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May 19, 2012

A & W Boathouse at Sentosa

Juxtapose a photo taken in 1981 and another in 1990 with A & W "Great Root Bear". My daughter at about 2 years old as a baby and 10 years old with her brother at the A & W Boathouse at Sentosa.

The same "Great Root Bear" costumes must have been re- used for over 10 years, which could not grow bigger than my daughter for the same period ; )

A & W Root Beer & Restaurant Boathouse at Sentosa in 1990.

The quaint, "old-world" decor of the boathouse was berthed at the Sentosa quay attracts every visitors.

The A & W Restaurant, the first fast food restaurant in Singapore opened in 1966 and closed its operation in Singapore in 2003.

My blogger friend Lam Chun See posted his nostalgia blog "Singapore's First Fast Food Restaurant" and published in his "Good Morning Yesterday" book.

According to him, Singapore’s first fast food restaurant was not from MacDonald’s or KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) but A & W. It was located at Dunearn Road  near  the former University of Singapore’s Bukit Timah Campus. The children born in the 1980s in Singapore experience the same place, different times, different memories.

They would not have imagined that Sentosa in 1990 has changed so much in two decades...a total physical transformation of a place where the children visited as a child.

Every different the funland places for children born at different generations because Singapore is an exciting, surprising place which is always under construction to cater the needs of each new generation.  It is not a place which remain stagnant and always the same place year after year, decade after decade.

Universal Studios Singapore (新加坡环球影城) is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore.

On 8 December 2006, the Singapore government announced that the consortium had won the bid. Construction of the theme park and the rest of the resort started on 19 April 2007.

The Memories of Sentosa Island, Singapore in 1990s.

Hi, come enjoy your favorite ice-cream at Sentosa : )
The long, clean and sandy beach of  the Sentosa lagoon in 1990.

Sentosa is one of tourist spots in Singapore which is periodically redeveloped and upgraded with theme park and entertainment features to attract visitors for repeat business.

Tourism is important and in some cases vital for many countries, such as France, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Thailand, and many island nations, such as Mauritius, The Bahamas, Fiji, Maldives, Philippines and the Seychelles.

It brings in large amounts of income in payment for goods and services available, contributing an estimated 5% to the worldwide gross domestic product (GDP), and it creates opportunities for employment in the service industries associated with tourism.

These service industries include transportation services, such as airlines, cruise ships and taxicabs; hospitality services, such as accommodations, including hotels and resorts; and entertainment venues, such as amusement parks, casinos, shopping malls, music venues and theatres.

Source: Wikipedia .

"Sustainable tourism is envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems."
Sustainable development implies "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Mention Singapore and you conjure up images of towering skyscrapers and golden-lit night skies. But few know the cultural and historical background behind this rising star of Southeast Asia. Take a little time to explore this island city, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its multi-cultural background and vibrant gastronomy and nightlife it has to offer.

Singapore is made up of a multi-racial society, its population consisting of Chinese, Malay and Indian ethnic races. So it’s no surprise that the cultural and culinary heritage of the country is extremely colorful and diverse. From Chinatown to Little India to the Arab Quarters, you’ll find yourself strolling through very distinctive ethnic enclaves, all within the compact streets of Singapore. It’s easy to see the multi-cultural aspects in every corner of the city.

In Chinatown, not only are there massive Buddhist temples and Oriental-style architecture, there is also the biggest Hindu temple in Singapore. Besides temples, restaurants and street hawkers in Chinatown are also some of the cheapest, most traditional and authentic in the country. On Chinese New Year, the entire district is decorated with red lanterns and bright lighting, while festive products are on sale in the bazaars that stay open into the wee hours of the night.



Blogger lim said...

I've fond memories of Sentosa in the 70s. The Coralarium was a highlight of the island. We would reach it my taking the tram ride past the golf course, and ending right below the Satellite station. Somehow, during those days, we had access to all parts of the island. It was truly peace and tranquility then.

May 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger FL said...

I,too, have fond memories of Sentosa in 1969. It was then called Pulau Blankang Mati (I hope I spell it correctly). That year I visited my classmate who was then a recruit in the NS camp on the island ! I remember he said that the training was tough on the island because of the hilly terrain and heavily forested. Any one enlisted there & would like to share. Thank you.

May 22, 2012 at 1:20 AM  

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