7 Days In Singapore – The Singapore Flyer And Goodbye Singapore
Heather Markel, Writer, Speaker, Photographer, Traveler, Business Strategist
This is part of a series of posts on Singapore. Did you miss the previous walkthroughs? Click here to access them all.
All of a sudden, it’s my final day in Singapore. There’s one activity I’ve saved till the end – the Singapore Flyer. Yep, it’s touristy. And, it seemed the perfect activity for the final day. My flight is at 10pm, so gives me the entire day to do any last minute activities I want.
I took the MRT to the Promenade station. It’s well-named, because it’s a fairly long promenade from there, to the flyer.
I enjoy a leisurely morning, feeling like I have a lot of time on my hands. I meant to arrive earlier than 1:30pm, but, oops, and still plenty of time. I can’t find the entrance though, and end up having to walk around the building to find it. It’s a large circumference to walk around in the humidity. Along the way, I end up walking in a huge group of men wearing blue shirts, and feel very out of place since I’m sans blue shirt. I quickly run past them and arrive at the entrance to buy my ticket! That’s when I learned the entire Singapore Flyer is closed for a private event! Those men in blue shirts have apparently rented it all for themselves. Am I really leaving Singapore without doing this?
I’m told ticket sales will re-open at 3pm. Checking my watch, I realize it’s barely more than an hour, and with the afternoon humidity, and a small café to have a bite to eat with a coffee, I decide to stay. Good choice because the ticket sales window ends up opening at 2:40. Before long, I have my ticket and head up to the queue upstairs. It’s insanely long. I’m afraid I’m going to be there for a couple of hours and miss my flight. Happily, we move pretty quickly. The cars are more like the size of a bus, but only about 9 of us enter due to COVID restrictions.
Inside the car, there are several benches to sit and admire the view, or, you can stand by any of the windows and move around as the car, very slowly, ascends high above Singapore. I ignore the TV monitor until we’re at the summit then follow along with the little fireworks celebration on the screen.
I loved doing this Singapore activity last. As I rotated around the city views, I could pick out all the places I’d been all week, and recall each experience in detail. Though many people breeze through Singapore in a few days, I’m grateful for the extra time to have gotten to know it in a little more depth.
Once my visit is complete, I take a last walk over to the Garden By The Bay, this time approaching from the Marina Bay Sands hotel, and walking across the bridge. Then I grab the MRT for a final satay at Lau Pa Sat before heading off to the airport to go back to America for the first time in two years.
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