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Island hopping

india Updated: Aug 11, 2010 02:30 IST
Aalap Deboor
Aalap Deboor
Hindustan Times
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You just can’t get enough of an island resort that is surrounded by cool, blue waters, and affords you a leisurely vacation as well as a taste of adventure sports.

Something for all
In some areas of Sentosa, the island resort in the outskirts of Singapore, there’s very little happening – perhaps an American family chatting by the seashore; or a group of Indonesian teenagers sipping beer.

Sentosa is the perfect place to be if you want a glimmer of a holiday — you can ski, bask on the beach, eat and drink, or even just put up a chair on the lush, green lawns and settle down with a book. The expanse over which it spreads is just massive, impossible to traverse on foot. That’s why they have a unique form of transport too, called the Segway ride.

Your own ride
The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporter that looks somewhat like a scooter. You have to stand on it and tilt it in the direction you want to move, and turn the handlebar to go right or left. There’s a group of about 10 people with whom you travel, and you’re all supposed to move only in a single file. You pass by shacks, bars, restaurants, and even small lagoons as you cruise along.

The guided tour ends at a lawn that fades out into the open sea. I teamed up with an Indonesian boy, who showed me the bungalow where Jackie Chan had stayed on a visit to Sentosa.

The narrow asphalted driveway was an excellent place for a test ride. The guide had advised us not to ride above 8 mph, but he wasn’t around. So I started off at about 4-5 mph and then, bending further, managed to speed up to almost 13 mph. I’d now assumed the stance of a superbike rider, the dry wind hitting me hard in the face. And this was one ride on which speed didn’t matter.

(The writer visited Sentosa as part of a trip organised by Singapore Tourism Board)

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