Trip to Singapore and Bali

April - May 2018
April-May 2018
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  • Day11

    Singapore Day #4

    May 2, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    I spent the last day of my trip at Universal Studios Singapore! It’s also located at the Santosa island where I was yesterday, so it was easy enough to get there again.

    I’ve previously visited Universal Studios in Hollywood and in Florida, so it was fun to try the Singapore version which is obviously modeled after and inspired by its American counterparts.

    I thought it was a fun experience, and I tried several of the rides: e.g. the Transformers one which I think is more or less the same as in the US, a ride based on The Mummy, and the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase! There was also a soundstage with a show hosted by Steven Spielberg, which was set to mimic a major hurricane hitting NYC. Pretty cool.

    I also saw the live-action Waterworld stunt show. It’s very similar to the Hollywood version but still fun to see. However, it’s kinda strange to have the main live show based on a relatively old movie, especially when it was very unsuccessful.

    In a section of the park dedicated to the Shrek franchise, I saw a 4D movie and a live show with donkey! There was also a fun river boat ride with the characters from Madagascar.

    Overall a nice (and very warm) end to my adventures in Singapore and Bali 😎🏖

    Now it’s soon time for the long flight back home. I have upgraded the ticket to Premium Economy which shall be interesting to try out ✈️
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  • Day10

    Singapore Day #3

    May 1, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Busy day with lots of walking - over 12k!

    I started in the morning with some lovely breakfast at the Hilton Executive Lounge, with a good view of the crazy weather outside: thunder, lightning and heavy rain. After a brief walk on the famous Orchard Road, I made my way to Sentosa Island - the entertainment capital of Singapore - maybe of Asia! This place is hard to describe, but aside from Universal Studios, it’s an island resort with hotels, restaurants, bars, golf courses, beaches, a casino and a number of museums, amusement parks and other forms of entertainment.

    I started with a visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium which claims to have over 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species. In any case it was an impressive place with many fishies. As (bad) luck would have it, today is a public holiday in Singapore, so probably half the city was at Sentosa today. It was super crowded, so it was too exhausting to spend a lot of time at the aquarium.

    I quickly saw the Royal Albatross, a tall ship that was apparently used in a Batman movie. After some walking around to explore the island, I also visited the Madame Tussauds museum which is always a fun experience. There were a number of Asian personalities I didn’t recognize though. They also had a 4D Marvel movie.

    I also saw a different 4D movie - Extreme Log Ride - where you ride a virtual rollercoaster :)

    When I got back to the city, I checked into the very last hotel of my trip: the luxurious Conrad, not too far from Marina Bay Sands where it all started...
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  • Day9

    Bali Day 7

    April 30, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    I spent most of my final day on Bali at the zoo! Well, first I had to get there which took around 90 minutes. Lots of traffic. But the trip there was a nice opportunity to see a little more of Bali.

    The zoo itself was nice and the animals seemed to be thriving and they had a fair amount of space. In places like this you tend to hear some horror stories, but it seemed to be a decent enough place.

    The zoo was not huge but fine for a few hours. Not a lot of super exotic animals but always fun to see a tiger napping, half-immersed in a puddle of water, or a couple of lions having a heated argument. You could also ride an elephant but I didn’t partake.

    After getting back to the hotel it was time to say goodbye to the good life of free cocktails and lounging at the beach. So I celebrated by lounging at the beach, followed by a free cocktail. Cheers!

    I then returned to the dreadful Bali airport where I broke the record for how many times I had my passport checked within a short time. I also had my baggage scanned twice (with some lucky folks getting it scanned at the gate too, in case the previous two scans were not enough) — and that’s when *leaving* the fucking place! I think they have some unresolved daddy issues inside the Indonesian airport authority offices. At least the airport held a nice surprise: a mini Hard Rock Café. That’s awesome! 😮🤘

    Now I am in Singapore again for the last few shenanigans before it’s back to reality again..
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