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Universal Studios Singapore (A Repeat)

Yes, I had my part II of Universal Studios two weeks ago when we went there (CLICK here to see my previous post on Universal Studios). Nothing changed much, except that Sci Fi City and Jurassic are now fully operational. We went there last year when it was on its soft opening, so we were able to enjoy the $7 food voucher and $4 shopping voucher that comes with the ticket. I came with my family this time and we did the rounds of the shows such as Shrek 4D, Monster Rock and Underwater World, the programs are still very much the same, which is short of saying amazing. Last year, my sister and I missed Donkey Live, so I was quite excited when we lined up for this one. Unfortunately though it didn’t meet much my expectation. I was all looking forward to a stand up commedian playing donkey and was not up to an animated donkey talking on a wide screen. So this one is a bit of a disappointment. I brought my family to watch Steven Spielberg’s Special Effects and got spellbound once again. Eventhough I’ve seen this already last year, it still left me feeling WOW, definitely a must-see I will say.
Here are some pictures taken at some of my favorite picture-perfecty corners of Universal Studios and some with the “celebrities” that I missed having pictures with last year.

with the family

another one with the fam


steven spielberg's studio

the ever beautiful Marilyn Monroe. hihihi

with Princess Fiona and Shrek

the Rockafellas (aka Streetboys) bantering with the crowd

one of the perfromers in Holyywood strip

We ate again at Goldilocks since I had some gastronomic good time there last year. The fried chicken still tastes as great but the mashed potato wasn’t as good as last year’s. I suggest that you buy the tumblers that they sell for $16 so you can avail of the unlimited refill for only $2 at any drinks stall for great savings. You will definitely crave for some drinks as Singapore can get really hot especially around noontime. The Jurassic hall, which is like a food court, is now open so there are more budget friendly meals there now that you can choose from.
at Goldilock's, we had to stay outside since it was a full house that day

the Jurassic tubler that we got which served as pass for $2 refill drinks and souvenir.

I had a super great time with my family there. My daughter, her friend, and my husband, who are fearless when it comes to rides, rode all the roller coasters and they had nothing but raves and praises about them. I conquered my fear and rode one roller coaster because my sister said it was an easy ride, The Revenge of the Mummy. Let me tell you, it was no easy ride but from the looks of it, it is one of the best one so far in Universal Studios. I was scared shitless but no regrets, it was FUN!!! We were lining up at the entrance promptly at nine am and we left just when the last ember of the fireworks died. We stayed there for 12 straight hours, would you believe, that’s how fun it is to be there.
morning shot

night shot

and here are some of my favorite chocolatey fun shots.:)





I say, what made it twice the fun this year is that I was with my whole family this time, there’s nothing like a good family bonding where you are at Universal Studios.:)

The Best of My 2010 Travels

Travel wise, 2010 has been a great year for me. Chance, fate and opportunity presented me with these travel experiences that I never would have imagine happening, even in my wildest dream,in just a span of a year.
April 16-18, 2010
Palawan was one of my dream places to visit. That is why when our school planned an outing/outreach activity there last summer, I signed up for it right a way. It was everything I imagined it to be and more. I simply love the place–the fantastic beaches, the many wonders of nature that you can see around and the locals living there who are just so passionate and protective about their hometown. I will never forget our island hopping adventure along Honda Bay, a place that can be describe as marine biodiversity at its finest and our visit to the Underground River which left us awestruck by the sheer beauty of the captivating stalagmite and stalactite formations (see my related post here). I was a half-hearted environmental warrior before Palawan, but after the trip, I throw myself wholeheartedly into the fight for a clean and green environment.

one of the isles along Honda Bay, Palawan

Snake Island in Honda Bay

St. Paul Mountain, Underground River

going inside Underground River

October 14-17, 2010
Since I was chosen last October as one of the winners of a blog writing contest sponsored by Cebu Pacific, my husband and I also had the opportunity to stay at Badian Island Resort and Spa in Cebu for three glorious days (see my related post here). It was my first time to travel to Cebu, so you can just imagine how thrilled speechless I was especially after seeing the place where my husband and I were to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary. Badian Island Resort and Spa is simply paradise. I am a beach freak so I had a great time kayaking, sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. I particularly like the romantic lunch in Coral Garden arranged by the resort, where we also had the most humbling snorkeling experience. It was my first time to see up close huge, colorful and beautiful corals and starfish swaying in harmony with the other sea creatures. It made me realize how truly blessed we are for having all of these wonderful natural treasures right here in our country. Of course, trip to Cebu will not be complete without doing the extreme Skywalk and Edge Coaster adventure in Crown Regency, which I absolutely love, love, love. It provided the perfect opportunity for me to overcome my fear of heights. Indeed, Cebu is one of the best local places to be, if you are out looking for varied outdoor activities.
Badian Island Resort and Spa

enjoying the poolside

Coral Garden--Badian Island, Cebu

Skywalk Adventure (Crown Regency, Cebu)

April 30 – May 11, 2010
I never planned on going back to Singapore too soon after having been there just the previous summer (2009) but because my sister, who is based there for some years now, extended an invitation too good to resist, I found myself in my favorite tiger city once again last May. Just in time for the soft opening of Universal Studios Singapore (see my related post here). Who would have thought that two crazy adults would love Universal Studios! My sister and I were literally giddy the whole time we were there. We were like children on the loose. It was like reliving all of our fondest childhood memories. Since I stayed there for almost two weeks, I also had the chance to explore the places I didn’t get to visit before such as the Chinese and Indian temples and China Town, the one place I often frequented when I was there. I just loved how it gave me that culture-high and how the place just hustles and bustles. Since I traveled on my own for this particular trip (read: without my husband and kid), I did my own version of Eat, Pray, Love in Singapore. 🙂 It was liberating in away, learning so much about the culture and getting the feel of a foreign place. It left me warmheartedly full.
Kingdom Far Far Away (Universal Studios Singapore)

Universal Studios Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore

Indian Temple, Singapore

Chinese Temple, Singapore

2010, I was riding high with all these travel experiences that life presented me. It made me realized that once you start travelling, the wanderlust feeling seem to stay. I have a few places in my mind that I would like to visit this year, though I doubt if I will ever get to be that lucky again in the travel department like last year. But the way I see it, you don’t really need luck and chance that much when planning your travels, all you need are a good travel agency and an online classified ads website who can provide you with the best travel deals and leads such as Trajet Tours and Travel and Sulit.com.ph and you will surely be all set and ready to go in no time.:)
As of this writing, I already booked a flight Southeast and is dreaming of Hong Kong. (sigh!)
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Universal Studios Singapore

I am way behind my blogs I know. It is already June but I am still stuck in Summer. After my last trip, everything just went crazy. Summer saw me, like I said, in one of my favorite city, Singapore. My second time in this Tiger City actually. For me, the 10 days I spent there were not enough for everything I wanted to see. I guess I’ll never get tired of going there. l was amazed by the many changes that happened since the last time I’ve been in that place which was just a little over a year ago. In the area of Mustafa for example, what was once been a busy Indian street full of restaurants and stores is now the Metro mall which is said to be the first eco mall in Asia. The vast area of contructions along harbor front, which we saw while we were riding the cable car going to Sentosa last year, now boast of Resorts World and Universal Studios. So many developments in a span of one year!

Metro Mall

Universal Studios ahead

Resorts World

The main objective of my Singapore trip really was (well, aside from visiting my sister) to experience Universal Studios, and experience it we did, my sister and I. We arrived at Universal Studios at exactly 10 am, just in time for the opening because we didn’t book ahead. They sell only limited tickets to walk ins so you have to be there early or else they will close out the booth on you. Normally, you have to reserve tickets via the internet. Universal Studios is fun, fun, fun! This particular blog is solely devoted to my Universal Studios experience. The rest of the places I went to in Singapore have to wait.=)
Universal Studios Singapore has six fun filled areas.
tickets!:)

the famous Universal Studios logo

We were welcomed by none other than Mr. Woody Woodpecker himself.

In the Lost World, there’s the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure (a river raft ride), Canopy Flyer, Dino-Soarin’ and Amber Rock Climb. This is where you can watch also the Waterworld, a live water show of death defying stunts and explosions. You will be entertained at the start by some of the actors who would reenact a scene from the movie itself. If you don’t want to get really wet I suggest you stay on the top or at the rear side of the ampitheater.:)
In front of Jurassic Park

Waterworld

In Madagascar, you can try the Crate Adventure (another river raft ride) and King Juliene’s Beach Party Go Round (in short carousel). The cast of Madagascar usually go out every hour to do some meet and greet and to do some nasty moves on the dance floor which is quite amusing, so don’t miss out on that if yu’re there. Get ready with your cameras also because the lines can get really long.
Madagascar!
the penguins!
In Ancient Egypt, there’s the Revenge of the Mummy (a roller coaster ride) and Treasure Hunters for children. There are also tall towering Egyptian replicas scattered along this area which are great for picture taking.
Big Egyptian Replicas

Another Egyptian replicas

Far, Far Away which is my favorite place at Universal Studios, has Shrek 4D Adventure, a must see show for the kids and kids at heart. I totally loved it. It is better than The Pirates 4D Magix at Sentosa Themepark. Donkey Live, another hilarious live interactive show is also a must see. The rides here include Enchanted Airways, another roller coaster and Magic Potion Spin, a mini ferris wheel for kids. We ate at a restaurant in this area, Goldilocks, which serves the yummiest mashed potatoes and fried chicken. They also have other restos such as Friar’s and Fairy Godmother’s Juice Bar with relatively low prices as compared to the others inside Universal. Princess Fiona and Shrek also come out of their tree house to pose with tourists every hour, too bad we weren’t able to catch them.
Shrek's house

Kingdom Far Far Away

outside Goldilock's restaurant
Hollywood area is a nice place for taking pictures with its striking facade. Don’t forget to watch Monster Rock at Pantages Hollywood Theater if you happen to be there because it is an awesome show. They also stage the Kowabunga Kove singing sensation along Hollywood every hour.
Hollywood

Performance to the highest level
New York City has the Lights, Camera, Action by Steven Spielberg, a special effects and sound stage show. It is something worth seeing. It is like being right there on the set of the filming of a major hurricane about to hit New York, it left me dazed. This part also has many picturesque areas where you can take some nice shots. Celebrities like Manilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplain come out ready to pose with guests. The Rockafellas perform some street dancing live also in the streets of New York. A saxophonist can also be seen in the afternoon serenading visitors. It really has that distinct New Yorky feeling.
New York!

Steven Spielberg Studio behind me

Sci Fi City is not open yet when we went there, but there were already aliens going around, ready to greet guests.:)
Aliens at Sci Fi City
Of course, Universal Studios will not be complete without the shopping experience. I particularly liked the Universal Studios Store with its themed collectibles, toys and other apparel. The Brown Derby has some really fun products (think Betty Boop) that you’ll find hard to resist and Fairy God Mother’s Potion Shop has so much cute fantasy merchandise all from the world of Shrek. There is also the Penguins Mercantile that sells silly keepsakes inspired by the Madagascar characters. You can also load up some Hershey’s chocolates at the Hershey’s Store where they come in not just small but big packaging as well.
Universal Studios Store

Hershey's Chocolate Store

trying on hats at The Brown Derby

Penguins Mercantile

We went there for a day and we still missed out on a lot. Although the land area is small and can be toured in half a day, there’s just so much to see and explore. It really is a feast for the eyes. I truly enjoyed my whole Universal Studios experience and I am looking forward to going back there again next year with my little girl.
RATES: When we went there, the rates were 72 dollars for weekends and 62 dollars for weekdays. You will get a 10 dollar meal voucher (meals in restaurants ranges from 14-20 dollars) and 4 dollars shopping voucher. Not bad, not bad at all.
TIPS: Come early if you did not do internet reservations, they only have limited tickets for walk ins. Buy softdrinks instead of the water inside because they only sell Evian which is a bit expensive compared to the softdrinks, you will definitely get thirsty as you go around. Bring extra shirts with you because it can get really hot and humid in Singapore plus you will get wet when you go try the rides. Bring an extra battery for your camera because you will get crazy at the nice places there where you can pose and take pictures. Check out the schedule of shows first before you go around so you will know where and when they’ll be so you won’t miss out on them. Lastly, be nice to the other tourists and graciously accept their request for you to take their pictures. There are a lot of Pinoys working there, it wouldn’t help them at all if a fellow Pinoy becomes haughty in their dealings with other tourists.
Although Universal Studios is small compared to the ones in the States, every minute and every penny you will spend there are worth it because well, the rare chance of being a kid once again in this little place called Universal Studios is to me, just plain priceless.:)