Sunday, February 27, 2011

Super Newbies

So many moments in a span of two days. This post is going to be fast, I swear.

It's the first time we checked into the latest facility developed by the Las Vegas Sands.

There were so many people that I thought it's like runs on economies of scale. Many bedrooms, one entrance, and a major check in counter - with several sub counters and it was crowded. Throngs of people from mainland China, local Singaporeans and the rest were non-Asians tourists. It was at the lobby, at that time I wondered how crowded will be at the SkyPark, with hotels guests, and paying SkyPark guests. Some where amazed by the simplicity yet magnificent design of the structure, because it seems like two buildings are leaning against each other.

Got our room. My room facing the yet-to-complete Gardens by The Bay (disappointingly disgusting view but the Singapore Flyer and vast sea is like its savings grace). My uncle and family got the room facing the city. Magnificent, but they don't have the balcony. Which is a privilege for us because it's very windy.

Spent most of the time at SkyPark. The first time I went up it was about to rain, took some pictures, and went to The Shoppes for TWG, sampan ride, and window shopping. It is one of the best and biggest (to me it is) luxury mall that I've seen. Sure Vivo may be the biggest mall in Singapore but it doesn't carry as many designer label as The Shoppes does. The Sampan Ride was awesome though I have all the reason to be angry at the silly cashier for being so sarcastic. I confidently spoke to the rower in Malay because he does look like what until I heard his slang. After which we (my cousins and I) cooled off at TWG and it was so funny - especially when you dining etiquette is not at its best. One of its macarons tasted like I deserve a replacement or compensation. You can't blame my tongue really.

Went back to our room to change for swimming - mind you, it's almost eight? My mum called me to arrange for a surprise for my dad - pfft, I'm bad at surprises so I resorted calling for operator. Thank God I didn't dial for the emergency call button, which really exist on the phone. Heh. So here's a compliment - to the customer service agent.

I did ask for add-on complimentary services, and they gave me a suggestion. I swear some hotel would just say - no, we don't have it etc. But this one was quite helpful in giving a fruitful suggestion, and a transferred call. Can you imagine, my dad will be back in a few minutes, and I have to press so many buttons, and these are useful buttons. While waiting for the small-you-won't-feel-full cake my dad was stalled a little bit, and then the cake arrived, JUST IN TIME. They were like PowerPuff Girls and I will sing the the PPG anthem... "Just in time.. Trying to save the world..." Had a blast with the surprise.

Then on finally we got into our original plan of going to the pool - at night. Thank God I reminded myself and my cousins to wear a bath robe up because for one thing there were so many people (trust me, that's not the reason)

The following morning we woke up early (earlier than I wake up for school) to see the sunrise. Thanks humidity, dew, and whatnot, we can't see the real sunrise but we did have the SkyPark to ourselves until a period of time where people start thronging in. An opportunity that must not be wasted, I went to the pool the next morning. Can you imagine, Sunday morning, a weekend by the pool above all minions. People do really look like ants from high above. I should have ordered fruits to be eaten by the pool. We made some jokes about highly chlorinated pool - and for this, I won't complain their pool are chlorinated. It's more of a need than a way to save money for ionized water.

There was this silly moment, my uncle an I mistaken a water fountain for a jacuzzi.
"Eh, why is the water cold?" He started to put his feet in and search for the button to switch on the jacuzzi.
"Yeah, where's the bubble?" I asked. Thinking twice seeing some dirt in the 'pool'
One of the staff came.
"Sir, this is not a jacuzzi sir." She told my uncle.
"Oh, yeah I know..." He bluntly said and walked away.

I was so slow I didn't get the mistake I made. I thought it was foot bath until I saw the water spouting out - just like the water fountain does. This realization came a few hours later. Embarrassing!

Where are are the seals and penguins in the arctic? Oh! They're here, above!

Went to the pool again - it's a torture to be in the pool. Got hungry so easily after that, but because the view was to die for, and the opportunity that last for the next several hours then, we stayed in the pool.

Had a blast in Marina Bay Sands. I have many to thank, like my parents, my uncle and family, and one of my Malay Language teachers.