If you read my post on Malaysian Food Street, you will probably realize that I was ONCE in Singapore Universal Studios. Do I go there to gamble?
No.. No.. No.. Gambling is a big boy game and I am still underage in my definition. As much as Singapore is proud of having two casinos (one of it is in Resort World Sentosa), I am not much of a gambler.
I consider myself as a risk taker and love to venture into new things. This time, I took a challenge to explore Universal Studio, not alone but with my family
Like many tourists attraction areas, this place is congested with human traffic. Despite having pretty ladies on the streets, or ship nearly crushes on us or cute little panda, I am so attracted to the red and blue roller coasters.
I took the risks and tried out both. The free fall sensation and speeding upside down experiences were marvelous.
Right after a few minutes of breathe taking moment, I directly looked for Transformer, The Ride. It is 4D Ride, just like 4D Theater in Qingdao but I can tell you this ride is highly recommended.
Beside almost an hour of queue, I get to also physically witness the leftover of CUBE and a chance to post with Optimus Prime.
I love when the missile fly towards my direction. Try it yourself if you don’t know what I am talking about.
This place is so huge that it can fit the whole Jurassic Park. I love the landscape as I think it is well designed to make me feel as if I am back to Stone Age.
I found it interesting when I managed to trick my mom into Rapid Adventure Ride with me. But really, “Don’t try this with OLD PEOPLE at home!”. Don’t even attempt it as I nearly got her into heart attack.
When up there… Is that Land Far Far Away?
Ohh.. I am right.. It is Land Far Far Away. I thought I was in dreamland for a second. I am totally impressed when I get see the Castle for real.
I was so lucky that it is a Donkey Night! Donkey is performing, can you believe it or not? The 20 minutes show was rather impressive and fun but again another long queue.
Shrek 4D is the same like what you might see it in Universal Studios Florida where you get to sit on a comfy moveable seat with water and some other effects. I must say, Land Far Far Away is a great place to retire
Before the dusk, I came across Madagascar and coincidently Boogie was performing. I can tell you, the whole place was lighten with the song “I like to move it move it” and the penguin dance.
It was a heaven of fun but I really wonder how the penguins and the man behind the thick costumes survive in this HOT and VERY HOT weather. If I am them, I will faint straight away.
Before we leave this place, we managed to catch high tech musical fountain show near the lighted dragon pole. The technology and synchronization of the lighting and water are mind blowing.
There are many more interesting attractions and I do not think you can feasibly cover all in one visit. Like Disneyland, you might need to spend few full days to tryout everything.
With that statement, don’t be surprise if Universal Studio is in my travel itinerary AGAIN.
Singapore Universal Studio
Resort World Sentosa
GPS: You know where it is..
TIPS: Don’t bring your big bulky camera or bags or you will be missing a lot of rides!
牛车水 or better known as Chinatown used to harvest more than 70% of migrant populations (Chinese) in Singapore in the early days. Back then, this is just a humble place but today, it turns out to be one of the main attractions in Singapore.
To me, this is the place where I got my very first traditional Chinese costume which make me look like Chinese, the first place where I tasted the best dumplings ever and of course the first place where I visited when I first visited Singapore.
Personally, I have labeled this place as ‘must visit’ place in Singapore. If my math is right, I never miss visiting this place whenever I am in Singapore.
Over here, you will feel like you are in another world.. a Chinese world .. duh.. you can get cheap souvenirs, reasonably good deal on Chinese traditional stuffs and good food too!
I am not much of a shopper but I love to bring my mom around to see what I see and loiter around in strangers’ places. This time, I told her, “I will show to you what I love about this place.”
The weather is quite warm when I first arrived. Despite I was born in warm country, I still sweat like pig. I nearly get into a situation called “cerebral hypoxia” or better known as not enough oxygen getting to the brain.
As soon as I arrived at the hawker streets, I told my mom, “This is the main reason why we are here!” She just replied with a gentle smile. How sad when I only get to order Kuey Chap and Stew Pork Leg.
My favorite dumpling stalls and dessert shop were closed. On the bright side, this place is not as congested as usual, maybe because it is Chinese New Year when everyone is busy collecting angpow.
Both the dishes I ordered are really delicious. It makes me salivating when I wrote this post but the potion is slightly small. So, I decided to order seafood noodles just to fill up my bottomless stomach.
Generally, the food around this area is quite good and reasonably cheap. If you are ok in paying SGD, this place can be a food haven for you too.
39 Smith St.
GPS: 1.282423, 103.8439
How old do you plan to retire? Many will said, “Do I look that old?” To me, retiring is not about sitting there waiting to die but rather quit from your daily responsibilities and do what you want.
Of course you need to get financial independence first. In other words, escape yourself from becoming a slave for money. Question is how? My concept is, instead of savings cents by cents, earn more more more than what you can EVER use.
Rich dad or wife is an alternative but unfortunately, I am not that lucky but hey, money is never enough anyway.
Rather than dwelling too much on what I don’t have, why not just flip the coins, see what I want to do about it. OK. I plan to physically retire in Singapore. Not because I like the ‘fine’ country but I love the food there!
Because of Bedok Hawker Stalls, I will re-consider Singapore again. Why? Foods here are deliciously nice and affordable. For instance, chee cheong fun and Jian Bo Shui Kueh cost less than SGD 5 (~RM 10).
That secures my daily breakfast. What about lunch? All I need is to spend another SGD 5 (~RM 10) and I can get decent lunch such as lemon chicken rice, kuey chap or duck rice. I have tested all and the foods are highly recommended.
With that, I am not going to live in poverty or resorting in something not decent as all these foods are my favorites! Who say I must eat steaks or bird nest on every meal?
When clock strikes 3pm, maybe I can plan to have a short tea break. Over here, I get to order lek tau suan (green pea soup), lotus seed soup, or even tou fu fah. Tou fu fah is common but lek tau suan or lotus seed soups are hardly find in other places.
So, did you get it yet?
The fundamental rule to achieve financial independence is to have a simple life. All you need is getting a decent shelter (not in dodgy place) and securing your stomach (not with bird nest) AND you are a step closer to your retirement.
(don’t act smart by asking what about dinner and supper! That you have to figure it out youself :p)
Bedok Hawker Stalls
Blk 207 New Upper Changi Road
#01-XX Bedok Interchange Food Centre
GPS: 1.325362, 103.930546
Someone told me that I am not a tourist in my own country. Actually that is not quite accurate. In reality, I am not a tourist in my own region too:p
Because it is Chinese New Year, I suppose to be a good boy (please don’t laugh when I say I am still boy), I should make everyone happy bla bla bla.. So, I decided to pay a visit to Singapore recently.
So, why Singapore and not other places? Universal Studio? Yes and No.. I read on newspaper (yes I do read) that some genius plan to bring all good Malaysia Food to Singapore Universal Studio.
Considering that I have limited time during CNY, I decided to pay a visit to Malaysian Food Street instead of spending time hunting for food from various corners around Malaysia.
My first impression, Happy, coz it operates during Chinese New Year and damn CONGESTED!
It is worth while to queue for 20 min for my turn to enter the ‘street’ as I get to try my all time favorite Penang Lobak. Don’t expect to get your food right away as right after your queue, there is another long queue in this stall.
This lobak is the most satisfying dish that I tried here. Despite charging in SGD, I ordered twice. You better try it yourself but you need to be fast coz it finishes early.
The next food that I think is well done is Penang Hokkien Mee. I am not sure if many might like this but this stall is also congested with customers.
If you are Muslim, I urge you not to try as I suspect there are lards in it. Please don’t quote me on this but suggest you to ask for clarification if it is ‘Halal”.. Ohh.. Don’t forget to take the awesome sambal (chilli paste) too.
The next few dishes that I ordered are just nice to ease my craving but they are not the best that I have tried so far. Cuttlefish with vegetables is so so only as the sauce is kind of limited.
The cendol and ice kacang for desserts might be a good idea if you want something cold for hot sunny day but the char kuey teow is rather not so authentic. I still prefer char kuey teow from Kafe Heng Huat @ Lorong Selamat .
One stones kills many many birds. That is what I felt when I got to try so many Malaysian Food in one single visit to Universal Studio, Singapore. Awesome isn’t it?
Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway Sentosa Island,
GPS: 1.254744, 103.822689
Operating Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday-Thursday); 9 a.m.- midnight (Friday and Saturday); 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sunday).