Hello Australians! Wow, it seems we are packing more and more into each day. I’m not going to ramble too much tonight, I’ll just give an outline of our day and leave you with some quotes from the kids (who, it must be said, are growing with each passing day).
It all began with a relaxed breakfast at 8. Each child seems to have honed their buffet skills to a samurai-like precision, darting between other diners to fill their plates with their favourite dish.
After breakfast we walked to Dhoby Gaut Train station with Akhmal, our new guide. We deftly maneuvered through a series of ticket scanners (and two faulty tickets) and made our way to our train. The train smoothly delivered us to the Sentosa Island monorail, and we rode that onto the island.
We were on Sentosa!
Our first job on Sentosa Island was to scale the hill up to Madam Tussaud’s. This climb was made easy by the incredible mosaic sculptures that ran down the centre of the path. We posed for photos, and became experienced art critics as we analysed the sweeping and surreal nature of some of the works. At the top of the hill was the Father Merlion. Not the original, but far bigger and probably more impressive.
Next on to Madam Tussaud’s. This was just great fun. Roaming from themed room to themed room, the kids’ eyes lit up when they spotted their favourite celebrities and posed for photos. At the end of the tour, we watched the Marvel 4D film (it quickly became apparent that Mrs.Zammit is easily scared). Madam Tussaud’s lead to the History of Singapore tour, where we learned about key events from Singapore’s past. In the show, Will and Hayden found work as cart pushers. They did okay.
Lunchtime. We ordered Subway and ate it beside a friendly pond, which we dipped our feet into after eating. We wanted more relaxation, so we marched down to Palawan beach, crossed the rope bridge, climbed the towers and then headed to the beach for an hour or so, just to relax. Sand castles were built, tunnels were constructed, even a giant hole was dug. We waded around and cooled down.
Back to business. We headed to Universal studios for the obligatory photo in front of the globe. We browsed the amazing lolly shops there, and some of the boys tried their hand at a basketball game.
Then came a few amazing hours. We headed to McDonald’s for a light dinner and still had some time to kill before Wings of Time, so decided to take a walk on the beach. Nothing is that simple with this group, as our leisurely walk turned into a ferocious game of gang-up tiggy on the sand. Teachers versus students. The kids bit off more than they could chew. Miss Mac’s competitive side can be a bit unnerving at times, and I steamrolled Luke (I think the impression of his face will still be in the sand right now). Ms Maskery was not playing nice and Lachie described Mrs. Zammit as being ‘everywhere at once’. Lesson learned kids.
Sweating profusely, we limped to the Wings of Time light show. I won’t go into detail here, but it was amazing. Ask your kids about it when they get back.
There, I didn’t ramble at all (well, maybe a little).
We asked the kids what their favourite part of the day was, and a challenge that they overcame. Here are their responses:
Will: The wings of time and wax museum, the whole of Sentosa was great. The challenge was being damp (with sweat) for 4-5 hours.
Nathan: Same as Will. Challenge – being damp and salty.
Rawiri: Loved the Father Merlion and Subway.
Ella: Loved the wax museum and the beach. My challenge was keeping my hat on.
Luke: I liked the gardens and the wings show. Hated damp socks.
Lizzy: I liked the Wings of Time and wax museum. My challenge was the weight of my backpack.
Alana: The Wings of Time and the wax museum. My challenge was keeping the sand off me.
Mannat: Wings of time and dipping my feet in the pond. My challenge was staying focused on the Wings of Time, there was so much to see!
Haddon: Loved the mosaics and the beach tiggy and loved the Wings of Time. Challenge – dealing with chafing.
Lachie: Playing tiggy on the beach and the wings of time. Challenge – trying not to swim at the beach.
Hayden: The whole day. Challenge – my sandy shorts.
Aiden: Seeing Yao Ming and playing tiggy. Challenge – walking around being sandy.
Jeb: The whole island. Challenge – sand
And that’s it. Off to bed for us. Tomorrow is our school visit – the learning continues!
Mr.Pryor, Ms Maskery, Mrs Zammit & Miss Mac