Maiden Flight on the Singapore Flyer

April 29th, 2008   •   6 comments   

After blogging about what the Singapore Flyer could do to shore up its marketing efforts about 15 months ago, I finally had the chance to embark on a maiden voyage on the world’s largest ferris wheel. This was possible thanks to the good folks at the Civil Service College who organised this special thank you function for contributors and supporters of their various programmes. Joining me were Rambling Librarian Ivan Chew as well as David Lee of PRSpeak.

Here’s a pictorial account of my voyage tonight, fresh from the lenses of my digital camera.

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A view of the complex with the Singapore Flyer which had various F&B outlets, a teddy bear workshop, and various other specialty retailers.
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Here’s a view of the Singapore Flyer shot in the evening at about 6.30 pm.

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Part of the experience includes a waterfall garden called the Yakult Rainforest Discovery, which provided a nice green oasis in the middle of the complex.

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No prizes for guessing who the sponsor of that landscaped space is!

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Before our maiden flight, we had dinner and drinks at O’Leary’s Sports Bar and Grill, which was a very Boston-inspired F&B outlet which served typical American fare like Buffalo wings, chips, steaks and the like.

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A close-up view of the capsule at base-level, with eager beaver riders hopping on for the experience.

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This funky electric blue light bathed all of us in a surrealistic glow which helped add to the experience. I guess it was good that I happen to know some of the fellow “flyers” who were ex-colleagues from more than a decade ago, and could engage in an animated discussion.

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Here’s a nice shot of the upcoming Marina Bay Integrated Resort construction site, framed by the pillars and struts of the Flyer.

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A clearer view of what could possibly be Singapore’s most happening leisure destination – in a year or two that is.

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Another shot taken from the air, this time of Ritz Carlton, Centennial Tower and the Suntec area.

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After our flight, we were ushered through the obligatory souvenir photograph cum shop area. While the superimposed photographs of the riders against the landscape looked pretty, none of us succumbed to the temptation of bringing a photo home.

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Merchandising is naturally the life blood of any attraction, and the same applied to the Singapore Flyer with these fancy engraved drinking glasses available for sale.

Overall, I would say that the experience was quite OK. It isn’t exactly seat of your pants thrilling, but neither does it bore the tears out of you. Perhaps going on a ride at night makes it special as our city really looks beautiful with the twinkling lights emanating from the various skyscrapers.

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6 comments

  1. posted on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Thanks for the detailed description of your ride on the Flyer (I still mistakenly call it the ferris wheel at times)! It really gives readers a much better idea of what it would be like, including the before and the after.

    I have yet to pay a visit because the ~$30 ticket price turns me off! The night scenery looks pretty though, and may well be worth the price.

    Having said that, the engraving of the Flyer on those glasses simply doesn’t look attractive. I wish they could have come up with a better looking logo! Perhaps a wheel painted with abstract brush strokes, or at least have it tilted at an angle or something.

  2. posted on Apr 30, 2008 at 3:44 AM

    eh..did u go on Wednesday night? coz I was there for a media thing and there was this thingy going on at the bar…so I figured u might have been there too..heheh..

  3. posted on Apr 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    You have some very nice photos of the night-scene. Thank you for the post.

  4. posted on Apr 30, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    haha…my boss treated some of the elite managers to enjoy the night scene flyer with cocktail.

    GOSH! it was $68 & i felt its a super waste of money…
    though, the night scene is nice…generally, i felt its super boring. Seriously spore scene has nothing much.

    I think i am more overwhelmed with Fisherman Wharf in San Franc 🙂 & it is totally free. With sun, sea, yacht & Me!

    I was MORE excited on my way to entering the cabin itself….haha…then the super slow 30mins ride 🙂

    BUT O WELL!
    I guess, its still a worth it experience, so that i can tell the others the feeling, the experience as well as the declaration….haha, that i went to the spore flyer 🙂

    YY

  5. posted on May 01, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    We had a blast didn’t we!

  6. posted on May 06, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    I’m careful not to be too critical here. But I felt the Flyer should’ve been built higher. It really wasn’t high enough, ‘cos the views from the taller office buildings could probably give this a run for it’s money. I guess there must be some height restrictions imposed by URA, or that the soil condition dictates its maximum height. The other side of the view is very much just the ocean and tankers in the distance. After about 15minutes, I felt I’ve seen enough. For the price, it wasn’t value for money in my opinion.

    Some overseas guests I spoke to said they enjoyed the ride, so I guess something’s done right.

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