I’m a long time fan of the TV game show Wipeout. It’s one of those shows that simply makes you laugh when contestants get wiped out off the obstacle course. The harsher the better. I’ve always imagined what’s its like to run that course. When I’ve heard of the Inflatable Island in Subic, I thought this would be a cool playground. It’s not Wipeout levels but there are obstacle course that would be a fun challenge for key attractions on the largest floating playground in Asia.
And I thought it could only happen in fairy tales. A structure made entirely of crystal. Well for this, the Crystal Mosque (or Masjid Kristal), it’s mostly made of crystal with some metal and glass. Nonetheless it’s a beautiful, one of a kind structure found in Kuala Terengganu. We were supposed to visit a floating mosque but got lost here on an island within a city to find the golden ochre walls of this mosque reflecting the warm light of the afternoon sun.
I had a feeling I would be visiting Sentosa one of these days. I’ve been to Singapore several times but it wasn’t really on top of my lists but I do know it’s one of the premier parks in Singapore that most Filipinos would visit when in the country. When I saw in our itinerary that we’ll be spending an afternoon in Sentosa before we head to the airport for our evening flight, I welcomed the idea of finally getting a sight of this popular Singapore Playground.
We always see it during the start of any Disney Movies – the Sleeping Beauty Castle and the fireworks behind it. I was looking forward seeing the evening fireworks which would usually happens on 8pm but that night, it starts at 7pm, (probably because it’s a Sunday) because finally I get to see this popular Disney Opener in real life. After the fun rides and Golden Mickey Show, we had a snack break at Clopin’s Festival Food then proceeded to the front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle and reserve our spots.
We excitedly hopped on the Disney Shuttle Bus from Disneyland Hotel on the way to Theme Park. The ride is only around 10 minutes. The frequency of this free shuttle bus is also every 10 minutes, first passing by Disneyland Hotel then the Hollywood Hotel to pick up or drop off passengers before heading to the park. Once we got to the transport hub where public buses and the MTR meet, it’s still a short walk to the main gates. We could somehow feel the immensity of the place with its wide roads leading to the entrance gates after ticketing section.
I was recently on a 3 day 4 night trip in Hong Kong, of those 4 nights, I along with some bloggers from Manila and Malaysia spent our 2 days at Hong Kong Disneyland. I grew up on a generation watching Disney cartoons and looking out every year for the next Disney Animated movie to hit the cinema. With that I was equally excited to finally go to Disneyland. But before that, we went to Disneyland Hotel to drop off our things and Check-in.
I love theme parks! I enjoy them ever since I can remember. It’s one of those places where you seem to enter a different world beyond the entrance gates. And it’s that time of the season once again where theme parks spark back to life. We may not have Disneyland in the Philippines but we do have Enchanted Kingdom which has been the country’s premiere park since it opened in 1995. It’s been almost a couple of years since my last visit, so I gladly took their invite on their Media Appreciation Day and see what has changed.