I have been taking random shots of the Singapore Flyer since day 1 of our trip. Not really excited for the ride, but to test how my fondness to take photos while up there will drive away my fear of heights. We even intended to ride in time for the sunset after our visit to the (Hindu) Sri Mariamman Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. However, it rained. We opted to take the night ride instead, thinking that the droplets and moist on the capsule’s glass might affect the shots.
A friendly reminder before buying the Singapore Flyer tickets. You can actually get it at a discounted rate when (a) you present your Singapore Airlines (SIA) boarding pass; or (b) when you book through Viator.com. At the time of booking, our SIA boarding pass privilege was outshined by the Viator.com rate.
Up there, I have realized soon that I was just scaring myself. For the first few minutes I was just seated-taking photos. But when I saw the kids moving around and other capsule-mates already blocking my way, I immediately vied for the most competitive spot: that is actually to move around in each corner of the capsule. Some of it even have dining tables designed for the patrons who wish to experience a sky dining/signature cocktail flight.
Singapore Flyer, being the largest observation wheel in the world (at 165 meters from the ground), is a photograph material. But honestly, the experience being inside it was not that outstanding. Yes, you get to see from up there all of Singapore, including some portions of Malaysia and Indonesia. But being inside the capsule which was moving so slowly – for 30 minutes to be very exact, might bore you to some extent.
While Singapore Flyer is overrated, I think that the much cheaper River Cruise is more worthy of the try. The truth is that for several days that we were in Clarke Quay area, only during the last night that we almost forced ourselves to chance on it – just so that we were there, we were always watching those taking the cruise and we have realized that we have not tried it yet.
So, we ‘jumped’… and immensely enjoyed it. My most favorite part was whenever the water taxi was traversing under the bridges. I think that I was not alone to have had that mixed emotions with each glance back to the well-lit bridges.
And the weather was cooperating. On that windy night, we have fully appreciated the sightseeing of the Merlion, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, museums, Stamford Raffles’ (founder of Singapore) monument, brave people trying the GMAX and reverse bungee jumping, and more.
Looking at the last photo, how could we have missed visiting the Sands SkyPark of the stunning Marina Bay Sands? 😉
Note: Except for the second and third to the last photo, the rest were a result of a point and shoot (P & S) camera. My shoulders ached badly that night after taking too many photos in Chinatown and in the temples using the SLR camera. How I wish that it (plus the lenses) is light even though bulky. Thanks to the dependanble P & S cameras.