December 2010 archives

Entry no.: 1199

26 Dec 2010, 7:25 PM

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Travel More Marina Bay, Singapore

The Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Sands hotel seen from across Marina Bay. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Did you see the movie Contact?

Central Business District, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Part of Central Business District, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands Hotel seen from the Merlion, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Sands hotel seen over the Merlion crowd. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Merlion, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Merlion, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Merlion is Singapore's mascot—an imaginary creature with a lion head and a fish body (Singapore's original name—"Singapura"—meaning "lion city").

The Esplanade, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Esplanade, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Esplanade—I wrote about it two years ago.

Central Business District, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore., 2010.

Central Business District as seen from Marina Bay Sands hotel right after sunset. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

I know, the last picture might be too noisy to be published. But—who cares?

Entry no.: 1198

24 Dec 2010, 7:40 PM

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Travel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Sands SkyPark cantilevers at Marina Bay Sands Hotel. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands SkyPark is an architectural masterpiece sitting on top of the three hotel towers at Marina Bay Sands, at 200 meters in the sky and the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.

Yep, those are the 67 meters.

Singapore Marina Bay, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Singapore Marina Bay. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel (towers 2 and 3) and Sands SkyPark © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands SkyPark is a 1.2 hectare/12,400 square meters tropical oasis—large enough to park four-and- a-half A380 jumbo jets. As large as three football fields.

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel (towers 1 and 2) and Sands SkyPark © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

At floor 57, housed by The Sands SkyPark, the 150-meter infinity swimming pool is the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. The SkyPark also boasts rooftop restaurants, nightclubs, gardens hundreds of trees and plants and a public observatory.

The Artscience museum, Marina Bay Sands, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Chrystal Pavilion North and the Artscience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Artscience Museum, The Float and The Esplanade, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Artscience Museum, The Float and The Esplanade, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Float at Marina Bay is located on the waters of the Marina Reservoir, in Marina Bay, Singapore.

Made entirely of steel, the floating platform measures 120 meters long and 83 meters wide, which is 5% larger than the soccer field at the National Stadium.

The platform can bear up to 1,070 tones, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tones of stage props and three 30-tone military vehicles. The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.

Middle-top in the picture is the The Esplanade—I wrote about it two years ago.

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel and SkyPark. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, and the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the land.

The resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore. The consortium won in a bid were participants were assessed based on four criteria:

  • tourism appeal and contribution;
  • architectural concept and design;
  • development investment;
  • strength of the consortium and partners.

Not price? Not shady cheapness, nor friendship with the president—like we assess bidders in Romania? Interesting.

Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest—the two cooled conservatories—in construction at Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing program that enhances greenery and flora in the city.

Central Business District of Singapore, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Central Business District, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

I like—and respect—this city more and more each day.

Entry no.: 1197

21 Dec 2010, 8:32 AM

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Photography I was so pleased to be informed of this that I ran twenty red lights in his honor

I was so pleased to be informed of this that I ran twenty red lights in his honor, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Florence, 2010.

Street, Florence. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 1196

20 Dec 2010, 9:27 AM

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Photography If you're a good boy mama's gonna put all of her fears into you

If you're a good boy mama's gonna put all of her fears into you, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Street, Shanghai. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 1195

17 Dec 2010, 10:01 AM

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Photography She said "Your letters," and torn them to pieces with her long-fingered hands

She said "Your letters," and torn them to pieces with her long-fingered hands, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Tuscany, 2010.

Toscana, Italy. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 1194

14 Dec 2010, 9:43 AM

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Photography The air smells unfamiliar and everything seems from a different dimension

The air smells sweet, unfamiliar, and everything seems from a different dimension, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Shanghai. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 1193

11 Dec 2010, 7:43 PM

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Photography Seven of the 100 most important people of the 20th century

Mao: Seven of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Dongtai Lu, Shanghai. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Mao memorabilia seems quite an industry in China: from replicas (I presume) of the Little Red Book to posters and statues.

Entry no.: 1191

6 Dec 2010, 8:42 AM

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Photography The watcher said—"All the best has come, it could not last, and then the worst is has come true"

The watcher said—"All the best has come, it could not last, and then the worst is has come true", © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2010.

Shanghai's Pudong as seen from the top of the Hyatt on the Bund. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 1190

3 Dec 2010, 1:20 PM

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Photography The sun has sunk behind you and now everything's completely foreign to your ways

The sun has sunk behind you and now everything's completely foreign to your ways, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Zhouzhuang, China. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

87 kilometres west of Shanghai and 900 years old, Zhouzhuang is the most famous water town in China—being called the "Venice of the East," makes this woman the local equivalent of a gondolier.

Entry no.: 1189

1 Dec 2010, 10:07 AM

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Photography Mama will always find out where you've been

Mama will always find out where you've been, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Dongtai Lu Antique Market, Shanghai. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.