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  • Roy’s Birthday 1 – Adventure Cove Sentosa & SEA Aquarium

    On night before Roy’s birthday, I was out rushing my FYP (also known as Thesis Paper) and was thinking of surprising him at midnight. So my group members and I managed to get our report printed at 11pm and thankfully Jaslin told me there are 24hrs coffee joints in town. I immediately took a cab down and got a cake for Roy at Wheelock Place’s House of Robert Timms, which belongs to Coffee Bean, and cabbed home. I managed to sneak into my house without Roy knowing and surprised him when he was busy at the computer. HEHEH. On his actual birthday (27th March) the next day, I had to be in school to submit my paper and attend a full day of class so I only managed to have dinner with his family.

    But I had it all planned of course haha. It was a last minute decision though. The next day (28th March), I brought him to Adventure Cove Waterpark @ Sentosa Resorts World! He initially thought we were going for a spa massage session but tada! The entrance fee was $29/pax and a whole day of locker rental costed $10.

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    We finally got on the roads after one long month!

    roybirthdayThere are seven rides in total at Adventure Cove but we only managed to take three. And those three were the best ones so it’s fine! We first headed to the Adventure River (otherwise known as Lazy Pool at Jurong East Swimming Complex). There were plenty of floats around, so you don’t have to worry about fighting with people lol. And it’s free! Then we chanced upon the Riptide Rocket and decided to queue. The waiting time stated was 45 mins but we waited only for 30 mins. You can choose to take the ride alone or with a partner. The heavier person sits in front. Finally it was out turn and OMG IT WAS REALLY SCARY SHIT. I have a weak heart but I managed to survive the ride. There were a lot of high speed plunges. After the first ride, we were all ready to conquer the others!! Actually after Riptide Rocket, all the other rides were easy peasy. We later took the Pipeline Plunge and Whirlpool Washout.

    I think you all should totally go there for some fun!! We both enjoyed ourselves a lot.

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    Ah there was also a Rainbow Reef where you can snorkel. I had a bad experience there 🙁 Okay first I was given an adult size S lifejacket which I found to be too big for my petite body so I requested to change for a kids size one. Yes I am THAT small. And then when we were about to enter the waters, we were asked to take the goggles. I asked for the smaller one (for kids) because my face is really small (hey I am already kids size) but the person refused me and said “that’s for kids”. Yeah I know I should have insisted but I trusted his judgement since he works there and should know what size fits different people? So I took the adult one and was freaking struggling in the waters. The lifeguard tried to tighten the goggles for me but water kept going into the goggles. Overall, it wasn’t a fun experience and I didn’t get to see the fishes half the time ‘cos I was struggling. Also, 10 minutes was a bit too short and I hadn’t even finished half the pool. Roy also said he didn’t see fishes hahaa. Ugh. But if you have never snorkelled before then I suggest you give it a try although it really is a far cry from snorkelling in the real waters out there. Just remember to choose the right life jacket size and goggles for yourself.

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    Yep the green life jacket is a kid’s size.

    Foodwise, we shared a plate of Butter Chicken with Rice ($12) and it came with a dessert at The Bay Restaurant. Nothing special. It’s like a canteen. Would suggest you pack your own food and eat it along the benches but make sure you don’t get caught!

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    It was already 5pm by then and we had to visit the SEA Aquarium because it was closing at 7pm. We showered (p/s: the toilet nearer to The Bay Restaurant has a much short queue!) and quickly rushed there.  Thankfully it was just a few hundred metres walk (say 100m-200m).

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    Hello Underwater World, it’s been a while since I last visited you as a kid and being fascinated with the moving travellator HAHA.

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    I spent the longest time staring at the jellyfishes at this area and wondering if they could ever detach themselves from the mess. Heh, I stood there long enough to witness one detangling itself and attaining freedom haha. At the bottom of the aquarium were however, some dead jellyfishes that didn’t successfully detach themselves and probably broke their tangles. So sad right. Well, this is but a good example of Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest.

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    Can you believe this photo was taken by an iPhone 5? The low-res photos in this post were taken with my iPhone 4S lol.

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    Sho cute this smiley stingray!! It’s super cute and small, like the size of my palm.

    So then we stood in front of the huge ass aquarium (The Ocean Habitat) with an enormous Black Manta-Ray. Omg it was magnificient. And because Roy was busy on the phone so I just stood there and marvelled at the beauty of the oceanlife, alone. Haha and then the guard came and asked me, “Have you finished looking at all the places?”, to which I replied, “no” and he was like, “hurry up then! We are closing soon. Don’t miss them!”. Heh, so we quickly visited the different stations. In all, the entire viewing took us about an hour, I would say just allocate two hours max there.

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    That’s about it! Please stay tuned for my next post on Roy’s birthday because I have a new and relatively affordable hotel to introduce for staycations! 🙂

    I’m currently having my final exams (LAST IN MY ENTIRE LIFE WOOOHOOO!!) and will finish next Tuesday. Will see if I have the time to update this weekend.

    xoxo,

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    6 Comments

  • Reply Chris

    Hey. Nice pictures. How do you find the overall experience? Worth to pay $29 to get in? I presume that doesn’t include the entrance ticket to the S.E.A Aquarium right?

    Anyway, what’s the hotel for staycation? haha.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Adventure Cove! $29 is a bit pricey but I’m probably going there once every say.. 2 years so I guess that’s fine haha. Yep that doesn’t include the price of the SEA Aquarium. It’s also $29 separately.

      Hehe wait for it. I am having my exams now and will officially end exams this coming Tues 🙂

      May 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Hi,

    I loved the hotel.
    i wish i could manage some discounts there. lol

    October 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      I love the hotel too, the only thing I wish they have is a bathtub. Ah I would love to have some discounts too!!

      October 18, 2013 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Joey

    Hi! I’m going to adventure cove next week and just wanted to check a few things! 🙂

    1) Did you wear contact lens that day? I’m contemplating wearing them because I’m super blind without them… but did a lot of water/splashes get into your eyes, esp during the final splash down the slides?

    2) At rainbow reef do they provide prescription snorkel masks for those who are blind without glasses/contact lens?

    3) Were the shower areas crowded? Were there spaces/mirrors to comb hair/put on makeup etc, and are there stations to blow dry your hair?

    Sorry for the questions bombardment, and thanks so much!!

    June 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hey Joey,

      Sorry I did not get back you earlier.

      1) Yes I wrote contacts. Some water will get into the eyes so I would suggesting closing your eyes shut when you are coming down the slides.

      2) No they do not provide prescription snorkels!!

      3) Shower area were slightly crowded but bearable. Yes there are places to comb your hair and do your makeup, but there will be people sharing the mirrors around you.

      July 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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