Sentosa and the Singapore Flyer
Saturday morning we got a late start for a full day at Sentosa. We got to Vivo City, the mall across from Sentosa on the mainland, at about noon and grabbed some lunch. Then we caught the monorail to Sentosa and we beached it all afternoon. The sun was in and out of the clouds, but my parents thought it was too hot even when the sun wasn't shining. I forgot how much the temperature bothered me when I first arrived, but now it doesn't seem bad. The water was warm, as always, so they enjoyed being able to swim anytime the sun bothered them.
After spending a few hours on the beach, we walked around the island some, and even got to see the Southern most point of continental Asia. It is on a little island just south of Sentosa. From this point, it is possible to walk all the way up to Russia, Europe or even England- with the help of bridges linking this island to Sentosa, to Singapore, and to Malaysia.
After Sentosa we took the MRT to the oldest Hawker center in Singapore for dinner, where my parents got a taste of real Singapore. Hawker food is one of the things Singapore is famous for, it is a wide variety of food venders where you can pick and choose exactly what you would like to eat. This center has every type of Asian food you can think of but no Italian, no Mexican, and no pub food. Because this is such an old building, the walls and ceilings are all decorated with beautiful designs. The building stands out in the middle of downtown, as it is a one story colonial building surrounded by new skyscrapers with neon lights.
From there we went to the Marina Bay water front. We got to see the Merlion, get a fantastic view of Marina Bay Sands and all of the Downtown Financial District. A short walk from the Merlion is the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest ferris wheel. The Flyer offers fantastic views of Downtown, Marina Bay Sands, and of course the Formula 1 Race track that is set up around the city.
Singapore hosts the only Night race of the F1 Grand Prix, and it races straight through the city streets. The last few weeks they have set up hundreds of lights and barriers along the city streets so it is very easy to trace the route from the top of the ferris wheel. After the Flyer we grabbed a drink at a smaller hawker center on the water front and we got to see the Marina Bay Laser and Light show out over the bay.