Dubai frame

You might be cruising through the streets of Dubai, and see that large, hollow, rectangular like building. The frame-like building, unwittingly, is named after its unique shape. It seems to be gold-plated, and swirling designs cover the building from almost every side.

My spring break had just begun, and my family decided to take a trip to Dubai for a refresher. We decided to take a trip to the newly opened Dubai frame.

After navigating the confusing, tangling streets and exits of inner Dubai, we reached the Dubai frame (after numerous re-routing by google maps). The entrance fee for adults (which seemingly included a 12-year-old) was 50 bucks, and 20 for children.

Although the waiting line for going inside the building was about 3o-40 minutes, the queue by most standards for most tourist attractions of this size was quite quick. There was a short exhibition of sorts showcasing Dubai in the 60s to the 80s, and then we took an elevator ride up. The panorama elevator was quite quick, rising 150 metres in 75 seconds, showing the skyline of Dubai as we rose.

When we reached the top, the entire skyline could be seen. On one side here was Deira, and on the other side, you could see Bur Dubai. Unfortunately, it was evening, and the smog was covering most of the skyscrapers. The swirling designs that I mentioned covered a lot of the skyline.

The floor was glass through the middle so that you can see the ground below you. Unfortunately, the lights from the ceiling created a glare in the floor, which ruined most of the effect.  There wasn’t much to see aside from that, and the experience was terrible.

There was a short movie that showed how Dubai would look in 50 years or so, but it was quite unrealistic. It showcased stuff pulled right out of a movie like star wars, albeit one set in Dubai. Aside from that, there was nothing else to see.

So, that was my experience in the Dubai frame, which in my opinion is just another one of those tourist traps that seem a bit worthless when you finally get to the main thing.

Day two and three in singapore

I woke up to the scent of something vanilla flavoured in my hotel room. It was my second day in Singapore (technically the third day, since we didn’t do anything except for checking in at the airport), and my family didn’t have much in mind. We had been staying in Singapore for three days, and all that we had done was to attend just one theme park. We eventually decided to explore the city itself.

The city is lush with greenery wherever we go. Even the buildings look like the hanging gardens as creepers hung from the skyscrapers, flowing down like a green waterfall. In the centre of each block, a small garden decked with trees were present. The city centre was bustling with traffic, full of cars everywhere.

We arrived in Chinatown. Opposite the bus stand on which we got off was Sri Mariamman temple (one of the Hindu temples in Singapore) which we paid a short visit.

There was a Buddhist half temple/museum nearby called the Buddha tooth relic, where apparently one of the teeth of Lord Buddha was kept. There were about 6 floors, full of relics from the time of Buddha. But the main attraction was this shrine that encased the tooth of Buddha. For a normal tooth, it was simply enormous, being the size of a tennis ball.

The streets in Chinatown were quite crowded; one street next to the Buddha tooth relic temple was filled to the brim with hawkers, street food outlets. The kerb was cluttered with shops trying to sell souvenirs and chopsticks to tourists.

We had lunch in little India, a part of Singapore that had a high concentration of Indians, and then took a taxi to the Merlion statue. The Merlion is a mythical creature that is half lion-half fish. In person, however, the statue was quite small. In my opinion, the statue was quite hyped up.

We decided to go to one last thing before going home. The Gardens by the bay was a really famous attraction in Singapore. It was a vast park consisting of three parts: a huge dome in which a botanical array of plants were displayed. The next one was also a huge dome, in which a huge artificial mountain was set up, covered with plants and flowers. A waterfall flowed from it. There was a stairway set up running to the top of the mountain. At the top, there was a huge garden.

The last attraction includes a lot of huge, artificial trees. Every night, those trees would light in a light show. However, in my opinion, it wasn’t very pleasant since the climate was quite humid, and we had to wait for over three hours. When it was actually time for the light show, it was quite boring.

The next day, we decided to go to universal studios. It took about half an hour to get tickets, but after that, we were in.

The park was divided into various sections. The first one was themed on new york’s Broadway, but it was pretty boring. It was full of cafes. The next one was based on star wars. It had a huge rollercoaster, with two tracks. We skipped that section as well.

The section after that was themed on Shrek. There was a small rollercoaster, and a comedy show, and a 4d shor film.

There was one more small section based on Madagascar, where there was a raft ride. The ride was designed to simulate a storm, and in the end, we all got soaked.

In the end, we all went home. And at the end of the day, we all went to a restaurant called the soup kitchen with this amazing tomato soup.

 

To the lion city – Day one

Singapore is a city-state that is in Asia, that neighbours Malaysia. It is famous partially for its numerous islands and its flora and fauna, but also the hygiene of it’s the bustling metropolis and the greenery. It is this utopia which I selected for my winter holiday.

After a short stop in Sri Lanka, we touched down at Changi airport and quickly went to the hotel, which was where we spent the rest of the day.

The next day, we went Sentosa island. The island contains two parks, the first one being universal studios and the other one is Sentosa park and resort. Since it would take quite some time to visit each theme park, we visited Sentosa park.

There are quite a few ways to go to Sentosa park, but we decided to do the tourist thing to do; ride the cable car. There was a cable car service running from Sentosa island to the mainland.

Once we got to the island, we went on a ride called the luge. A luge is sort of a sledge ride on which you slide down a track. It kind of felt like a high-speed go-karting experience.

After we finished that ride, we went to go on a zip line. I was kind of scared to go on it since I don’t like most high-speed rides; it’s not the speed itself that I don’t like but the sensation that you feel when you drop really suddenly. They buckled me to a harness, and released me by reducing the tension in the zip line; that way, I was free to drop. The ride was over quickly but it was slightly scary for the first two seconds. The zip line rope was from the top of a tall hill all the way to a tiny island, so the ride was pretty steep. I was kind of glad that it was over.

The next ride was called a Segway, and the way it worked was that it was sort of a scooter, and when you lean forward, the scooter kind of pushes forward by itself.

It may not seem like much but that all we did that day. But Sentosa was a really huge island, and it took ages to get from one place to the other.