Saturday, October 29, 2011

Night Life at the Marina Bay Sands


I have spent the whole day walking and sightseeing to cover all of Singapore’s places of interest. From Orchard Road, to Little India, to Chinatown and even Sentosa. At 6 in the evening, I knew it was time to wind down. So off I go and meet two of my friends from high school who just happened to be in Singapore at the same time as me. Granted one of them was now based there for work. Still, it was funny when we realized that not many years ago, we only did meet-ups at the nearby fast food joint. Now, we are meeting in poshy, first-world Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands at that! We’ve come a long, long way.

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands Metro Station is a bit of a walk from the Marina Bay Sands area itself. There is only one exit but form there, you will be crossing two big intersections and one building block to get the boardwalk area. The way's pretty straightforward. Besides, just look up and find the three buildings with the big-*ss boat-like structure on top of them. That's the Marina Bay Sands building.

Marina Bay Sands

Here's a backpacker tip: Head to the Marina Bay Sands at around 8 or 9 in the evening. Why? Because they have a big lights show on the waterfront happening at 8:30 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m. And it's free! Just plop on the boardwalk and watch the amazing display of water projections, lasers and fire all in full color accompanied by a great musical score and soundtrack. One of the best free shows I've ever seen, honestly.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

After the show, we decided to walk around inside the Marina Bay Sands building itself. To get to the building, we had to walk across this very expensive-looking, glitzy mall. And I never felt so out of place. I was wearing this souvenir shirt from Shanghai, a pair of shorts and flip-flops, all of which had been a bit worn-down seeing as I had been wearing them all around Singapore all day. The good part, though, was that nobody there seemed to care. Not the mall goers, not the shop owners, not the art gallery curators. Good for you, Singapore. Good for you. Because back at home, my flip-flops alone would automatically deny me entry in such places.

Marina Bay Sands

My friend, the one who was based in Singapore, was treating us for dinner that night. However, he wanted us to eat at the food court on other side of Marina Bay, the area by the Esplanade. To get there, we had to cross this very cool-looking bridge, which seemed to come straight out of a sci-fi movie. It had these continuous line of purple-lit bars spiraling the thing from end to end. The bridge is called Helix Bridge. I know, even the name sounds sci-fi! It really helps that the nearby ArtScience Museum definitely looks like a space craft ready to launch at any given moment.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

I would like to talk about dinner that night but this post has gone long enough. This is, after all, just a photo essay. Let me talk more about the food and the people of Singapore in another time. These two special things definitely deserve more than a paragraph.


Anybody else enjoyed night life in this area of Singapore? The free light show? Any other noteworthy night life joints I should hit next time I'm in this tiny island?


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