worth it either, but it was a hot day and a refreshing drink had to be had.
We followed one of the walking trails that I remember taking last time. I'm a bit of a kid at heart, as you may have guessed, so I really liked the dragon theme on the island: you'll walk on dragon's heads, see fake dragon bones and other such things. We skipped the Merlion and surrounding area, as we'd seen it last time, but I remember liking that as well. (The Merlion is Sinagpore's national symbol, with the head of a lion and tail of a fish curled up. Original and kind of cute.) We came across a food court area and shared some chicken rice, which was about double what you'd pay anywhere else in Singapore.
I was curious about this 4D cinema experience, although my dad was decidedly not curious, so I went in by myself. The movie was an adventure about pirates, and your chair would move at times matched to the action on-screen.
We left the island after that. My next adventure, a couple of days later, was my solo excursion to the Singapore Zoo. My sister, who visited countless zoos in her travels to Asia and Europe last year, said Singapore was one of the best - the animals seemed happier and there are no cages. The zoo is separate from the night safari, and I planned my day to catch a few of the shows. The elephant show was the best: they were incredibly clever, all seemed very happy and full of expression. I was transfixed by the babboons during their feeding time: there are a lot of them, and they're very noisy and very hierarchical. Younger or less dominant babboons were often chased if they managed to catch a piece of fruit before the big dominant male did.
Singapore Zoo boasts the biggest primate section of any zoo, and it's true they have a lot of monkeys and other primates.
Other highlights were the giant tortoise and crocodiles - I was just blown away by the size of both. The underwater viewing chamber of the crocodile and alligator section was great.