Singapore Diaries 3: All in a day

 

 

I have a few more stories about our family’s vacation in Singapore last month. As guests of Singapore Tourism Board, we were given the chance to experience the latest attractions suitable for small children and families. You can see the earlier Singapore Diaries here and here. I also listed our itinerary to help you plan your next Singapore trip.

The third was a particularly interesting day and the one the kids looked forward to the most. We visited the S.E.A. Aquarium and Universal Studios. Both were located at Resorts World Sentosa. We saw and did everything. Plus we even had a long fancy lunch at Putien. There is enough time.

Here are some photos taken by STB photographer Andrew Chua. There are other photos I took using my Samsung S4 and Galaxy Cam as well.

 

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Before entering the S.E.A. Aquarium, we walked through the The Maritime Experiential Museum™ — the first and only museum to showcase the maritime history of Asia.

 

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It was a nice and quick history lesson for the kids. Though Stella couldn’t keep still. She wanted to see the sharks right away. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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But Mama had to see all the displays. Haha. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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S.E.A. Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium accredited by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™. The kids felt transported to the world of oceans. There were more than 800 species of marine animals. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Enormous fish tanks

 

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This cuttlefish was huge. It was mesmerized by its patterns.

 

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Another huge crab. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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I am hoping one day my daughters take up scuba diving, the same way I did in the 90’s. The underwater world is beautiful. I loved the silence, the beauty, the connection with God and nature. Ok, I’m getting carried away again. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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And this was just like in a concert. There’s a rockstar in that tank.

 

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This is the biggest indoor aquarium in the world. Our cameras couldn’t capture the enormity of that tank.

 

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So we just went up close and sat there for a few minutes watching mantas, puffer fish and barracudas go by. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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I made up stories about the marine life characters. And here’s the lone barracuda — the one who ate Nemo’s mom and siblings. Haha. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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This was awesome. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Like I said, it was difficult to capture the size of this tank. It was laid out like a theatre.

 

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Then we walked through the Shark Seas tunnel. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Here, there are many shark species that you will see for the very first time together with endangered species such as the scalloped hammerhead shark, the powerful and aggressive silvertip shark, and the sandbar shark – one of the largest coastal sharks in the world.

 

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After our lunch, we went “next door” to Universal Studios Singapore. The kids were wearing coordinated out fits from Gingersnaps’ latest collection.

 

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We mapped out our plan for the day and went straight to the young kids’ worlds – Shrek, Madagascar and Sesame Street. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Lily doesn’t like riding the carousel animals. So she and I usually pick the comfortable seats. One of my favourite worlds was Madagascar because of A Crate Adventure, an indoor boat ride featuring Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria. Don’t miss that one. All three kids loved it. They rode it three times.  Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Early December was great. It wasn’t as hot as I know Singapore can be. There were rain showers in the afternoon and early evenings but nothing torrential or debilitating.

 

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So, I have daughters and this was purely a photo op for their boy cousins in Canada. We skipped the boys’  rides. But Patrick and Sophia rode  3D Transformers Ride. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Sci Fi City.

 

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So here’s the famous Battlestar Galactica Human vs Cylon ride.  It is the world’s tallest dueling coaster 42.5 metres (139 ft). One of the coasters is an inverted roller coaster track in blue, and the other half is a traditional seated roller coaster in red. It was under repair during our visit. I’d be too scared for this, haha. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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With a member of the Army of Anubis at Ancient Egypt. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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Soph really wanted to ride the Rapids Adventure at Jurassic Park but we were guaranteed to get soaked. And we didn’t bring extra clothes. So we had to skip it. If you wish to ride this, bring extra clothing. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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So instead we rode Dino-Soarin. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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We also met some of the dinosaurs at The Lost World. Photo by Andrew Chua STB

 

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At the Kingdom Far Far Away, the girls’ favorite spot! We enjoyed Shrek’s 4-D Adventure, Donkey Live and the Magic Potion Spin.

 

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We met Fairy God Mother. I also met some UZ viewers in this spot. Hello Urbanistas!

 

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Thank you so much, Singapore Tourism Board, for this wonderful treat for my family.

 

 

To plan your next Singapore trip, please visit yoursingapore.com

For more information on S.E.A. Aquarium, click here.

For information on Universal Studios Singapore® click here.

 

 

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