Here I am! - After a perfect flight in the A380 that didn't seem like 12 hours at all (so I probably did get some sleep) I was actually surprised to 'already' be landing in Singapore. Then I thought how a big part of my 'co-flyers' in the plane were probably catching a connecting flight to Thailand or Australia and deceided that 12 hours are enough.
When we took off from Zürich it was cold (-10 C / 14 F), cloudy and everything was snow-covered. Arriving in Singapore everything was... dark. It was only 5.45 am, and apart from some lights I didn't really see anything of Singapore. But already the temperature was 27 degrees Celcius / 80 Fahrenheit! I quickly got through immigration, found my suitecase (after being convinced for 20 seconds that it had disappeared) and got into a taxi to my hotel. A nice 10 minutes drive - still dark. Arrived at the Mandarin Oriental - still dark. As Singapore is near the equator, sunrise is around 7am all through the year.
As my room was not ready yet I was treated to a complementary breakfast (Continental, British, American, Japanese, Chinese, Vegetarian, Indian - anything you can imagine!). Around 10 am I deceided to go for a stroll but just then my room was ready and I was escorted to the 16th floor.
Beautiful room - you can even see the Singapore Flyer through the window!
And looking to the right you I am looking straight at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel - I'm already looking forward to a night view this evening!
Oh, and in the front (this side of the water) you can see the yellow and blue seats for watching the Formula 1 race that's running just along the water in front of the Hotel.
I'll only be staying one night at the Hotel and then go to the appartment that will be my home for the next three months...!
Update: It's 8 pm and I just had to post this night-shot as well...