Our exploration of Singapore today includes a wander around the city and surrounds and exploring the marina bay area.
And our day gets off to a late start so we decide to have the hotel’s (S$20) continental breakfast and our first western style food at the hotel.
Alex has decided he now likes the MRT so we head to Farrer Station and get the next connection to the city, getting of at Bras Basah. This station brings us out near Chijmes which is a lovely space filled with bars and eateries. While it’s empty today at 11:00am, this would be a cracking spot to relax on a Saturday or Sunday for a feed. Across the road is the Raffles Hotel and is somewhere I have been looking forward to seeing. We have a wander through the courtyard and to the upstairs balcony, then Alex surprises me by finding a table and ordering us a light lunch at the Long Room. We sit on the balcony and imagine life in another time (lunch – S$50 total).
Leaving the Raffles Hote we wander at tourist pace down North Bridge Road until we stumble across Boat Quay which follows the Marina Bay inlet. Again, nice spot for a feed and as the spruikers kept offering “happy hour..drink”…”happy hour..drink”. Working our way along with a polite “not today” “not today” we get to city centre (we think). I am amazed at how clean the city is. It’s like the pleasantville of cities. The other nice thing about this city is that I am not one of the workers in the city. Instead I get to watch all the Singapore city workers buzz about. Again, not as busy as I thought it would be.
We keep heading straightish through to Raffles Quay Road and stop for a cappuccino. Alex won’t let us go back to the hotel and recharge today so it’s about 2:30pm and the plan is to head to Marina Bay Sands to check out the lookout from the “boat” (ie the Marina Bay Sands tower/hotel). The (S$20) lookout is closed as it’s raining, so instead we go back to the main lobby of the hotel and ask for pass to the Ku De Ta club lounge. Wow. This is amazing. The lounge is a small space on level 57 but its balcony overlooks looks the city on one side. On the other side you have the new Bay of Gardens. So this is how the other half live.
Up here there is also a huge 150m long infinity pool overlooking the city side. Infinity spas and lounge chairs make up the other side. Only hotel guests are allowed through the gate to the pool and spas. This is quite amazing.
Having drunk in the view and our drinks, we head back down to ground and, because it’s still raining and we can’t afford to buy anything in the shops in this centre (Prada, Gucci, Rolex etc) we decide to spend half hour in the casino.
In the end it took us 15 minutes to get through passport check and 10 minutes to lose (S$70) between us. Ok..with our pockets a bit lighter we decide now is a good time to head to Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the bay is a new addition to Singapore and is a big space which will be even more impressive when the area/plants mature. Although only new, it is amazing for it’s uniquiness. The gardens themselves are free to enter but there are two conservatories and a treetop walk which you can pay an admission charge to enter. We did decide to pay the admission (S$12 each) for one of the conservatories which has a waterfall. We enter and wind our way through the conservatory which only takes us half an hour of so.
We now have half hour until 7:45pm which is when the Gardens by the Bay light show begins so we head back to the original entry point and a lookout located near the entrance to get an overall view of the light show.
Expecting to be dazzled, and while it is a very cool concept, there could be a bit more wow to the light show. This is another sad face moment and again, I think there is a guy behind the scenes turning the lights on and off …only this time he has a dimmer…. still ..very cool.
Ok, time to get out of here and head to Chinatown on the MRT to grab a feed and check out the night markets. There are hawker stalls here so that’s dinner sorted. We don’t actully stay long at the markets as it’s 10:00pm ish by the time we finish eating and some of the stalls are starting to pack up.
We make our way home on the train, from Chinatown back to Farrer Station on the MRT. Again, coffee next door to the hotel. My feet are killing me.
We head to Sentosa tomorrow for some R&R on a beach (even if it is a man made beach).[showmyads]