Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

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Dolls Performance

Takakyama, Chubu, Japan, 2010

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Eeriness in Your Face

Halloween Night, Universal Studios, Singapore, 2011

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Gardens by the Bay

I’ve always wanted to visit Gardens by the Bay and I finally went in May. The main purpose was to visit the Tulipmania fair held in Flower Dome. As we went in the afternoon, we only visited the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove.

The Flower Dome houses many flowering plants, cacti and succulents. There are plants from different parts of the world such as Australia, South Africa, California, and parts of Italy and Spain. The cacti and succulents are the more interesting ones that attract me! You can even see some of them bearing flowers.

Next, we went to the Cloud Forest. That was a bit of a let down as the place looks very artificial with the man-made “mountain” and “waterfall”. But it was very cooling in the dome though and was a good escape from the outdoor heat.

Our last stop was the Supertree Grove. These supertrees are really spectacular! I heard that they were lighted up at night but I did not stay that long to take the pictures. For those of you who are into photography, you may want to stay later. I learnt that the 11 supertrees are embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. Not only that, I remember reading from somewhere that these trees behave like real trees too, “photosynthesising” in the day and gives out oxygen.

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Bay South Outdoor Gardens:

Opens 5:00 AM – 2:00 AM daily

Cooled Conservatories & OCBC Skyway:

  • Opens 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
  • Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM daily
  • Last admission at 8:30 PM daily

Universal Studios Singapore

Yesterday, I’ve finally visited Universal Studios in Singapore since its official opening in May. It’s my first Universal Studios experience so I was pretty excited over it!

We started the day early and reached Vivocity’s monorail station around 10 something but there was already a crowd queuing to get their monorail tickets. Luckily, we are locals, so we used our EZ-link card to get pass the gates and take our monorail. We got down at the next station, Waterfront station and bought our entrance tickets which cost S$72 at the counter. Luckily, the queue was short (since the crowd is still back in Vivocity) and we barely waited for a minute! And so our adventures started!

Our plan (if you call it a plan =p) is to slowly warm up and take the easy rides first and leave the thrilling rides till the last. So we turned left into Madagascar zone and took the kids-friendly river boat ride “A Crate Adventure”. The animals are cute and funny but it’s just a pretty normal ride without any thrills or excitement.

 

Next, we moved on to Far Far Away land to try out the junior roller coaster, “Enchanted Airways”. It was a prelude to the more thrilling “Battlestar Galactica” ride later. After my experience on this junior roller coaster, I told my friend that I don’t want to try “Battlestar Galactica” anymore. Please don’t laugh at me! You must understand that it takes a lot of courage for me to try the roller coaster rides as I’m slightly acrophobic! =p

After the ride, we decide to go for something more relaxing, so we went for the 4D animation “Shrek 4-D Adventure”. It was a really fun experience as you can see, hear and feel the action right from your seat as Princess Fiona and Shrek embark on their fairy-tale adventure. I’m quite sure that both kids and adults will enjoy the show. Oh, those who are afraid of creepy crawlies, beware! LOL

The Lost World was next in line. I was hoping to try out the water raft ride in “Rapids Adventure”. I even prepared another set of clothing in case I get wet during the ride. But much to our disappointment, the ride was under maintenance and won’t back till early next year.

 

By then, the skies were getting dark and a heavy downpour seemed to be inevitable. So, we decided to complete the outdoor rides first. We quickly rushed to Sci-Fi City for “Battlestar Galactica”. I finally mustered enough courage to try the “Human” ride. I was very jittery during the queue, and when I got into the seat, I thought to myself, “Why am I doing this?” As the roller coaster made its climb, I couldn’t control but close my eyes and kept them shut during the whole ride while screaming my head off! But I must say it’s really a thrilling ride and a must-try! For the braver souls, you can try the “Cylon” ride that goes around and upside down with an intense corkscrew and cobra roll.

 

Finally, we went for the “Revenge of the Mummy” ride. A friend of mine claimed that this is the scariest ride and I was really anticipating the ride. It is an indoor roller coaster in total darkness so I don’t have to worry about my acrophobia. The ride was indeed up to my expectations. It was full of excitement and surprises. The only con was that it was too short! The “Mummy” ride was the last ride we had.

After we came out of the ride, it was raining heavily. Having no choice, we went for lunch at the nearby Egyptian-themed buffeteria, “Oasis Spice Cafe” as we can’t go anywhere too far. The Middle Eastern food was not bad but I must say the taste of the Almond rice dessert was very unique.

We went for a shopping spree after we have replenished our energy from lunch. We even went for a musical show “Monster Rock”. I would advise those of you who wanted to watch it to give it a miss if you are rushing for time. Go only if you have lots of time to spare and nowhere else to go. Enough said.

With that we left the park and promised to return next year when the Transformers ride is ready.

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Things to take note

  • Go on a weekday (Mon to Thurs). The tickets are cheaper and it will be less crowded.

  • Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd.
  • Go straight for the rides you want to try first, leave shopping the last. *Wink*
  • If you are using the lockers next to the rides, the rental is free for the first 30 mins, but if you exceed the time limit, you’ll be charged. So, make sure you have some money (at least S$3) in your pockets before closing the lockers!
  • Bring an extra set of clothings as some rides may get you wet or the weather may just change and starts raining.