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Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Sky Park and The Singapore Flyer

After a short power nap, we decided to explore Singapore after dark, clearly the best time considering the oppressive heat and humidity during the day. The view from our suite at Raffles.

First stop was the impressive Marina Bay Sands hotel...

S$20 plus S$1 for an audio guide (which is about all its worth) will get you to the 56th floor "Sky Park". Nice enough name but not much of a park. The view is spectacular, especially at night. But the rooftop bars and restaurants are strictly reserved for hotel guests, so this is basically an observation deck with limited access to a very small part of the rooftop.

The view of and from the infinity pool is quite incredible...

Next stop was the Singapore Flyer. And the words VIP Lounge and Priority Boarding sucked us in as we bought the Champagne Flight package, S$69 per person for a private car, flute of Moet and strawberries and chocolates.

Setting up for this week's F1 race...

A great first night in Singapore.

For someone from SFO that thinks 21 degree C day is a heat wave, Singapore is a shock to the system. Clearly nighttime is the time explore and enjoy the city. Daytime not so much. But we were determined to explore the food courts, especially Maxwell Food Centre in Chinatown. Crowded, hot, the place to be for great inexpensive meal.

We waited in line for the amazingly good Chicken Rice from Tian Tian, with soup and side of Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce.

Earlier in the day, we decided to do the HippoTours Hop On/Hop Off bus to get an overview of the city plus it went to Chinatown and near the Maxwell Food Centre. While waiting for the bus to arrive, we discover the fabulous Suntec Food Court.

A few city views including major construction. Adding to traffic woes this week was street closures for the F1 race.