One of the most common holidays many of us have experienced is the one we would take during our school break. Such was the case when Manisha Kapoor and her husband, Rajiv, planned a holiday for their daughter, Khushi, to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa. Clubbed with a detour to Bali, what ensued was a week of fun rides, impressive sights, and a well-deserved time-out. This week
You & I learns more about the Kapoor’s time at Universal, along with the authentic Asian cuisine and beautiful beach resorts they enjoyed on their trip.
“I must admit that I was feeling a bit apprehensive when we were planning this trip to Singapore because I felt it might be risky, especially with a kid in tow,” said Manisha. “But the moment we landed on the island, all those worries were put to rest, as the city-state offered all the amenities that we were used to and then some!” she added.
The first stop – and main part of their trip – was at the incredible Universal Studios Singapore. With themed rides for popular characters and movies like Shrek, Puss in Boots, Sesame Street, Jurassic Park, Transformers, The Mummy, and more, there was definitely no shortage of fun. “The theme park had seven well-planned sections which featured towering roller coasters, fun rides, numerous games, hourly performances by movie characters, shops, restaurants, and so much more,” said Manisha.
Known as Asia’s favourite playground and Singapore’s Island Resort, the experiences that Sentosa offered were enough to fill an entire trip. “While we were here we visited the S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Fort Siloso, and many wonderful beaches,” she said. For a luxurious session of shopping, Manisha suggests visiting the malls Ion Orchard and Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road. “But if you’re in the mood to bargain, a trip to the shops in Chinatown, Little India, and Bugis Village is a must. We were quite impressed with the locally-made goods and clothing items there,” she stated. As for the food, Singapore offers a hot pot of cuisines that incorporates a rich heritage of delicacies consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian influences.
Yet another commendable factor that made Singapore a perfect holiday destination was the nature park, Gardens by the Bay, which spans around 250 acres. What began as an initiative to turn Singapore from ‘Garden City’ to ‘City in a Garden’, today this park receives millions of visitors every year. With attractions like the Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest, and a children’s garden, Gardens by the Bay definitely deserves an entire day. Following these long yet exciting sightseeing sessions, the perfect way to unwind was to dine and take in the nightlife at the Clarke Quay and Boat Quay.
Moving on from their metropolitan adventures, the Kapoors then made their way to Bali. “Here we stayed at the Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa, which made for a heavenly experience!” she said. Also known as the Island of the Gods, the family witnessed in many ways how religion was the soul of Indonesia, and the way life there rotated around religious ceremonies and their gorgeous temples. “The culture in Bali was influenced by a mix of Balinese Hindu and Buddhism. It is also known for its many forms of dance and drama,” she shared. “The wide range of traditional food that Bali offers is a must-try for every tourist. While seafood was the speciality for non-vegetarians, the vegetarian tahu (tofu) and tempeh (fermented soy cakes) were equally delicious,” said Manisha.
Even as the family made their way back home, Singapore continued to impress them, this time with the Changi Airport. “One of the best in the world, I was definitely looking forward to having a go at their duty-free shops,” reminisced Manisha. Having had their fill of the spectacular attractions and delicious cuisine, Manisha and Rajiv enjoyed turning into kids themselves with Khushi at Universal Studios. What turned out to be an incredibly fun, organised, and a safe holiday, the Kapoors made sure they didn’t miss out on much, either in Singapore and Bali. “However, I would love to come back for the Garden Rhapsody, the musical theatre set up by the Gardens by the Bay,” she added. – as told to Roshni