Luging, hiking, swimming and eating

Sentosa Nature Discovery trail — Sentosa, Singapore

Rowan made all the decisions about what we did yesterday and when. We started off with taking a chair lift up to the top of Sentosa’s luge hill, picking out our helmets, getting into our luge cars and racing down together. Rowan rode with me on our first race and we beat Kevin down the “Jungle Trail”, the shortest of the two race tracks, by at least a few lengths.

SkyLine Luge — Sentosa, Singapore
SkyLine Luge — Sentosa, Singapore

For the next race we chose the “Dragon Trail”, which had more twists and turns, and we got to go even faster! For our third and final ride we did the Dragon Trail again and Rowan and I raced Kevin, along with some other racers, and we had an awesome time weaving in and around everyone.

“My favourite part is the racing, but the chair lift is fun too. We saw lots of trees and the ocean. So far, the luge is my favourite thing on Sentosa. I love it!”
— Rowan

We had a quick, air-conditioned lunch at a restaurant near Siloso Beach that specializes in Malaysian, Chinese and Indian food, which was just what we needed. Especially since Rowan next took us for a short hike at Sentosa’s free nature walk.

Sentosa Nature Discovery — Sentosa, Singapore
Sentosa Nature Discovery — Sentosa, Singapore

It’s a ½ hour trail through the tembusa tree jungle, with information posts along the way that tell you about the animals and plants in the area. We saw or heard lots of insects like cicadas, ants, spiders and beetles. We also saw a squirrel scampering up a tree, chirping at us the whole way.

“I wanted to see monkeys and scorpions on the nature walk, but they were camoflauged!”
— Rowan

Even though the jungle walk was almost entirely shaded by trees and vegetation, we were still super warm and sweaty, so Rowan decided we should go for a popsicle and a swim at the hotel pool. He practiced swimming some more, but probably ended up doing more cannonballs than anything else.

After showering and waiting for the rain to stop outside, we got dressed and headed on the MRT (subway) into Singapore for dinner at our favourite vegetarian restaurant, Gokul (which we wrote about, here).

Gokul vegetarian restaurant — Singapore
Gokul vegetarian restaurant — Singapore

We all had amazing noodle soups, spring rolls and roti prata, which I’ve decided I would be tremendously happy to eat every day.

Rowan picking his soup — Singapore
Rowan picking his soup — Singapore

“I love this soup! It’s the best soup ever!”
— Rowan

The air was cooler and less humid after the rain, and we enjoyed walking through the busy neighbourhood. There are no traffic lights or stop signs on the small streets – and in some areas, no sidewalks – so pedestrians share the road with cars and trucks. Everyone is pretty careful, though, so no one had any problems.

Tight streets in little India — Singapore
Tight streets in little India — Singapore

We ended up at a small outdoor restaurant that we’d been to before, where Kevin and I shared a drink, and Rowan played Angry Birds on my phone for a bit. We loved sitting outside, enjoying the warm night air, and the noise of the street and the people all around us.

“I would like to live in Singapore.”
— Rowan

It made me realize how comfortable we feel in Singapore, and how hard it will be to leave in just two short days…

We were smiling and happy in our flip flops, taking short cuts through the streets of Little India to Bugis station, back to Sentosa, and a good night’s sleep.


One response to “Luging, hiking, swimming and eating”

  1. Tommy said, “Rowan, our fish are gone. We are sorry that you didn’t see our classroom fish.”
    Yaseen said, “I saw you on the luge. It looked like lots of fun.”
    Sarah said, “Did you have fun on the March Break?”
    Aadil said, “On the March Break we had fun!”

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