Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Business trip at Singapore

Day 1-3
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2012

It was way back in August 2003 when I first went to Singapore. Airfares and hotels were heavily discounted back then since it was post-SARS outbreak. We flew via Singapore Airlines, no less, and stayed at a 4-star hotel, all for 225 USD for 3 nights.

Fast forward to 9 and a half years later and I got the chance to go back to Singapore, and this time, it was for free. My supervisor sent me there to attend a Low Cost Carrier conference - to rub shoulders with the CEOs of low cost carriers around the region, some of which are our clients.

For the first 3 nights, I stayed at  the avant-garde Studio M hotel. The room I booked was smaller than I expected but it was very cozy and elegantly-designed. The only real drawback was the tight space in the toilet room - there was not much leg room in it and I am only 5'6".

Studio M loft

Studio M toilet room

The 2-day conference was held on Jan 31 to Feb 1 at the Marina Bay Sands, the latest world-class integrated resort in Singapore which opened 2 years ago. The place is popular due to the impressive Skypark which connects the hotel's 3 towers. 

Marina Bay Sands hotel

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

After the conference, I treated myself to the ArtScience Musuem at the Marina Bay Sands complex to see a few exhibits - the Art of the Brick and Outside In.

The lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum
The Art of the Brick features Lego sculptures by New York-based  Nathan Sawaya. The awe-inspiring collection includes Yellow and a 6-meter long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.


T-Rex Dinosaur Skeleton
The Outside In Photograph exhibit showcases works by Magnum photographers. Mark Power's 'Sound of Two Songs' is an intimate account of a foreigner's impression of Poland. Jacob Aue Sobol's 'I, Tokyo' is a pictorial journal of his experience living in Tokyo.

Sound of Two Songs

I, Tokyo

Later that night, I met a few of my friends from Singapore to celebrate my birthday. It was nice to catch-up with old friends/ex-officemates, most of them I have not seen for a very long time.

Joanne, Hermes, Rica, Gen, Andrew, Mitch, and myself


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