Singapore Day 3: Marina Bay Sands

Alright, let's just start here. At a cool $4.7 billion (that's a "b"), the Marina Bay Sands is the world's most expensive building. It's absolutely insane. We took a bunch of our own pictures, but to start things off with a bang (as seems appropriate for such a place), I'll include this gorgeous one from Wikipedia:

I'm really not sure anything needs to be said.

I'm really not sure anything needs to be said.

We took the subway there. On the way to the stop nearest our hotel, I grabbed a picture of a neat building entrance.

Not sure those guys are all about the shopping, but what do I know?

Not sure those guys are all about the shopping, but what do I know?

The subway there was one of the newer lines. So clean and well designed. Even had little displays with looping, cutely animated safety and courtesy PSAs. One thing I noticed about Singapore was the common usage of the verb "alight." As in, "Take care when alighting and mind the gap." Definitely not used much in the US, and I don't think used much in the UK, either. Anyway, I had to take a picture of one of the signs in the subway car.

Okay, first I took this picture because "No durians." Only afterwards did I notice that, while durians are not permitted, their possession apparently carries no fine, unlike the other items. Also you can see the clearly denoted reserved seat for the elderly, pregnant, injured, or parent of small children. Or, presumably, any combination thereof.

Okay, first I took this picture because "No durians." Only afterwards did I notice that, while durians are not permitted, their possession apparently carries no fine, unlike the other items. Also you can see the clearly denoted reserved seat for the elderly, pregnant, injured, or parent of small children. Or, presumably, any combination thereof.

Our ride was only a couple stops. Once we arrived, we realized that, in order to get outside from the subway, you travel through a shopping center that may be so ritzy as to put Orchard Road to shame.

We grabbed lunch at a pizza restaurant that was painfully expensive but pretty delicious, and then started wandering around, gawking at everything and taking lots of pictures. I also discovered my camera's panorama function and started taking advantage of that, with mixed results. Also, turns out they mess up the size scaling on galleries, so I'll have to include any I take as separate images.

The Singapore skyline from the Marina Bay Sands shopping center. Also apparently a boat cutting through my panorama.

I'm actually a little unclear how directly the shopping area is tied into the Marina Bay Sands proper (the giant three towers with what looks like a cruise ship bridging their tops), which is a hotel. Either way, we left the shopping area and crossed through the hotel on our way to the Gardens by the Bay (on Wikipedia).

There was a really interesting metal screen art installation built into the hotel, that reacts to the wind, shimmering and rippling. Pictures don't really do it justice, so here's a video, hopefully with better quality than before.

I was going to include our adventures in Gardens by the Bay in this post, but I think I'll split that off into the next one. Stay tuned!