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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Foreigners In Singapore - Second Day: Living The Life At The Sands

My wife and I woke up early and had a morning walk to their fitness ground.  We had some stretching and then tried their outdoor workout facilities.  How I wish we had one of these back home.  We then had a short stroll to their market, though it was full of wet goods and stuff, it didn't smell that bad.  Maybe because they were putting their waste in a right place and I saw how responsible they were in cleaning their own mess.  A salute to their government for strictly implementing fines and punishments for violations against their environment,  in the long run, the people made it as part of their way of life and became accustomed to it.  

When we returned to our place, we woke the children up to prepare them and packed some of our things as we are scheduled to spend the day at Marina Bay Sands... yippee.  Just how excited we were that day to finally be inside one of the most talked about hotel in the world.


Route 106 passes through MBS...
We took a bus going there.  By the way, Singapore buses use numbers or alpha-numerics in their routes instead of places names (see Wikipedia for the list).  There were also built-in scanners if one's using a transportation card (EZ-Link) and a vending machine for those who preferred to pay in cash.  Just pay with an exact amount since it does not give back your change.  Our ride was smooth and swift at the same time, since buses had a part of the road just for  them.

Also, they had an electronic road toll collection system that automatically charge toll fee to all passengers when a vehicle passes though their ERP gantry, really helped smoothen the traffic flow.  And one more thing, like the MRT's, their buses also have priority seats for those who needed it most like those with disabilities, pregnant, with little children and the elderly, and able and young persons really give their seats.

MBS underground mall
Upon arrival to MBS, the interiors were as astonishing as that of it's architectural design.  Singaporeans really aren't afraid to try designs that deviate with the norms.  The building alone, a ship-like platform suspended above three 57 storey building is simply breathtaking.  More, having artistic designs such as paintings, sculptures and ornaments from internationally renowned artists and the convenience of having its own mall, casino, theaters, MRT stop, pool, restaurants and other amenities is more that one can ask for... all you need to have is money (LOL).

We met a friend there, Manong Floro (one of the hotel's supervisors), who helped us with the accommodation.  He was responsible for getting us a great deal for our stay.  He also personally provided us the cards used for the elevators and our room.  So you need to have a card in doing transactions in the hotel, it's used in going up and down the lift, it's the key to your room, it is your pass in using their facilities like the pool and the SkyPark, etc.  We stayed at room 4905 (49th floor, 5th room... just guessing).  The room had a window which automatically opens upon entering the room.  The room was well furnished (carpeted, 2 flat screens and complete with basic amenities)  and of course had a great view of the Marina bay.  Just a piece of advice, don't remove or lift anything inside the ref, unless you're prepared to pay for it, it automatically adds to your bill.

Giant interiors... lanterns and tree vases.
My beloveds...
With the rest of the gang.

After a short chat and picture taking inside our room,  we immediately proceeded to their SkyPark... something we've always been dreaming of during the moment we stepped foot in Singapore.  And upon reaching the 57th floor of the building where it was located, it was simply breathtaking (how many times did I already use that word, oh well, can't find any other word to describe the feeling).  From there you can see a clearer view of the whole city... from the astonishing Marina Bay view, to the marvelous lights of ships in the Port of Singapore.  You can also see from there, the Garden by the Bay, though it was still under construction at that moment, still one can picture out how beautiful it would be basing on the alien-like structures already built, just waiting for the plants to propagate.

Garden by the Bay construction in progress...

Then, how can we resist the charms of their infinity pool, by the moment we saw it, the kids (okay, including us) rushed our way back to our room to change in our swimming attire.  Upon taking a dip, how good it felt as you could also have an open view of the city below as you take a break once in a while after a nice swimming moment with your family.  One more nice thing about the people in Singapore was they don't mind who you are and what you're wearing, they don't look down on you.  We never felt conscious of what we wear during our stay, we're on slippers, t-shirt and shorts, like other guests when we entered the hotel, and guess what, no one approached any of us considering its already a 5-star hotel.


As we like to stay there until the end of time, we needed to eat something, and friends, Ionne and Raul, met with us for a treat to another famous dining site, Makansutra (makan=food, sutra=art) Gluttons Bay.  We tried their grilled stingray, spicy deep fried baby squids, and for refreshments, sugarcane with lemon... and whew, was it satisfyingly delicious.  The reunion was cut short since they had kids to attend back home and the meeting wasn't planned.  Then we were on our way back to watch the light, fire and water show at the Wonder Full in Marina Bay Sands.


The show lasted for 12 and a half minutes of spectacular convergence of sound, light, fire, and water.  The water fountains created a giant screen for the video clips and their apparatuses made a stunning visual effects performance combining laser, fog, bubbles and fire.  The show was about how life begun, its journey and how it progressed to what it is today.  It also showed how valuable life is, our connection to one another and the importance of relationship.  Never seen one before, so it's simply a WOW for us.


Then after a long day of fun and leisure, we went all the way back to our room and had our well-deserved rest for tomorrow's another day for another great adventure and great blessings... and the details, well, it'll be in my next post... have a good day, guys.  Yahweh bless.


30 comments:

  1. I really wish to visit Singapore again. Haven't been to Marina Bay Sands. Looks gorgeous out there! I am so looking forward to the construction of Garden by the Bay. Looks so fab.

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  2. cool post!! feeling ko nag holiday na din ako!! hehe.. good thing you had fun.. one thing i don't like about SG too crowded na sya with tourist, sometimes I just want to sit down and relax kaso daming tao!! hehe... but I will always love SG.. ;)

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  3. ang ganda talaga ng Singapore .i like the Infinniti pool .hope to visit the place someday.

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  4. I'm envious! Glad that you got the chance to try the famous MBS infinity pool. Scary as it may seem (heights and all), it still looks remarkable!

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  5. You look like you had so much fun. Boyfie is going there next week and I hope he'll have as much fun as you guys did

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  6. wow! enjoy na enjoy talaga ang Sg! ;)

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  7. Whooooooooooooooooaaaaa Marina Bay Sands!You and your family are so lucky! How many days did you spent there? How much did you pay for an overnight stay?

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  8. Ang haba ng post mo, but it's sooo worth it! Naloka ako sa automatic na refrigerator. Hahaha! Dream ko talaga makapunta sa Singapore, and stay here at Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Hopefully I can fulfill this dream before the year ends. =)

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  9. Wow! Anyone would survive the Sands, if given the opportunity, so many things to enjoy and to share. Looked like you and the family had a great time, wishing the same for my family as well! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Ralph sagotin mo tanong ko ha ha ha! Baka manalo ako sa lotto eh dyan din ako mag e stay!

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  11. Namiss ko tuloy ang SG because of your post! :D It's so nice that you travel as a family. I hope someday I get to travel with my parents and lil sis too.

    Anyway, although I got to spend 4 days at SG over a year ago, I wasn't able to explore most of it. I didn't even get to watch the light, fire and water show! I hope the next time I visit SG, I'd be able to maximize the trip.. :)

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  12. wow!! i live in singapore din kuya for 3 years now!! just very lucky dt one of my friend stayed at MBS so he let me borrowed his card for a day and my friends I enjoyed the full facilities! love their infinity pool much!! xx

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  13. You should see the garden by the bays now. It feels like you're in another place/future time.

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  14. noted, gonna have this included on my list when in Singa :) thansks

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  15. Oh the famous infinity pool of SKYPARK. Knowing that access to the Infinity Pool is for Marina Bay Sands Hotel Guests only...hope to find friends who have that access. ^_^

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  16. Just curious, Ralph.. how much was your stay in MBS? I was able to visit MBS back in NOV 2011. I went around but didn't really check-in.

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    1. $600 yata ang normal rate ng room, if my memory serves me right... but nakuha lang namin ng mababa... Yahweh bless.

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  17. Your experience at the Marina Bay Sands got me interested. Perhaps when I worked in Singapore one day, I may find time to go there and enjoy. :D

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  18. Huhu I miss my life in Singapore but I'm happier here anyway. I just want to visit the places all over again maybe next year. :) Mas kabisado ko pa lahat sa Singapore kaysa sa Pilipinas haha.

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  19. Namiss ko na naman ang Sg. Wish I could go back here with my family ns

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  20. Dipako nakakapunta ng singapore pero dahil sa post mo parang nakapunta narin ako.:)

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  21. Marina Bay Sands' infinity pool and the the whole SG is on my list of dream destinations! Really nice..

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  22. Would really like to go back to Singapore and try this MBS place. Such a wonderful architecture and scenic views.

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  23. Kahit wala akong pera nakarating na ako sa singapore. guess you are asking why, eh solve na ako sa online tour ns ibinahagi mo. Someday, makakapasok din ako dyan sa MBS underground mall. Promise.

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  24. Nice place! I love the facilities. Curious about the outdoor workout facilities that you mentioned. I don't see any photos of it on your post

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  25. Amazing family day!
    Gonna pack my adventure packs to SG soon..
    Crossing my fingers!

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  26. That's was we call quality time with family in one of the world's talked about hotel as you said. How I wish to experience it as well.

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  27. kakaingit kayo, buti ka pa, hope to go to Singapore someday, if when nobody knows

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  28. Oh my goodness!!! The infinity pool is amazing and you were able to enjoy it with the whole family. What a memorable experience you had in Singapore. I'm sure you will be planning to go back soon.

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