Fifty-seven stories is a long way down – or up. But that’s where the pool is atop the Marina Sands Hotel in Singapore.
So here’s a tip … if you want to go to the observation deck of this hotel, they’ll charge you 20 bucks for the privledge. However, if you say you want to go to the sky-bar called Ku-De-Ta (at the same level as the observation deck) and have a drink (beers start at $18 a pop … ahem), they’ll let you into the elevator for free. And really, you don’t have to buy a beer. But eventually, some tall blonde woman with a foreign accent (I’m guessing Russian) will come by and tell you that at a certain time a dress code comes into effect. And that’s how they get rid of guys like me.
But really what a trip … all the funky, beautiful people dressed in chic buying $18 beers. Ah yes, those people actually exist. Some people just have shit-loads of money and places like this are built for them.
And so down I went to get my over-sized Heineken and dinner in a local restaurant with all the other people. Fed and watered for $12. And the company was fascinating – working-class types with their families. Yup. That’s the place for me.
Bye for now.
ps: you can check out the exterior and interior of the hotel here.