偶尔，我喜欢以旅客的心情，参观我国的旅游景点。因为这样不但可以给平淡的生活增添乐趣， 也可对自己的国家有多一点的认识。不过， 这样的一份闲情也是在近年来卸下工作之后才有的。以前工作时， 日子总是在忙忙碌碌中度过。在新加坡， 只要有工作或／和有家庭的人，又有多少人能够轻松、写意的过日子呢？ 大家总是忙着、忙着的， 就连偶尔想要跟三、两位朋友聚聚或出游，也还真不容易！
自从新加坡摩天观景轮(Singapore Flyer)在今年二月开始运转， 我就一直想上去看看。上星期六 （2008年8月16日）我总算如愿以偿，与玲和琼一起乘上了目前世界上最高的观景轮！已经好久没有和这两位好朋友出游了。 上一回是2006年的5月5日，我们乘上了DHL Balloon (world’s largest tethered helium balloon) 看风景。还真不敢相信那已是27个月前的事了！
Standing at the height of 165m from the ground, Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel as of this day. It exceeds the Star of Nanchang (China) by 5m and London Eye (England) by 30m.
相约在City Hall地铁站见面后， 本想乘搭新加坡摩天观景轮备有的接送巴士， 但是走出地铁站， 看到的却是一张又小、又不清楚的告示牌。摸索了一会，总算找到了巴士站。但是等呀等的， 却久久不见巴士的到来。最后只好改坐计乘车过去。看来， 有关当局在这方面应该要有些改进。 除了更大、更清楚的告示牌， 最好也用上我国的四种语言， 以方便大家！
Small and unclear signboard for the shuttle bus service (provided by Singapore Flyer) outside City Hall MRT station. For the convenience of people who are visiting Singapore Flyer, this signboard needs to be improved! It is also best to add on other languages like Chinese, Bahasa and Tamil.
到了目的地， 买了票， 就决定先填饱肚子。那儿有好些选择，但大多是餐馆式的食物，价格都偏高。最后我们选择到Popeye Chicken and Biscuits吃炸鸡！我想要是也能增设一家有冷气的熟食中心， 在食物方面给于参观者更多的选择、更大众化的价格，那会是更好的。
Our “sinful” meal before boarding the Singapore Flyer. The food tasted good – better than KFC chickens – but I suspected there was an overdosage of salt or MSG added onto the food. We all felt so thirsty after that!
登上观景轮之前， 乘客必须把大型随身物品和任何可能构成安全威胁的物品存放在行李寄存处。每位乘客和他们的随身行李都需要在二楼通过严密的保安检查扫描。虽然有点麻烦， 但为了安全起见，这绝对是一项必要的措施。 记得八年前和老公上伦敦的London Eye时，是没有这样的一项措施的。 我想现在在恐怖活动的阴影下， 他们应该也有施行这样的一个措施了吧？2001年的911事件真的是改变的我们的生活作息.
This is the queuing area before the boarding platform. A nicely done area which I think is also comfortable enough to cater for large crowds. I like the phrase printed on this wall which so appropriately describes Singapore. I was also attracted to the big collage (below) found on one of the walls.
新加坡摩天观景轮共有28个观景舱。每一个观景舱可容纳最多28人。那天虽然是星期六， 参观者却不多。所以感觉是很好的。 因为我很不喜欢人群拥挤、喧闹的地方.
乘上摩天观景轮后好兴奋！我觉得新加坡的景色， 与老公和我到过的好多地方相比，其实还真不错的！只可惜当时的天空有点阴暗，又有些烟雾（印尼林火的缘故吧）。超喜爱拍照的我， 当然是没有错过捕捉那一刻的景色。 这一趟的观景轮之游， 我总共拍了两百多张的照片！这里就与大家分享一些。
I was so excited to be up on the Singapore Flyer! Comparing to many countries that DS and I have visited, I think the Singapore skyline is not bad at all. Unfortunately, the sky was a little dark and hazy at that time. Anyway, that did not dampen my spirit and I took more than two hundred shots during this outing! 😀
This was the Capsule before us, taken at the start of our “adventure” on the Singapore Flyer.
Marina Barrage – construction for this biggest reservoir in Singapore (to-date) is still underway. It is the future hot-spot for water-sports enthusiasts!
One of the grandstands for the 2008 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix which begins on 26 September. This is the first time Singapore welcomes F1 motor-racing to its street!
Oh, this is my favourite shot of that day. Opened in 1982, the Benjamin Shears’ bridge (named after the second President of Singapore) across the Marina Bay is the longest bridge in Singapore.
The floating stadium which consists of 27,000-person colourful seating gallery and the world’s largest floating platform performance stage on water. It replaces the old National Stadium as the venue for the annual NDP (National Day Parade) since 2007.
The Marina area
Golf course along ECP (East-Coast Parkway)
This Capsule before us was on the highest point of the wheel. See that little friendly girl waving at us!
Financial Centre of Singapore
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Construction site for the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s first casino being developed by Las Vegas Sands. When this integrated resort is completed in 2010, it will change the landscape of this part of Singapore. Oh, I can’t wait to see it! At the bottom right corner of this photo you can see that a bridge is being built too. This 280-metre bridge will link the Bayfront area to Marina Centre, completing a walking route that brings visitors to the major attractions around the bay including Singapore Flyer. This bridge is expected to complete in 2009.
Approaching the end of our “adventure”….
从观景轮下来之后， 我们也走了一趟Yakult亚洲雨林花园, 发现了一些以前没看过的花草。 如果你也是喜爱花草的人， 那就别错过了这个小花园。
After we came down from the Singapore Flyer, HL, SK and I also took a walk at the Yakult Rainforest Garden, at the base of Singapore Flyer and we had some pleasant surprises. We discovered quite a number of species of flowers and plants which we have never seen before. If you are also one who enjoys such nature, please do not miss this place when you visit the Singapore Flyer.
It was an enjoyable afternoon out at the Singapore Flyer. I also appreciated the opportunity to catch up with my two good friends HL and SK through this outing. I hope they have enjoyed the afternoon much as I had! 🙂 I am sure I will go to the Singapore Flyer again in future!