If you have ever travelled alone, it can often become a bit of a drag. It is always fun to share the fun moments with friends and family. Tired of my non-stop internal dialogue, I decided it was time to make new friends. What better way to meet random new people than taking a tour? Off to Sentosa Island I went. Sentosa has often been described as a playground for people of all ages, so I was hoping to meet young new friends. By young, I was hoping at least under the age of 50. I happened to choose a Saturday where I was the youngest one by 30 years. Guess what? I LOVED it. I managed to join a tour consisting of 12 Australian retirees, 2 British retirees, and 1 Indian retiree. Notice a trend? They have all now claimed me as a grandchild, and I had a blast. There is so much to see and do on the island, and you could easily spend a full day or even weekend there.
There are several ways to get to Sentosa. You can drive, or even better, you can take a gondola in a superhero themed car. WIN! I managed to ride with Batman, and my inner nerd was loving every moment. Did I mention the view?
Apparently in Singapore, they love pink dolphins. The first stop on the tour was the dolphin show. While it may not compare to Sea World, it was fascinating watching pink dolphins dance to 50 cent. Once you have had your dolphin fix, it’s on to the aquarium, which is AMAZING! You can literally take a ride submerged under fish. Dubai charges you an arm and a leg for a similar concept at Dubai Mall, which fails to compare with the awesomeness. I literally rode around in circles for 20 minutes. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof.
From there it was on to learn more about how Singapore was founded. Legend has it that the king journeyed to the island, and upon treacherous storms, through his crown to the water gods out of respect. Because of his humility, he and his men were able to survive when they were then faced with a lion. The king and the lion found a mutual respect and understanding, and the men were able to prosper. I like it. Once you learn a little about the area’s history, you submit yourself to the fate of the lion. If you receive a gold coin, you may be said to prosper. I would like to believe this to be true, but FYI, I think everyone gets a coin.
If you are not afraid of heights, I recommend going up the Tiger Tour where you can see amazing views of the city. Singapore has an incredible skyline.
After the Tiger Tower, I surprisingly enjoyed spending a bit of time gazing at butterflies, exotic birds, and insects known to the area. I considered it a mission accomplished to teach my new bird friend how to say WTF. This seriously happened.
While I was ready to pass out, I absolutely loved the evening light and firework show on the island. If you plan on checking it out, arrive early and try to sit near an exit. Once the show end, several thousand people are trying to escape at the same time, and it is nuts. The lighting was a spectacular sight to behold, and it was a great end to my day.