One of the attractions that we pass whenever we want to go to or from Sentosa Island, is the Singapore Flyer.
Usually our view is a fleeting one with necks craned as we drive past on on the busy highway nearby. This time, during the Duck Tour we get closer to it than we ever have before.
Whilst Kiwi Daughter and I are keen, Little Mr. is adiment that he would be scared to go on the Flyer, and after some discussion Kiwi Daughter said “well maybe next time Little Mr. might not be scared so I don’t mind to wait until our next trip and then he might come with us and that means Papa could come too”
Since realistically there are more things for us to do in Singapore than can be achieved in our shortish stays and the hotel swimming pool is still a top draw card for the kids too, I complimented Kiwi Daughter on her forward thinking and for selflessly seeing that putting this off for another trip would probably enable us all of the family to go instead of leaving one parent behind to look after an unhappy and unwilling six year old.
She can appreciate his hesitation: the Singapore Flyer Observation wheel is Asia’s version of the London Eye and at 165 meters (541 feet) is the bigger of the two. (London Eye is 120 meters / 394 feet). That makes the Flyer the equivalent of 42 stories high.
Come to think of it, I’ve never been 42 stories high in my life either, and the whole family are rather wimpish when it comes to heights. Adrenaline junkies, Family Kiwidutch? …(definitely not!)
The Flyer opened in 2008 and gives a panaramic view of the surrounding Marina Bay area: we are told by our Duck Tour guide that on a clear day you can even catch a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. There are 28 air-conditioned capsules and one rotation takes about 30 minutes to complete. For the moment we are content to do our observations of the Flyer from ground level, but hopefully on a future trip to Singapore we might well be doing a report of what it’s like to “take a spin” on this.