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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

THE MARINA BAY SANDS



All I can say is wow.  These are two views from my room:


The Marina Bay Sands is an $8 billion integrated resort which had its grand opening last month.  There are 2561 rooms, a major convention center, casino (500 tables and 1600 slot machines), seven celebrity chef restaurants and an Art and Science Museum, topped by a 1280 foot long Sky Park with a 492 foot long Infinity Pool over three towers.  I'm at the edge of Universe:



Here is a night view of the pool:


There is no Las Vegas Sands anymore, of course, but don't feel too sorry for billionaire Sheldon Adelson, as he owns 65% of the Venetian and Palazzo in Vegas, the Sands in Macao, and this mega resort in Singapore.  One of my books calculated that he makes $1 million/hour.

My first meal in Singapore was at a Japanese fusion restaurant, KU DE TA, on the top (57th floor) of this complex.  With background music of "world vocal house," which sounds like a discotheque of today, I had a 2009 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Voyage from Malborough (NZ, 13.5%) and a 2008 Mitolo Jester Shiraz from McLaren Vale (Australia, 14.5%) served in Riedel glasses.  My first serving was a combination pressed baby spinach with toasted sesame and miso cured foie gras with salmon belly bacon.  My main course featured a medium rare Cape Grim black angus ribeye (Australia) overwhelmed with braised red onion and coriander butter, plus organic rice from Akita and white miso soup with seaweed and spring onions.  If they had reduced the flavoring of the meat dish by 90%, it would have done more justice to the beef.  All in all, though, an enjoyable experience.  The Assistant Restaurant and Bar Manager, Bob Zulkeffly, and I struck up a conversation at the end, he found me an outside table to view the night sights (the whole place was packed), and was nice enough to send over a mango, rum, uber concoction for me to drink.  I then went for a swim in their Infinity Pool, as shown above.

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That 7.3 earthquake in the Pacific, 270 miles from Tokyo, shook buildings for 30 seconds, generated a 2 foot tsunami and apparently caused no real damage.

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