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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Travel: Sentosa Boardwalk & Big Easy Burgers, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

On our last day in Singapore, we had to catch an afternoon bus just after lunch. Since there wasn't really enough time to go too far away into the city, and we needed to get to VivoCity to collect our bus tickets, we decided to try the new S$70 million Sentosa Boardwalk - a fully covered walkway that links the Sentosa island to the main Singapore island!

For anyone considering the boardwalk, make sure you consider long and hard! As you can see from the picture, it can be quite a looooooong walk over to the mainland that runs parellel to the monorail line. Only attempt this if you are not pressed for time, or else you'll find yourself racing along the boardwalk. =D

Deserted entrances!

When we read the brochures promoting the Sentosa Boardwalk, it piqued our interest because it boasted F&B and retail shops along the walk. Coupled with a pleasant view of the bay, we thought it would be a great idea to take a stroll! Also the price of admission to use the boardwalk was only SG$1, which was much cheaper compared to 2 monorail train tickets from Sentosa to VivoCity.

Alas, we should have known something was wrong when we reached the gate and found it deserted! I don't even remember if we paid... in the end I think we just walked through for free. =D

It turned out to be a good thing we didn't pay any money, because it certainly didn't live up to its expectations! While the boardwalk was indeed covered with many travelators (perfect for tired legs) and balcony areas designed for picturesque poses, the promise of F&B and retail shops was nowhere to be found!

Allowing sunlight in at the covered areas.

No shops also means no people, which is why the 2 of us were practically the only people using the 700 metre walk, besides a few other stray travellers and a couple of joggers. A quiet and serene walk it might have been, but since we were expecting something more akin to a carnival or boulevard-style atmosphere, the lack of activity was a major disappointment. 

Needless to say our return trip back into Sentosa island was in full comfort and speed of the monorail! We packed our bags and said goodbye to our hotel, but weren't ready to leave without a last meal at Sentosa. And what better meal to have at a theme park than some good ol' burgers?

Taking a leaf out of American diners, Big Easy Burgers outside the entrance of Universal Studios Singapore looks and feels exactly like what a theme park restaurant should; large and airy, with lots of Western decor and memorabilia to enhance the ambiance! It was really quiet when we were there, probably because it was a weekday and most people were inside Universal Studios instead.

And of course for us, what better appetizer to start with than Buffalo BBQ Wings (SG$10.99)! These were acceptably crispy, though perhaps a tad stingy with the sauce. We won't say these are must-try though; the same or similar can be found at any Western joint in town like Chilli's or Tony Roma's.

As we weren't quite hungry thanks to a scrumptious buffet breakfast in the morning (and also because we were on a tight budget, no thanks to unfavourable MYR-SGD exchange rates!), we both shared a simple classic Big Easy Burger (SG$17.99), and extra cheese (SG$0.99) accompanied with the standard fries, tomato, onion, and lettuce. In this day and age of fusion burgers, sometimes we just long for the plain simplicity of the traditional stuff. =D

And this certainly didn't disappoint! The patty had a good bite to it and was well-seasoned. A good, simple choice in preparation for a long day ahead at Universal Studios.

The infamous globe just opposite Big Easy Burgers.

Finally, all good things must come to an end, just like our wonderful trip to Singapore. All in all we had a great time, trying out loads of good food, staying in an awesome hotel, and just having 3 days of R&R. We didn't feel like we put a foot wrong during the trip (except perhaps the expensive buffet breakfast and the less-than-exciting Sentosa Boardwalk), and so we're still waiting for the next time we can make a trip down again! (preferably when the SGD/MYR rate has gone below 2.50 again.. -__-)

Till next time, Merlion!

*For the full set of Singapore pictures, visit our Facebook album.

Sentosa Boardwalk
Entrance: From Resorts World Sentosa or VivoCity
Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily
Fee: S$1 per entry

Big Easy Burgers | Site
Festive Walk,
Resorts World Sentosa,
Tel:  (65) 6686 3448
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm-10pm

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