Man vs. Nature - Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
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Marina Bay Sands hotel… This name might sound familiar to all you architecture buffs (like my husband). It is one of the first and possibly only buildings to engineer a rooftop pool that spans the length of three separate buildings. It was a marvel to behold… nothing like swimming at the edge of an infinity pool that sits 80 stories high in the air!! As we arrived my feelings were mixed…. leaving behind the simplistic, natural, peaceful sanctuary of Bali and heading full blast into the one of the fastest growing financial epic centers of the world; staying at the quintessential “cherry on top of it all” hotel. As amazing as it was; I found it difficult to relate with my former self. All I could see was this ostentatious mega structure squeezed in the center of what seemed to be a game of “dog chasing it’s tail”. Where is the beginning? Where is the end? What is the point of it all? My veil had been lifted and I could no longer see the trees from the forest—or the skyscrapers from the city. Sitting next to us was another building in the shape of a lotus flower, seeming to add to the mockery of it all.
After spending a month, literally in the middle of rice fields on a small island in the South Pacific with full Wi-Fi connection—Skyping, face-timing and chatting with friends, family and business partners across the planet; I was really beginning to question everything. Why must we gather in these seemingly archaic, overcrowded, dirty areas we call cities? Like bugs to a lantern, we are drawn in—hypnotized and lulled into a coma like sleep by the chaotic energy. With such a large beautiful planet with so much open spacious land out there to be loved and enjoyed; are cities really that necessary anymore? Or could this be a form of Stockholm Syndrome—where we have fallen in love with our captor-the all mighty all powerful, romanticized city? It was the age-old rivalry playing out in front of me; man vs. nature. And it was becoming very clear whose team I was on.
I felt like mother nature was as conflicted as I was. The drastic change in the atmosphere had an effect on us all—needless to say, there was a lot of thunder and lightning both outside and inside our room. After a few days we all started to settle in. Of course it didn’t help that this “high-life” came with a lot of extra costs!! The price for one lunch in Singapore was the same price for 6 meals in Bali. And one nights’ average room stay was the equivalent of one weeks stay in Bali that included a private villa and pool. We quickly renamed Singapore—“Singarich”.
We ended our experience on a spiritual note—We visited a shopping area where they mixed spirituality with shopping—it was great!! We got blessed by a monk, got our auras read and bought some jewelry all at the same place. We learned that Jason has the power to save the world—if he applies himself. Ella, is magically connected to the greater universe. Ariana is the great artist and socializer for our family and I am the shiny, happy light that guides us. : )
Cultural note: before arriving each location we usually do “cultural” and local “etiquette” research. This was by far the most interesting yet… Chewing gum was against the law! In fact even being in possession of gum was against the law. Plus you could be imprisoned for littering or any sort of pubic misconduct. Singapore was one of the strictest but also one of the cleanest cities I have ever been too. Coincidence? I think not… ; )