Universal Studios Singapore

On how to pack light. And I do mean light. ‘Look Ma, no hands’ light.

cof

No trip to USS is complete without a picture of the famous globe, so I’m showing you a globe in a ‘globe’. See what I did there? EH??? AHAHAH. Stop it, Alicia. 

A trip to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Resorts World Sentosa. Unless you have been there more than once or you are the urban adventurer that “does not do touristy things”, it is bound to be on your list. Despite having been there a couple of times, RWS is the magical place I cannot get enough of. Universal Studios Singapore? This is an even more magical place.

Now, I am sure that Universal Studios (or more favourably known as USS because seriously try saying Universal Studios Singapore a dozen times it’ll end up sounding like Universannfohzpewihnjbcdi-pore) is no stranger to…well anyone in fact. No introductions needed, everything you need to know about USS is on the internet. So I thought I’ll introduce something a little different. A way to thoroughly enjoy USS without fuss.

Two things you need to know about rides in USS is that some rides do not allow carry-on bags and some rides will get you wet. In my case I got soaked. Hair to shoes. No joke. Thanks Rapid Adventure. There are lockers strategically located around USS which allow you to place your bags and loose items for certain rides, but most of the time those will be fully occupied and the wait time for rides would end up costing you quite a bit.

Locker information: http://www.rwsentosablog.com/?s=lockers

We didn’t want to burden ourselves with having to store our bags and to take them out again and to do the same thing over and over at most of the rides so we decided to go hands-free. What about our passports, cash and phones then? This is when I shall bow and worship the realm where all things known to men can be found with a click of the mouse. The mother known as the internet has offered the smartest solution to storing: the ziplock bag. Can be made into a makeshift wallet, it is waterproof, small, lightweight, foldable and low maintenance, it was the answer to all the questions of whether such a thing does exist in this world.

Disclaimer: This method will only work if you have a place to stay the night before, not on a day trip, you are not an avid photographer who have pledged to never let your pictures be harassed by a phone’s camera, you are not bringing children or you have absolute confidence that nobody in the world would be interested in stealing your things.

In fact, the only things you would need are your phone, ezlink, cash for meals and souvenirs, and tissues. You could fit a lipbalm, sunscreen and other small items in your ziplock bag depending on the size you’re planning to use. Passports are not necessary but being the kiasi people we are we brought our passports along. You will also need people with deep pockets, people who wear cargo pants or a man. Men pants tend to have deeper pockets that will fit your belongings so unless you are comfortable with wearing one or a man yourself, then you can skip this necessity entirely.

The ziplock bag saved my stuff when I was drenched. They were perfectly dry and the best part was you could use your phone even when its in the bag itself. In case you’re wondering, fingerprint sensors do not work while in bag. I mean, come on.

IMG_20170221_121716.jpg

This mug could have fooled me as a Alice in Wonderland tea party mug that I had a small heart attack when I thought who in the world would stack mugs like that and all three were in the air when I lifted the handle, costing me a series of panic shrieks to oh my god genius I absolutely need this overpriced mug. And that’s cookie monster.

Another tip would be to enjoy all the rides first no matter how many times you plan to queue and to leave the shopping to an hour before you leave. You don’t want to be burdened with storing your precious memories served in the form of trinkets and printed mugs at every ride that you go on.

Through experience, our water bottles and cotton candy that we place on top of lockers seem to pass the nobody-is-interested-to-take-us test.

bty

My phone is in perfect working condition and could have been extremely delighted I placed it securely in a waterproof bag that it gave me a graphic mustache as a sign of gratitude. What was going on with that hair though. 

At the end of the day travelling with only the essentials has given us the best experience without the hassle of having to worry about our belongings. I would definitely be doing this again if I ever go back to USS (god forbid, the tickets cost a kidney to a mere Malaysian Ringgit earner like me leh). So if you are a single traveler or come in a pack of friends without kids tagging along, the ziplock bag is your best friend. Do not take it for granted. It has feelings too.

Welcoming you to Universafiduazfouigouihpore,

Alicia.

Dancing Crab, Singapore

Adorable name, good food.

If anyone were to ask me what my favourite food is, I have long decided that it would be crabs. The crustacean.

Had a long weekend during the Thaipusam holiday, so I took the opportunity to visit a close friend in Singapore. Long story short, I am from Muar, almost only 3 hours away from Singapore by car, but I decided to take a flight from KL instead. Which means I drove 2 hours to KL to catch a one hour flight because I wanted to go Changi Airport. It wasn’t hailed as one of the best airports in the world for nothing, right?! I needed to see what the hype was about. Enough of that anyway.

We went for dinner on the first night, settling with Dancing Crab after some steamboat place on the rooftop of Vivo City had a massive one hour wait. But let me just say are all Singaporean restaurants awesome or what? That steamboat place has a free manicure service while you wait for your turn. WHO DOES THAT?! Call me a jakun but I have never been handed a FREE manicure service while I wait for my turn to eat. USING OPI PRODUCTS OK. Singapore no cut cost one.

We ended up in Dancing Crab anyway because we were freaking hungry and though the manicure was tempting, food was a must to grumbling, growling bellies. Still had to wait, but at least they have a nice seating corner and a wait time of only 15 minutes, which according to that friend was the shortest wait time for a popular place. EVER. Singaporeans queue for everything apparently.

The ambience was nice, the decor immaculate. They had fake crabs on the roof and a net decor around the restaurant to prove just how serious they are in this business. Prices here are on the higher range, but don’t ask me about how much everything was. My friend paid for the meal. Teehee.

We ordered a Sampler Platter and two Sri Lankan crab set or something to that effect. I left the ordering to my friend. I was just waiting to eat like a vulture.

cof

 They call it a Sampler Platter, but they may have served giants before. 

The Sampler Platter comes with a corn bread, some Calamari rings, fried mushrooms, cauliflower and lady’s finger, two crab cakes and six fried chicken wings and drummets with accompanying sauces. Everything was pretty good, but the sauce takes the cake. It was so delicious we dipped everything in it and ordered two extras.

Then, the highlight came.

IMG_20170209_201838.jpg Two huge Sri Lankan crabs in their mild signature Dancing Crab sauce accompanied by prawns, clams, corn and some other bits of no recollection. Crabs can get lonely on a huge table.

Imagine my delight when this dish arrived. I could hardly contain myself. If you’re wondering why are there no plates that’s because it was not served on one. They pour it on the table in all its glory without the unnecessary constraints of a plate people use in civilised environment. Because you don’t need one when it comes to crabs. Tables are lined with new plastic each time for hygiene purposes and common sense.

This. Is. The. Best. Sri. Lankan. Crab. I. Have. Ever. Tasted. The BEST. Not the best way of cooking it but the freshest, most luxurious bite into sweet, thick meat that falls right off the exoskeleton (see ma, I know my biology). Every crevices are filled with huge chunks of meat you can pull right out and it remains intact with all the sweet, sweet revenge on that one baby crab that pinched you on the beach some day in your past. The taste is pure buttery goodness with a firm yet soft bite that is utterly satisfying. Every moment with that crab was a head shaking, eyes closing, saliva inducing moment for someone as passionate about crabs as me. The crustacean. Albeit being a ‘mild’ variant, the chilli was as spicy as your grandma’s sambal belacan when she made it with a temper. So be warned that a mild is a spicy, and a ‘spicy’ is probably tongue-numbing.

img-20170212-wa0005

Look Ma! I made a claw! 

Forgive my dirty fingers and very shiny happy face of delight at my claw being intact. My point is, it was that fresh. My other point is they have plastic bibs that you can choose not to wear if you want your wife or your mum (shame) to give you perfect dagger stares and a whole lot of nyeh nyeh nyeh the next few days. Put the bib on and protect your dignity. Everyone was doing it it wasn’t weird.

And that concludes the best treat of a meal I have ever had in Singapore. Recommended? Definitely. Will go again? Yes, if Papa’s paying. Will I go with my own money? Ehh…probably, if I have money to spare and a will power to not buy all the skincare in the world for at least half a year.

Till next time then!

Alicia.