Sentosa, giant whopping Merlions and a beer or two...

Sentosa Travel Blog

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View from the cable car.
Our final stop of the day, and indeed the whole trip was the resort of Sentosa. To reach it you had to take a cable car from the top of Mt. Faber, across the bay, through a building, across the bay again and down to the resort itself. The views from the car where stunning, and it bounced around on the cable in a very exciting and buttock clenching way which made it all the better. We marveled at how much construction was going on, at how many ships there were, at how ridiculously busy everything was. We also planned our way to getting some alcohol...

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.
View from the cable car.
It was huge, it was neon, it was brilliant! We decided we didn't have time to climb it (we had a thirst to quench) and kicking aside some curious peacocks we headed into the resort proper.

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.
View from the cable car.
We relaxed and chatted, before our redoubtable guide told us she had one more surprise for us - The Song of the Sea audio-visual spectacular...

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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andytite says:
I never managed to get a Singapore sling! One of my major regrets of the trip! : (
Posted on: Jun 29, 2009
wanderinggoddess says:
good thing you had the lager. i had my own margarita and singapore sling by the sky tower waiting for my ride. c",)
Posted on: Jun 28, 2009
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View from the cable car.
View from the cable car.
View from the cable car.
View from the cable car.
View from the cable car.
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