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).
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.
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.
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 😀
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!