Day 3 (14 September): Gardens by the Bay and Formula 1

Just a quick post as it was a full day, hot and tiring.

We are staying at the Somerset Liang Court, which is right opposite Fort Canning. It’s conveniently located next to the river, Clarke Quay and also the MRT. The upgrade count started as we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment - we have acres of room and most importantly a washing machine.

In the morning we walked to the Swissotel at Raffles City to collect our tickets for the Formula 1. Even at 10am we quickly learned to walk in the shade. Tickets collected, we then caught the MRT around to Bayfront and explored the spectacular Gardens by The Bay. Our F1 tickets got us free entry to the Skywalk. “Finally, the F1 delivers something worthwhile,” quipped The Navigatrix.

We will follow up later with a detailed post about the Gardens. They are truly spectacular - the imagination and the scale must be seen to be believed. The Marina Bay Sands hotel is (to borrow a phrase from Kevin McCloud) a stonking piece of architecture.

In the middle of the afternoon we went across to the track. Our seats for today were on the main straight, directly opposite the Sauber and McLaren pits. We were also directly in the sun, so the first part of the practice session was hard going - it’s not the heat that gets you, it’s the humidity. The Navigatrix escaped to the back of the stand so she could shelter underneath her umbrella. She made a friend with a lady from Indonesia who was treating herself to the race - “I love the cars and bikes,: she said. “I sometimes think I was born with male hormones!”

Our tickets for today also gave us free entry to the Singapore Flyer. After the first practice session we strolled around and took the ride up to 165 meters high. If the sun was still up we could probably see Indonesia.

Back to our seats for the night session. The cars are beautiful under the lights and the sparks are clearly visible. After about an hour we decided to make an early break for the exit. We crossed over the track and stood on the inside of turn 5. Oh my goodness the cars can carry so much speed through the corners. The sound is also way more impressive - it seems louder than in Melbourne but probably due to the surroundings being more built up.

We were back home in bed by 10.30pm.

As said, we will send a more detailed post with photos later on when we have more time to write and edit.