I had been looking forward to Singapore for many reasons, but most of all because one of my best friends from home was going to be there for work and I planned to be there while he was there too. I knew he was going to be working and that we wouldn’t be able to hang out much, but I didn’t care. I was happy I was going to see a familiar face and talk with someone who knows me already and that I don’t have to explain my life story to. The only other time a friend from home visited me was way back in Munich and it was nice. When he finally arrived we traded e-mails and I asked him where he was staying so I could make my way there to meet up with him that night. He emailed me like no big deal… “I’m staying at Marina Bay Sands”. My jaw dropped I couldn’t believe it. I know it’s an icon of Singapore and the most expensive hotel in the world. If you don’t know what Marina Bay Sands is heres a photo:
Yes it’s three towers holding a ship on the top. It’s insanely beautiful and sits across from the amazing Singapore skyline. I couldn’t believe it and thought wow I’m going to get a chance to go up to the top for free with him (swimming in the pool never even crossed my mind). The night we both arrived we met up late had dinner at the hotel than just chilled in his hotel room and caught up. It was already to late to go to the top, but I didn’t care I was happy with just seeing him. We made made plans to meet up later that week for dinner and drinks out on the town. We met up and we went straight to the top of the hotel. It was a cloudy night and about to start raining. Once on the top it was thundering bad, but I was in AWE of the view. I couldn’t believe it. The view was just so damn beautiful. Then while we were up there my friend told me “Well I won’t be using the pool pass at all and have an extra key card if you wanna use it sometime this week?” I thought no fucking way, but said “umm hell yeah I’ll take it and come here tomorrow”. I was so excited with the thought of swimming in that damn infinity pool. Here’s the view I saw that night:
They then started asking people to leave, because the thunder was getting really bad so we went ahead and headed down to get a cab for dinner and drinks. We had the most expensive tacos and beer of my life, but were both so damn good. The tacos actually tasted like Mexican Tacos and the hot sauce was so damn hot I loved it. We then found a decent Happy Hour by decent I mean 6 beers for $40… um yeah I wanted to cry, but didn’t care because I was with a friend from home. We spent the night catching up, swapping stories and just laughing. It was so damn nice to be talking to someone outside of the backpacker scene. Does that even make sense? I’m sure anyone who has ever traveled long term knows what I mean. It’s just nice to speak to someone with a different mind set and that is happy with their own life that doesn’t revolve around travel. Sadly the night had to come to an end and I knew I wouldn’t be seeing him again until I got home. We went back to the hotel he handed me the pool pass and key card and said goodbye. This is my friend Jorge & I:
The next morning I had plans to visit the US Embassy to pick up my passport because I had more pages added to it (I know huge milestone) and was then going to just walk around Orchard Road, but instead changed my plans. I picked up my passport EEEEeeeee-d the entire time because I never in my life thought I’d fill up my passport much less need to add pages to it. Then I went straight to Marina Bay Sands. I wanted to go swimming in the worlds highest infinity pool ASAP. I arrived a bit nervous, because well I wasn’t staying there and had to pretend I was my friend. I made my way to the elevator and to make it function you must insert the key card. I thought wow… classy. I arrived at the top and to get on the next elevator to the top you must show the pool pass to get a wristband showing you are allowed to swim. I was scared they may ask for ID, but nope they just asked for the pool pass, punched a hole on the date I was using it for and gave me my wristband. I made my to the top and holy shit… the views were out of this world. Here’s the view from the very end of the ship:
It was then time to get in the pool. I’ve had luxury in my life, but not much and NEVER anything like this. I mean I knew this was stuff rich CEOs get to enjoy and now I was going to get a slice of it. I was already getting a bit of luxury in Singapore, but I’m used to budget hostels and well this was just too amazing. I then thought now I was going to feel what it’s like to be in the 1% (P.S. no my friend is not in the 1%, but was there for a convention involving the company he works for). I got in with camera in hand… um yes I was going to get as many photos as I could. Here some photos from my time at the pool:
—The pool is situated on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands. It’s the worlds highest infinity pool.—
—It’s unreal… it really looks like you can fall right off.—
—However you can not fall over it has a mini pool catching the water and putting it back in the pool.–
—LIKE A BOSS… HELL YEAH. NO BIG DEAL JUST LIVING THE LIFE.—
—The view from the chair I was laying out on.—
—Other chairs you can lay on if you’d like.—
—The view from the highest deck facing the pool.—
I could have spent all day there, but I didn’t have sunscreen and after 3 hours there I felt as if the sun was literally on me because of the height I was at. While I was in the pool I swam back and forth and then kept hanging on the edge and not believe my life. I couldn’t believe the view I was experiencing. I could see all of Singapore and watch it go by. I was left in awe looking out at the distance and thinking this is stuff I have only seen on television or in movies and I am now experiencing it.
I have had many amazing experiences around the world, but this one was different than any other. I don’t know how to explain it. I guess because it was a luxurious experience and well I haven’t had many of those on my trip around the world or in my life. Oh & definitely not at this level. The only way you are able to access the pool is if you are a guest of Marina Bay Sands and well lord knows I would never spend over $500 a night for a hotel room (I’d feel so guilty). Anyone though could purchase a ticket for the observation deck (details here) and that is well worth it. So anyway what do you think? Isn’t this insane? I mean it’s just fucking crazy! Have you been to Singapore? Did you make it to the top of Marina Bay Sands?