Monthly Archives: December 2012

End of Year Getaway – Universal Studio Singapore (USS) 2012

This is the 2nd day out of 3 days trip to Johor state..but the 1st and 3rd day we were on the road traveling to JB and back to KL. The rest is spend at Johor Premium Outlet, the JPO is as per my previous entry. So today, I’ll just blog about our trip to the famous Universal Studio Singapore or well-known to the Malaysian as “USS”! Oh yes this time we decided to bring along my in-laws pulak.

The first arrangement was to take a package from my FIL’s travel agency, but after discussing with so many parties my best friend Aida offered to lend her GPS for us to drive to Singapore! I was very thrilled to have this opportunity to drive in instead of chartering a private shuttle. Me, is the type of person who loves to have some extra adventure in her traveling life! muhahah…walaupun sesat can be a bit stressing! Boring la kalau skema sangat ikut buku kan! Still love my Bandung wall paintings yang masuk dalam kampung tu…heee (*flashback*)

One week before the trip, my SIL booked the Thistle JB hotel online from cuti.com at a very cheap rate,Mr hubby bought the USS tickets together with the express tickets…and I cancelled the Starrex that I’ve booked earlier and borrowed from Aida the GPS.

Thistle Hotel JB

Thistle Hotel JB

For those looking for shuttle to Singapore don’t worry you can just arrange your transportation with the locals upon arrival. Charges varies from RM400 to RM650 depending on the type of vehicle you will be using. For example I booked through my own contact a Starrex with 11 seater for RM600 (Trust me it would be worth it if you are going in a big group). My friend booked hers at RM650 while at Thistle itself they can offer from RM350- RM400 with Proton MPV. So we managed to SAVE RM600 for this trip!..and spend SGD22 for one day parking (I know they mentioned SGD26 but ours were only SGD22).

Everyone was a bit anxious as this will be the first time for them to drive into the Republic..I was anxious as I’ll be the co-pilot. We didn’t have much time to try the GPS before the trip…so when we were in JB the directions were a bit confusing! Aduh..mostly at junctions! Had to ask for the Johor Regional head to assist me to show us the way to 2nd link as the GPS keep pointing at 1st link! grrr..So next time if you decided to go to 2nd link pass the highway next to seaside tu…straight along and follow the perling or tuas signboard. First you must find the Angsana mall on your right before taking left to enter perling exit. Then it’ll bring you straight to the 2nd link tol.

We left the hotel around 8.30am and only managed to reach 2nd link around 9.30am…jam sikit JB pagi2 office hours.

2nd link highway to Singapore

2nd link highway to Singapore

At the Singapore Custom, we need to purchase the Autopass card at SDG10 (there is a value of SDG4 in the card). For first time car entering Singapore -there will be NO VEP charges, but I’ll take note that it is only free for 10 days in 1 year then we will be charged SGD 20 per entry next time). Mr hubby need to register his insurance details and within 15 minutes we are good enough to go. 2dn link is totally recommended as there are no traffic at all that day, only 2- 3 vehicles compared to the traffic @ 1st link! Then we just follow our GPS (it was very reliable in Singapore compared to JB!! I guess Johor pesat sgt membangun! Map keep changing kut! hahah) Within 15-20 minutes, we safely arrive at Sentosa Resort World! Yeay…terkejut coz senang sangat nak sampai!

Many of my colleagues that went to USS in November, had shared their tips what to bring what not to bring…where to go and the rest. Read a few blogs tu..thank you bloggers. Memang banyak tips betul.

1 out 5 attraction place @ SRW

1 out 5 attraction place @ SRW

Long queue for those nak purchase tickets on spot.

Long queue for those nak purchase tickets on spot.

SGD10 for single stroller rental. Located on the right after the ticket entrance.

SGD10 for single stroller rental. Located on the right  after the ticket entrance.

Compulsory USS we were here Shot! 6.12.12

Compulsory USS we were here Shot! 6.12.12

We went there with my 2 SIL

We went there with my 2 SIL

Antara gambar yang nak kena print

Antara gambar yang nak kena print

Happy to be here!

Happy to be here!

With among the charachter

With among the cartoon icon

Among the park 6 parks in USS - The Madagascar, The Far Far A Way Land, The Lost World, The Mummy, The Cyclone - Transformer

Among the park 6 parks in USS – The Madagascar, The Far Far A Way Land, The Lost World, The Mummy, The Cyclone – Transformer

I love this shot!

I love this shot!

While waiting for my SIL turn to try the 3d Transformer ride

While waiting for my SIL turn to try the 3d Transformer ride

Us again! Thanks to the USS staff !

Us again! Thanks to the USS staff !

The tallest roller coaster - 40 storey level

The tallest roller coaster – 40 storey level

Madagascar river cruise! My 1 yr 7 mths boy cannot ride this :(

Madagascar river cruise! My 1 yr 7 mths boy cannot ride this 😦

wawa shop 1 wawa

We had lunch @ Far Faraway Land - Goldilocks Restaurant Halal

We had lunch @ Far Faraway Land – Goldilocks Restaurant Halal

While enjoying Ben & Jerry SDG5 per cup ice cream, we rush into her!

While enjoying Ben & Jerry SDG5 per cup ice cream, we rush into her!

and him :)

and him 🙂

And then it rained....lucky we were ready with malaysia disposable rain poncho. RM3.50 kat Guardian. If beli kat USS SDG3

And then it rained….lucky we were ready with malaysia disposable rain poncho. RM3.50 kat Guardian. If beli kat USS SDG3

Among the park 6 parks in USS - The Madagascar, The Far Far A Way Land, The Lost World, The Mummy, The Cyclone - Transformer

Among the park 6 parks in USS – The Madagascar, The Far Far A Way Land, The Lost World, The Mummy, The Cyclone – Transformer

Thankful to McLaren rain cover stroller, sangat berguna pada hari hujan! Aqib relax je kat dalam dengan biskut dia. TQ my boy for behaving well. With waterworld cast - show cancel due to rain.

Thankful to McLaren rain cover stroller, sangat berguna pada hari hujan! Aqib relax je kat dalam dengan biskut dia. TQ my boy for behaving well. With waterworld cast – show cancel due to rain.

Senja sight of USS

Senja sight of USS

Julien's Party Go Ride with Aqib

Julien’s Party Go Round with Aqib

Love :)

Love 🙂

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The park closes at 7pm. This is our last view of the park before heading to the shopping area

The park closes at 7pm. This is our last view of the park before heading to the shopping area

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At the shop..each doll cost SDG26. Only one Wawa

At the shop..each doll cost SDG26. Only one Wawa

Ni brg yang dia beg nak sangat..next time kay mama katanya!

Ni brg yang dia beg nak sangat..next time kay mama katanya!

Bye2 USS

Bye2 USS

We were there from 10.30am till 9.00pm! Last group to leave the theme park till the security guard waited for us to exit the park hahah…

Anyway here are some tips that I’d like to highlight and share if you are a family with kids below 6 and below 2 yrs old. Among the questions that we wonder and tried to google before going to USS:

1. Is the Express Pass Transferable?

– We have a baby (below 2) therefore are aware not able to naik sekaligus.

– Some rides are not suitable for our daughter (below 6)

So mr hubby emailed to USS management and the answer is YES we can transfer but limited to one express (potong queue) for each ride. So kena pandai2lah atur..

2. Can I purchase my USS Express Tickets at the park? Is it advisable?

– Nobody can answer this when I googled…and we decided to purchase 5 express pass (fuhh)

-At the park itself yes I noticed a few places selling the express pass , therefore YES you can purchase there if tetiba tengok ramai and nak beli. Please refer to the USS map on the location of the Express Tickets counter. You can buy it at most of the souvenir shop at each park.

-So far…during weekdays on Singapore & Msia School Holidays the crowd was not bad…so I personally recommend you to purchase Express Pass for adult beforehand and buy the rest later when you think it is needed.

3. Prayer room at USS?

-Yes there is, a small one near the The Return of the Mummy park. Refer USS map.

-Small but comfortable enough to take wudhu, air-conditioned and fully equipped with telekung and sejadah.

4. Halal Food at USS?

-Yes there are. Just look out for Singapore’s Halal Symbol – refer USS Map

5. Shopping at USS?

-Most of the t-shirt, soft dolls, balls, globes ranges from SGD27, key chains from SGD5.90 to 7.90, pens from SGD4.90 to 7.90. Buy 3 t-shirt get 1 free.

-Advisable for you to grab the souvenirs at each park, as the main one does not carry all range. Macam I nak this Shrek thing, saw it at Far Faraway Land tapi takda kat kedai last tu…sigh..nak patah balik too far and too late already!

6. Drink

– Water dispenser is all over you can bring you bottle and filled it in any time.

-The one that they sell is quite menarik perhatian..all kind of shapes! Each varies from SGD13 rasanya…and to refill each time SGD2.

-Drinks is a bit expensive…so bawakla…

7. Do they check on the f&b before you enter the park?

-It was mentioned in the website no outside food and drinks allowed, but after my colleague who went earlier told us they didn’t even bother to check coz too ramai. So we selit some under the stroller. Relax and lepas je 🙂

8. USS Disposable coat price?

-Transparent clear rain pancho with USS logo at the center SGD3.

-Belila siap2 dekat Malaysia..hanya RM3.50 kat guardian. Ada 2 size adult and kids.

9. Baju basah?

-Only dekat The Lost World ada water ride ni mmg basah so pakailah poncho tu.

10. Rides for children below 2

-Only a few – Julien’s Party Go Round dekat Madagascar, Jurassic Fly dekat The Lost World, Treasure Hunt drive dekat The Mummy World, The Monster Rock Show the rest macam tak sesuai.

11. For those with babies,, no worries mashed potatoes dia sedap! You can feed them that.

12. Baby Stroller Rental

– It is located near the entrance,, just fill in the form and they’ll print your name to be slot in your stroller. No worries stroller friendly theme park. You can just park your stroller at the recommended site, tak hilang.

Note- I shall re correct the name of the ride once I refer back to my USS map. At this time tak ingat aaa hahah

Wrap up

It was really worth it to use the express pass, we just cut queue and for those small kids,kejab je kita masuk terus naik ride and walla we’re done. Senang nak tinggal2 or gilir2 among parents or sedara kaum keluarga. Totally recommended to come in a big group if you are planning to come here, the merrier the better! Kasi havoc sikit! 🙂

The Shop closes only after the last person leave the shop. So no worries..if you during weekdays finish your rides by 7pm and  stop by the shop on your way out.

Nak bergambar pun best coz banyak staff USS yang akan bantu click the camera..even though they have official photographer -me tak amik port pun nak beli…coz takda budget muhahah!

Budget overall cash masuk Singapore and nak makan beli sourvenier bawakla dalam SGD250-SGD300 per family InsyaAllah cukup.

I had fun..everyone enjoyed the day…even though it was hot and humid in the morning and later drizzle alhamdulillah we are all well prepared mentally and physically.

InsyaAllah if Allah permits we shall return back with the Wan’s Family pulak! AMIN!

That’s all folks…hope this entry will be helpful to those who are planning to visit USS this Dec! Have fun!

xoxo

FairyYaya

Latest updates..there is a parent swap system for the rides. If you are there with just u n hubby plus kids do ask at the ride entrance for it. My colleague just got back and told me about this. F.o.c.

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The Holiday…pre

Finally the long awaited day has arrive!

Last night we started packing..sibuk dia nak pack jugak..she was choosing and folding her clothes. Tonight i had to repack…get rid of some unneccessary stuff!..but yet we end up with 4 bags! Errrkk…1 big bag for 4 of us, 1 small bag for swimming stuff and 2 recycle bag each for adhoc stuff like pillow jacket games and one more for food during the journey!

I’m a bit anxious about my 2 kids getting hungry in the middle of a traffic jam at tambak johor and at uss itself. So i’m ready to prepare bekal.

Many adviced us to get ready mentally and pyhsically. The hot humid weather that can make us tired easily which will lead to anger..the kids will get all cranky bcoz of the crowd, hunger and everything. The rain too requires us to be prepared to get wet!

Bought all the disposable rainy coat from Guardian at RM3.50 each..ada dua size kids and adult.

Bought a new set of sunscreen..baby wipes and Fan for aqib. loads of bun and bread…

At last I’m done..now in the midst of persuading mr hubby to sleep!

My boy Aqib’s is dignoses with ear infection since last thursday and the last 2 nights were sleepless night..now I’m very sleepy…praying my boy n all of us can rest well tonight!

Till then…doakan everything will be smooth. Till my next entry! Night2

*fairyaya will be back next week*

Xoxo
FAIRYYAYA

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