A Day of Adrenaline Rush in Universal Studio Singapore (USS)

August 18, 2017

The famous place to have a photo of yourselves in USS.

I was on my Europe Trip with my parents when I received an invitation from a good friend of mine to USS. :D Well, a good friend whom I can share problems with even though we rarely meet each other, 4 times so far I think? Oh, she was the one who spent time with me in Scotland, last time. :)

I went into Sentosa island by bus, direct from JB.

Adrenaline rush, that is the main thing I can think of every time I came across the word 'theme park'. I have been to theme parks in Genting Highlands and Disneyland Paris, so I can say this USS is kind of similar. Maybe the characters are different as I did not see any Mickey Mouse and friends in USS but... you got what I meant. 

I was not expecting much, but I was a bit looking forward for the rides. I felt like I really want to scream out loud recently. Just that's not me, not my style even though sometimes my heart is itching to do so. 

And now, I have a reason to scream. HAHA. 

The ticket for USS.
1. USS Tickets.
I booked a USS ticket from a travel agency in JB. It was RM 230 that covers:

  • a 1-day ticket to USS
  • a S$ 5 food / drinks discount voucher (with minimum spending of S$ 10)
  • a S$ 5 retail discount voucher (with minimum spending of S$ 35)
  • return bus JB-USS-JB

If you buy the ticket directly from Resort World Sentosa, the price for an adult ticket is S$ 76 which is similar to the one I bought but you will just get the ticket :) But, I am sure there are some agencies out there that have more interesting offers (I just don't have much time to read more).

Trust me, please buy the tickets in advanced / online! Do not waste your time waiting in queue for the tickets at the counter. 

Then, check if the date you are going is within the summer break / school holidays or not. If yes, I would highly recommend you to buy the EXPRESS ticket. :D You can save at least 30-60 minutes at every ride compared to normal ticket. If not, you don't have to worry as the waiting time can be just 15 minutes or less. So, choose your date wisely. :) In my case, unfortunately yes, it is summer break sobssss! 

2. Crossing the border of Malaysia-Singapore.
It was my first time in Singapore so I have no idea how busy is the immigration and the processes are just... wow, speechless. 

To get into Singapore, we need to pass the Malaysia immigration (Johor Bahru Checkpoint) and then Singapore immigration (Woodlands Checkpoint) - this sentence means, once we arrived at JB Checkpoint, we need to drop off from the bus --> pass through the passport control / customs --> queue for the bus to Woodlands Checkpoint. Then, repeat the same thing for that checkpoint. 

The queue was not a joke okay?

It maybe be different if you are crossing by car or train. I don't know much. 

Haha, I have huge salute for people who stay in JB and work in Singapore. How can these people do all these procedures every single day... both in the morning and evening? Fuhhh. 

The Mummy.

3. The rides.
Of course, my friend and I had no chance to complete every single ride. So, we aimed for the thrilling ones:
  • Battlestar Galactica: Cylon - thrill ride that you will move in different direction in the air.
  • Transformers The Ride - it is a 3D thrilling indoor battle.
  • Revenge of the Mummy - indoor roller coaster. 

Battlestar Galactica - Human / Cylon - 14-storey tall

And we waited at least an hour for each of them. T_T. 

This is another place a lot of people recommended :D just I did not feel like getting wet that time. T_T

4. The lockers.
I would encourage you to store your big luggage at your accommodation or simply enter USS with a small backpack / bag. In my case, I went straight from JB to USS and planned to stay a night in Singapore. So, I had a backpack of clothes etc and another small bag for all other important items. In my head, I planned to store my backpack at the locker and go around USS with that small bag. But to my surprise, it was quite expensive. A small locker costs around S$ 15 for one day that I would rather spend it on food. T_T 

It was so hectic!
Another point to note is that most of the thrilling rides require you to go without any loose items like hats, sunglasses etc. For this case, usually just beside the rides there will be lockers that you can store your small bag for free for 45-70 minutes (it depends). So, put everything inside. 

You can walk inside with your spectacles, just when it is your turn to ride, they will ask you to put the glasses at the rack provided. 

5. Velociraptor 
This is the name of the dinosaur in the picture below. 

We were on our way leaving Sci-Fi City to Far Far Away zone. Then suddenly this dinosaur appeared. :p We spent some time to listen to the volunteer about this velociraptor. 

  • It is about 2 meters tall.
  • It has 60 teeth and eat meats. 
  • ...... I forgot.

6. Get hydrated.
You can bring outside food 'quietly'. For water, you don't have to worry as there are a lot of water fountains that you can always refill your bottle. Make sure you drink a lot, USS can be scorching hot that you may need a cap / hat or even an umbrella. :)


7. A glimpse of Europe.
I can not deny the fact that I miss Czech. I miss the town of Hradec Kralove. But I know I need to move on and adapt with the idea of I am settling down in my own country. :)

USS brought back memories of my life in Czech and I totally love it - with the castle, buildings, cars etc.

Look at theseeee :

Castle in Far Far Away zone.
The walls with brick patterns.
Somewhere in Hollywood zone.
You can expect this view and the huge crowds. 

 8. Prayer room.
I was really happy to know that USS provide praying room for Muslims. It is a small block of building that has two separate rooms for male and female. For female praying area, it is enough to fit approximately 10 people at one time.

The prayer room

The prayer room for female - with 1 pipe for ablution.

9. Sentosa Boardwalk.
Do you know that we can just walk between the main island of Singapore to Sentosa Island (that has all those parks)?

And another point to note is that, the boardwalk is FREE to use till the end of 2017! You can walk on a roofed pathway, with beautiful scenery of both islands. Oh yea, you can see the cable car as well. :)

Open 24hours.
I chose to walk just because the queue for Sentosa monorail was too long. The estimated time to get to my turn was 60 minutes (as mentioned there). 
The sunset from Sentosa Boardwalk :D

Ways to get to Sentosa Islands that I read:

  • cable car
  • bus
  • taxi
  • Sentosa monorail 

10. Goodbye, USS :)
With Haziqah :D

All in all, it is a nice place to go and experience all these adrenaline rush rides, all these characters. It will be nicer to go on off peak season, I am not sure when... but June, July, December maybe the busiest one. 

To go again? Maybe. But not definitely.

Good articles to read:
1. https://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/8-insider-tips-for-an-awesome-day-at-universal-studios-singapore/
2. https://trevallog.com/2016/08/27/travel-singapore-johor-bahru-jb-public-transport-bus/
3. http://azyhazy.blogspot.my/2017/05/travelog-singapore-universal-studios.html

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