Monday, April 09, 2012

Singapore Flyer: Harvey's Adventures (Part 1)

We landed in Singapore one humid afternoon during the Holy Week. I allowed my son Harvey to discover the place which is known as the Fine City of Southeast Asia.

 At the airport, you will see lots of free brochures and maps showing the interesting places to visit. Since my last travel here in 2002, there are several new attractions including the famous Singapore Flyer and the Universal Studios. These places became part of our itinerary.

Because we carried heavy baggage, we opted to ride the taxi towards our hotel accommodation in Bencoleen Street. Fare was about SGD 18.00. (P600+).
 The taxi driver, a talkative old man in his 50s, became our instant tour guide. He shared some stories about his country and its people during our 25-minute ride to the hotel.

Along the way, we saw the Singapore Flyer from a distance. We came excited to experience the 'flight' aboard this giant rotating view deck (actually called the world's biggest Observation Wheel) located in Marina Bay. 

 Leaving our belongings at the hotel, we immediately headed towards the nearest MRT station in Bras Basah road to visit the Singapore Flyer. It is along the Circle Line MRT route which ends at Harbour Front.
There are two platforms at the station. One train is heading towards Doby Ghaut while the other one is heading towards Harbour Front. Promenade station is a along the direction towards Harbour Front. While waiting for the train, Harvey checks the directions located at the center of the two platforms.

We disembarked at the Promenade station and walked down the street towards Republic Boulevard.

Admission fee is SGD 29.50 for adults; SGD 20.50 for children 3-12 yrs old and free for 0-3yrs old.

While paying for our tickets, we saw some people enjoying the scenery on board the fully air-conditioned capsules that can carry 28 people. 

 Just outside the ticketing office, you can find a perfect spot for photo ops using the Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade Theater by the Bay as background.

                                              We can't wait to take our turn! Here we go!

 There were only about 12 people in our group. It was good for me because I was free to roam around and take photos.

I am sandwiched by the Esplanade Theater (left) and The Marina Bay Sands building. 

Sun Tec City and the Pan Pacific Hotel

The Marina Bay Golf Course

The Mandarin Oriental and Pan Pacific Hotel

 I and Harvey took these photos showing the urban jungle of the city at night during the 30-minute flight. 

It was a very nice experience seeing the other face of Singapore!

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