The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Amidst Glittering Lights
But as Gandalf the White said in the movie Lord of the Rings, "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." That motivated me to blog about this particular topic although it is primarily a post of almosts and nearly's...
Sampan Ride featured in the Korean Drama Spy Myeongwol
Sampan Ride @ The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore
I can't get this scene out of mind ever since I saw it from episode 1 of Spy Myeongwol. Oh! How I wished that I too can ride this and somehow transcend myself into the movie.
But when we arrived at 9 PM, Sampan rides have been closed two and half hours earlier! I was already expecting this grim reality but when it actually transpired, I felt so incredibly sad that I felt the energy drifting from my body. Okay. This may sound a little bit too dramatic; but, if you're a K-Drama fan like me, then you'll understand exactly how I feel. :)
Unique Wooden Boats at The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands
You might be interested to know that the word sampan comes from the original Cantonese term for boats which literally means "three planks." And although the term is no longer used in modern Chinese, these wooden boats are still used by rural residents in Southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore
The Sampan Ride Route Along The Upscale Shops
At Marina Bay Sands Singapore however an ordinary Sampan ride is elevated into a much grander scale that screams comfort and elegance from afar!
Don't forget to look up for it's no ordinary bowl!
Ned Khan's 22-meter diameter acrylic bowl set on a 90 ton structure
I understand that the Sampan ride route includes a sighting of this beautiful fixture with more than 22,000 liters of water gushing per minute creating this a one-of-a-kind spectacle! Indeed, the term art in motion has been redefined once again. Isn't it a sight to behold!
Perhaps you might be wondering how the Sampan Ride at Marina Bay Sands Singapore differs from another famous one, the Gondola Ride at the Venetian Macau? Well, aside from the fact that the sampan is on the rustic side while the gondola is more posh and elegant, there's no singing involved during the Sampan ride which is probably the reason why it costs much less than the Gondola ride's MOP 108 or PHP 600 (per ride) for adults and MOP 80 or PHP 440 (per ride) for kids.
Marina Bay Sands Singapore Sighting
An Almost Top View of Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Another reason why I got so disappointed was because we didn't make it to the last tour of the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark which is known all over the world for its iconic infinity pool constructed on a gravity-defying cantilever.
Infinity pool from Episode 1 of Spy Myeongwol
And of course, if you've seen Spy Myeongwol, I don't have to tell you that Eric Mun swam across this spectacular pool while Myeongwol desperately tried to get an autograph from him; but was blocked unexpectedly by several of Eric's bodyguards.
Canal Level (B2), The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Price: SGD 10 or PHP 340 per person (Kids and Adults alike)
11 AM to 8 PM Daily
Last Ride at 7:30 PM
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Public Entrance: Hotel Tower 3 in the Porte Cochere area-off Bayfront Ave-Level 1
Price: Adults-SGD 20 or PHP 680; Kids-SGD 14 or PHP 476; Senior Citizens-SGD 17 or PHP 578