Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Winning At All Costs - RT/WW

The computerized mini bar in Marina Bay Sands Hotel room reminded me of one instance when I checked a foreign guest into one of our 5-star hotels. That hotel has computerized mini bars in their rooms too.

A few hours after he checked out, I got a call from a hotel staff. I was asked to pay for his consumption from the mini bar. I was surprised why they didn't bill him. The staff was a friend, I was invited to go down to take a look.

When she opened the mini bar, the bottled drinks were emptied and replaced with water. How could the hotel not charge to him when he removed the bottles?

Later when I asked my guest how he did it, he proudly claimed that he didn't trigger the sensor because he uncapped the drinks without lifting them, used a straw to drink the contents and then replace with tap water.

Why did he do this? He wants to prove he's smarter.

He's the President of a successful foreign company. But how does one do business with such males? Every time he wants to win. He will do whatever it takes to win and his horrifying quote : “If you’re not willing to cheat, then you don’t want to win bad enough.”


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Monday, August 30, 2010

Sands SkyPark for the best views of Singapore!

The coolest pool in the world!

The first time I paid  for 9 foreign guests to visit the Sands Skypark, I thought the ticket price of S$20 per adult was expensive. On top of that I felt heart-ache when they took only 15 mins to look-see and then rushed to the Casino. :(

The Sands SkyPark is an architectural marvel which floats atop 3 soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers 200m in the sky. It was featured on Discovery Channel and I was very impressed as it is one of the most challenging construction projects in the world!.

The 150m infinity pool in the morning

Besides a public observation deck, the other attraction of Sands Skypark's is a 150-metre-long infinity pool overlooking Singapore's city skyline and Marina Bay. The vanishing edge of the pool gives me the goose bumps.

I was worried my boys would fall off when they got close to the edge with nothing to hold them back. They had awesome fun though, calling it the "coolest pool in the world!" But I still think it is the "scariest pool in the world". :D

The infinity pool at night

For hotel guests who just want to relax by this chic pool with a book, they will have to look elsewhere. It was impossible to relax in this tropical garden in the sky because the place was packed with lots of families, rowdy kids and rude youngsters and that spoiled the ‘chicness’ of it. 

Although the infinity pool is out of bounds to the public, they are not barred from gawking or taking pictures of the pool users.

Spectacular views as you swim

We enjoyed the beautiful sunset and breathtaking night views of Singapore in the world's largest floating pool in the sky!

a heated jacuzzi facing the city

There are also heated jacuzzis which were packed and the boys had to wait a long time just for a chance to dip in one. Since this is a 2500-room hotel, I guess it’s impossible to enjoy the amenities without the crowds.

While the boys swam, I walked around the observation deck feasting my eyes on the panorama view. A magician was entertaining the visitors who were dumbfounded by his magic tricks.

With an impressive 12,400 square meters of space, the Sands SkyPark can host up to 3900 people. Enjoy some of the magnificent views I took - from the world's largest floating garden!

    Singapore's business district is beautifully light up at night

    The Singapore Flyer

    The Esplanade

    You can purchase your tickets for the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck at the Box Office on the day of use. Public entrance to this area is outside Hotel Tower 3.

    Pricing for entry to the SkyPark is:

    Adults – S$20
    Children (2 – 12 years old) – S$14
    Senior Citizens (55 years and older)  – S$17

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    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    EastCoastLife's weekend stay at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

    lobby of Marina Bay Sands Hotel

    I have been quite busy since the opening of Singapore's two integrated resorts (IRs) ...... I'm not attempting to break the record of a S$26-million gambling debt. :P

    Friends from abroad come visiting and the IRs are "must visit" places on their itinerary.

    Since it's my hubby's birthday this week, I decided to book a room at Marina Bay Sands Hotel. I was overjoyed to see that they have upgraded me to a club room. Yippee!

    city view from my room on the 40th floor

    From the 40th floor of my room, I look out to see a view of the breathtaking city skyline. I'm probably going to ditch the comfortable bed and sleep by the window tonight. :D

    Love the spacious bathroom ......

    Snacks like cheese, crackers, dried fruits, fresh fruits and premium chocolate were provided. I couldn't resist eating the chocolates.

    The hotel restock the chocolates after I came back from lunch! The chocolate flower was too pretty to eat so I kept it a little longer for the night. A pity they remove it before I could eat it. :(

    Premium tea and coffee ....., wine glasses..... love the little touches.

    This Nespresso machine was hubby's love during our stay. sigh .......  looks like I'll have to get this as another present for him.

    You've got to see the Sands SkyPark pool and Observation Deck!

    To be continued....

    Note : This is not a sponsored post. I paid for my stay. Thanks to Dr Charlton Low for his help in negotiating a good price for the room and the upgrade.   

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    EastCoastLife Framed - PH

    PhotoHunt theme : Framed

    This framed article in my living room has always attracted the attention of visitors.

    One of my cousins cut out the article, had it framed and presented it to me. My family and I were interviewed for a Mother's Day Special by a local newspaper last year.

    Interview conducted at our optical shop

    All 3 members in our family have taken a standardized, supervised IQ test organised by Mensa Singapore at different times and scored at the 98th percentile or higher, a requirement for membership.

    Mensa is the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. Mensa's constitution lists three purposes: 1.  to identify and to foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity;
    2.  to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence;
    3.  and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.

    Mensa Singapore Admission Test is conducted regularly at the NUSS Suntec City Guild House.

    Interested members of the public should register with Mensa Singapore for the test. Alternatively,you may email me for details. I'm the Marketing Director for Mensa Singapore.

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    Monday, August 09, 2010

    Happy 45th Birthday Singapore!

    Happy 45th Birthday Singapore!

    MP Lim Biow Chuan giving a speech at his Mountbatten Constituency's National Day Dinner 

    Residents of Mountbatten constituency held its National Day celebration at Singapore Expo on 8th August 2010. 

    A toast to our Nation!

    Red and white theme

    Sunday, August 08, 2010

    Mountbatten residents welcome YOG flame

    Singapore Ironman and Chairman of Mountbatten CCC Lim Ngee Huat passing the YOG flame to Yong Yuen Cheng Chairman of Mountbatten Constituency Sports Club.

    The Singapore Youth Olympic flame arrived in Singapore on August 5. A six-day torch relay along with community celebrations have already commenced to mark this historic occasion.

    With the world's eyes on Singapore, the Youth Olympic Games is a chance to put this "little red dot" on the world map of interesting and liveable cities.

    Residents of Mountbatten constituency lined along both sides of  the relay route to cheer the torchbearers on as they pass their homes on 8th August 2010.

    Members of the public can view the entire torch relay route and the list of torchbearers at the Singapore 2010 website www.singapore2010.sg/jyof, where they will also be able to track the movements of the Youth Olympic Flame 'live' via GPS. 

    Each torch-bearer gets to run about 100m along the route, and the last leg on Aug 14 will see the flame light the Games cauldron at the opening ceremony on the Marina Bay floating platform.

    The YOG flame will travel across the Singapore heartlands, relay-style, to drum up grassroots and community support for the inaugural YOG.