April 8, 2011

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Got to travel to Singapore's Marina Bay Sands. We went there late afternoon. Why late afternoon? You'll see why. There are two sections of Marina Bay Sands. The first is the hotel which you can visit the sky park with a magnificent view of Singapore. The other is the shopping mall and Casino. The shopping mall there is huge. Not that many shops yet opened but the place was big. 

View of Marina Bay Sands While in the Taxi
Don't Go There Too Early 
At the back of Marina Bay Sands during Sunset
I wanted to go there late afternoon because I wanted to see the iconic building both day and night. And at night there's a light and sound show at Marina Bay. They call it "Wonderfull, the Light and Water Spectacular" Be sure to check the schedules below. It will be shown nightly but if the weather is bad they would cancel the show. So check the weather. My pictures don't give the show justice. It's a must see show. Not to mention it's FREE. Watch the introduction of the light show below. Don't want to spoil the show so just watch it when you visit Marina Bay Sands. 
Wonder Full - the Light and Water Spectacular Schedule:

Sunday - Thursday: 8:00P.M. and 9:30P.M.
Friday and Saturday: 8:00P.M. , 9:30P.M. and 11:00P.M. 
Light Show at Marina Bay Sands
Beautiful wings effect during light show at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands Architecture 
Inside the mall, the architecture is to be admired. You'll feel like you're in an underground city. It's only 3-4 floors up but also has 3 floors down. They have this huge whirlpool in the middle which you can see both in the basement floors and ground floor. Here are some images to give you an idea of the place. 
Four floors shopping mall at Marina Bay Sands
Water Canal at the middle of the Marina Bay Sands Shopping Area

Rain Oculus - Huge Whirlpool at Marina Bay Sands
Inside the mall you can see an amazing view of the other side of the whirlpool
Food in Marina Bay Sands 
The food in Marina Bay Sands are mostly fine dining so we went to the food court to eat dinner. It's located at the basement near the skating rink. I was amuse to see Gerry's Grill there. It's a well known local Philippine restaurant. To my surprise, lots of Filipinos are ordering at the only Filipino Cuisine at the food court in Marina Bay Sands. Just a warning, Food Court here is very crowded. 
Skating Rink near the Food Court
Philippines Gerry's Grill at Marina Bay Sands Food Court
Don't Go to the Casino Just Yet 
If you're finish walking around the mall don't go to the Casino yet! visit the other side first. My mistake was that I didn't know that the sky park closes at 11:00P.M. so I was not able to go up. The Sky Park is a 12,400 square meters space (four 1/2 jumbo jets) is placed 200m in the sky. It has a amazing infinity swimming pool. Too bad we weren't able to see the view. So be sure to check your watches while in Marina Bay Sands. Ticket prices costs S$20 Adults and S$14 Child. For more information visit Skypark's official website. Some images of Marina Bay Sands Hotel below.
Inside the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Side
Inside the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Side
Must See Before Going to the Casino 
Before you leave Marina Bay Sands Mall and Casino be sure to walk at the lake side and try going to Helix Bridge. There you will see a nice view of Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum.  These are some photos I took while crossing the helix bridge. 
Art Science Museum while walking to Helix Bridge
Nice View of the Art Science Museum at the Helix Bridge
Colorful lights of the Helix Bridge
View of Marina Bay Sands at the Helix Bridge
Casino Reminders 
Now you can go to the Casino. Casino reminders! Bring your passports and men should wear pants and shoes. Visit Marina Bay Sand's official website for any updates.

Directions to Marina Bay Sands
We went there by taxi because if you take the MRT to Marina Station you still have to walk a bit and ride a bus. It's wise to go there with your passport and men should wear pants. The Casino there is strict and require passports and certain dress-codes.  

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