Singapore Flyer8 August, 2009
The Singapore Flyer is currently the largest Ferris wheel in the world with a height of the equivalent of 42 stories. Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules can hold 28 passengers and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes.
Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters. According to them, the wheel was bringing fortune out of the land, instead of towards it, because it faces the financial district and then turns around towards the east and open sea.
The Singapore Flyer company was convinced and, after spending a six-figure sum, reversed the wheel and made it rise up on the eastern side and then turn towards the financial district – supposedly a sign of bringing fortune inwards and flowing to the city.
The view from the Flyer is beautiful – you will see the Central Business District night backdrop as well as the floating platform. Although the Marina integrated resorts’ construction site is quite an eyesore now, I believe it will be turn out as a key part of Singapore’s night backdrop when its completed.
Singapore Flyer adult ticket cost S$29.50 – about $1 per minute you are up in the Singapore Flyer :-). As you queue to board the Flyer, you will be shepherded into a big photo booth for a cheesy photo souvenir (see picture below – it looked rather out of place)
After the Singapore Flyer experience, we decided to soothe our tired feet (we stood for most of the 30 minutes taking photos and admiring the scenary) with a Kenko fish spa. What better way to relax than to have fish nibbling away at your feet?
Pretty similar experience to the Qian Hu Fish Farm Spa experience but much smaller yet just as aggressive fishes. The fish spa charges here are understandably expensive ($24 for 20 minutes @ Kenko vs. $10 for 30 minutes @ Qian Hu – over double the price)
Oh! One more thing – Tomorrow (9 August) is Singapore’s National Day. Happy 44th Birthday, Singapore!
If you havent noticed, we had also changed our header banner since a week ago to celebrate this birthday with Singapore. See the new red jackets and TY waving the Singapore Flag 🙂
Look out for new banner designs whenever there are festivals in Singapore or we are going somewhere special 🙂