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February 20, 2018

Pedalling Peddle Power…

Filed under: Gardens By The Bay,Marina Bay Sands Hotel,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I missed slotting this post in with those of the Marina Bay Sands, but since I am still not so far away I will add it now. There are bikes for hire in various places around the city, these one sport bright colours which caught my eye. I think it’s an excellent idea for hotels to have bikes for hire: who needs the gym when you can combine exercise with sightseeing ? Excellent for combatting deep-vein thrombosis and jetlag after long international flights, these particular ones have the added bonus of being on the edge of the Gardens by the Bay, which is so large that a bicycle really does come in handy. Added to that the Singapore Flyer is just a short distance away, as is the Marina Bay, with features like the Merlion to see.

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February 17, 2018

An Amazing Effect When Multiplied By Thousands.

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There is an amazing door that we passed though in order to go back and forth over the connecting bridge between the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Gardens By The Bay.

They are the “full view” photographs of a doorway that brings you to the inside/outside bridge in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, the bridge that leads to the “Gardens by the Bay”. and when you see this view, you literally stop and stare.

In the meantime though, I will explain how the wall works and show you the close ups of the componant parts.

The idea behind this is ingenious: You attach rectangular pieces of metal (stainless steel maybe?), along long vertical cables.

The cables are set out from the wall a little bit so that each rectangle can move freely and independently forwards and backwards.The wind swings each of the rectangles and they move like waves, there are ever changing patterns and it’s completely mesmerising.Rain pushes them too, but it seems to be mainly wind that makes them move.

The whole wall captivated all of the visitors who came up the lift to pass through the bridge, everyone took photographs and even our kids stood transfixed, each pointing out different patterns, waves, puffs where the patterns would suddenly reverse, or stop as the breeze took a pause. It was fascinating to see that such a simple idea, the movement of a metal rectangle, could have such an amazing effect when multiplied by thousands.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 14, 2018

Trees Preforming Magic Tricks…

Filed under: Marina Bay Sands Hotel,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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When I mentioned in an earlier post that it was rather windy on the Skypark of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, I wasn’t exaggerating. Whilst taking photographs I mentioned that at some moments it was hard to keep my hair out of the picture. Still, with Singapore’s location close to the equator the air temperature and wind are tropically warm so it is hardly a discomfort, and the breeze was rather refreshing. Returning towards the Marina Bay Sands we were looking up and admiring the view when I suddenly noticed something that illustrated this far better than the odd stray hair in a now deleted photograph: palm trees on the Skypark that appeared to disappear and then reappear.

There was no magic going on though, simply the force of the wind up there that swayed them backwards and forwards and in and out of view. Fortunately these trees are very flexible and can cope with the strain, but that said, in their elevated position and with no protection from the full onslaught of the wind I might worry about the stress these poor trees are under during tropical storms.

Check the centre of Tower Two at left: No palms…

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I stand corrected: There they are!

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(Tower Two is the central one) Gone again…

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel / Singapore

February 7, 2018

From Inside To Outside On The Walkway…

The  walkway that starts inside the Marina Bay Sands Hotel extends some distance outside the hotel on the side of the “Gardens by the Bay”. You exit the hotel through some large glass doors and find yourself looking at the back side of the hotel, standing in the Singapore tropical sunshine and warm, sometimes fierce wind. There is a tree lined “avenue” that goes over a bridge and into the Gardens themselves. At the end of the avenue is a very long escalator, or for less able-bodied people like me who use wheels, a lift.

The balconies of the Marina Bay Sands are cleverly placed so that from a distance they barely seem to be present and the long sweeping lines of the hotel’s structure are the things that catch the eye. In reality the balconies are deeper than I expected and filled with an abundance of lush vegetation. The walkway has also been cleverly designed so that visitors using it can not see into any of the rooms, so hotel guests have complete privacy.

The view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel captures people’s attention constantly,  even our children had their phones out and were taking photographs of it, plus the necessary “selfies” of course. It seems that they were far from alone in this idea…

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February 6, 2018

Clouds Illusions, … Rock On.

Filed under: ART,Marina Bay Sands Hotel,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE,Statues / Sculpture — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Family Kiwidutch have been visiting the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. After a trip up to the Observation deck of the hotel we head back inside to take the “bridge” to the Gardens By The Bay. On the part of the bridge that is inside the hotel stand two large sculptures. The information plaque tells me that the artist is: Zhan Wang of Chinese nationality and the two pieces are made out of stainless steel. They are called “Artificial Rock No.86” (2002) and “Artificial Rock No.71” (2004). Okay, I have to confess that as soon as I saw them I was positive that they were clouds. It just goes to show how much I know about modern art… (which is not much it seems). I photographed them from different angles… Don’t tell the artist, but they still look more like clouds to me!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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February 5, 2018

…To Infinity And Beyond!

Filed under: Marina Bay Sands Hotel,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In magazine articles, travel books, brochures and television programmes, documentaries and news snippets, two words that continually escapes the lips of the commentators when they talk about Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is: “infinity pool”. The hotel’s pool is as famous as the buildings iconic shape. Illustrations around the world show the view as seen looking out from the pool, of course the water in the infinity pool doesn’t really just tip over the edge of the building, it just appears to, but the illusion is the “thing” that draws the visitor and makes it into the magazine pages. The infinity pool is out of bounds to the visitors on the Observation deck, this is just for the Marina Bay’s guests. I think about our hotel and it’s ground level pool, this is a very different feel to this, for one thing there is a lot more wind, but that said the wind is tropically warm and quite refreshing. I’m not so sure if it is so very refreshing once the sun has gone down. I lean the camera out as far as I can through the guide wires to get photographic “peeks” of the pool and that part of the Marina Bay building. The garden around them is said to be indeed impressive, I am not quite yet convinced but until I can one day be a guest here I will have to trust the brochures.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Marina Bay Sands Hotel / Singapore

February 4, 2018

Observing The Evidence Of Their Visit…

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Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel has a observation deck on it’s top floor that the public can pay to visit. This iconic building gives views that can not be adequately described in either photographs or words. Visitors range from groups of local school children to bus tours of foreign tourists, couples of all ages, families and large and small groups of friends. They flow back and forwards like mini tides so it was busy one moment and quiet the next. One thing connected them all: photographs. Group photos, selfies, video, panoramic, all I had to do is to make certain that I was not in their way as they took their phones, tablets, pocket cameras and DSLR’s and clicked off evidence of their visit.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this quiet section of the deck I even manage to photograph an aircraft coming in to land at Changi airport.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Marina Bay Sands Hotel / Singapore

February 3, 2018

The CBD Makes It Their Business…

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The “Central Area  or informally “The City, is the city centre of Singapore.

Located in the south-eastern part of the Central Region it consists of eleven constituent areas:Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South, Museum Planning area, Newton, Orchard, Outram, River Valley, Rochor, Singapore River and Straits View.

The term Central Business District (CBD) has also been used to describe most of the Central Area as well, although its boundaries lie within the Downtown Core. The Central Area surrounds the banks of the Singapore River and Marina Bay where the first settlements on the island were established shortly after the arrival of Raffles in 1819 and is one of the most densely developed places in Singapore.

A large mix of commercial and residential developments packed into a space of only 1784 hectares. A great number of Mass Rapid Transit stations tend to be concentrated in this area as well. Each of the districts within the Central Area have a heavy and dense commercial presence, especially in the Downtown Core, Orchard and Singapore River districts. Schools, condominiums and `Housing Development Board apartments are located in these areas, albeit at higher prices. Since the 1970s, the Singapore Government have reclaimed land from Marina Bay in an attempt to expand the Central Area.

The information board on the Observation Deck reads: 

“Central Buisiness District”. “The Central Business District houses some of the most significant  financial buildings such as Citibank, Standard Charted Bank and residential buildings like The Sail, all erected on reclaimed land. Tall buildings and skyscrapers dot the landscape; however, they all conform to a height of 280 metres due to aviation regulations.”

“Tallest Buildings in Singapore.
(A) Republic Plaza, 66 floors. Built in 1996.
(B) OUB Centre. 63 floors. Built in 1988.
(C) UOB Plaza. 66 floors. Built in 1992.
All three buildings are 280 metres tall.”

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February 2, 2018

Marina Bay’s Historic Views…

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Standing on the Observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, the view is so amazing that you barely know where to start looking. The photographs at the very end of yesterday’s post showed the Esplanade bridge, but today I am interested in the historic (and not so historic) buildings behind it.

Victoria Theatre… The white building with red roof and small green dome.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

New Supreme Court Building.” “Officially opened by President S.R. Nathan on 7 January 2006, the new Supreme Court Building houses 12 civil courts, 8 criminal courts and 3 appellate courts. The liberal use of glass in it’s design is said to signify the idea of transparency in the law. The Court of Appeal is located on the top floor on a disc-shaped structure, representing the impartiality of the law.” (This one is No.4 on the map)

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“The Fullerton Hotel”. “The Fullerton Hotel is a luxury hotel located near the mouth of the Singapore River. Originally known as the Fullerton Building (also as the General Post Office Building), it was named after Robert Fullerton, the first Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1826 to 1829. The building was commissioned in 1919 as part of the British colony’s centennial celebration.”  (No.2 on the map)

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“The Merlion”. “The Merlion is one of Singapore’s most recognisable icons. A mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, it’s body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village, whilst it’s head pays tribute to Singapore’s original name: Singapura” meaning “lion city”. This icon was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner for the Singapore Tourism Board, and has been trademarked symbol since 1966.” (This one is No.3 on the map)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 1, 2018

Gardens, Floating? Bridges? Not Necessarily In That Order…

Filed under: Marina Bay Sands Hotel,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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From the Observation deck of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Family Kiwidutch have a really good overview of some of the most famous landmarks in Singapore. The “pictures” on the information boards help to put names to the buildings we can see as well as giving snippets of information to visitors in a multitude of languages. Working our way around the observation deck, I can see and identify sights that might otherwise have gone unnoticed, such as the “Bay East Garden

The Bay East Garden is 32 hectares (79 acres) in size and has a two kilometre promenade frontage that embellishes the Marina Reservoir. It is designed as a series of large tropical leaf-shaped gardens, each with it’s own specific landscaping design, character and theme. Five water inlets are aligned with the prevailing wind direction, maximising and extending the shoreline while allowing wind and water to penetrate the site to help cool areas of activity around them.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Although “Float@MarinaBay” is labelled on one of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel observation deck information board as No.3 and another further along as No.7, the information given for each is exactly the same. The board reads:

The Float@MarinaBay”, Made entirely of steel, the Float@MarinaBay can support up to 1,070 tonnes in weight, with a seating capacity of 30,000 people. It serves as a venue for events on the waters of Marina bay, including sports, concerts, exhibitions and performances such as The National Day Parade. This stadium is also part of the Marina Bay Street  Circuit Turns 17 and 18.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Helix Bridge”. “The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that links Marina Centre and Marina South. Officially opened on 24 April 2010, the bridge has four viewing platforms providing stunning views of the Singapore skyline and events taking place within Marina Bay. At night the bridge is illuminated with lights that highlight it’s double helix structure, including lighted alphabets “c” (Cytosine), “g” (Guanine, “a” (Adenine) and “t” (Thymine) on the ground, representing the four bases of DNA.”

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Esplanade”, “The Esplanade boasts the largest performing stage in Singapore. Known affectionately as the “Durian” (a beloved tropical fruit) due to the ridged roof architecture, it’s theatre is built in the style of a traditional European opera house, and it’s concert hall is one of only six in the world with such state-of-the-art acoustics.”

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Esplanade Bridge”. The Esplanade Bridge is a 260 metre-long, concrete-arched road bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River in Singapore. The bridge was built to provide fast vehicular access between Marina Centre and the financial district of Shenton Way. Construction of the bridge began in early 1994 and was completed in March 1997.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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