Sentosa, giant whopping Merlions and a beer or two...
Sentosa Travel Blog› entry 23 of 23 › view all entries
August 17th, 2008 – by: andytite
On arrival at Sentosa we headed into the resort. The first sight to greet you is the massive Merlion statue, the emblem of Singapore, towering over us like Snake Mountain from the He-Man cartoon of the 1980s, jaws agape, neon lit and twinkling with LEDs.
If the Merlion had skated the line of tackiness on a knife edge, the rest of Sentosa just bludgeoned you with eye popping amounts of light, noise and cuteness. All the way down the main boulevard were sculptures and fountains, lit in an incredible array of incandescent shades of luminosity. It was frankly marvelous and good fun (it certainly made the walk easier).
At the end of the boulevard were the pubs,a nd we took the liberty to stretch ourselves out on a small beach with some nice frosty, chilled bottle of lager - a reward for a hard day of being a tourist and drinking in the sights.
The show was, in all fairness, quite naff. The actors mimed, the story was... well, there was something that could have been mistaken for a plot if you were feeling charitable and lived on a diet of soap operas. The songs were excruciating. What did kick ass were the lasers projected into the water streamed up from the bay. This led to a 3D hologramatic effect which was endlessly entertaining and amazingly constructed. Yes it was naff. Yes it was for kids. Yes I'm too old for this sort of thing. I still loved it mind (possibly aided by the alcohol but who's counting?)
This was our Singapore swan song, our final stop and adventure. The next day we headed to the airport, tired, mountain stained by happy that we'd seen everything. As the airport wished us goodbye (it's well friendly), and extorted us to return, I made a vow to do so. Hopefully, sometime in the future I'll get that chance.
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