After a year and a half hiatus, we finally made our 13th visit (our 1st visit for 2016!) to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) today! Who would have knew we could resist that long…especially when we’ve been making frequent trips to Sentosa.
But we did, thanks to other exciting adventures on the Luge, Cable Car, and the Beach.
We decided to make today a little special by telling the boys that we had a surprise planned for them. The only catch was that no screen time was allowed for the entire day, and they had to be on their best behaviour. It worked like a charm. The boys were very cooperative in finishing their breakfast, changing out of their PJs and were in a very sharing mood when it came to playing toys. I had quite the peaceful morning I’d hoped for while getting ready without needing to resolve any conflicts between the siblings.
And there we were… outside the gates of USS, purchasing our long-term passes, asking the counter time and again if there were any promotions or credit card discounts on admission fees because now that we had to pay for Liam too (I was hoping kid’s admission fees would be much cheaper but the difference in price from adult’s fee was as laughable); the difference from what we used to pay inclusive of purchasing Unlimited Express Passes add-ons, was threefold. Ouch.
In the end, against our inclination, we decided to do away with purchasing express passes. It turned out to be a really good lesson for Liam on delayed gratification. He was so careful in choosing which rides to line up for, that those with a wait time of 30 minutes and above, he made a mental note to check on their wait time from time to time. Those with a wait time of 25 minutes and below, he patiently waited in line without complains. Just when we thought we couldn’t be more pleased with this unexpectedly good outcome, he even suggested that each time he comes (to USS), he would focus on going for that one ride he really wants first. To my surprise, the husband also told the boy that he’ll take leave off work over the next few months to take the family to USS during off-peak timing, so that it’d be less crowded and we wouldn’t have to wait too long for rides. The boys left me gobsmacked with their outpouring of self-initiatives, I felt like a brat for even considering buying express passes to surprise them with.
I just might! Let’s see.
It’s amazing how after 12 visits, walking into Universal Studios Singapore still put big smiles on our faces like it did during our very first visit. The boys were so excited that they started to sprint. Between the husband & I, though left unsaid, we smiled to each other and knew, that this revisit to our once frequent family haunt was timely.
Liam now surpassed the minimum height limit for rides such as Puss in Boots and Transformers which meant that he could now go on more rides than before, while Ollie was now old enough to recognize Sesame Street Characters, clap-a-long to their shows, and have fun on rides such as King Julien’s Crazy Carousel, Madagascar and Dino-Soarin’.
To think we even hit a little milestone within the first hour of our 13th visit! We managed to chance on a photo with Shrek for the first time, only because he was so hidden – behind the Enchanted Airways roller coaster zone – and we happened to be there to video the husband & Liam on the roller coaster. So mama here decided to get in line since there wasn’t a queue yet. Lucky us! Check out Ollie’s apprehensive face. This was the only photo out of 10 bust shots that he finally looked at the camera instead of Shrek’s nostrils.
After which, I managed to record 45 seconds of the 2 older boys in adrenaline action on the roller coaster with Ollie on one arm.
And then the nicest thing happen. One of the staff, an elderly man, saw that I was taking a photo of the 3 boys together, and offered to take a few family photos of us against varied backgrounds.
I’ve no idea what’s with Liam and his “Home Alone” expression in all of ’em photos, but I’ve much love for these family photos (at least everyone’s looking at the cam!!!) and appreciation of the staff’s kind gesture. He was so amicable that the kids were happy to smile for him without any fuss, and patient in asking if we wanted him to take more photos of us. He absolutely made our day with these captured moments.
We ended our short revisit to USS with one last ride which was Ollie’s highlight of the day – the Dino-Soarin’ ride. Liam made my heart go all mushy and fuzzy when he insisted on queueing for this ride too, even after his papa tempted him that the Canopy Flyer Roller Coaster next door had a similar wait time as the one we’re in, because he wanted all of us to go on a ride together as a family. Awww, this boy really knows how to tug at my heartstrings without much effort.
Remember how we used to post photos of us at USS almost every weekend from late 2014 to 2015? Well, the Chungkins’s USS adventures version 2016 is back! Looking forward to our next visit!