Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

Over the weekend, we escaped to Sentosa Island and had a staycation at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. The hotel is just behind Resort World Sentosa (RWS). Although it's walking distance to RWS, the footpath (on the side of the road) is quite narrow and it's a walk uphill and downhill. It might be a better alternative to use the shuttle service. There are two shuttle buses, one goes around the island, while the other shuttles between the hotel and VivoCity. Their departure times are displayed at the reception area.

Opps... we started bouncing on the bed before I remember to take a photo.

It's nice that there are quite a few Twinings tea flavours to choose from.

Not only the red wine glasses are provided, the champagne wine glasses are included too.

The hotel placed a push-cart of kacang putih (Indian snacks), mint water and ice tea at the reception lobby.

Peacocks are often sighted at this hotel. I was told that they may "attack" their reflections on shiny cars parked in the hotel's open-air carpark.

Universal Studio Singapore

On my first visit to USS, we only had several hours in the afternoon to enjoy the park. Recently, a friend wanted very much to come here, so we planned a full day trip. By now, all the rides are open and I'm glad we sat on most of them... some even more than once. Our day of fun concluded with the Lake Hollywood Spectacular fireworks at 9pm.

Fountain at the lake

View of the Far Far Away castle from across the lake

TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle was newly open, so we went there first.  This is definitely my favourite ride in USS.

Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON in the Sci-Fi City

Watching people screaming their heads off

We put on our raincoat and we're ready for the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure!

If you don't wish to buy a raincoat, you can choose to dry yourself at the drying pods.

Bumped into the Penguins from Madagascar movie

Here at the WaterWorld show, we sat at the back to avoid getting wet. If you're seated in the first few rows, they will make sure some of you get soaked even before the show starts.

The show venue has a really large seating capacity.

Part of the water show

Standing around, waiting for the Hollywood Dreams Parade to start.

The parade is starting.

Madagascar characters

Shrek characters

Famous Hollywood stars

Singapore Garden Festival 2012

This year's Singapore Garden Festival is held at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Living Squares

Plants grown in white hollow cubes

Display of common name and scientific name of flowers

Award winning Vanda orchids

Award winning slipper orchids

Award winning mini orchids

Kampong house

Miniature garden

Wall-mounted Phalaenopsis orchid

Wall-mounted air plants

How about some plants in your shower?

Terrarium by The Plant Story

Terrariums for sale (they are not cheap)

The exhibition continues on another floor

Garden display with the Seven Dwarf theme

Evil Queen in the woods

Japanese garden theme

The floating trees

Fancy a floral centerpiece like this in your wedding banquet?