Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend at the Marina Bay

We went to the Marinay Bay Promontory for the Kite Flying Festival on Septermber 18 (sorry for the delay, trying to clear my blog backlogs). As stated in the newspaper ads, we took the MRT and alighted at Raffles Place Station. Then we followed the signs going to Marina Bay on to the Promontory. It was the first time we were there, after all the construction of new buildings and the development of the Marina Bay business district. It was quite a long walk from the station but the kids did not get bored. We passed through the Marina Bay Link (like Raffles Citylink) then under The Sail. 

When we arrived at the Promontory, there was a long queue of people (for the goodie bags of course). We decided to try and queue up since it seemed it was moving fast. But when we reached the end of the line, which was almost already at the Marina Bay Sands mall, we backed out. We just took some pictures for a while. 

There weren't many kites yet when we got there, around 5pm.

us with few kites flying in the back ground

making our way to the Marina Bay Sands mall

the boys musing at the Harley inside the mall

"The Rain Oculus is a large acrylic and stainless steel structure located at the intersection of the retail mall with the waterfront promenade. "

"It creates a whirlpool motion above the promenade level with the water falling 2 storeys through a hole at the center of the Oculus, creating a dynamic water skylight feature at the heart of the retail mall. It consists of a 22 meter diameter acrylic bowl mounted on top of a tubular stainless steel superstructure which forms a "basket" to support the acrylic panels. The combined weight of the acrylic Oculus and steel superstructure is 90 tons. Water flows at 6,000 gallons per minute through the Oculus and the maximum weight of water it can hold is 200 tons."
grabbed some small bites to eat while resting

didn't dare to go inside the casino because of the $100 levy :) Photo op is enough for now.

some musical performance at the atrium

a view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel from the Marina Bay Shopping Mall

After taking some pictures and walking around the mall, we decided to cross the Double Helix Bridge to get to the other side of the river.

a view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel from the Double Helix bridge

Kelvin's got the Singapore Flyer at the palm of his hands :)

a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area. The view is actually better when it gets dark since there are lights on the bridge.

view of Marina Bay Sands across the river

resting at the park

We then headed to Marina Square mall to look for a place to eat. We've been walking the whole afternoon, we were famished!

We decided to have dinner at Inle Myanmar Restaurant, for a change, but not without checking the menu outside if there was something for the kids to eat.

"what are we having for dinner, Mom?"

ever favorite fried rice - anytime, anywhere

deep fried fish with chili

a different style of chicken curry

pork sausage (for the kids)

Dinner was served......
..... and they're done!

We were quite happy with our dinner, and the kids couldn't wait for what's in store for dessert

Hpa Luda "Rose Scented" Dessert

admiring our dessert.... can't wait to dig in

the kids finished the ice cream, now the adults for the left overs. It was a good choice - not to sweet, with lots of small yummy bits (sago, gelatin, etc)

After dinner, we were energized again. We walked around the mall and saw this F1 exhibit (or i think it's F2?).
Kelvin posing with the car (although it was actually not allowed to sit where he is sitting)

Ira got himself busy with this matching game

Once the boys got tired of the F1 roadshow exhibit, the next stop was the playground.


waiting for his turn to go down... again!

and again....

and again...

it looks like he was stepping on the lady-in-blue's back but he's really not. I think he's already big for this playground.

last few minutes of playground time and we're going home

It was a fun-filled afternoon indeed. 

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