As I mentioned in this post, we were trying to save money in Singapore, so we turned to Groupon, where we got a great deal on tickets to the conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay, and also free tickets to the aquarium at Sentosa Island.
I didn’t really know what Sentosa Island was, everyone just called is Sentosa, and said that we absolutely had to go (and by everyone, I mean everyone in the tourism industry, people that live in Singapore stay far away, but we hadn’t discovered that yet) so we did.
Sentosa Island is basically a huge tourist trap/resort with just about everything you could ever want to do all in one place. There’s a Universal Studios, a beach, an aquarium, and tons of resorts and hotels as well. Also there is a giant lion statue. for some reason.
We were there on a beautiful day, it was actually scorching hot out. It was so bad that I took to hiding out in the corner of a Billabong store just for the air conditioning. The other thing about Sentosa is that it is RIDICULOUSly expensive. A lot of the beach bars have signs out advertising $16 beer at happy hour, as though it’s a bargain.
Even though it was 4000 degrees, I wasn’t spending $16 on a beer, or $22 on a margarita, so we didn’t stay as long as we could’ve.
The aquarium was kind of cool, we got to play with sting rays, you can pet them and feed them. I felt a bit awkward about that later, when we met up with an old classmate of mine for supper in Chinatown and we ended up eating stingray for supper.
I normally don’t really eat anything that swims (fish are friends, not food) but I blame the massive Tiger beers that the waitresses, dressed up like Oktoberfest hostesses, were bringing to our table in buckets.
After the aquarium we went to the dolphin show, which was about 25 minutes of some sea lions playing ring ross and balancing balls on their noses, and then 3 minutes of dolphin jumping.
But the dolphins were pink at least. So that’s not nothing.