Tuesday 9 August 2011

Sentosa Holds a Key to Our Hearts

In the days when I was just 20 and the hubby 25, we made our first trip to Sentosa together as a couple.

Old-school monorails were still in service when we started dating in 2004

It bonded us together and I have many lovely memories of the place. Since then, we'll try to go there at least once a year.

Us at Sentosa in 2004-2006

Except after a while, we became busy with wedding planning, getting pregnant and having a baby. Although we still went to Sentosa intermittently, it wasn't with just the two of us. Especially not with a large belly and me feeling dizzy all the time.

Hence, it wasn't surprising now that baby is older that I started bugging the hubby to take us to Sentosa again, especially with all the new changes that Sentosa had gone through. We did spend a short time together on Siloso beach during the Disney Junior launch event but I wanted to spend more time exploring the place.

So, the hubby finally took leave to take us there yesterday afternoon.

Girlee was wearing her red polka-dot hat that daddy bought for her

We parked at the beach carpark and walked to Siloso beach, which was a change from our usual tradition of 'setting up camp' at Southernmost point of Continental Asia at Palawan beach.

Girlee's 1st time playing in the sea!

She was a little apprehensive at first, but the inviting waters and strong waves proved to be irresistable.

Splashing in the strong waves!

The clear blue skies and cool waters created the perfect playground for baby girl to have fun in the sun. Her happiness really rubbed off on us. We couldn't stop smiling and laughing with her.

Family photo taken with self-timer =)

But I think age has really caught up with us as we only spent about 15-20 minutes in the sea before mummy surrendered and insisted we get out of the water. Baby looked really tired and too sunburnt to stay out in the sun any longer anyway.

After washing up, we headed to the Underwater World which was just round the corner. The last time we were here, we were not even engaged yet.

At the same shark statue outside the Underwater World

And here we are 5 years later, married and with a baby girl!

The turtles we saw in 2006 are still there in 2011

Although the Underwater World didn't really change much throughout the years, the beach tram however has been upgraded.

Old vs. new beach trams

The new beach tram is wheelchair-friendly and able to accomodate our stroller quite easily. After our joy-ride, baby girl clamoured to be fed.

Nursing room at Sentosa

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a nursing room at the beach station (my reviews here).

Then it was time for the fountain show, 'Songs of the Sea', to start. This show used to be situated in central Sentosa (where the merlion is) and didn't cost a cent to watch.

Songs of the Sea in 2004
(Apologies for the bad photo, cameras weren't too good back then)

Nowadays, the show has been relocated to the edge of the beach, boasts state of the art lasers and pyrotechnics and costs $10 (standard seats) / $15 (premium seats) per person.

The new and improved 'Songs of the Sea'

We bought the standard seat tickets and entered the arena about 15 minutes before the show started. Already there was a huge crowd of people eagerly waiting for the show to start.

Songs of the Sea in 2011

I was very impressed by the new 'Songs of the Sea'! The storyline was actually similar to the original one but with better effects. The hubby thought it wasn't worth $10 but baby girl and I disagree. We liked it! =)

Love our time at Sentosa! Will definitely be back again and again! =)



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