I stepped out of the airplane and I could not believe that finally, I was in Singapore. Yes, after long arduous months of planning and saving money, the image of Changi airport jumped out of the books that I have read before — in front of me and Steven was what others claimed as the topmost beautiful airport. What made this more exciting was that Steven and I who have been in a long distance relationship were celebrating my birthday. It was our first international trip together. Something that I had never imagined could happen in real.
The magnificent Enchanted Garden in Terminal 2 was the attraction that caught our attention. It was an impressive little area in the middle of the airport with real flowers and an attractive Koi pond. We were awestruck by such magnificent beauty of Changi as we strolled around the airport. We snapped photos, withdrew money from an ATM machine, and purchased MRT cards. After that, we proceeded to the immigration center and submitted our passport together with our disembarkation/embarkation (D/E) card. Then, we approached the clerks in the Information Center to ask a temporary login ID and password. Free WIFI connection was available through the Wireless@SG network.
Our morning breakfast was in the Geylang food trail. We made a stop at the People’s Prawn Noodle House located over at Lor12. Steven ordered big prawn noodles at 5SGD and we did not wait for it too long. We were satisfied on the superbly sweet, juicy and fresh prawns.
This day was the start of our seemingly endless list of walking tours. It took us much time finding out how to go to the Orchard Road. Our first day was tough being first-time tourists in Singapore. In addition to that, I was overwhelmed on my first international trip that I did not care much about directions as long as Steven was with me. I felt very lucky he was with me. It was happier that we were together.
Fortunately, we found out that the Singaporeans we met on the road were friendly and approachable. They unselfishly helped us arrived at the Orchard Road. Steven did already a research on how can we avail discounted tickets for Sentosa activities and I thanked him for that. We proceeded to the Orchard Plaza and headed straight to the Hankookchon Pte ltd., a Korean-based company operating in Singapore.
We then dropped by to the Food Republic to have our lunch. It was located on the topmost floor of the Vivo City Mall. The stalls were overwhelming and the lowest price of the foods I spotted was 5SGD.
After the sumptuous meal in the Food Republic, we searched for the directions where we could ride a cable car to Sentosa. We took a walk in the Harbourfront Tower which was located right next to the Harbourfront Shopping Mall. It was a brisk walk under the sun. My heart jumped on the thought that one activity from my bucket list would be crossed-out. To be honest, I’ve never been in a cable car in my whole life and this adventure turned out to be truly exciting.
We flew high above the hill from Faber Peak Singapore, through a skyscraper. Then, we crossed the harbor on the Mt. Faber line before landing on Sentosa Island. The whole ride provided us a bird’s-eye view of the Sentosa. I was nervous at first and my heart went a flutter. Those emotions disappeared when Steven started to snap photos of us inside the cable car. It helped to get rid of my fears.
When we alighted, we waited for a bus that would drive us to the Universal Studio. There were many exciting activities and it was mind-boggling what to prioritize.
SHREK 4-D ADVENTURE
This is an indoor film experience that required us to wear 3-D glasses. I have heard that in this kind of film, the audience would also enjoy the same scenery in real life. It was as if we were also included among the characters in the movie. We found out that 4-D Adventure was not just a movie but also a ride. Yes, it was because the chairs in which we were seated moved in sync with the actions occurring in the movie. It was a real fun and I just realized we laughed and giggled all throughout the show.
REVENGE OF THE MUMMY
While we stood at the entrance of the Revenge of the Mummy that was guarded by two mammoth Anubis figures, we thought it was just an Egyptian Museum. When we were about to enter, we were asked to put our belongings in their electronic locker system. We did what they asked; however, Steven still brought his phone for taking photos. When the guards found out that he still carried his phone, they told him it was not allowed. As a result, we had to leave his phone in the locker. Sadly, we went back without a phone to document the ride.
We walked inside through a dimly-lit maze surrounded by Egyptians architecture and gigantic statues of ancient Egyptian guards.While walking, my mind was wandering if this was some kind of a haunted house. Actually, the hideous voice of a seemingly powerful god made me afraid.
Finally, we saw the loading platform where people board on multiple cars hooked together. I got a hint that we were about to ride a roller coaster. I was calm as the car started to move. Then I felt my body was being accelerated upward. It got fast then went downward. Another force pulled my body to the side of the car that I was so scared to death. My heart started to race as the car started to speed going up, gaining altitude and made us go all the way forward. My stomach twisted in a million of knots. Whenever a loop would come, I felt my soul leaving my body. Steven tried to hold me but I was really afraid and nervous that I just needed to close my eyes on the entire ride wishing it to stop soon.
I got dizzy afterward. I couldn’t imagine how Steven could be so calm and was still managed to laugh on the whole roller coaster ride.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
We found Lights, Camera, Action by Steven Spielberg in the New York City area. Here, we watched with amazement how special effects could bring to life the plot of the movie. We were introduced to an empty sound stage. It became the setting of the huge hurricane that will devastate New York City eventually. We enjoyed that show and admired the tech-savvy people behind it. The deafening noise of the thunder made my heart beat fast. The horrible struck off the lightning made me scared. And finally, the splash of the water and heat of the burning flame left me curious on how did they do that.
WINGS OF TIME
This was the first night show we watched in Sentosa which was set in the open sea. It pertains to the story of two teenagers, Rachel and Felix, who helped a bird-like creature, Shahbaz, find its way home. The show made us breathless with its spectacular adventure. It was crafted with the different types of music, digital visuals of the triangular boards, water, laser and fire effects. It culminated with a fireworks display, shooting high up in the sky. It even presented a song that up to now keeps on resonating within me.
“When you are traveling far from home
don’t be scared,
you are not alone.
Find the courage from within you
You’ll discover dreams can come true”
Have you gone to Singapore Universal Studio? Maybe you have already tried one of the rides we did not mention on this post. Let us know in the comments below.
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