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National Day Fireworks 2013!

I was very very lucky last week to be able to catch the National Day Fireworks up close and personal! I’ve watched the National Day Parade a few times actually, but this is the 1st time ever that I didn’t have to squeeze in with the massive crowd because the Partner booked a room at the Pan Pacific Hotel! The most amazing thing is that when he booked it, he had just wanted us to have a staycation to relax. But of course, the Singaporean in me immediately connected SATURDAY staycation with FIREWORKS!

The staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore was amazing, not just because of the Fireworks, but also because we had club room access! More about that in my future post, but suffice to say that a staycation is not complete without club room access! Trust me, it is well worth the extra money paid!

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View of the Marina Bay Harbour from my Pacific Harbour King room at Pan Pacific Singapore. I was on the 33rd floor! It was quite scary to take the bubble lift up all the way, and the bubble lift faces outside too!

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We found it amusing to know that we could see the Floating Platform stage from our room. I guess this is a sure-win way to get yourself tickets to the National Day Parade huh. And in air-conditioned comfort too. Just like VIP access!

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NDP 2011!

Hope you all had a good National Day holiday! I spent mine catching up on work, urgh! Had 2 tickets for the 9th August NDP but I gave them to my parents instead. Here are some pictures I took from the NDP Preview a week ago that I did manage to attend.

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

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NDP 2011 Fireworks!

Was privileged to be able to obtain 2 tickets to the National Day Parade 2011 preview last Saturday. Even though I’ve been to the NDP quite a number of times, and I was actually fretting about whether to drag myself there again that day, I totally enjoyed myself at the Preview held at the Marina Bay floating platform. The atmosphere was electrifying! I took so many photos, especially of the fireworks, which is definitely my favourite segment!! Here’s a quick montage of the fireworks while I cobble together the rest of the photos.

 

Happy 46th Birthday Singapore!

Fireworks Montage

Level33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre

Everyone’s been raving about Marina Bay Sands and the views from there. Ok I was one of them too and took numerous photos of both Shenton Way as well as the MBS buildings. But did you know, that one really great vantage point to enjoy the splendour of the Marina Bay Sands towers as well as the Singapore city skyline is actually at the new Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)?

I was there with 3 other of my colleagues just the day before at Level33 restaurant and the views were breath-taking! And if was not enough, we got a real treat when fireworks started erupting in the night sky, thanks to the National Day Parade rehearsals! Great stuff for my colleague as it was her birthday.

 

Marina Bay Sands Night Time view from Level33

I really do think that Singapore looks so mesmerising at night. I think it would be so romantic to sit in the al-fresco area, gazing into your partner’s eyes while having this as a backdrop…

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Lucky us got to watch the fireworks from a vantage point!

Level33 touts itself as the World’s Highest Urban Craft-brewery. There are several huge as copper brew house kettles positioned right at the front of the restaurant, so that you know for sure that they mean business. I tried the 33.1 Blond Lager, and it was quite good! Food-wise, I thought it was overpriced but I guess it’s inevitable to have to pay a premium if you want the views. To fully enjoy the views, you must sit outside as the indoor area’s views are blocked by numerous pillars. Another way to enjoy the views without breaking the bank is to just have a drink there instead of having a full scale dinner.

Level33 - 33.1 Blond Lager

33.1 Blond Lager $9.33… Someone’s eyeing MY beer.

Level33 - Bread LoavesLevel33 - Pepper, curry salt and salt

The orangy spice thing is curry salt! Be sure you don’t take a whole heap of it!

Level33 - Prawn Bisque  with Soba

(Gambas) Prawn bisque with soba noodles $39 – 2 really humongous and succulent prawns. Tasted very good and I liked the rich gravy. The amount of soba is enough to make you wonder if it is there as a garnish. If you are a big eater, you may need to order some side dishes as well.

Level33 - Striploin

(Sizzler Beef) Striploin on sizzling hot plate $16 – This was pretty good, but not spectacular

Level33 - Meatballs

Meatballs $9 – First time I’m seeing “dry” meatballs. They were so so.

Level33 - Gnocchi

Gnocchi $26 – An acquired taste for my colleagues I think, but I personally like gnocchi normally. This one was a tad oily.

Level33 - Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast $29 – I don’t know what’s with chicken breast in Singapore. They are so tough! I would never order chicken breast out of my own accord, but since we were sharing all the dishes, I didn’t object. This dish here didn’t change my mind but my colleagues thought it was fine. I did like the ravioli at the bottom though, as well as the asparagus.

Level33 - Molten Chocolate Cake

(Cacao Fondant) Molten Chocolate Cake $16 – Tasted very nice, especially with 4 people sharing this tiny piece of cake. A lot of molten chocolate lava oozed out as we sliced the cake, which is exactly how I like it. The non sweet tooth amongst us liked it although I definitely wouldn’t complain if it were just a little bit sweeter. The white piece of thing at the bottom right was a piece of frozen marscapone, which I felt tasted disgusting in this state and form.

Level33 - Date Pudding

Sticky Date pudding $14 – Also very nice, and not overly sweet either. I’m usually quite fearful of ordering date puddings or sticky toffee puddings because I feel they are just way too heavy and sweet, but this one was just right, and for some reason, had a hint of banana as well.

 

*Click here for more pictures and reviews of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore City Skyline

 

LeVeL33

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 • Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 • Singapore 018981

12pm – 12am Daily • 12pm – 2am on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Tel: +65 6834 3133 • Fax: +65 6834 3073

 

http://www.level33.com.sg/

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