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The Singapore Zoo

We made a trip to the zoo the other weekend out of spontaneity! Now that I stay in Yishun, it’s actually only like 15 minutes away from my place…. proof that I do live in the middle of nowhere. T__T

I remember the last time I went to the zoo, it was with a bunch of friends from high school that I don’t even talk to now anymore. Time just went by like that.
As it turns out, I still enjoy looking at and learning about animals. I’m 21 this year but I still feel like a kid inside, sometimes. A kid who has a lot of responsibilities. Lol. I hope I never lose this child-like fascination with the world, though. I think it’s an underrated blessing how I’m relatively easily contented, and have the ability to stay positive or happy despite facing trying problems of my own in life. 
I went to the zoo with a 27 year old and an almost 30 year old. And they were both much more excited and amused than I was. 
Monkeys were rocking the ombre style way before us!
I have this thing for touristy stuff. I’m way too happy to give my money away when it comes to doing all the touristy attractions in any place I visit, even the country I live in. I did the flying fox in Sentosa, I’ve been on the Singapore Flyer, I went to the S.E.A marine life park on the very first day it opened…. I don’t think there is one popular local attraction I haven’t checked out yet! Aside from the bungee ride thing at Clarke Quay.
They’ve brought in quite a few different animals since the last time I was here!!!

This is going to be a picture log of random critters more than anything else since our whole day was basically spent gawking at funny looking animals, making rude comments and perspiring in the heat. 

Otters are soooo cute!!!! They’re like these playful little mini sea lions who hold hands and chase after each other and swim in pairs!
Weee, backflip!!!
Hi little red panda! This was in a separate exhibit you had to pay $3/$5 (can’t remember how much exactly) to see, which also contained the giant pandas…
HELLO.
It was so freaking big and scary!!!!! I have never seen a panda IRL before so I thought it’d be all cute and cuddly like people make them out to be but holy shit if I were anywhere near that thing I’d be shitting my pants so bad they would smell it from a mile away. I don’t see how these things are ANY less intimidating than grizzly bears… bears just scare me so much. 
I know people find their black eye rings adorable but I think it makes them appear extra sinister. 
Ok fine… SOMETIMES they’re cute with their retardedly funny expressions. Lol. This is a classic “O RLY?” face.

 And if you haven’t seen the hilarious sneezing panda video from years ago, you have to!!!

We couldn’t figure out what those gun-shot-like wounds on the rhino are! They’re oozing stuff… :3 Were they formed because insects hatched inside their hide and then burrowed out? Does anybody know? And lolol at the bird on the rhino’s forehead. It doesn’t give a damn.
Byrne paid money to feed the giraffe. Money well spent I guess because how often can you say you got to feed this gentle giant?! Their tongues are longgg and sticky and black though…. so I opted out.
Sam’s very pleased about the lion humping another.
This leopard swims like me….. with her head out of the water! “Oh shit, my hair’s gonna get wet!! Gotta keep above the surface!”
So cute! Yet, so deadly.
I don’t even know what this is called but it’s like a mini leopard / jaguar / cat creature….. I WANTS ONE!!!!!! I read in the USA some people kept these exotic felines as pets, they cost like 20k USD but they can be quite dangerous, especially when they grow bigger! You can see me in the picture snapping a shot of it with my iPhone. 
These giant tortoises were so big I was extremely tempted to ride them… I was wondering if I DID jump over the fence and sit on their big shells, what will they do? They won’t bite…. coz tortoises aren’t aggressive…. or are they? I imagine them just shrugging and going, “meh”, then resuming their business of doing absolutely nothing. Just being old.
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I know I’ve been pretty absent online recently. Sowie.

What on earth have I been doing besides spending an abnormal amount of time with my bunny Mochi? Well, besides cleaning the house and doing housework because I don’t have a maid anymore and I’m renting a condo, I’ve been madly busy with certain ambitious things I can’t tell you guys about YETTTTT because I’m contract-bound and sworn to secrecy upon my life and I don’t know if I’m one of the finalists or not (something like that), but it’s very exciting news if it does materialize because I’m pursuing another passion of mine which I’ve left neglected for awhile *crosses fingers*, other than that I want to announce that I HAVE RESUMED BAKING BUSINESS with Shiberty’s Sweets!!!!

So that means you can send in your orders and queries for awesome yummeh cakes startin’ NOW. If you’re looking for a nice unique cake for a special occasion coming up, check us out at http://shibertys.blogspot.sg. Where diet goes to die, because sweet dreams are made of these!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
xoxo,
Jess

Mini Golfing at LilliPutt

What do 4 bored people get up to over the weekend, when they don’t want to do the usual activities such as watching a movie or shopping?

..Give mini golfing a swing, that’s what!

I’d first tried mini golfing in Australia more than a year ago, and have been itching to do it again ever since. I know the activity is rather juvenile, more suited for those under 15 to play… but what can I say?? I relish being childish and young at heart. I mean, I publicly broadcast my relationship with my soft toy penguins, for goodness’ sake.

So off we drove, all the way to East Coast Park for some mini golfing fun at LilliPutt.

I don’t actually have any interest in real golfing (well I’ve never tried it) but mini golfing is so funny and brainless, everyone should give it a shot if you’ve never had a go at it – a fantastic couple, family or friends activity!!! Unless you’re actually good at real golfing…. then which, I suppose, you’d find this ultra lame. :P

The rest of you non-elitist people, mini golfing is the next best thing! You just pick up your putter, give it a swing, and wait for the hilarious laughs that will follow.

Lilli Putt has 18 different holes themed according to Singapore’s attractions and landmarks. They were so creative and it was fun exploring the different holes!!! (That’s what he said. Wait, ew no… not really) This one’s something to do with the SAF obviously. And check out how the track goes into a 360 degree turn!

If you’re a local, you’re gonna find these set ups pretty cute and familiar. And if you’re not a Singaporean, here’s a little insight and peek into what goes on in the little red dot called Singapore!

Changi Airport! I miss living less than 10 minutes away from the airport, at Simei. East side is so tranquil and nice compared to the North T_T

What to do when your friend is beating your score

Sam and I get amazingly competitive when we play games with each other. I HAVE to beat him.... I just have to, every single time!!! Be it board games, arguments and mind games (lol). But I ended up losing the round of mini golfing to him by 1 point. Le sigh. S’ok, I got the mind games part nailed. :’D

If at first you don’t succeed…. put the damn ball into the hole with your hand.

The esplanade! Looking, um, disturbingly browned and rusty. When you hit the ball into the passages, the durians light up.

Diana, wrong hole lah!!!!! LOL.

I was impressed by their innovative thinking – this one featured the MRT train system, and you had to wait for the traveling train to stop at its station before putting it into the carriage… and then it would be carried away and deposited into a different section! How fun. *am easily amused*

Me and my crayner Diana. We’re the Jedi Masters. I’m glad a blogging work trip could bring about a valuable friend in my life. ♥

Suntec City.. Going up the escalator!

Diana and Byrne giving us a pose. Spot the famous fountain of wealth at the bottom right of the picture… and the hole for the ball to sink into! Wasn’t an easy feat getting it in there, especially not with ONE shot, but I did it!!!! Woop woop!

At the Jurong Bird Park!

No prizes for guessing that this is at Harbourfront.

When I first saw this exhibit I was like… whatttt?! Since when did Singapore have skiing and slopes like that? Then I realized it was supposed to be the man made Snow City. A bit (or a lot) exaggerated, but…. #okaycan.jpg?

What is your favorite hawker centre food?

Mine is chwee kueh, prawn mee (soupy type), ba chor mee. satay and roti prata!

Haw Par Villa used to freak me out when I visited many years ago. Walking through the different levels of hell and looking at “people being punished for their sins”……. If you’ve never been, imagine this: If you told lies, your tongue will be ripped out from your throat. And there would imagery for all of this. I’m surprised a place as censored as Singapore would allow kids to run about those premises with such gruesome looking statues.

“Jess, why do you always make me do degrading shit for your blog…?”

How the different courses look like when placed side by side

After finishing all 18 holes, we shifted our attention to the arcade machines outside…. and dumped in more dollars than we would’ve liked to get these four toys. LOL.

We didn’t even want the toys, but the cheap thrills from claw machines are just too ridiculously addictive to pass up.

The pink one’s supposed to be me, and other, Sam. Everyone altogether now….. Awwwwwwwww.

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So, if you’re looking for a relaxing and good natured fun weekend activity that everyone in your family and group of differing ages and interests can do together, why not check out LilliPutt’s mini golfing at East Coast? Visit their website for more information, such as opening hours, admission rates and CNY opening days. PS – Bring socks!!!

LilliPutt Mini Golf
902 East Coast Parkway
Block B #03-05
Big Splash
Singapore 449874
Tel: 6348 9606 Fax: 6348 7637
Email: info@lilliputt.com

xoxo,
Jess

Across the border

I made my virgin day trip into Johor Bahru with my Genting Girlies last week!

For the sake of those who don’t live in Singapore, Johor Bahru is a place in Malaysia, literally just a bridge across from Singapore. It’s peculiar how going to another country (Malaysia) from my place would take the same amount of time I’d need to get to Singapore’s city on a jammed weekend. I was super stoked about going to JB, because I’m always hearing stuff about the place from people…. Mostly about how awesome the food is, and how super cheap everything else there is. Occasionally though, you’ll get freaky stories about how thugs will mug you on practically every street you walk on in JB. Which I guess is fair to say… that isn’t too far from the truth, in some areas, if you’re unlucky.
On our bus into JB, I asked the girls who’ve been there before, “Is it really so dangerous there like people say it is???”
Yes“, some of the said, matter-of-factly.
With widened eyes and in an anxious tone…. I replied “OMG, then why are we going?!”
“Because we’re thrill seekers, adventure goers. *giggles*” 
I lol-ed. Good enough reason I guess. I don’t regret making the trip one bit – it was so much fun, especially with the great company I had. We spent the day roaming around the mall that was closest to the customs checkpoint (supposedly the safest), eating amazinggg cheap food, trying on pretty make up at Inglot, watching a movie (that was a waste of time, technology there is crap), getting a full body massage and then eating MORE cheap food! What a glorious day of doing nothing and everything.
Incoming: a picture log of our girly day in Johor Bahru!!
First thing we bought in JB was bubble tea. 
Because we’re asian tourists.
Don’t judge my bunny hair clip ok!!!! I bought matching bunny hair clips (inside joke) for all of the girls to don on this trip, so of course I had to wear one too. Seemed only right.
Lunch at this steam boat place… IT WAS SO GOOD!!!

 I dunno if the food was truly yummy (I reckon it was) or the fact that it was soooo much value for money that it tasted exceptionally spectacular. It only costed us SGD $10 per person, including a giant glass of iced lemon jelly drink. 

Normally cheap food comes with lousy ambience or settings (think dying in the heat in a messy / dirty hawker center) but this place had good service (much better than Singapore), plush sofas, chandelier lightings and elaborate interior decoration. WHUTTTT REALLY.

I was blown away. I wish Singapore had quality and affordable restaurants like this!!!! 

Super stuffed! May not look like very much from the picture, but trust me… it was the fullest I’d been in 2013 so far.
Food makes us happy. Every girl’s biggest dream in life is to be able to eat and not get fat – finding her prince charming comes a close second.
Walked around the mall raiding their sales for a while, before diving into make up store Inglot and spending the next hour or so being extremelyy vain there. I’ve never tried this make up brand before as it’s not available in Singapore, so I was pretty excited to see what the fuss was about.

 I think I must have put on 4 or 5 different lipstick colors!!!

I wonder what guys do when they go out together….
Girls can have imense fun just applying make up on each other in a store, for over an hour. Or we squeal and go slightly nuts when we see a good sale. Or we can just eat and chit chat the day away. Or literally stand in the middle of absolutely nowhere, and start to camwhore. We’re kind of simple like that.
What do guys do???? Sit around and admire each others’ muscles? Go to the arcade (no one really does that anymore)…? Hmmmm.
With my crayner (crazy partner) Diana!!!! So much love for this babe.

She’s so annoyingly naturally pretty. Besides the lipstick colors she’s trying on, she has NO make up on at all… she leaves the house bare-faced. Yet she still looks fresh and youthful. DAMN girl.
Actually I feel like this JB post is just an excuse for me to post up a fuck ton of our vain ass peektures. Lolol. I happen to take a particular liking to how my facial contours are captured on Ziwei’s camera.

Thanks for being the only one who dared to bring her camera into JB, Ziwei!!! All images in this post are from her cam!

I ended up getting this coral-ish orangey hue lippie from Inglot! :D
Love the color, but I have to say I’m not a fan of the consistency at all. Kinda clumpy and dry and does nothing to moisturize my lips or keep it soft / smooth. But since it was cheap and I don’t have a lippie color like that…. why not? I just spam lip balm underneath when I use this lipstick.
Juli, Diana and I with purple, orange and red lipsticks… coupled with purple/red/black and reddish/brown and golden/brown hair. We’re a colorful bunch of misfits.
Adding in Jayme with her pink lippie! Can we get volunteers for brown, black and blue lippies?
We caught the Jackie Chan movie “CZ12″ and it was so…. bad. The movie was okay-ehhh, super cheesy and cringe worthy (but funny sometimes) however the thing that really killed it for me was the cinema. Some of the girls had smelly mouldy seats (gross!!!) and HALF of the damn cinema screen was out of focus! The sound was nowhere near loud enough as well. Thank goddd for Cathay cineplexes in Singapore!
I naturally assumed cinemas were the same all around the world (how much can they actually differ, right?) but as it turns out, the answer is.. a lot. I always take living in a first world country for granted.
Posing outside the place we had bone and ligaments crackin’ massages. 
My masseuse happened to be really old… at least 50ish? But she knew all the right spots to press on! It was easily much better than any of my Bali massages. I’ve never heard as many cracks from my body before. I know cracking your bones is bad but if I don’t, I feel like my back will explode. At first I felt bad about having an elderly lady do manual labor on me but then I was like Jesus, This Feels Good. So I tipped her a decent amount :D And all was well in the end.

Walked across the street from the massage parlour to our dinner location…
A really rustic hawker center that served up mouthwatering food!!!! Delish! Speaking of hawkers I really miss my Bedok 85 ba chor mee ever since I moved to Yishun :(
Hungry girls at the dinner table… feeeeddd usssss.
The thinnest of our lot, Diana, is somehow the one that is always hungry and eating. We all have that one friend who doesn’t wear any make up and is pretty, who eats a lot and doesn’t get fat……. she’s that friend -_- Her metabolism rate and stomach must be a monster that never stops working because she’s really always eating and yet she is sooooo slim!!! Dafuckisgoingonhere. 
This cereal crayfish was stupidly good that I swore to come back just to have it again.

 Except the next time around I’d order the huge portion above just for myself. Salty and sweet flaky cereal goodness with deep fried buttery crayfish goodness…. tell me where to find this in Singapore!!! T_T I don’t even like crayfish!

Demolished. (Y)

Us at the end of the day, taking a bus back to Singapore. 
Thank you girls for being ridiculously fun to hang out with, as always!!! There’s never a boring or lonely second with all of you around. You bring so much happiness and adventure to my life. :’)
Because I ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ you 5, here’s a shout out to each and every one of you.

Amanda – The mother hen of our group!!! Always so thoughtful and caring, making sure everyone is alright and having a good time. If you’re upset or if something is wrong, she’s the first one to notice. You’ll make such a good mummy in the future! 
Diana - For being my partner in crime ever since our fateful trip in Genting a few months ago, you alwayssss get my lame jokes… and I feel like we really understand each other. We can talk about everything!
Juli - The street smart one who brought us around JB, along with Jayme’s recommendations! When shit hits the fan she is usually the level headed one to bring us back down to earth. And she’s always excited about something!
Jayme – You are super random and you always make us laugh with your nonsense and surprising antics!!! You keep all of us feeling young with your age. LOL. 
Ziwei - The dream chaser, whom you can count on to be supportive and super frank with you, no matter the situation. She’s the one who will go the extra mile to get things done.
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Now that everything has been said and done, I was extremely relieved that the trip was totally incident free. I’ve had so many people tell me about how unsafe Johor Bahru is, I was almost expecting something mildly bad to happen. I guess I’m scarred by the horrific stories my mother always tells me!!! Stories aside, in all honestly I was truly baffled by how simply traveling across a bridge could transport me to a different environment entirely. Like, everyone knows that Malaysia is really different from Singapore & all… but the truth and fact of the matter doesn’t dawn upon you completely until you step across the border. Then it REALLY hits you like an ice cold pail of water. 
The air is thicker and polluted, you can’t roam about the streets freely, you always have to watch your bag because a pickpocket is around the corner, there’s dodgy people everywhere, you can’t wear jewelry or dress up too much because you’ll probably get robbed, so on and so forth. 
No offence to Malaysians when I say these things. But I’m sure you guys know how dangerous Johor Bahru is as well. I heard from a Malaysian who travels to Singapore from JB everyday to get into work that her dad waits for her at the bus stop every single night without fail, because it’s just too dangerous to walk on the streets at night alone, even if you’re a local who lives in a populated area… because if something were to happen to you, nobody would risk their own safety to get you out of trouble anyway, so it makes no difference if the area is crowded. Imagine that!
Coming from what must be one of the safest places to live in in the WORLD (Singapore duh), this was a huge culture shock for me. I got a massive lashing from my mum when she found out I went to JB without telling her. Which sort of made me upset because I was totally looking forward to going back to JB with the girls for the awesome food again. :(  My mum said, “Why go to JB??? The food is cheap, so what? Is it worth all the risks? Does it justify walking around without a peace of mind, worrying about your welfare every other minute? A group of pretty young flashy girls like yourselves walking around Johor Bahru is basically a walking advertisement for COME ROB ME.”…. I suppose my mum has a point. e_e  
Oh well. 
There goes my cereal crayfish and awesome cheap food. That just may be the first and last time I ever go to Johor Bahru. It was good while it lasted, at least.
xoxo,
Jess

6 girls, 1 picnic, tons of fun!!!

I can’t remember the last time I had a picnic in Singapore.

Wait a minute…. I think it might have been never, ever. I believe I’ve never actually had a picnic in Singapore – who in their right mind would be interested in sitting out in the scorching sun when you live in Singapore?! We get too much sun and heat as it is everyday! Well, thank god these girls are absolutely out of their minds, just like me!!! I’m so glad we decided to go ahead with this idea because it turned out to be such a good time despite the dreary weather, which was surprisingly kind to us that afternoon :)

Hellooo pretty ladies! From L-R: Ziwei, Bun (Juli), Amanda.

And this is Jayme and Diana!

Before I bombard you guys with smiley, bright, happy photos of ourselves looking crazy / pretty (whichever you prefer), here’s something I have to say.

I’ve been spending a decent amount of time getting to really know these people recently. I realize the last I’d had a proper clique of all-girls-friends like this was in high school. The friendship didn’t end on a high note, which left me relatively scarred and afraid to be part of girl cliques again because it somehow always leads to unwanted drama, backstabbing or sucking up one way or another. I’m sure all girls reading this can echo an Amen in unison. When you put 2 girls together, they’re fine, 3 girls and its a mess, 4 girls and above… run for your life!!! Generally I prefer to keep mostly individual friends from different parts of my life, or if its a group it would be a mixed guy-and-girl sort of thing to use the guys to tone the bitchiness down… but this time I feel like its different.

I met these girls on my sponsored trip to Genting to film with Reelity TV and we’ve been getting on unexpectedly well together ever since! There is no sense of hierarchy, needless drama involved or unnecessary implications or strings attached… which I love. Just a bunch of very different girls from various walks of life coming together with the pure intention of making new friends, simple as it is. I’d like to keep this friendship the way it is, and I hope it remains this way –  innocent, full of laughter and surprises.. never a dull moment.

Picnic mats laid out, we plop down on a grassy green patch in the middle of Marina Barrage!

Can you believe its my first time here?

I’m always hanging out at Marina Bay Sands but I never bothered going to Marina Barrage despite it being in the proximity… lazy bum. Oh what a view and nice chill-out place I’ve missed out on! So much space to run around on trimmed clean fields of grass and be young & silly. Anyone who hasn’t been here before should plan a picnic for a lazy late afternoon. Bring yummeh food, your camera, umbrellas and speakers to play your favorite music from!

Or you can be like the others & fly a kite in the blue skies… if you can get it up in the air.

I made awesome chocolatey chewy brownies for the picnic!!!

Using my recipe I’ve blogged about before here. I was gonna bring cupcakes, but they would have melted immediately in the sun. I thought the heat might’ve made my fudgey brownies even fudgier and yummy if they’re slightly melted instead. :P

The white bits in my brownies are chocolate mint cookies which I threw into my brownie batter and baked together! It gave it a nice little crunch and minty flavor to break up the chocolateyness.

Some of the stuff that the girls brought: a big salad, egg sandwiches, cherry tomatoes, ham, korean rice wine and cheese tofu (super random items)

..You didn’t think that was all we’d eat, did you?

It was Diana’s brilliant idea to order KFC crispy chicken. I’m not a fan of fried chicken, but it seemed especially tempting that day!!!

We ended up over-ordering so much we could barely finish half of the portion! What a waste. And I can’t believe some of the girls actually ate some of the remaining chicken after it was left in a cold hotel room for hours… cold soggy KFC hahah ewww.

What started out as mild sunny weather with nice breezes turned into strong winds and an overkill sun. Which did THIS to my cheap $8 H&M umbrella. Mary Poppins gone wrong.

I adore how you can see MBS and the skyline in all our pictures!!! It’s so iconic and pretty.

Ziwei and Bunz look too adorable here to not post this picture up!

Wee-u-weet!! Wind swept look!

Group piccy!!!!!!!!!

These here, are my GG – Genting Girlies, Gossip Girls, …Gungho Gangsters..

May 2013 bring about more wild days of us girls wreaking havoc in subtle ways days out like this!!! I know the 5 of you will be reading this!

The kind soul who helped us snap the above group shots. He was so bashful around us, it was funny. Diana nudged me and said “Eh maybe we / someone should take a picture with him, he helped us take so many pictures” and I said ok.

Next moment I’m all like “SCUSE ME MY FRIEND THINKS YOU’RE CUTE CAN SHE TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU???”

Aaaaaaahahahaha. Hence the half snarl half smile on Diana’s face!!!!

Too adorbs. :)

Had I known the pictures would turned out this nice I’d get down on the grass too instead of being a prissy princess and refusing to!

The older I get, the more I really appreciate living in a safe and beautiful city such as Singapore. Just look at how much its grown over the past few years.

Laughing and smiling becomes instantly contagious whenever I’m around them!

 JAYME WHY YOUR FACE ALWAYS LIKE THAT!!!

I’ve learned that not expecting too much out of people you meet will result in more pleasant surprises. Managing expectations, and being the friend you want people to be for you, is important.

I don’t need my friends to hang out with me everyday, or all the time, and its cool if we don’t yet understand each other completely. We don’t need to be BFFs, you don’t have to always agree with me or like the things that I do.

All I ask is that those who choose to share a friendship with me will accept me the way I am – lame jokes, candid antics, outspokenness and all. That they will ignore my superficial past, hearsay stories, and other things I have done and will not judge me for things they do not know the full truth to. People who will be upfront with me about how they feel about me. To look past our differences and to simply enjoy each others company despite how different we all are… to just live while we’re young. It’s okay if you’re not always ready to share my tears with me as long as you’re willing to break out in fits of laughter whenever we’re together. All of this, is a friend enough for me.

You girls make up some 5 beautiful friends ♥

Of course, having common hobbies like singing, make up, frivolous fashion and blogging also add on to our chemistry. And a ridiculous sense of humor is a MUST. See below for evidence.

Diana and Bun kung-fu fighting in the air!!

Jayme and Ziwei attempting a sexy hair flip. While I’m taking these pictures I’m screamin’ “WERK IT!!!!!!!”

Super sexy bitches signing off!

xoxo,
Jess

A fintastic time at Marine Life Park!!

I wouldn’t consider myself an “animal / nature lover”, but this much I can say:

I ♥love♥ aquariums, and marine life.


My favorite animals of all time are undoubtedly killer whales (essentially they are actually dolphins instead of whales despite the name), and recently.. penguins (because they’re so cute!!! sadly, some killer whales eat penguins hahah). My choice animals are quite different from your usual “dog” or “horse” / insert other land hot favorite animal here. My guess is that people like dogs because they are man’s best friend and horses are fun to ride, these creatures are mostly gentle and sociable. But the very reason I love killer whales is because they’re so rare, different and majestic. I don’t want something I can pet, I want something I could stare at for hours in awe. Killer whales, being apex predators, fit the bill to endlessly intrigue my wild imagination. For the record, I find (almost) all animals incredible in their own way, but marine life just takes my fascination to a whole new level. It’s so unknown, elusive, dangerous and beautiful!

Jet-skiing, snorkeling, whale watching & parasailing always sit on the top of my “Must-Do” lists whenever I travel. Some day I’ll pluck up the courage and learn how to dive. Many days & nights of my life have been spent watching BBC / Nat Geo documentaries about the ocean & all its wonders in utter fascination, alongside Sam, who shares an equal interest. In fact, just last night we were watching one about the great barrier reef! Which totally reminded me… time to share about your visit to the newly opened S.E.A Aquarium & Adventure Cove, Jess!!!

Imagine my delight when I was invited to check out Resorts World Sentosa’s spanking new Marine Life Park (SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark) on their very FIRST day of opening!!! I was literally jumping up and down with excitement when I got the news :D I seriously LOVE you, Resorts World Sentosa.

Thank you for so many wonderful state of the art attractions us Singaporeans can be proud to bring our overseas friends to, and to enjoy among ourselves. No one can say Singapore is boring or at a lack of attractions these days, or I’ll kick them in the face with my stiletto.

Entering the The Maritime Experiential Museum! You have to go past this in order to get to the aquarium.

Snippets of Maritime history elaborately decorated along the way!

After a relatively long walk past the museum artifacts, head down this escalator to find the aquarium.

AND WE ARE HERE!!!! ^_____^ 

At S.EA Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, featuring over 100 000 marine animals of more than 800 different species!

I was arguably more excited than the hundreds of adorable kids around that day. I noticed that RWS had arranged for special needs’ children to visit the aquarium on the very first day of its launch, I’m assuming either free of charge or at a special rate…. it was heartwarming to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.

The first thing you’ll do at the aquarium is enter this moving tunnel! Like the one at Underwater World…. but kinda better. Which makes me wonder, what would happen to the fate of our good ol’ Underwater World since 1991? 

This marine life park sure gives Underwater World a good run for its money. The admission fees don’t differ that much, but MLP has a whole lot more to offer than UW. It would be kinda sad if UW had to shut down (there’s no point having 2 similar attractions in one place?) but maybe it will be replaced by a brand new attraction that is even more awesome!

A dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. I was informed that most of the coral in their tanks are actually fake. But they look so real!!! I asked why they don’t use real coral instead (I felt a bit cheated) and the reply was that real coral isn’t quite as vibrantly colored as fake ones, and to uproot THAT much real coral just for aquarium viewing would cause a lot of damage to mother nature. That made a lot of sense to me.

They have so many different tanks featuring different species of fishes I couldn’t remember any of their names at all at the end of the day o__o” Only a really big spider crab I wanted to eat LOL.

There was this part where you could walk over a transparent tank built into the ground, and it tickled me seeing a diver struggling with the narrow space constraints at my feet. #LookAtTheFishiesNotTheHumans

I want to snorkel or dive at a real shipwreck some day!!!! I’ve only snorkeled at man made shipwrecks in Australia last year.

Really creepy and icky looking seastars. I hate anything with suction pads oh yuckkk. Starfishes and jellyfishes have been officially renamed as sea stars and sea jellies because it was deemed they were not fishes. -_-”

A little Discovery Pool area where you could touch and pick up starfishes and other funky creatures (try not to grab the fishes lol). Mainly for the kids! Not for the squirmish like me. I like looking at marine life, not necessarily touching them..

Pose for picture for my blog can already ^^;

A giaaaannnttt spider crab that was as big as a child!!!

You know you’re Singaporean when you see this and the first thing that pops into your mind is “OMG CAN EAT ONE???”

My favorite part of the SEA aquarium is “The Open Ocean Habitat”, the world’s largest viewing panel. Its breathtaking sheer size aside, I absolutely adore how thoughtfully planned out the whole exhibit is!

They provide numerous comfy beanbags for people to laze on for as long as they like, marveling at the view in front of them, with soothing instrumental music playing in the background. It’s like you’re transported to another realm. HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS?! ♥

I could spend hours here just chatting with friends, staring at the giant tank in front of me, admiring as sting rays soar through the waters and even read a book here!!! I can’t wait to go back on an idyllic quiet weekday and just spend quality time with myself here.

You’ll spot resting families and happy couples canoodling. Just a marvelous place to be in.

 Doesn’t this look like a painting? The iPhone 5 takes such good pictures!

Wow!!! *In David Attenborough’s super wise British voice* And here we have, a remarkably rare specimen of hairy human legs.

LOL. This actually gathered more attraction than any of the other exhibits… everyone turned their attention away from the fishes and crowded around staring at this man’s famous legs. Everyone’s stupid and easily amused like that.

I have no idea what this is but I found it so disturbing I snapped a photo of it.

A strangely sinister scene compared to all the other happy, bright looking exhibits. Sea urchins look so evil T___T

What made it worse was these fishes that just remained impossibly still in the water… you know how some fishes act like they’re frozen in time and don’t seem to move in the water, at all? Yep, this was one of them… they were just hovering above the sea urchins and the sea urchins sat there oh so ominously. Very creepy.

Speaking of sea urchins, I finally ate my first sea urchin a few weeks ago in this Japanese restaurant which I will be reviewing on my blog soon! It was surprisingly tasty. A really thick, creamy texture to it… similar to foie gras, without the meaty taste and slimier. Easily the most exotic meal I had in my life. Japanese cuisine is out of this world.

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That’s the last of my aquarium pictures! I didn’t wanna show you guys ALL of the exhibits and spoil it for you in case you plan on going (which you totally should). Go check it out in person – they have jaw-dropping stuff! Even if you’re not terribly interested in animals or marine life, I bet you that you’ll find this at least moderately fascinating or inspiring. There will definitely be a thing or two that’ll make you go “Ooooh” and “Ahhh” no matter how old you are or how much of the world you think you’ve seen already!

Because it is located in an air-conditioned indoor environment, it also makes for a fabulous day out any time – when its too hot and sunny or when it is rainy!! Perfect day activity for any day. :D

A shout out to this handsome guy Matt who always makes sure I’m well taken care of and thoroughly happy at these Resorts World Sentosa events – I really appreciate all these awesome days and nights of fun I’ve had at RWS!!

Cute gift shop when you exit the aquarium :)

Thank god we were in a hurry and had to leave for our next destination, other wise I might’ve bought a whole lot of nonsense. I’m a sucker for novelty stuff and souvenirs.

We were about to have lunch, but we just couldn’t resist getting gelato from Bruno’s!!! You’ll see it once you come out of the aquarium. Super yummy! I loooveee gelato so much more than your usual ice cream.

The fun doesn’t stop at the aquarium!!!

Wolfed down a decent lunch before proceeding to get wet at Adventure Cove water park, a short walk away from the aquarium. Remember not to eat too heavy a meal before visiting the water park because some of the slides can get pretty bumpy and intense.

Luckily for us, there wasn’t a big crowd despite it being the first day of its opening!

Which means little to absolutely no need for wasting time queuing. I went back in November, so I’m sure by this time in December, the weekends would be ridiculously packed.

Changed into my swim suit and ready for big splashes!!!

By the way, to people who have seen blog posts of me swimming / doing water activities before… yes, I will forever only one that same dreaded black and white dress swim suit over and over again. It’s the only swim wear I feel comfortable enough in and I don’t have to worry about my stomach jutting out or pubic hair sticking out everywhere, LOL. I believe in this: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you don’t have anything worthwhile to show then for gods sake, cover it up.

True story: I used to think posting topless pictures of my boyfriend was kinda obscene so I photoshopped his nipples off some pictures before. I didn’t want other girls looking at his nipples

HAHAH say whaaat?

Entering the Adventure River!

At 620 metres, it’s one of the world’s longest lazy rivers.

This river keeps you nice and cool with a lot of mist sprays and random fountains squirting water at you to minimize the heat and sunburns!

Grab a float, plop on and float away! 

Best way to explore the theme park is to just get off at different river exits. You don’t have to do much walking around in the hot sun.

Water theme parks are such a godsend in crazily warm countries like Singapore!!!!!!

A couple of fail pictures taken with my waterproof camera due to my sunblock rubbing off on the lens, making it all oily and smudgy :/

Into the dark mysterious cave we go!

Sam man whoring it up in front of a mini waterfall inside the cave. :P

And here’s me, cute little innocent demure me… *cough* proud of myself for hardly whoring myself out at all, for there is pretty much zero cleavage or sexiness in this post. I WANNA HAVE REAL SUBSTANCE, Y’KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

By the way, I’d like to stress the photo is warped not because of bad photoshopping (I have better skills than that!), but a consequence of water droplets on my camera lens.

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We got off our floats to take water slides at different points, however security was pretty anal that day and they didn’t allow me to take my camera onto ANY rides at all!! So I can’t show you any first-person POV videos, and there is only so much left I can cover by photos and text. By the way, the last time I filmed myself going down a water slide and put the video up on Youtube, it received over 300 000 views. Lol really.

Check it out for yourself here. The video was filmed in Aquatica, Orlando and to be honest… Adventure Cove does remind me Aquatica quite a bit! What with its elaborate tropical themed / ancient ruins landscaping and the focus on marine life!!! The whole ambience of the place is great – rainforest noises and music resounds along the river with surprising waterfalls along every turn and corner.

There is also a wave pool for bobbing up and down on and the most thrilling ride of all would have to be the RipTide rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. For starters, you don’t have to carry your float up a flight of stairs as most water slides will have you do – this one you actually sit on the float at the start and get slowly lifted upwards! Then comes a series of intense dips and turns. The float you’re sitting on will be propelled upwards and forwards by strong magnets with great force, so essentially its a roller coaster with lots of water and no seat belts. Water WILL be splashing at your face every few seconds, so please, do yourself a favor and do it my way… CLOSE your eyes when you’re on this ride!!!! Closing your eyes on a water slide instantly makes it 10x more fun, and scarier. I screamed and screamed. Go on. Try it.

The only down side to this ride is that the float often tends to overturn and capsize at the end when you pop out of the tunnel and into the pool. Mentally brace yourself so you don’t panic when it happens!

This part of Adventure Cove really sets itself apart from all other water theme parks:

All guests of Adventure Cove GET TO SNORKEL AT THE RAINBOW REEF TEEMING WITH 20 000 FISHES!!!

My eyes popped like this: O______O when I heard about this attraction. I freakin’ LOVE snorkeling, and you’re telling me I can do it absolutely risk-free in a controlled environment without any worries about safety at all?!

 No prior experience necessary, just put on the masks and fins provided by them, undergo a short briefing by the instructor and dive into a world of underwater wonders!

Imagine being surrounded by HUGE schools of fishes like that!!! :D

It was IMMENSELY fun having thousands of fishes coming so close to you!!!! They’re harmless, rather friendly, and so pretty to look at. Some even came so close, they brushed against my feet and I laughed out loud and almost choked on the seawater. I’ve been snorkeling in the wild before, and let me tell you… it is such a hassling and tiring experience to do it in the wild! Taking the boat ride out into the open sea, gearing up, worrying about sharks and jellyfishes (my biggest concern, I’m annoyingly paranoid about them), seaweed getting tangled in your hair, worrying about strong currents and your overall safety in general… Choking on sea water….. The list just goes on. It is also difficult to find such a large amount of different colorful fishes while you’re snorkeling – normally you’ll only get to see such a majestic sight when you’re diving several meters down.

It’s a completely gratifying thing, snorkeling is, but to do it so casually and fuss-free in a relaxed environment was truly enjoyable. Visibility was PERFECT. If you have never snorkeled before you are going to LOVE this attraction because you get to be part of the psychedelic world fishies live in for the first time!!! I saw all sorts of colored fishes – blue, grey, red, black, brown, yellow… they range from super small to pretty big!

Sam and I took around 20 minutes to complete our snorkeling. You will get to see a myriad of fishes such as the yellowfin surgeonfish, blueface angelfish, copperband butterflyfish, and lots more. This attraction is beautifully done. ♥

Back on the lazy river, after snorkeling. Pretty exhausted from a lack of sleep the night before + waking up early for the aquarium + water slides and snorkeling and I was happy to just float along with the current round and round again!

By this time my make up had pretty much gone all over my face making me look like I have raccoon eyes, so…

The rest of my photos were taken like this.

Every few meters, there will be a stationed lifeguard. I was pretty amazed by the number of lifeguard around – seriously, every 5 meters you’ll get one looking all solemn, serious and ready to save your life in case you need em!! Thumbs up for safety precautions. I hope this place stays incident free for as long as possible! More often than that, kids who get into accidents only have their careless parents to blame.

Floating into a tunnel filled with sting rays

Another interactive activity highlight of Adventure Cove allows you to wade in shallow waters and rub shoulders (or submerged knees) with sting rays at selected timings throughout the day. Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so go early in the day and reserve your slot! Sam and I don’t like sting rays all that much (he says: “I eat them with sambal!”) so we gave this a miss, but I reckon its a pretty unique experience that most people shouldn’t pass up if given the opportunity.

The dolphins were not ready for public viewing yet – they’re still under quarantine! It’s a pity we missed them but I will definitely be back again next year. I think they will be introducing dolphin interaction programs as well, where you can get in the water with them! Besides, I swam with amazing wild bottlenose dolphins in the open water of Australia just earlier this year, so that experience has fulfilled my dolphin quota for now. ;)

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Things to note:

• About SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove: Even though they are now open to the public, they will not be fully completed until next year! Currently, they’re still adding more fishes, and more attractions to enhance the experience even further.

• About Adventure Cove: Lockers are necessary . They’re priced at $10 for a small one and $20 for a much larger one – can be opened multiple times a day.

• There are dispersed food stations, gift shops selling swim wear & equipment, restaurants and a shower facility for your convenience

• Remember to dress in appropriate swim wear and slap on sun screen!

• Adventure Cove and SEA Aquarium admission tickets are priced at $29 for adults, and $20 for children. Each attraction requires its own admission ticket.

• For more information, check out their official websites here.


///To round up my post, the Marine Life Park is a MUST-visit for any visiting tourist or local Singaporean - there’s simply too much fun and laughter to be missed if you don’t go. It makes for a perfect day out with the family, friends or partner. Thanks Resorts World Sentosa for this superb day out!!! I had a fin-tastic time.

xoxo,
Jess
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