Woke up around 10am – too late for breakfast. Took the MRT to Harbourfront, and from there the cable car to Sentosa Island. Apparently the views from the cable car are worth the extra expense. I disagree. The fastest lift in the world up the cable car however, was probably worth it. OK, so it wasn’t really all that fast, but it was 15 floors and made of glass, so you could the ground disappearing.
So I get to Sentosa and have a coffee while I get my bearings. It’s totally touristy around the cable car station. Carlsberg Sky Tower to give you a view over to Singapore and across the sea. Gift shops, McDonalds, Subway, etc. I wasn’t interested in any of this though – I wanted to go to the beach. I had two options: I could go by luge, or I could take the nature trail. In the interest of saving money, I took the latter. It was through secondary rainforest and very pleasant, but as seems to be the norm with Sentosa, it was commercialised and cheesy. There was this random dragon theme to it, with a few random fake dragons (as opposed to the real kind!) and a couple of man-made waterfalls.
So I reached Siloso Beach after about 10-15mins walking. Imported sand. Palm trees. Volleyball. Beach-side restaurants and bars. Fake, but in a good way. So I found a section of beach all to myself and read and sunbathed. Then I went for a swim. And then I realised how burnt I was. So I got dressed and went for some food. Then I went back along the nature trail to the cable car station. My legs burned every time I stood still.
I got the MRT back to Dhoby Ghaut and went back to the hostel. I had an incredibly welcome cold shower. Then I REALLY noticed how red I was. And I look extra daft because there is a white patch across my face where my sunglasses were.
Reading: Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Feeling: Very very sore