Saturday, December 31, 2011

Singapore Day 2.1 - Universal Studios Singapore


It's USS day!  Y(^.^)Y

Adrian and I woke up early, had our breakfast at the hotel's cafe and headed straight for the MRT. By the way, since it is USS day, a light breakfast would be sufficient unless you're totally immune to dizziness or prefer to ride kiddy rides =P

It's really easy getting to Resorts World Sentosa. Just take the MRT over to Harbourfront. There's a shuttle bus RWS8 just outside Vivocity which takes you directly to Resorts World. The Sentosa Express monorail is really convenient too. If you prefer, you can also take the cable car or simply stroll over to Sentosa on the boardwalk.


We arrived at about 9.30am. There was already a small crowd waiting at the entrance. The park opens from 10am-9pm. The time may vary according to the season. For accurate operating hours, please refer to the Resorts World Sentosa website.


Hollywood's right at the entrance of USS. Lots of character meets and greets here. Different stores selling USS merchandise are located here as well. From candies to magnets to shirts to yes even Betty Boop combs can be found along this street.



No, I didn't get any Betty Boop souvenirs but I did get some really cool USS souvenirs. I love the pin badge design below on the right. Too bad they didn't have that in magnet form. The one on the left in the shape of a star is a magnet though. These were the only 2 souvenirs I bought from USS cause I didn't like the other magnet design they had which was really plain. Did I mention I love the pin badge?


Anyway, Hollywood's probably not the place you want to be early in the morning. Actually Adrian and I skipped Hollywood and New York to get to all the fantastic rides where waiting time is minimal early in the morning! Plus the weather's still cool and great for some outdoor rides. We only came back to Hollywood later in the day. Oh well, I still got sunburn anyway after walking around USS the entire day.


First stop, the Battlestar Galactica! The Cylon and Human roller coasters were AWESOME! Be forewarned that the Battlestar Galactica is a high-speed, turbulent roller coaster that includes sudden and dramatic acceleration, climbing, lifting and dropping. Corkscrew, cobra roll, twisting, turning...it's all there. It will propel you over 14 storeys into the air and zoom at speeds of 82.8km/h. Exciting or what?!


Damn those ugly-looking-screaming-faces-capturing cameras were not working when I rode them so I have take photos of other people riding the Cylon!


Another must-ride is the Revenge of the Mummy which is indoors. This has got to be my favourite ride in spite of my overexcited review of the Battlestar Galactica. I've not gone on the Transformers ride since it was only opened this month. But I heard rave reviews about it. A friend even went for the ride 8 times! Imagine the waiting time!



Look! It's Far Far Away! I've always heard about this place in bedtime stories.



Stopped for ice cream at Friar's. Yummy!

There are many restaurants around USS. Pizzas, steak, fast food, local food, ice cream...your choice. We had lunch at Mel's Drive In because then we could watch Mel's dinnettes shake, rattle and roll just outside.


USS is not just about fast and furious roller coasters. After all, Universal Studios did produce some great movies. The street performances such as Mel's Dinnettes, Daddy O's and The Rockafellas are really entertaining. There are also several stage shows that must be not be missed.


After riding those heart-stopping roller coasters, we spent the rest of the day going for attractions which were less intense such as the junior roller coaster Enchanted Airways (nice relaxing roller coaster), Shrek 4D Adventure (good movie!) and Madagascar: A Boring Crate Adventure (need I say more?).


We went back and forth between these rides and the stage shows. It's all about planning your time. All-in-all, there were attractions for different age groups and preferences. I'll be blogging about the stage shows in my next post since this one is getting really long.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Singapore Day 1.2 - Orchard Road


We headed down to Orchard Road by bus after checking into our hotel at Bugis. I absolutely love the public transportation in Singapore. Everything is linked and the underground walkways for the MRT are air conditioned and well-lit. Hope the one planned for KL will be just as good and clean. There's still a lot of walking to do though so choosing a hotel near MRT or bus stops will minimize sore legs. I guess it's true that they say Singaporeans travel by BMW. That's Bus, MRT and Walking.



I noticed quite a number of ice cream vendors selling ice cream potong along Orchard Road. Haven't seen that in ages! The sight of ice cream potong with Loius Vuitton as the backdrop really intrigues me. You'll probably never see that happening at Bukit Bintang in front of Pavillion haha...never never.... They're everywhere on Orchard Road! Don't really understand all the rage about it but it's absolutely satisfying on a hot day.



Dummies side-by-side. Adrian imitating the cardboard...OK I made him do it..LOL



After walking around, we ended up at some underground supermarket having tidbits and snacks for dinner. Spotted a lot of people buying chwee kueh (don't ask me how to pronounce it) so we decided to try it. Tasted pretty interesting. It's actually steamed rice cake topped with radish. Quite delicious actually. We got to try a lot of snacks there but probably not a very good idea. The portion's small and the cost adds up to quite a bit.

We walked around a bit more then took the MRT over to One Raffles Quay where Lilian is working. Just to collect Universal Studios Singapore and Lion King tickets!!! Yes, next stop USS! Lilian recommended going over to Clarke Quay but we were already tired and it's going to be a long day the next day at....USS!!! =)

Singapore Day 1.1 - Aeroline


I like this Survivor Singapore magnet. Sums up pretty much the things you can do in Singapore. OUTSHOP-OUTPLAY-OUTEAT... OK maybe not the outeat part. Malaysia's definitely a foodie heaven!


Took the Aeroline down to Singapore sometime in July. I'm always late with my blog posts I know! It was a comfortable 5 hour ride from 1Utama to Harbourfront. If you're wondering, Aeroline's a double-decker bus with a comfy lounge area and toilet downstairs.



Love the onboard entertainment. Thought that I'd spend the 5 hours sleeping but thanks to that movie-music-games-loaded touch screen, I watched 2 movies and lots of funny clips throughout the journey. We were also served Subway once the bus got onto the highway.

Unfortunately, I can't say that I enjoyed the ride back to KL even though we took Aeroline as well. The bus back from Singapore was old and didn't have that movie-music-games-loaded touch screen which I was looking forward too!!! Nevertheless, there was a tv on the bus showing some movie to pass the time and we were served pasta from PastaMania.

Aeroline ticket price to and fro 1Utama KL-Harbourfront SG - RM175

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