A Sign of the Times

Sentosa, Singapore’s self-declared “State of Fun,” re-opened on July 1st. We wasted no time in visiting the island over the weekend.

There are a lot of fun, free, kid-friendly activities you can do in Sentosa – ride the electric trams, walk the nature trails, and – most importantly for us – swim in the beaches. Sentosa has three to choose from: Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong.

Relax on a hammock at Palawan Beach
A ride on the tram. “Mask up, see your smile soon”
The Sentosa Boardwalk

Our favourite mode of getting to Sentosa is by strolling along the Boardwalk from VivoCity. It’s shaded from the heat and there are moving walkways, if you get too tired. There’s also a lovely view to your right looking out towards the cable cars and Keppel Island. The other plus is if you go by foot, entry to Sentosa is free (it usually costs a S$1).

But the Sentosa entry fee is waived until end of this year anyway, so it’s free however you choose to get there.

There are a lot of renovations going on in Sentosa at the moment. The fountain and paths near the replica Merlion with the Cyclops laser eyes, as well as the seemingly Gaudí-inspired Merlion Walk with the colourful mosaic tiles, have been torn down to make way for the “Greater Southern Waterfront” redevelopment plan.

The replica Merlion, during National Day celebrations back in 2018.
The Merlion Walk mosaic fountain, back then. This section has now been razed to the ground.

One of the nice parts I like about the walk is passing by the rotating Universal Studios globe. It’s usually packed with tourists taking selfies, but these days it’s quiet and empty.

Social distancing for no one

I noticed with surprise that someone had replaced the signage displays at the Universal Studios ticket booths with these Photoshopped gems:

When you see it…

It’s amazing attention to detail on the part of Resorts World… but I can’t get the image out of my head of some poor intern tweaking the face masks so they looked “natural.”

What a funny sign of today’s odd times.

Mask up and stay safe everyone!

Think critically dear readers,

13 thoughts on “A Sign of the Times

  1. That tiled walk behind the Sentosa Merlion with its flowing water is definitely a refreshing sight on a hot day. Also, a pity that I wasn’t able to try out the canned Singapore Sling that’s sold at the shop behind the Merlion!

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    1. I liked it too! Was so sad they tore it down.
      I haven’t seen the canned version… will need to keep a lookout for it 😊

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      1. Methinks it was a souvenir shop of sorts, at the back of the Merlion itself. Sadly, that big one was torn down a few months after our July 2019 visit. 😦


  2. It’s a waste of an opportunity that I miss going to this place. We’ve missed the free tour around Singapore! Lot’s of people telling me to visit Sentosa.


    1. There’s a new Sentosa Sensoryscape scheduled to complete in two years’ time. Hopefully you get a chance to visit then!

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