Singapore 2013 – Part 1

While I was in Malaysia, my family decided to take me on a short 3-day break to Singapore. I’ve been to Singapore several times in the past before, it being so close to Malaysia and all, but I haven’t been there in a couple of years and I heard there were lots of new things, so I was anxious to see what had changed.

Here’s a picture from Tripadvisor of the wonderful Moevenpick Hotel we stayed in. The hotel used an older building that was already there on the Sentosa Island, and attached a very chic and modern looking building to the side of it. The older part of the hotel was used for dining and things like that, while the rooms were in the newer addition. I really like the interior decoration of the lobby; all sleek marble and corrugated metal mixed with giant log benches and an entire wall covered with (fake?) green foliage. If I had to pick one word to describe it all, ZEN.

P1070262 We spent much of our first afternoon and evening at the Marina Bay Sands resort. The whole thing is comprised of a huge, mostly underground shopping mall, and a luxurious hotel, connected by an underground passage. It is considered the world’s most expensive casino property, at about 8 BILLION Singaporean dollars, and developed by the Las Vegas Sands company.
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Although much of the complex’s income comes from the casinos (which hold the world’s record for the largest atrium casino), there are plenty of other things to do. There is an art gallery, which in our case, was showcasing Nathan Sawaya’s “Art of the Brick”. There’s plenty of shopping (though most of it is expensive) and eating to be done as well. If you have young children, you’ll be glad to find out that there is an artificial ice rink next to the food court as well. The whole mall complex is huge, and it took us several hours to walk around the whole thing.
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Of course, no trip anywhere for me is complete without some sweet noms. And there were lots to be found at the SweetSpot, which is a dessert bar located in the main lobby of the hotel portion of the complex. Again, pricey, but decadent.
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Pictured here is a delicious fruit tart, complete with little gold flakes, priced at S$10. Apart from the whole luxury thing of eating some real gold, the tart was REALLY good. Of course, I ended up getting yelled at for spending so much money on a tiny little cake, but oh well. Anything to satisfy my sweet tooth.
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On our way back to our hotel, we were greeted by a startling sight…the Merlion statue, with its eyes and mouth all ablaze, staring at us from across the monorail tracks. Eek! But it was nice to see a familiar face; that Merlion statue had been there ever since we had first come to Singapore, more than a decade ago.

It’s fascinating to see how the Singaporeans are coming up with an ingenious solution to their problem of not having enough land. They’re basically increasing the size of their country by constantly piling dirt off into the ocean! To think that just a few years ago, that Merlion statue was facing off into the ocean. Now that area and much more beyond it is filled with hotels and high-end bungalows. Progress is sort of a scary thing.

Signing off,
Marie

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