Mt. Faber & Sentosa Island
For our last full day in Singapore we decided to visit Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island was previously a military installation that the city converted into a giant theme park and playground for the citizens and visitors of Singapore. There are numerous attractions to lure tourists, but the two that caught our eye were the Singapore Underwater World Aquarium and Butterfly Park.

There are several ways to reach Sentosa Island, but the best by far is to take the cable car from Mt. Faber. The cable car offers some dramatic views of the city and Sentosa Island. Mt. Faber is not a terribly high mountain, but it is high enough to offer a good vantage point of the city.
Views from Mt. Faber
Having enjoyed the views of Singapore from Mt. Faber Anne and I headed toward the cable car for the short, dramatic ride across the channel to Sentosa Island. Arriving at the cable car house we found several people standing outside, each with a basket containing a good size snake. For a small amount you could have your picture taken with the snake wrapped around you. Having missed her chance at the Singapore Zoo to have her picture taken holding a snake, Anne, ever more the brave one, decided this would be a good opportunity to do that. She volunteered to act the effervescent tourist with the snake while I took her picture. What follows is the sequence of pictures I took of Anne with the snake draped around her neck. Look at these pictures carefully and observe her expression change from one to the next.

The unsuspecting victim

Wow, this is cool!

It's beginning to wiggle!

You better come get this thing
before I throw it on the ground!
I love this series of pictures. You can see Anne's expression go from one of "it's OK" to one of near panic. At first she was at ease holding the snake, that is, until it began to wiggle. When it began to wiggle she got a bit nervous and couldn't wait to get rid of it. I'm happy to report the snake made it out safely and never hit the ground.
Arriving on Sentosa Island we began to explore the different attractions. Fountain Gardens, Pioneers of Singapore wax museum, the Maritime Museum, Fort Siloso and the Coralarium are just a few. For Anne and I the main attractions were Singapore's Underwater World Aquarium and Butterfly Park. Sorry there are no pictures from Underwater World as it was without question the best aquarium we've ever visited (and we've been to quite a few). What was so magnificent about this aquarium is that you ride on a sliding sidewalk through the main tank, a Plexiglas chamber completely surrounding you. You have some fantastic views of the sea life all around you (except under foot). It was beautiful and quite an enjoyable experience.

Anne relaxing for a minute on the dragon's
nose in the park

Leaving the aquarium we headed over to Butterfly Park stopping along the way to enjoy Sentosa Island's park grounds. Our next stop after Underwater World was Butterfly Park. To get there we decided to walk through the park area rather than take the monorail. The park was beautifully done and we enjoyed the few minutes just walking and enjoying the sights.

Butterfly Park is an enclosed area where there are hundreds of butterflies and moths flying within the enclosure. It was beautiful to walk so close amongst all the beautifully colored butterflies. Unfortunately they are not always willing subjects for you to photograph, but I did manage to capture a couple of good pictures. Enjoy them.

I could have spent the entire day inside the Butterfly Park enclosure. I am fascinated with taking pictures of all types of animals and certain insects, like butterflies and spiders. Their coloration's are so beautiful and difficult to capture accurately on film. As for butterflies this was the perfect place. They were everywhere and accustomed to humans chasing them about so it was relatively easy to get some good close photos of them.

Sadly just as you get everything down pat and really know how to negotiate a city it becomes time to leave. Much to soon, but the reality of the trip, that it's only a vacation, sets in and you prepare to leave this beautiful city and move onto the next destination ... Hong Kong. Here Anne is sitting and enjoying a last view of the city from our hotel room before we depart for the airport and our flight.

Singapore without a doubt is a beautiful city. Its people were wonderful and very friendly. Definitely we'll add this city to our list of "I'd like to return someday" cities. See you on the next page in Hong Kong!

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