With an incredibly long travel day and arriving at 6 am, the day was a little up in the air but we had all day. After successfully finding each other in the airport, we slowly but gradually made our way to the hotel. With an incredibly warm welcome we were ushered right through the check-in procedure quickly and made it to the room in no time. Now came the moment of having to decide what to do, considering at this point it was 8 am, we had all day and we HAD to stay awake.
Without much discussion at all we chose to go to the pool. It was Sunday so nothing would be open this early and we were basically dying from the heat because our cold winter bodies were not used to it. We lasted about an hour. Partially because of stir-craziness but also the fear of inevitable falling asleep and not waking until 4 pm. That was not an option. We decided to get the blood flowing and get our bodies moving, while also embracing the slow Singapore morning. After looking at the map, we decided that we would walk around Marina Bay. That ended up taking up the morning and lead into the early afternoon. We took our time to take in the atmosphere, see some of the land marks and enjoy the excessive amounts of selfie sticks. You wouldn't believe how many selfie sticks you see flying the air.
We walked over the Jubilee Bridge, we took pictures with the Merlion, and we gazed at the surrounding skyscrapers towering over the bay. Eventually, we made it to the other side of the bay, where the Sands hotel sits. The Sands hotel is the most absurd hotel I have yet to see. It's three very simple high rise buildings, very normal and boring, but then on top there's this ship. It looks like a giant cargo ship that has an infinity pool and palm trees sticking out of it. Now technically you have to live in the hotel, or at least pay to go up and see it, but we decided to be a little sneaky and just hop on an elevator with someone who was going up. I know incredibly bad ass... But really, though, it was an incredible experience. Nothing special really happened and we didn't get very far due to the constant room key scanning check points but we at least got to see the view from all the way up there. And let me tell you, it was amazing. You could see so far and everything seemed so small. The horizon was taken over by the city to the left and by Gardens By The Bay to the right, and farther on in the distance you could see all the cargo ships quietly waiting in the sound. Now you might be thinking, uh yeah duh, that's what happens when you are looking out from a skyscraper. Which yes, is true, it's just as amazing to go to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. Maybe I just have a thing for the sky high views.
We also stopped in at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, yes its shoppe, I did not make a spelling mistake. This is the most sophisticated mall I have ever seen. Like they had everything from Prada to Fendi, and absolutely everything in between, but that wasn't what was so cool about it. First off, there is a little "river" flowing through the whole damn thing and you can even ride little boats through parts of the shopping center. Second, there is an ice skating rink in one end, which makes sense with the heat but like inside a mall!? And another thing that I noticed was how open and embracing it was of nature. It has a glass roof and these tall windows on the top level which really brings in this natural beautiful light. On top of these windows there are plants carefully flowing along side the "wall" of the building. This may be a weird thing to point out but it is just so different from what I am used to when I think about malls. Most of the malls I've ever been in are dark, run down and extremely beige and brown.
We grabbed some lunch in the food court there to try and get an authentic experience which I would say we were relatively successful at. We had these fresh made noodles which the "noodle man" first made when you placed your order... um YUM! and then of course we had dumplings.
To finish our walk around the bay we walked over The Helix bridge which is also very beautifully built. We basically just made it through the door before we collapsed on the bed... it was most definitely time for a little nap. I'm not sure if you would consider a two hour nap a "little" nap but it was much needed. Note to those traveling to Singapore or Australia or any other location that requires more than 18 hours of travel, take a nap! But not too long cause you need to be able to sleep and get a full nights rest when it comes time for that.
For dinner we ate at a restaurant by the Outdoor Theater, next to the Esplanade Mall. The restaurant was called, "No Signboard Seafood"... how absolutely fantastic is that?! I love it, I think it's incredibly creative. We had Chinese spinach salad, seafood fried rice and a Hong Kong style fish. It was incredibly delicious but we didn't come close to finishing it all. Also noting the fish, you get the whole fish... like the wholeeee thing. Head and all. Apparently, at dinners or events, the guest of honor "gets the honor" of eating the head... apparently they suck on the head to get out the meat... My appetite sprang out the window and ran far far away.
We ended our evening with another attempt to stay awake a little bit longer by watching the light show that is shown on the weekends at the Bay. It wasn't as extravagant as I had expect but I was also thinking along the lines of Disney World's Epcot around the world light show and fireworks... might have set the bar a wee bit too high. Never the less it was still incredibly pretty and seeing the city lit up at night was gorgeous.
Can't wait to continue exploring this beautiful city.