A Stroll to Sentosa

9 Jan 2013 – On Sentosa Boardwalk

IMG_1158Happy Bdays to niece Judy and nephew Lee.

Tue: Por-por who is now in her 90s and in good health on her annual temple visit at Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple 观音堂佛祖庙; 158 Waterloo St.

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First walk across to Sentosa on this new boardwalk. Somehow it was rather strange that one can now walk there. Born and grew up in this area in the 1950s. The name Sentosa translates as ‘peace and tranquility’ in Malay. Sentosa was once known as Pulau Belakang Mati 绝后岛 which in Malay means the Island/pulau of Death/mati from Behind/belakang.

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Both Sentosa and Mt Faber were our childhood playgrounds in the 1950s. One can only get to this island by boat which cost 0.10cents then. Today it app the area of 5 sq km/1.9 sq mi (including reclaimed land) and is quite a contrast from the fishing villages from the 1950s. You name it and they are there, including Universal Studios, 5* resorts, SIN 1st casino, etc etc. Do miss the quiet and charming simple fishing villages which are very rare in SIN.

Sentosa has been over-blogged in these postings, 11 times as the search tells me 🙂 If interested in more, go to google or type in Sentosa by the search icon on any postings here. A breezy and cool afternoon after the rains, made this a beautiful walk but not so ideal for pix!

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There are choices, under the shade app 545m/0.3mi for one direction on travelators which go both directions. Elderly parents and or grandparents would enjoy this! Or no shade nor travelators on the boardwalk. The latter was a good choice for Tue, but would have taken the former if the sun was out. There are a couple of places to eat and have a drink on the boardwalk but were not opened.

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S$1 to get on the island and EZ link card is accepted. Time was tight, so turned around back to VivoCity. This is the first experience on the boardwalk which was probably opened during my absence from SIN. The scenes here change like the whirlpool fountain at VivoCity 🙂 🙂

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Oh, when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof
And your shoes get so hot, you wish your tired feet were fireproof
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea… – Drifters

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