Actually, my family did consider going for a cruise on this passenger liner instead:
However, I chickened out after I found out that I had to spend about S$2,000 for our family of 4 to go on a 2-night cruise-to-nowhere that would last less than 40 hours. And at that price, they were giving us a quad-sharing inside-room (which is a room with not even a porthole so you can't tell
weather whether it is day or night outside or what the whether weather is like outside). Moreover, we don't gamble so I see little point in going for the cruise.
Make no mistake - a stay at the hotel was not cheap either. A seaview room cost S$290++ which came up to S$338 nett. It was priced S$40++ more than a hillview one and a full 4 minutes was all I spent at the balcony to take some photos like this one:
Thanks to my blog, you can now decide if the view is worth it before you put your moolah down.
My wife seldom plans ahead for holidays. This break was actually decided only 2 days beforehand. (Chris, who sits next to me in the office, can vouch for me as he heard me make a phone booking for the hotel room.) Because of the late decision, cheaper options like Costa Sands (whose rates are less than 1/3 that of the hotel) were fully booked. Moreover, we had to contend with a hotel room number which everyone else had rejected:
It is also the World Cup (WC) season. Of course, the hotel's TVs were showing the live matches according to schedule:
Celebrity blogger Kenny Sia had a recent post here in which he took a dig at the WC Teamgeist soccer ball and how its logo seemed to be inspired by an item which most women aged 50 and below use once a month. (My sincere apologies to Chun See if I am found to be hosting contents which are deemed 'not so suitable' for the 'not so young at heart' in my blog yet again):
But I have to agree with Kenny that the resemblance is
unkenny uncanny. Even the hotel seemed to condom condone this practice. It had a mural of a similar-looking object on its 9th floor lift lobby:
Hmm... the mural must have been erected in honour of the World Cup, in particular, the Teamgeist soccer ball.