Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Almost Made It To The Sampan Ride At The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore As Featured in The Korean Drama Spy Myeongwol

Since I'm a huge fan of the Korean Drama Spy Myeongwol, Marina Bay Sands Singapore snagged the number two spot in my list of must-see places in our itinerary. Somehow, things turned sour when the unpredictable Singapore weather struck time and time again coupled with the our unfamiliarity of the area which completely changed the direction of my blog story.

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.

                                                                            Sampans At A Standstill

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.

Sampan Ride 
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

Sands SkyPark
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


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  1. Thanks for sharing these! I'll be taking note of these attractions, especially the Sampan, so we can try them too on our next trip to Singapore :)

  2. Hi Sumi! I'll be waiting for your blog posts about these attractions. I'm so excited for you!

  3. your blog is awesome! love all the food photos. i especially was amazed at some korean-inspired posts. i'm korean, and i enjoyed looking. new follower, and maybe you'll have time to visit me. :) cheers!

  4. Hi Adamalexmommy! I visited your site and I loved it! Thanks so much for the kind words.