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To Ride or Not To Ride?

The twin roller coasters of Battlestar Galactica, highest in the world, dominate the skyline at Universal Studios, Sentosa. Duelling rides – Human and Cylon – hurtle past each other at speeds of up to 90 km an hour on a 90 second joyride.

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From the moment we arrived at Singapore’s Universal Studios, I was determined to ride the roller coasters. The queues were long, so we decided to visit the other six entertainment zones in the park first and leave the roller coasters until later in the day. We could do the easy rides first and build up to the excitement of the roller coasters.

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In New York, we helped Elmo and Super Grover defend the Earth against Macaroni the Merciless in the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Race.

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At Lights, Camera, Action! we sheltered in a boathouse on the harbour as a hurricane bore down on New York City. A cargo ship, forced ashore by driving rain and gale force winds, came crashing through the wall and stopped just metres from us.

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We sailed through the steamy jungles of Madagascar on a Crate Adventure

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and soared above Jurassic Park on the Canopy Flyer before dodging prehistoric escapees on the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.

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After leaving Jurassic Park we travelled forward in time to Ancient Egypt. We became Treasure Hunters at an archaeological excavation,

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and defended ourselves against warrior mummies and giant scarab beetles at Revenge of the Mummy.

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As the sun set and the crowds lessened we returned to the roller coasters.

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Daring riders still raced past at breakneck speeds,

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twisting and turning on the spiraling tracks.

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Did I ride?

Of course not! Someone had to take photos!

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One Day Only

We had one day in Singapore on our way to Munich and we wanted to enjoy a taste of this lovely city without feeling like we needed to rush and see it all.

The majestic white façade of Raffles Hotel beckoned to us and inside was a haven of peace and tranquillity. The arched and colonnaded verandas go right around the first floor and look down into the courtyard, lush with palms and ferns. We found the Hotel museum, where old photographs tell the Raffles story, from its beginnings as a colonial hotel in 1887 to the luxuriously appointed buildings of today. The collection includes postcards, artefacts and memorabilia donated by people from all over the world who have stayed at the hotel, and photographs of the rich and famous who have visited, including Ernest Hemingway and Noel Coward.

Even though the ballroom was being prepared for a wedding, we were allowed to walk in and experience the grandeur – Austrian crystal chandeliers, painted murals depicting traditional Singaporean life and glistening tableware waiting for the guests to arrive.

Jubilee Hall is a Victorian style theatre, which seats 388 in old fashioned velveted comfort. It’s used now for receptions and performances.

We wandered through the Long Bar, where guests were sipping their Singapore Slings under rattan fans. The furniture was reminiscent of 1920s Malaysian plantations.

After leaving Raffles, we enjoyed a leisurely walk to the Singapore Flyer. At 165 metres high and 150 metres in diameter it’s the world’s largest observation wheel. In our capsule was a Singaporean man with international visitors – luckily for us! We listened in as he pointed out all the well-known landmarks and buildings. On a clear day the view extends to Indonesia and Malaysia, and although it was wet and cloudy this day and we couldn’t see that far, the 360° views of the city were spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Singapore Food Trail is a 1960s themed food street with hawkers and stall holders all vying for custom. The decision about what to eat was made so difficult by the variety of food, which all looked and smelled amazing, but finally we settled on satay chicken skewers and noodles at The Alhambra Satay Club.

Our last stop of the day was the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and even though it was busy with people enjoying the late afternoon sunshine after a day of rain, the gardens were peaceful and serene. The orchid is Singapore’s national flower and the National Orchid Garden is the world’s largest orchid display – it’s simply beautiful.

In the late evening we were ready to resume our journey, and this German restaurant – on a street in Singapore – reminded us that it was time to go.