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Island hopping

travel Updated: Aug 07, 2010 10:45 IST
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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 while listening to grunge music. The best part is, if you're unsure of what to do, you can try both out and decide for yourself. That way, everyone has a good time.
For the busy city that Singapore is, the fringe location of Sentosa seems almost apt. It's 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. It's a short, twenty-minute journey through a part of the resort, which is the best way to acquaint yourself to the area.

Your own ride
The Segway is a twowheeled, 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. It might look a little unstable at first, but it doesn't take long to find your balance. There's a group of about ten 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 my age, who showed me the bungalow where Jackie Chan had stayed on a visit to Sentosa. He looked really fascinated.

But I was more interested in the narrow asphalted driveway; it was an excellent place for a little 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. Only, I was on an eco-friendly superbike. And this was one ride on which speed didn't matter

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