We’re starting October here in Singapore with a very rainy weekend! Rainy weekends are not my favourites, but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying it anyway. :) Other than wondering how it’s already October 2022, I slept in a bit too much, enjoyed a yummy Japanese lunch and then spent ages at the bookstore stuck at the Biographies and Memoirs shelf. I’m currently eyeing Stanley Tucci’s book Taste, which I will try not to pick up until I finish the three books I’m currently reading. ;)
Since it’s a rainy weekend, I pulled out these bunch of photos from a rainy afternoon I spent at the Singapore Flyer last year, which I’ve been meaning to share since last year, but as you know, life happens.. The Singapore Flyer is Singapore’s very own observation wheel and speaking of observation wheels, I love them! It’s similar to how much I love viewing city views from high up (like my experience here at the Marina Bay Sands Sands Skypark!).
During my Hong Kong chapter, I visited the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, which was one of the few things that I was disappointed by in HK! The wheel was small, the capsules were so cramped and I thought that the wheel sadly failed to really showcase Hong Kong’s iconic skyline and harbour views. (See my old post here) But there is another observation wheel that I think is pretty incredible and would love to take a turn on one day – the London Eye!
I’ll plan this dream London trip in the future, but for now, I decided to spend some of my SRV (SingapoRediscovers Vouchers) last year to be a tourist in my own city, because why not! I love the views of Singapore’s Marina Bay and City Hall areas and I thought it’ll be a great experience to see it from a huge observation wheel.
The Flyer experience was actually really good, with friendly and efficient staff, who managed the crowds really well. Each capsule on the flyer is also really spacious and you can choose to sit or stand. A ticket brings you around one turn of the wheel, which gives you 30 minutes to take in the views. It does go really high up, but in a really slow relaxed turn, I really enjoyed it!
This was not planned or preferred, but when we got on the Flyer, the sky started to turn grey and then it started lightly raining. Like I said, rainy Singapore is not my favourite because I’ve always found Singapore to be at its prettiest when it’s sunny and shining, so this was not ideal in terms of the views, but it still resulted in these unexpectedly interesting rainy snapshots and views. :)
When we completed our ride, we wandered into the Singapore Flyer gift shop, where I must share this funny story! I spotted this soft toy on display and my first thought was literally: “Why is the Singapore Flyer selling a coronavirus toy?”. I’m still chuckling at myself now, but do bear in mind that this was 2021, still in the middle of the pandemic and with all types of covid rules and regulations to keep track of on a daily basis.
Please tell me if you had the same thought, because it can’t be just me HAHAHA! Eventually, I tilted the toy over and realised what it was meant to be. A DURIAN soft toy!!! I’m sorry to say this, but it still looks more like a virus than a fruit to me. Perhaps it’s the pandemic… may it be over soon.
This rainy weekend, I hope you’re having some time to rest and slow down and if you’re working, then I hope you’re having a smooth work day. Take care, stay safe and here’s to October. :)