Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Resorts World Sentosa Experience

Nope, I did not go to the casino since I was there for the Google Geo Summit. I was there for work, but the Resorts World Sentosa experience was nonetheless awesome. The first thing that greeted me when I arrived was this rendition of Adam & Eve at the lobby of Hotel Michael Singapore. It's cute!

This is the back view.

My room wasn't ready yet so I decided to explore the area a bit and I chanced upon a statue of The Thinker and the Lake of Dreams.

The weather was so hot and humid so I didn't stay out for long. After having some lunch I went to Hard Rock Hotel for a staff meeting. It was just a meet and greet so I had some time to freshen up at my hotel room.

And it was a blur of activities after that and I only got the chance to explore Resorts World more on the last evening. Walking around I saw a lot of shops selling branded items. I got a couple of souvenirs for my family at the Resorts World Sentosa shop and spent the rest of the night just walking around.

I made sure to drop by the Hershey's Store. There were chocolates everywhere!

It was a simple no gastos experience just walking around. I hope I'd be able to bring my boys here someday =)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Singapore River Cruise

I've been going back and forth to Singapore for almost a decade now, but never got the chance to explore it. In my last trip I finally got the chance to go on the Singapore River Cruise (thanks Google!). I was pretty please that I finally got to see some important landmarks up close, except the Merlion (yet again!) since it looked like it was under renovation (again!). Argh! Anyway, here's some of the pretty sites I saw during the cruise:

That's the boat we rode. 

Clarke Quay. I wonder if the Turkish ice cream man is still there. 

The guide said that this area is reminiscent of how Singapore started.

Tall buildings in the CBD. 

The Fullerton Hotel, one of the first hotels in Singapore. 

Kids used to dive in the river. 

The Esplanade.  

Marina Bay Sands. 

The Singapore Flyer. I haven't had the chance to try it out. Maybe next time!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Don Supremos at Splash Island

When I saw the 50% off entrance fee offer for Splash Island by one of the group buying sites I immediately bought three tickets. I used to pass by Splash Island often, but never got the chance to come and visit. Before March ended we found ourselves at Splash Island -- just 15 minutes away from our place (barring heavy traffic).

When we got there we looked for a hut to rent so we can leave our bags in it. Unfortunately all the huts were taken so we ended up renting 3 lockers (PhP100 each!). Anyway, we went around first to see what was in-store for us at Splash Island. There was quite a number of food stalls (you're not allowed to bring in food and drinks), souvenir stalls (hats, shirts, decor stuff etc.). And of course, slides and swimming areas.

After leaving our stuff in our tiny lockers we decided to take the river to get to the Don Supremos slide. It was fun and reminded me of a similar experience in Bali.

The slide we chose was three flights up and we felt cold while waiting for our turn, but we soon got our chance because a huge group decided to wait for their friends. Sweetie went first and then I followed. My-oh-my! It was an experience reminiscent of a longer slide I went on in Bali. It was like a horror ride because the tube was dark and you don't really know what's going to happen next. My mistake was lying down and crossing my arms (I was protecting my underwater cam). It made me go down faster.

Good thing Sweetie was waiting for me at the end of the slide because my knees were shaking so bad I couldn't get up! Hahaha! Pretty soon Miguel swooshed out of the tube and we all had one thought about the experience, "We survived!" We didn't try any of the other slides after that. We then headed to the wave pool. I just stayed at the "shore" watching kids since I felt tired after riding the Don Supremos. Also, I just had to giggle everytime someone rode the zipline! It was so low! You can actually bump someone on the head if you weren't careful. Hehehe.

After awhile we got hungry and had some merienda at one of the inihaw stalls. Also had some cotton candy! And my Splash Island souvenir is a Plants vs. Zombies Repeater which Sweetie got for me <3

Also would like to thank Beach Hut for sending samples of their facial and body sunblock. It was certainly useful even though we didn't go to the beach!

Splash Island (map)
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Highway
Binan, Laguna

Monday, April 11, 2011

Makati Supermarket Coffee Shop

Makati Supermarket Coffee Shop has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid and the spaghetti they serve is the best spaghetti in the whole wide world!

Aside from spaghetti they also have other yummy dishes like this spare-ribs. It's best paired with tuna potato salad.

My son loves their fish and chips too, although I forgot to take a photo during our last visit. Anyway, you might want to try their beverages - mango shake and sago't gulaman -

Must have: spaghetti!

Price range: the spaghetti is just PhP109 (large plate) and beverages cost approx. PhP40, rice plates are between PhP150-200

Lakwatsara Rating: I've been going to this shop for over 30 years now :)

Makati Supermarket Coffee Shop (sa Alabang)