Archive for June 26th, 2010

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Photos

The Partner was privileged to be able to get free tickets to visit the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark just after it opened on Thursday. It is called a SkyPark, but at this point in time, the park portion of the SkyPark (which supposedly has landscaped gardens home to 250 trees and 650 plants) and the restaurants are not open. The restaurants are slated to open only in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

Still, it was worth the visit for the bragging rights and the 360 degree totally unblocked views of Singapore. It is probably one of the very few places in Singapore where you can get a 360 degree view, unless you have regular access to some tall building’s roof top. Even views from the flyer or the tall office buildings will be blocked at certain angles.

There is one way to avoid paying for the $20 ticket, and that is to be a guest at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Then you can gain access to the SkyPark when you take a dip at the infamous 150m infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. I can’t imagine swimming in that pool, it looks so scary!

The best time to visit the SkyPark is undoubtedly in the evening. Then you can catch both the daylight as well as night time views of the Singapore skyline, and maybe even the sunset. Too bad they only open at 10am, or it would be a nice place to catch the sunrise as well.

Scroll down for pictures of the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Infinity Pool and Singapore Skyline.

View of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

View of the Singapore River, Shenton Way, Esplanade etc from the SkyPark

Night view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Night view of the Singapore River, Shenton Way, Esplanade etc from the SkyPark

Night view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

View of the Marina Bay area and beyond

Night view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

View of the Shenton Way and Tanjong Pagar area and beyond

SkyPark Infinity Pool

The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This must be a dream come true for lap swimmers! 150 metres! That’s longer than an Olympic-sized pool!

SkyPark Infinity Pool

The $20 ticket allows you to perv at the swimmers. It must be really romantic to take a dip with your beloved so high up. This must be one of the few hotel pools in the world with such an amazing view.

SkyPark Infinity Pool

Yes that black stretch is the pool!

SkyPark Infinity Pool

Marina Bay Sands' infinity pool

Marina Bay Sands photo of the infinity pool in the day time

Office Workers working at night

So it’s proven! There are people working late and it’s not just the cleaners…

Night view of the Marina Bay Golf Course

View of the Marina Bay Golf Course

Slanted Singapore Flyer

Does the Singapore Flyer look slanted to you? It looks like it is going to topple over!

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Tel : +65 6688 8868

http://www.marinabaysands.com

More graffiti!

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More graffiti!!! Arghh……where are the authorities?????

Ok these are better than those garish random scribbling, but still not good enough. The best vandalism I’ve seen was a huge montage of scenery pictures done in one of Singapore’s huge canals. I thought those were really good, and made the bland canal actually look pretty for once. But they were painted over within 1 week.

Rochester Park Cafe…..

Rochester Park Cafe FlowerComing soon……

Italiannies

Today I finally made it to Italiannies after work. I thought it was at 313 Somerset, but it was actually at TripleOne, across the road. And speaking of TripleOne Somerset, it looked like a new mall outside, but only the 1st 2 floors are for retail. Italiannies is hidden right at the back of the mall behind the Chinese restaurant. I wish there were some signs to say so. As we were walking past the Chinese restaurant, a freaking side-door opened right in front of me, I barely had time to deflect it with my arm. Be careful when you walk past the Chinese Restaurant because the cleaners don’t look when they barge out of the cleaning area right into the mall area.

The place looked very inviting on the outside, and we were greeted heartily at the entrance. It seems we managed to get the last free table as the other empty ones were all reserved. There were several booth seats, but most were table seats. There was also a bar section in the mid-section of the restaurant. Can’t quite get the vibe of the place, it seems a bit weird to see a bar in a casual restaurant.

I didn’t like the seats we had at all. I thought the chairs were way too small, the backrest was not ergonomically designed and there were no arm rests at all. And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t appreciate a slippery wooden floor (even though it looks good) because I always get the feeling that my chair is sliding backwards.

The restaurant was very busy today. We had to wait half an hour or more for our food. The staff kept walking past our table delivering plate after plate of food. The place isn’t very large, so everyone must have arrived just before we did.

My linguine vongole $18 was nice and I was happy that it was a humongous portion. I finished most of it but I thought it was nothing to shout about. The Partner ordered a Margherita pizza. It had a nice crispy crust, but the cheese on the pizza had a sour taste, not that it was bad, but it was a little weird.

At the end of the meal, one of the staff told us about the new lunch time promotion going on. For $15, you get a semi-buffet lunch where you can mix and match several pizza pasta dishes from the buffet table in addition to being served your main course. The semi-buffet lunch dishes are not all available for dinner.

Although I think I won’t be going back to Italiannies anytime soon, it seems like a lot of people like the place because it was the most crowded, if not the only crowded restaurant in TripleOne. Black was pretty much empty, and so was the Chinese restaurant. Applebees was about 3/4 full. Unfortunately because of its location, 313 Somerset was just teeming with people and customers lining up outside the restaurants whereas TripleOne only saw a smattering of customers by comparison.

Might try Applebees one day. I thought it was a cheap American restaurant, but judging by the prices I saw, it is not. A steak alone costs $30 already, that’s like the price of any mid-priced restaurant out there!

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