Cha-Ching! Jackpot!

May 9, 2011 § 28 Comments

This Mother’s Day weekend, Miss Maple and the Popsy decided to take Momsy out on a spin amidst the glitz and glamour of the newest postmodern superstructure to make its mark on the Singapore landscape. Behold, Marina Bay Sands—the latest casino-resort-hotel venture by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation (which also owns and operates The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas). 

Marina Bay Sands

Waterfront Promenade

Designed by starchitect, Moshe Safdie (whose other projects include the Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto, ON; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO; and US Institute of Peace HQ in Washington, DC), Marina Bay Sands will be Singapore’s iconic gateway into the city.

Skyline of the Singapore Financial District

Although Marina Bay Sands held its grand opening earlier this year in February, construction is still ongoing in some areas of the development. For the most part, however, the key attractions are completed and welcoming visitors around the clock—in particular, the big moola-spinner, the CASINO. Miss Maple wanted to try her luck at the slot machines, but MM and I felt it was our duty as responsible pawrents not to encourage such an early interest in a potentially addictive activity 😉  In any case, Maple would have been denied access given that she falls way below the legal age for entry (amongst other reasons).

So, we decided to take a nice leisurely stroll along the 3.5 km (2.2 mi) waterfront promenade that skirts around the Marina Bay Sands. It was a balmy night and the mood was almost carnivalesque as Singaporeans passed their time in anticipation of the 2011 General Election results after the closing of the polling stations that evening.  

Marina Bay Sands Light & Water Show

Waterfront Promenade

Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Exhibition Centre

We were anxious, at first, about taking Maple with us to Marina Bay Sands as four-leggers are rarities in the urban core. However, we were comforted when several urbanites and tourists took a liking to the sight of lil’ Maple—that certainly helped evaporate any remaining bits of anxiety that lingered within us. And, to make things even more reassuring, we passed by not one, not two, but FIVE other dogsters that evening! Yay for dog-friendly places 😀  

Marina Bay Sands

Newly Refurbished Clifford Pier (Foreground)

Maple had a fantastic time exploring the waterfront promenade and I think she really enjoyed walking on a boardwalk for a change (as opposed to asphalt and concrete surfaces). We’ll definitely be coming back again and again to soak up the night-time ambience and seabreeze! 

"I know it's way past my bed-time, but can we stay just a little longer?"

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§ 28 Responses to Cha-Ching! Jackpot!

  • Kame says:

    Wow!! you are great photographer. All those pictures look amazing!
    I can totally understand why maple doesn’t want to go home

    • Gee, *blush blush* thanks, but I’ve never been particularly good at taking night photos because it’s always about working against the clock and catching just enough light before it goes completely pitch-dark! As you can see, I was only able to salvage ONE picture of Maple… And, you’re right, Maple didn’t want to go home—she’s a little night owl 😀

  • Anna says:

    Looks like a great evening. Great job with the photos too, nice exposures and compositions. Glad everyone enjoyed their mother’s day

    • Thanks Anna, it means a lot to have you comment on my photos… which I think are amateurish at best! The shots of the skyline and buildings didn’t take too much effort thanks to sufficient lighting, but all the photos of Maple were totally messed up because I just couldn’t get enough exposure on her despite my fiddling around with the ISO settings and aperture. *sigh* Oh well, another reason to head back there!

      • I should also mention that I experimented with some post-production editing—using Photoshop Elements—in order to make the building lights ‘pop’ in contrast to the night sky. If not for this effect, the photos would be a little flat…and I’m speaking from an amateur’s point-of-view. Oh boy, if only you could see how many snapshots I attempted that night before finally short-listing these nine images!

  • raisingdaisy says:

    I’m not a lover of cities (or casinos for that matter) but your photos make it look oh-so beautiful. They look even better than postcards – you should sell photos to the department of tourism! Maple looks like all her senses were heightened – must have been a very fun, stimulating experience for her!

    • I have a love-hate relationship with cities. I personally love them because it’s part of my job (hehehe), but there are also times when I need to seek solace in Mother Nature—and more so, now that I’m living on a densely populated island! Thanks for your huge compliment on my ‘postcard-quality’ photos… haha, yes, perhaps I ought to be moonlighting for the Tourism Board and Maple can be the official mascot 😉

  • lepawsvoyage says:

    Amazing landscape photos. You have great eyes for composition. It did not come to my mind that we can bring our pups to Singapore night scene. Although my partner keep mentioning bringing lele to orchard road. Hahaha….

    • This past weekend was incredibly hot during the day—Maple was moping around at home, trying to seek refuge in the coolest part of our apartment. So, we improvised with a night-walk in the city! Do share your story if you guys ever decide to check out the night scene on Orchard Road! Just make sure Lele doesn’t go crazy with a shopping spree during her walk 😉

  • A picture or two of Maple enjoying the slot machines would have been the cherry on top of a pile of gorgeous photos!

    I can just picture Maple sitting next to the dealer, playing Blackjack. What a high roller. LOL!

  • Your photos turned out beautiful! I know how you feel about taking what seems like a million, only to be left with a few. I spend so much time marking photos as “rejects” when i get home!

    Did you use a tripod for your skyline photos?

    • Oh, how I wish I had brought along a tripod, then I might not have had to throw so many unsuccessful images into the bin..or maybe I still would’ve had to 😐 In the end, I used whatever means I could find to steady my camera, whether it be on a railing or step or ledge or pole! The other trick I did was to set the camera on a timer, once I had it propped on a steady surface—sometimes pressing the shutter release button with your finger can cause the slightest bit of motion, too.

  • didiwright says:

    OMG, that place is just stunning. I bet it’s really spectacular in the daytime, too, but it’s almost breathtaking with all those night lights on. And I love that last photo of Maple, she looks like she’s made of gold 🙂

    • The daytime atmosphere certainly has a different feeling. I hope to one day revisit the place during the early morning and take a few pictures, or just go for a stroll. Maple does look a little golden, eh? That’s because we had to find a spot with enough lighting and the dock lights, with their bright amber glow, provided just that 😀

  • Kas says:

    WOW! What awesome pictures – those should be postcards! Miss Maple, as always, looks so happy to be doing anything and everything with you guys. Glad to hear that you had a good weekend and Mother’s Day!

  • TOto's mommy says:

    Your photos are stunning and you really have caught that rare few minutes of that sunset still bright and blu-ish moment. Singapore sunset are so quick it is so hard to just get what you want at your own pace huh?

    I was there last year when I went back and there are still lots of construction everywhere. But it is indeed a nice place to bring our doggies out for a walk. Now when I goes back, I am always mentally thinking,’Is this a place I can bring TOto.’ But with you updating about Singapore haha, I can relax abit more!!

    • Hey, you’re right, I never thought about it before but it does seem that the sun sets faster here on the equator than it does in the northern or southern hemispheres! Yes, you can definitely bring TOto on a date-night to Marina Bay Sands. Haha, glad to be doing the site recce and homework for your first!

  • Kristine says:

    That looks like a fascinating area to explore. Made even better by the fact that dogs are more than welcome!

    I’ve been to some large cities but I think Singapore is on a whole different level. Wow.

    Good on you for keeping Maple from the slots! 😉

    • Yup, Singapore is always trying to reach a higher and higher level—that’s the crazy pace of development here! And, yes, we had to keep Maple from the casino for her own good… and maybe ours, too! 😉

  • charlywalker says:

    I want to go there. Love this post!

  • Anny says:

    You do take very very good photos 🙂 Love the angles and lights! Marina Bay Sands sure is very beautiful at night and i am glad its doggy friendly too!

    I wouldn’t want to go back early too if i was a furry.. 🙂

    • Thanks! But, frankly, I’m no pro at photography, so having a pretty landscape as a backdrop will do wonders to improve a picture taken by an amateur! Come by and visit Marina Bay Sands if you ever find yourself south of the Malaysian border 😉

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