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We finished USS at around 4PM and walked across to SEA aquarium. The aquarium is just a 3 minute walk across USS entrance and is home to about 800 species of marine life. The aquarium is open from 10AM to 7PM and it takes about 1-2 hours to cover. It is divided in to zones based on marine life found in different straits, seas and oceans around the world. Amongst other display panels, there is a short tunnel at the entry and another one before the exit which is home to about 200 sharks. The USP of this aquarium is the “Open Ocean” zone which has the largest aquarium viewing panel in the world and you can sit in front of it and watch leopard sharks, goliath groupers and many different species including the magnificent manta rays. The aquarium is very well maintained and we saw that in many places scuba divers were cleaning the tanks and display panels.
Map of the SEA Aquarium with the many different zones. Zone 2 has a Discovery touch pool where kids can actually touch some species of fish including star fish.
Zone 5 has the "Open Ocean" section which is the largest aquarium viewing panel in the world as claimed by the aquarium.
Scuba Divers cleaning the tanks and displays.
This is supposed to be the world's largest aquarium display panel. Its a lovely experience to sit in front of the display and watch many different species.
Here come the sharks. We were almost wondering how the aquarium does not display sharks, but this tunnel is just before the exit and an apt climax to your aquarium experience.
The 7/11 store near Water Front station
We were completely fatigued by the time we finished the day, and stopped at the 7/11 store near the monorail station for sandwich and cool drinks. There is a nice seating area outside the store where we could rest our tired feet and replenish our energy. On reaching back at the hotel, we decided to get refreshed by spending some time in the hotel swimming pool. My son is a water baby although he has not yet learnt how to swim. So we usually book hotels which have baby pools, and the one in Holiday Inn Atrium is very decent.
We were bored of eating junk food and other “not so homely” cuisine, and also concerned that my son had not been eating very well. Hence we decided to head to Little India that night as the area is full of Indian restaurants. We took the MRT from Outram park station (purple line) and travelled to Little India station which is on the same line. Little India is an ethnic neighbourhood in Singapore with mainly Tamil culture. Here you can see shops selling Indian products and spices, fruits and vegetable stalls selling Indian vegetables, Saree shops etc. So you are treated to the sights and smells that you are familiar with. Just one disappointing thing is that this area is less clean (some litter on the roads) compared to rest of spotless Singapore, but still it has its own charm.
We headed straight to the first decent Indian restaurant which we saw “Ananda Bhavan”. It is a small and no frills restaurant but the food is fresh and tasty. Singapore has a culture of people taking away parcels of food on their way home from office. There were comparatively less people dining at the restaurant than those who were taking away parcels. We had vada, dosas and mysore pak which helped satisfy our craving for Indian food. I think I have mentioned it before but on an average dosas are priced between S$2.5 to S$3.5 and the meal for three cost us about S$15. The restaurant also serves dinner thali. As it was getting late and we were tired, we did not explore the area and went straight back to the hotel the same way we had come.
The next day would be another busy one with a visit to Jurong Bird Park (JBP) in the first half and visiting Sentosa again in the 2nd half, although our family friends who stay very close to JBP were insisting that we spend time and have dinner with them at their lovely home.