On the second day of being in Singapore I visited Sentosa which is a popular island resort visited by five million people a year. An aerial tramway is the only way to get to the island and probably the best one.
One of the attractions of the island is Images of Singapore-an award-winning historical museum that exhibits the culture and history of Singapore using multi-media displays, multi-screen theatre presentations and lifesize tableaus depicting major events in Singapore's history. The museum offers a chronological history of Singapore from its earliest days to the present. There are numerous exhibitions, covering the pre-British period of Malaysian rule, British colonialism, the founding of colonial Singapore by Thomas Stamford Raffles, the Japanese occupation, and the post-colonialist era under Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew .
|Me with a cute snake. Yes, A REAL ONE :)|
The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura meaning "lion city".
Climbing to the crown I saw a spectacular 360o view of Sentosa, including Singapore's southern shores and a glimpse of the dazzling city skyline. At the entrance I also got a lucky coin which I was supposed to put into lion's mouth on the top of of the monument. When putting it into lion's mouth I got a lucky ticket and afterwards got a gift by submitting lucky ticket when leaving the monument.
|My lucky coin|
|Putting a lucky coin into lion's mouth|
The Songs of the Sea at Siloso Beach is an open-air live show with dramatic casts and special effects. It explains a story of a guy who falls in love with a girl and tries to find her. It is the world’s only permanent show set in the sea — boasting spectacular lighting efects and pyrotechnics displays, a live cast and an open-air viewing gallery which can comfortably accommodate 2, 500 visitors.
If this is your first time in Sentosa Island this is a show that you just cannot miss!