July 26 Our Anniversary
Bali for Breakfast, Singapore for Lunch, Hong Kong for Supper....
Toasting our 32 Wedding Anniversary at the Top of the Marian Bay Sands Hotel
Who would have guessed back in 1980 that this is what we would be doing for our anniversary!
We flew at 6am to the island of Singapore and grabbed a cab to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We wanted to see it because it is so famous and we knew we could really get a good view of the city from the top. The catch was that the best way for us to be allowed to go up was to have a drink at the top. Anyway we wanted to find out what an $18 beer tastes like. The answer: it tastes the same as a $2 beer but the view was worth it. I actually had a fancy rum drink. I forgot that I was going to have a Singapore sling in the country that it was made in. Did I mention that Singapore is its own country? It separated from Malaysia in 1965 and boasts one of the five busiest ports in the world. It is also the world’s fourth leading financial centre. The coolest thing about being at the top of this very expensive hotel is the infinity pool. The infinity pool called the SkyPark which is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool and has a vanishing edge 146 metres long 191 metres from the ground. When we weren’t wishing we were one of the rich people laying on their chaise lounges in the pool drinking Singapore slings, we were marveling at the breathtaking views of the city below. The harbour was full of hundreds of container ships waiting to load or unload. Our 360 degree view took in The Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer , and of course the high rises across the city skyline as far as the eye could see. 5 million people live on this tiny island and no one is allowed to chew gum. Singapore also has the highest percentage of millionaires in the world. One in every 6 households can boast over one million dollars in wealth excluding their various properties, businesses etc. This really explained the high end shopping mall connected to the hotel which we went into for lunch. Every store we passed boasted a label including Cartier, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Emporio Armani and not a Sears in sight. However, there was a skating rink, a casino and a Venetian canal which allows you to take a sampan right through the retail section of the mall. We learned that some famous names who have stayed at the Marina Sands Hotel are: Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. I’m guessing they have probably shopped at some of the stores at the mall.
After lunch we headed back to the airport by taxi to catch a plane to Hong Kong.