Second day in Singapore
We were quite happy with the hotel location and the service. But we found the room given to us was just a standard room. The big king bed occupies most of the room. We paid for an executive room with lounge access. It was definitely not an executive room. There was nothing special about the room, not even a good view. In the morning, we went back to the reception and asked them whether our room is an executive room. We told her that we were not happy with the room size and facilities in the room. She checked our reservation and agreed to give a bigger room, but that will happen only in the evening when the present occupiers check out in the afternoon. We were planning to go out any way and asked them to move our luggage to the new room when we were away. The new room was excellent with an additional couch to sit and relax.
Singapore is a city that keeps changing. We have visited Singapore many times, but each time we found new things to explore. The new and renovated buildings keep on changing the streetscape in many areas. We have been to Santhosa island twice, so we were not planning to go there again. We decided to visit the Botanical park and the Singapore Flyer. The Botanical park is well known for its Orchid garden which is one of the best tourist attractions in Singapore. We are orchid lovers and seeing all the tropical orchid varieties in full bloom in one place was very appealing to us. Entrance to the Botanical park is free, but you have to pay a small fee to enter the Orchid garden. We went around the orchid garden admiring the colourful orchids and taking photographs.
We came out of the garden and took a taxi to Singapore Flyer which is in the Marina Bay area. The Flyer was working, but there were not many people going in the Flyer. The Flyer does a full circle in about one hour and the tickets are fairly expensive to just get in and do one circle. We realized it was a mistake to go on the flyer during day time. You will simply look at the buildings from above and come down. The best time to take a ride on the Flyer is the night time around 7:30PM. We decided to go back and do some shopping and then come back later in the night to do the ride. We took a taxi and asked the taxi driver to take us to a shopping mall. He suggested we go to Mustafa, but we said no. Mustafa, long ago, started as a small shop and gradually acquired surrounding buildings to grow in size. Now the Mustafa shopping arcade is spread over a big area. They say it has become a one stop shop and you can buy everything you want from this place. We were not looking for any special items and all we wanted was to spend time in a proper department store looking for designer items.
The driver took us to the Raffles City department store which was one of the best shopping centres in Singapore. Mala went from shop to shop looking for nice clothes while I was following her just tagging along. In some places, I found a seat to sit and relax while Mala was inside the shops . It was pretty boring but a necessary job, but in some places I became the consultant to give my opinion about the item she was planning to buy.
We had early dinner in one of the small restaurants in the shopping arcade and then took a taxi back to the Singapore Flyer. You have to buy tickets and go up to the second floor to enter the Flyer. Each capsule can take about fifteen to twenty people. It moves up slowly as they fill the cars and send them up. It is something you should do once. The Singapore flyer is supposed to be the biggest one of its kind, bigger than the London Eye. When you reach the top, the scenery below is spectacular. You get a 360 degree view, only to be partially blocked by the people already in the car. Not too far away, we could see the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its ship like structure on the top. We could also see some dome like structures on the ground changing colours making a spectacular display.
We took a taxi back to the hotel. By that time, they have moved us to our new room which was much better and bigger.