by Louise Tang & Joey Wong
1. Local (Sentosa)
The Star Wars theme song plays all around, and there is a festive mood in the air as you walk through the streets of New York. Peering into the shop windows, you see a splendid display of beautiful gift items. The aroma of freshly-made popcorn lingers, and you subconsciously sway with the music. You have just walked into a movie set, you are entirely immersed into a fantasy world, and the real world seems so far away. Nope, this isn’t Hollywood. This perfect getaway is closer to home than you may think. Look no further than Universal Studios Singapore (USS) at Sentosa!
Be enchanted by the cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions based on your favourite blockbuster films and television series! With seven themed zones, there’s something special for everyone! Enter this thrilling world of movie magic, and relive the best moments from your favourite films in a way you’ve never imagined. This experience is unparalleled by any other, and it’s one that you definitely do not want to miss!
2. Overseas (Korea)
Can’t wait to escape the haze & sweltering hot weather in Singapore? Why not embark on a trip to Seoul, Korea! It will be Spring & temperatures range from -2 to 14 degrees Celsius. So shiok! Although the March holidays are unfortunately not long enough for you to catch the Spring Flower Festivals and Food Festivals held in late March, don’t fret because Seoul has much more to offer! For those who love monuments or architectural landscapes, be sure to visit Gyeongbok Palace – Korea’s most famous royal palace. English tours are available for visitors to learn more about Korea’s architectural traditions and court customs.
Hanok Village (privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes) is another interesting place to explore.
For shopaholics, you will be excited to visit well-known department stores in the city – Shinsegae, Lotte, and not forgetting the Myeongdong shopping district! If you are on a lower budget, Namdaemun Market is open almost round-the-clock and is an awesome place to pick up inexpensive clothing, houseware, jewelry, accessories, toys, food, flowers, stationery and appliances. Dongdaemun Market specialises in clothing with 2 sections: retail shops (Section 1) and wholesale shops (Section 2). These are enough to occupy you for the entire day (or perhaps, even the next day). As teens, Designer’s Club, Migliore Valley, Nuzzon and Gwanghee Fashion Mall in Section 2 will appeal to us the most.
As for food, cafes in Insadong and Hongdae are impressive. Don’t miss their street snacks, like Kimbap (rice rolls) and Tteokbokki (rice cakes in chilli sauce), and Odaeng (skewered fish cake). For those looking for traditional Korean food, the Korean beef, Kimchi stew, Soybean paste stew, Kimchi Fried Rice, Bibimbap and Ginseng Chicken Soup are must-trys! In the cool weather, the stews are especially comforting. Well, enough said about Seoul, time to plan your itinerary, pack your luggage and get on that plane!