Singapore is the gift that keeps on giving, especially during Christmas time, and on day three of Singapore Diaries this great country went up another level, with many more surprises and jaw-dropping moments that left me speechless.
If I thought living it up in the outdoors on Day two showed me the best of what Singapore had to offer when visiting Singapore’s finest parks and Gardens, then it was a real treat as I ventured to popular tourist attractions in Sentosa Island and Gardens by the Bay.
They are famous holiday spots that are filled with buzzing and smiling tourist who are out and about in the heat of Singapore to catch a glimpse of this beautiful city, and it was great to be a part of it.
Singapore Diaries: Day three – Sentosa Island and Gardens by the Bay
The gateway to Sentosa Island with three main options to the Island coming from Vivo City. The options being a beautiful stroll along the Sentosa boardwalk, a ride on the monorail, or reaching great heights on the cable cars.
Vivi City is a lively shopping hub that can relieve you of much needed retail therapy with a range of popular retail outlets that will come at a cost to your bank account. If shopping is a burden to you, you can always dine in the many food courts or classy restaurants that are available in the centre.
To get to Vivo City catch the MRT train on the Circle Line (yellow line) or the North-East Line (purple line) to Harbour Front train station. There are also plenty of bus services from the City centre.
A walk through Sentosa Island
A walk through Sentosa Island is not just about Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark or bungee jumping from scary heights, there is plenty to see and do on the popular tourist Island that will not cost a fortune.
You can take a fantastic stroll along the beaches of the Island with Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach the pick of the lot. From there you can enjoy a romantic stroll with a coconut ice-cream or a swim in the calm waters of Sentosa Island.
If you don’t feel like walking, why not sit down at the beach bar for a meal and cocktail on the sands of the beach. And when it’s time to move on, take a ride on the free tourist bus that goes to many attractions on the island in Singapore.
Fort Siloso played a huge part in defence during World War II when the Japanese Invaded Singapore in 1942. It’s a fantastic stroll along the Fort Siloso Skywalk and into the jungle that leads you around Fort Siloso, which is on the Western side of Sentosa Island, where many cannons and war infrastructure are on for show.
A must to do at Fort Siloso, is taking an in-depth tour of the surrender of British to the Japanese and then the story of the Americans recapturing Singapore after three and a half years of Japanese reign. Step into a room and follow the lights of the well-crafted scenarios of the events that unfolded during the invasion, the surrender, and the recapture back in World-War-II.
A walk to the Gardens
It was one of the best walks that I have had the pleasure to experience in life. it started at the Fragrance Hotel in Geylang, which is not the fanciest start to a walk. However, only 800-metres down the road is the Sports Hub, that has Singapore’s national Stadium, Aquatic Centre and Indoor Sports Arena, as well as a running track that is well utilised by enthusiast runners that goes all around the main stadium.
From the Sports Hub, you take the breathtaking walk along Leisure Park in Kallang and across the Bridge to the Marina Bay and capture the great sights of the Singapore Flyer, the city, The Sands SkyPark and in the distance Gardens by the Bay as lights begin to show as the evening turns in to night.
Again, you cross another bridge to the Marina Barrage and stroll along the path that takes you to a wonderful food court, Satay by the Bay, that serves mainly Asian Cuisines, with a bit of Western food and enjoyable tap beer from the Bar.
At the conclusion of dinner, is time to light up your life, literally. Originally, I saw it from a distance, but it was even better and magical to be standing in the middle of the Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay
Spectacular is an over used word in the modern world today, but the word fits Gardens by the Bay perfectly. You need to come and visit the Super Trees during the evening when the lights kick in and make the whole gardens around you look mesmerising.
The Gardens by the Bay is not only about the Super Trees, you can take a walk on the OCBC Skywalk, which comes at a small cost, but surrounding views of the city, The Sands SkyPark and lit up trees below is well worth the admittance fee.
At the Gardens, is also a couple of Dome’s to visit, the Flower Dome and the Cloud East Dome, that also comes a with an admission fee. Although if you want to wander the Gardens for free, just come and check out the Super trees and wander the paths of this beautiful garden and take in the spectacular sights.
Christmas Wonderland takes shape in the heart of Gardens of the Bay and is a perfect Christmas celebration for families and lovers who want to get a little festive spirit into their lives.
It’s a wonderful exhibition of lights, carols, markets and food stalls, which is obviously only available in the month of December. It’s a real treat for someone who wants to celebrate Christmas in the midst of the Singapore heat and bring a smile to the dial as you soak in the beautiful atmosphere around you.
The Christmas Wonderland capped off a very long and magnificent day three in Singapore to perfection.