By Paulyne L. Fermin
The family has just come home from an eight-day stay in Singapore. We explored the whole city (not just the shops and Universal Studios like before) and totally enjoyed the experience! Who knew a whole day of exploring two wildlife parks on Mandai Lake Road could be so fun? In River Safari we took two boat rides to see endangered animals while at the Night Safari we rode a tram in the middle of the jungle to commune with nocturnal animals. I was surprised to see the children so engrossed with the different sea and land creatures. They did not fuss much about the heat and the non-stop walking. My Fitbit watch clocked in over 15,000 steps that day. We also tried bobsledding (luge) for the first time, competed against each other in shooting at outlaws in Desperados, and Journey(ed) to the Center of the Earth in 4D Attraction, Sentosa.
One sweet day at the Candylcious Store in Sentosa
Positivity and peace will be yours when you enter and touch the water from the Fountain of Wealth
See the wonders of the city-state by taking an enjoyable ride at the cable car
Luxury shopping at the Prada store
Exhilaration overload at the luge in 4D Attraction, Sentosa
Don’t be fooled by the Trick Eye Museum in Sentosa. If you’ve been to Art Island in Cubao, you’ll certainly feel shortchanged by this attraction. It only contained five ho-hum rooms with so-so wall and floor art. The only redeeming part was the interactive video in the last room where you take a photo of yourself and it gets superimposed on the dancer’s head. But even that was not worth it.
After the parks came a bit of retail therapy. We went to the different malls along Orchard Road (Paragon, Takashimaya, The Forum, and Ion), Vivo City, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and Suntec City. I loved the Editor’s Market (trendy clothes at affordable prices) at Ion and the Smiggles store (a haven of scented, multi colored bubble cases, lunchboxes, bags, etc) at Vivo. Singapore malls have their own attractions, too. The four of us took a walk inside the Fountain of Wealth Dome in Suntec City. The fountain is believed to take away all its visitors’ negative qi and to replace it with good luck, good health, and positivity. It’s true, too! The minute we entered the glass, steel, and water installation, a happy and peaceful vibe enveloped us. Everything was just a taxi ride away in this country.
One of the things I like about Singapore is that you can walk into any luxury store wearing sneakers or slippers and you will not see any raised eyebrow. My kids are unaware of the difference between an Hermes, Prada, or LV boutique and any ordinary store so they lounged and played there as they pleased while I took my time perusing.
Singapore is impressively clean, highly efficient, traffic-free, and a very safe place for the whole family to visit. It’s not cheap, though. There is a price to pay for all the conveniences this place has to offer. I often found myself converting currencies before purchases. But if you’ve saved up for a summer vacation, the Merlion City is definitely a place to consider.