Sunday, May 02, 2010

Circle Line / Marina Bay Sands [01/05]

Singapore second integrated resort is now opened for public visits. Since the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is much more accessible as compared to the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), we decided to check it out on the weekend after it's opening. The plan is also to visit it via the Circle Line and to walk along the Helix Bridge which was opened the weekend before.

Just a snapshot of Suntec City below. I was there for 3 days between the 21st - 23rd April. Each morning at 8.45am, I noticed sunlight streaming into the convention centre. The scene is quite nice and I took a photo of it.

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Circle Line

The Circle Line was started a few weeks before but I had not taken it until this week. I attempted to take it on Thursday but an announcement on track failure was given and I switched to the North-South Line instead. On Friday I tried it again and was successful in taking it from Bishan to Paya Lebar. This time round, we will be coming in from Paya Lebar to Promenade station.

There was a concert by SHE on the 17th April at the Indoor Stadium, so they officiate the opening ceremony of the Stadium station at the same time.

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Here is how the Paya Lebar Circle Line station looks like.

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We took until the Stadium station and alighted for a few photoshoots. The design for the Stadium station is quite unique.

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Here is another perspective from the top of the escalator.

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We walked along the ground level. Directly next to the station is the National Stadium.

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We boarded the train again and this time we observed the moving train from the last carriage. Here is the train departing from the station.

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And we arrived at the Promenade station. There are these big droplets shape-like sculpture in there.

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Marina Bay Sands

The Helix Bridge is a 5 mins walk away from the station. Here is the view that took our breathe away.

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For those who wonder what all the funny alphabets on the Helix bridge means. They are actually the sequences in a double helix. T and A are joined together, while G and C are together, forming a pair. My friend say the bridge is actually a quad helix and not a double helix.

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Here is the quad helix bridge. After convening a committee review and months of effort, the name 'Helix Bridge' has been decided.

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There are several view points where visitors can grab a shot of the Helix Bridge and the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.

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The Singapore financial skyline is also in the distant. We have the dragon boat team propelling forward at fast and furious speed.

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And also the 'temporary' floating stadium.

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The Helix Bridge is partially open and we have to walk along the pedestrian path once we are near to the MBS integrated resort. The amphitheater is still under construction and I guess it won't be ready until June's official opening.

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Viola! The majestic 3 towers of MBS. They are actually 55-storey high hotel rooms.

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We went into the shopping arcade of the MBS. It is naturally lighted up by sunlight. Singapore has a great abundance of sunlight, thus modern buildings are designed to harness natural light.

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A large funnel-like shape. The water system has yet to be installed.

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Another perspective of the shopping arcade.

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A straight row of people just looking down.

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The funnel from below.

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The MBS design is going to be similar to the Macau's Venetian in that water will flow through the shopping arcade. Gondolas maybe traversing through this area. In fengshui, water equals to wealth. The water (wealth) will lead into the casino.

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Here is the highlight of the integrated resort.

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There are many people hanging around as Singaporeans will have no access to the casino unless they pay $100 per entry or subscribe for an annual pass which cost $2k plus.

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See the big sign 'Foreigner' below. There will be different treatment for locals and PRs.

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We crossed over the underpass towards the hotel. And there is a performance going on.

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Here is the interior of the hotel with restaurants at the first floor.

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More views of the interior.

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These are actually trees in large ceramic pots.

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A good place to just have tea and watch the crowd go by.

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Walking through the 3 hotel buildings.

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After visiting the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, it is true indeed that Singapore is a great place to live in (reference to the recent URA report that 80% find Singapore a great place to live, work and play).

The visit to the MBS Sky Park and the hotel rooms is continue HTML clipboard here