Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Marina Food Loft - One of the best Singapore skyline views

I'm just back from a two weeks' break in Singapore. Still trying to get over the jet lag, served me right for attempting to maximise my time through Singapore Airline's Krisworld. I don't know how but I managed to squeeze in five movies within the 13hr flight. I'm now paying for it by being wide awake at around 4am in London. Anyway, thought that it would be a good idea to a couple of posts about what guidebooks wouldn't cover about Singapore.

Good views invariably come with hefty price tags and like many other cities, so long as you are willing to spend, you can always be assured of a stunning view that would impress your date.

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Interestingly, one of the best views that Singapore can offer goes for under a fiver. The food court at Marina aptly named as Marina Food Loft is unknown to many tourists. In fact, many visitors were waylaid by the many restaurants and eateries on Marina's ground and first floor that they never reached the Food Loft on the second floor.

Note: there's no ground floor in Singapore and the equivalent is known as first floor. In other words, Marina Food Loft is on the 'third floor'.
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On all accounts, the food served in the food court, like many other cloned food courts, is laden with MSG and nothing to shout about. Desperate to get a bite, I opted for a roast pork rice S$5 and I was barely able to finish the dish, which was more fats than meat.
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Back to the view shall we? I am always amazed at much the scenary changes every time I visit the Food Loft (a year apart each visit). I could literally see the Sands Casino (or the Integrated Resort as some might choose to call it) across the Marina Bay slowly materialised.
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On the right of it is the Central Business District (CBD), the pulse of Singapore's financial sector. Further right would be the Esplanade,
Singapore's premier arts and theatre centre. Its twin spiky domes, an architectural feat when it was first built, were unfortunately at the butt of jokes of many locals.

Nevertheless, for those who could bear with the 34C heatwave that has engulfed the island, seating out on the loft with a teh tarik could be an experience in itself.

Do you know of any other location in Singapore that offer a fantastic view at an affordable price (or even better - for free!)?

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5 comments:

SheR. said...

Hello!!
You were in SG?? You didn't drop me an email to meet up...:P

Anyway, take care.
Missing London terribly here....

Emm said...

I was wondering hwere you were but didn't want to rudely demand of you where you'd been! Glad you're back though.

We had a view of some other hotels from our hotel window in Singapore, does that help?

C K said...

@SheR,
Ah, sorry about that. The trip was quite packed and we had to cover quite a number of meetups between the two of us, that's why.

Came back to brilliant weather in London. No complains there. :)

@Emm,
Mind me asking which hotel is that?

Emm said...

You know, I knew you were going to ask! Unfortunately, I don't know. Shortly after we got back home, my bag wit all my photos and travel documents was stolen and so we literally only have memories of our time in Singapore and Australia!

C K said...

@Emm,
Oh dear, hope you've got some form of insurance for that.

I was reading about Metro's promotion of Singapore's F1 racetrack view from Oriental Hotel this morning. Hmm, must say that the picture was rather well taken... and it sure didn't convey the humidity of it all. lol.