The fact the the F1 SGP 2009 fell on conjuction with my birthday and was what made up the surprise of it all made my birthday weekend one of the best birthdays of my life!
Its not often I head across the causeway over to Singapore. Too close (and expensive) for comfort? So everytime I enter Singapore I am truly amazed at how well run the country is – in terms of efficiency, transportation and the general feel of it. Its really alittle like an Asian Australia, isnt it?
Upon arrival at the Ritz Carlton, we checked in and were greeted by the Formula Chocolates (above) which were too cute to eat.
Guess I could squeeze in a hotel review while I’m at it. The service was fair to moderate at the Ritz, but you got the usual nightly turning over of the bed, daily chockies and a very friendly Doorman (Malaysian, too!). The spa wasn’t much but the masseurs (two out of 3 tried) were wonderful Singaporean Aunties who packed a good punch (literally as strong as an ox!)
So spoiled! So spoiled! We were provided with everything we needed – but I was hoping we would not have to really wear those damn raincoats. My hair! My Hair!
And we had to trailed a small throng of people walking like ants in a refuge camp during WWII up and down temporarily erected metal overhead bridges:
….after what seemed like miles on end….
What was the first thing we did? Merchandise ourselves out, of course!!
Speaking of whom….we saw Nicole jumping up and down on the TV screens during the race!
But not before joining….
I was surprised to note that not the WHOLE grandstand was fully sold out. Oh well, the hype has possibly died down from last year, but Singapore Straits Times reported a whopping 80,000 crowd that turned out.
Wellll it was all very exciting, but we didnt stay til the end. Couldnt bear the thought of that trudge back to the hotel with the ant farm. Anyway, Lewis led the whole way. ISH!
While the whole sha-bang was very interesting and cause mild to moderate heart palpitations, I’m not sure if I would go again next year. But the experience comes highly recommended and the night race just gives a different vibe altogether.
The only pesky thing was that Singaporean roads were closed all around the hotels in the area and to go to Orchard cost us SGD35 per trip on a hotel taxi. Most cabs didnt want to come into the area, OH WELL! NO Shopping this trip!!!