21 August 2010. Singapore.
On our second day in Singapore, we thought we’d sample the newest attraction in town – Universal Studios. After breakfast at Loy Kee along Balestier Road, we headed back to Sentosa and boarded the Sentosa Express monorail for Resorts World Sentosa where Universal Studios is located. We almost didn’t board the monorail because a sign at the Vivo City ticket counter said that all Universal Studio tickets had been sold out. We took our chances.
Us: Tickets to Universal Studios, please.
Counter1: For when?
Us: For today (keeping our fingers crossed).
Counter1: How many are you?
Us:There’s just two of us (still keeping our fingers crossed).
Counter1: (to another person in the counter) Can we accommodate two more?
Tickets for the weekends are more expensive than tickets for the weekdays. We got ours at S$72 per person. Here’s the deal on the exorbitant entrance fee though: it comes with a meal stub worth S$5, and a souvenir stub for S$5. We had lunch consisting of burger and fries at Mel’s drive-in, and I had to shell out an additional meager amount of S$5. There are souvenir shops all over the place, and if you’re not choosy with the souvenir, the souvenir stub will do to pay for your item.
Universal Studios is a theme park, with about 7 themes: Hollywood, Madagascar, Shrek, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-fi City, and New York. Each theme has its attractions, and Sci-fi City has the most exciting, and probably the scariest, ride ever with Battlestar Galactica. Fortunately for me, it was under maintenance that day; otherwise, my friend would have insisted we ride on it, and I would be branded a sissy for life for refusing. We did sample some attractions at the park: the 4d Shrek show inside Far,Far Away castle; the Canopy Ride at The Lost World, which I thought was a harmless ride through a forest but turned out to be a screamer; the Revenge of the Mummy at Ancient Egypt, which was an indoor roller coaster ride, and the scariest ride I ever had; and Lights, Camera, Action at New York, where we were given information on camera tricks.
My favorites of the themes were Ancient Egypt and New York. Ancient Egypt, with its towering Egyptian figures and obelisks, had a mysterious aura surrounding it. It was made even more attractive by those good-looking Egyptians.
New York, meanwhile, was vibrant. It had a Big Apple feel to it, with its yellow cabs, red fire hydrants, green trash cans, and the subway.
Images of Universal Studios:
After a rather tiring, but fun day at Universal Studios, we thought we had a fill of amusement parks. I declared that it was time to explore Singapore’s culture in its rawness. Little India, here we come.