Tuesday, June 18, 2013

S.E.A Aquarium - 3 Tips

Hi guys! Hope you guys are in good spirit and health, and enjoying the days ahead of you. As the haze is setting foot in Singapore, I'd like to remind everyone else out there to take care of yourself. Stay hydrated and stay indoors whenever possible. On the upside, those smokers out there can save money since our neighboring country might be burning the remains of pot and weed farm before they get caught. Only kidding! But if you do cut down, you can save money and promote a healthier lifestyle!
There are not many options for outdoor activities since it's hazy. It's not wise to go for a picnic or even a long run because it contradicts healthy lifestyle. Yeah, go run and inhale the haze. I thank you for sucking in the dust for us. But haze doesn't mean you can't keep fit or do fun things like sight seeing. So let's welcome you to the largest aquarium in the world to date, the S.E.A Aquarium! Have fun keeping check all the 100,000 animals inside...


There are three major tips I would like to share.
  1. Get the damn tickets online. The weather here in Singapore is torrid and humid. A few minutes on the line will cause you to wait a little longer at the main entrance, and sweat just by standing. So, order the tickets at the comfort of your hotel room or home. Besides, by doing so, it will give you more time to think of the options available to you online. I don't even want to think of anything else (even if they offered) while queuing but to get the hell out of the queue as quickly as possible. Erm, I'd appreciate a typhoon fan yeah. Like how train stations do.
  2. Consider signing up for the RWS Invites. There is a lot of benefit to having this card if you frequently patronize Resorts World Sentosa. One of them is that you get to skip the queue at the entrance of the Marine Life Park. Only thing is, there's an annual price to it. On top of that it did state that it's by invitation only. You may apply for an invitation online which I am sure most of you will get. Please, allow me to invite you to pay me some money so that you can skip queues! But do check it out, there are more benefits than just skipping the long queue. I asked the girl at the counter how long do I have to wait for the queue without the RWS Invites, she said approximate one and a half hour. Urgh, school holidays! Thank God there's RWS Invites.
  3. Come early. It's open from 10am to 7pm. Hence, come early to enjoy everything Marine Life Park has got to offer. For SGD$33 (just to S.E.A Aquarium and Maritime Museum) you might as well spend the entire day there to learn and experience something new. Tell me when else will you have the time to check it out again? And as a Singaporean, I am indeed culturally kiasu, so with that amount of money I spent, I'd better utilize and try out everything.
Replica: Zheng He's ship - Bao Chuan
As you enter the Marine Life Park, you will be greeted by a full-sized replica of the bow of Zheng He’s treasure ship - Bao Chuan. There you will be able to learn more about his voyages from China to the ‘Western Ocean’ and his fleet during the 15th century. The introduction to his voyages from China to the ‘Western Ocean’ during the 15th century is told through a short animated video in a modern open-style theatre.

As you move in further, you will get to explore the exhibits like the souk, maritime archeology gallery, vintage collections and of course the renowned Jewel of Muscat. This exhibits are created in a sense it engages your fives senses as much as possible, complete with interactive activities to give you an inkling of what life was like in those days.

Then on we went down to the S.E.A Aquarium - which had a long queue as well. It's crazy!


Not even close to entrance.

In there you will be greeted with some fishes from the typical underwater tunnel - pretty much to make you feel scammed I think, but as you enter don't be surprised if you ever gonna ask youself,
"When is this gonna end?"

Because I did. I saw too many fishes I started to imagine weird things like Finding Nemo, Spongebob Squarepants, about killing and eating them fishes (I'm not a vegetarian, respect that), and even thought about what these fishes were thinking about behind those inches thick glass panels!

Anyway, there you will be able to see sea animals from the Straits of Malacca to as far as Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. All the ten zones that you'll go to is amazing and breathtaking. The sea creatures looks healthy and most of all, happy in their own habitat. I must say I love the jellyfishes and the bottlenose dolphin. The bottlenose dolphin is like one of the cutest creatures on the planet. It's so smiley and cute! Its lips are so voluptuous I can kiss them all day. But when I saw them fart or probably take a dump, that turned me off. Hah!
While I thought the bottlenose dolphin is the one thing I'd be awed about, I totally forgot about the centerpiece of the S.E.A Aquarium.

The Open Ocean tank.

Open Ocean Exhibit

The Open Ocean exhibit holds approximately 18,000,000 litres of water and in it contains about half of the animal population in the Marine Life Park. It has the world's largest viewing panel, with a width about 36m, and 8m tall to date. While most might think that it's for the world record, it is in fact created to give us a better experience by giving the impression that we are in the ocean.

I was really in love with the Giant Oceanic Manta Ray. It's a beautiful creature that is endangered and S.E.A Aquarium is the only place where you can see them. It houses the only giant oceanic manta ray in captivity.

How can this place not be unique?

The only Giant Oceanic Manta Ray in captive.

Having said that, I do have some pet peeves.
The S.E.A Aquarium is the last place to go for dating during school holidays. If you intend to propose to your girlfriend over these dates, be prepared to look like a fool. I have a scenario in mind,
"Darling, will you marry me?"
"What?"
"I said, will you marry me?"
"Sorry, I didn't get you. What did you say?"
"Marry me!"
"Oh! You're proposing! I can't hear you baby. Sorry! Yes, yes!"

The feel-scammed-tube.
It was not only crowded but it was bloody noisy. Kids not behaving themselves, screaming, shouting. Worse yet, they push and sneak around to get to the front of the exhibit. Any more pissed, I'd just throw them to the sharks.

Don't get me wrong, I am pro-kids, just that you parents ought to take care of your own kids. It's dark and crowded, people do kidnap kids you know. Maintaining the world largest collection of marine life may mean spending lots of money so if they happen to not able to afford shark's food, your kids might as well be.

While this is a pun, please take this note seriously. Don't make your kids a burden to new couples who are going to get married! I happen to saw a number of young couple dating there so here's my two cents. I can assure you these pushers ain't tourist. Show them how wonderful it is to have kids.

One funny question, why are they selling Tiger Balm at the souvenir store? And not shark's fin soup?


Fishing for... I don't know.
Davy Jones! Back in tank.
Makes me wonder if that thing ever get entangled.
This is not a crab but it reminds me of Krusty Krab!