Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Our V(STAY)K!!!

Decode AdventureAfter deliberation and weeks of planning, we finally got down and had our first VK Staycation!

Since the VK’s first vacation to Comic Fiesta (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) in 2012, the group has been trying to plan something similar, which proved to be a challenge due to our various commitments and huge number of people. Finally, we settled on a simple staycation – mostly because Sarah wanted to go to either Universal Studios Singapore or the S.E.A. Aquarium.

And thus, begins the VKTION!

Past this pseudo-cave!!
Past this pseudo-cave!!
Chilling on our couch
Chilling on our couch
And yes. The first things we do when we check into hotel rooms.
And yes. The first things we do when we check into hotel rooms.

Getting a couple of rooms at the Festive Hotel for a discounted rate, we checked in early and decided to head to the S.E.A. Aquarium (there was a discount given to hotel guests). The team this time included the Tiger and myself, Sarah, and Raven.

The aquarium was connected to the Typhoon Theatre and the Maritime Experiential Museum, both of which you had to walk through before going into the theatre itself. The Maritime Museum focussed mainly on the historical trade routes and products that were bartered across the sea, pirates and the people who hunted them, and marine archaeology.

A clever way of showcasing how the fleet looks like.
A clever way of showcasing how the fleet looks like.
Traded goods of the past
Traded goods of the past
An interactive trade game that reminded me of Catan. And that kept crashing.
An interactive trade game that reminded me of Catan. And that kept crashing.
Hanging baskets...
Hanging baskets…

We managed to get complimentary entry into the Typhoon Theatre (It’s only accessible via additional payment or if you bought the Express Pass into the Aquarium itself. Consisting of a pre-show before entering the theatre itself, do remember to keep your electronics either in your pockets or your bags because there is slight misting here and there.

Without any spoilers, I would say that if you would like to experience the Typhoon Theatre, find a package that will let you go in for free or a discounted price. It was interesting enough to not get bored, but also calm enough to be able to enjoy the rest of the museum without needing to sit down for a while.

Entrance / Waiting Area for the Typhoon Theatre, not bad =)
Entrance / Waiting Area for the Typhoon Theatre, not bad =)
Sorry, we just had to. LOL.
Sorry, we just had to. LOL.
The deliberation of the pirate hunters
The deliberation of the pirate hunters
Playing a game of Pirates vs Pirate Hunters!
Playing a game of Pirates vs Pirate Hunters!
Pirate figures
Pirate figures
Marine Archaeology
Marine Archaeology
Findings around the South China Sea
Findings around the South China Sea

The Aquarium itself boasted a huge array of sea creatures, with each tank carefully curated. At the same time, you could also see the amount of effort and expertise going into the design of the seascapes, especially at the Shipwreck, one of the spiral columns, and the large marine tank located towards the end of the museum.

While we wanted to stay a little longer, we had more adventure to head to, so there may be a chance that we shall return again. (And hopefully, I get more info to do a Museum Escapades)

Here we go!
Here we go!
Obligatory foot shot
Obligatory foot shot
The central column of reefs and sea life.
The central column of reefs and sea life.
The Tiger focussing on the Focus Globe
The Tiger focussing on the Focus Globe
And the main attraction (probably) - this tank literally takes your breath away.
And the main attraction (probably) – this tank literally takes your breath away.

Dinner was pizza and soda (VACATION CHALET FOOD!!!), as we were joined by Mintea and Judacris, who also played a game of Elder Sign and Monopoly: Now. And while we enjoyed dinner and games in our room, we also realised something that had to be brought up.

Festive Hotel’s Deluxe Rooms are incredibly dim.

Apparently, there were a few kinks that we ran into – we were promised opposite rooms when we got one of our two rooms, but it turned out that the second room was a corridor away, and our room was missing a table lamp, with exposed light circuitry in the closet. Nothing to scream and shout about, but we thought it could have been better.

Wonderful pizza dinner
Wonderful pizza dinner
And awesome company to play analog games with
And awesome company to play analog games with

The next morning was pretty much filled with an awesome time in the pool and breakfast in bed (sort of) before quickly cleaning up and checking out.

So all in all, it was a great (albeit too quick) weekend. We had a few problems here and there but nothing too drastic. We enjoyed ourselves nonetheless, and we are looking forward to our next VKtion.

Until next time!

Parting with vacation time is such sweet sorrow.
Parting with vacation time is such sweet sorrow.

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