One fine mid-winter morning, an enthusiastic group of 57 people, with ages ranging from 25 (that’s me 🙂 ) to 70, set out from Pune to travel to Singapore – the melting pot of cultures and ideologies.
After a 5-hour long turbulent flight from Mumbai to Singapore, we started our journey of this futuristic island-state with the City Tour. We saw the majestic Merlion, took a ride in the amazing Singapore Flyer (the tallest Ferris wheel in the world), took in the city landscape, and generally roamed around the city. My first impression of Singapore is that it is high-tech, disciplined, modern, and extremely safe. The weather is a bit unpredictable – for the time that I was there, it was scorching hot in the morning, followed by heavy rains in the late afternoon.
After lunch, we checked into our hotel. We went for the night safari the same evening, but it was pouring cats and dogs. So the night safari was reduced to a thrilling ride in heavy downpour, through thick rain forests, in pitch black surroundings.
The next day, we went for a cruise, followed by the cable ride to Sentosa Island. At Sentosa, we watched the Dolphin Show, the Underwater aquarium, and then the icing on the cake – Songs of the Sea program – which was jaw-droppingly brilliant.
The Universal Studios has become my current favorite place on Earth. It is seriously a dreamland, complete with the picturesque castle with a 4-D show, the thrilling rides – the Transformers 3-D ride, Jurassic Park ride, the Ancient Egypt Mummy ride, or the gigantic roller coaster, and amazing performances – Lights Camera Action (hosted by Steven Spielberg – where they demonstrate how a hurricane is shot in a normal room – mind-blowing!), the Monsters Rock show, the street performances. I can go on and on about this place – totally spellbound.
The next day, we visited the Jurong Bird Park and saw the world’s largest artificial waterfall, visited the Gems Garden, and the Chocolate gallery.
The only regret I have is that I got NO time for shopping – zero..zilch..nada. But the experiences were worth the sacrifice 🙂
A shout-out to our tour organizers – Sudhanshu Travels. The entire trip was immaculately organized, with no compromise on comfort and luxury. The tour operators were knowledgeable and approachable. I felt pampered and relaxed throughout the trip. At no point did we face any holdups or glitches. This was affordable luxury travel at its best!
Here’s a Prezi of the highlights of my trip. Just click Start Prezi to view the presentation and use the arrows to move forward. You can view the presentation in full screen mode by clicking the button in the bottom right corner: