S ENG 46 BLUE WINGS SUMMER 2011 ee the city sparkle when darkness descends, the daytime humidity has lifted and the crowds are in bed this is your opportunity to enjoy singapore's latest big attraction: the Marina bay sands. Piercing the sky with its cantilevered observation deck atop three hotel towers and the graceful blossom of its artscience Museum, the still-in-progress integrated resort is awe-inspiring. The best place to take it in is from Merlion Park, adjacent to 1 Fullerton Road at the mouth of the river. Marvel at the architectural icon of the so-called new singapore, a mirage built on what were open seas just 40 years ago, as you stroll up to the mammoth development along the waterfront promenade. BaSk IN tHE LIGHt If you want to enjoy some company, head for Marina barrage or Clarke Quay (at the large field next to Riverside Walk), which is popular with hobbyists who fly their Led-lit kites across the inky skies into the wee hours of the morning. If you're in town on the weekend of august 26 and 27, don't miss the night Festival, an annual extravaganza of installations and performances that features free entry to numerous museums. Centred around the national Museum, which is open during the event from 7 pm to 2 am, the festival is an annual highlight which draws huge crowds with live performances accompanied by spectacular light shows. SING yoUR HEaRt oUt Fancy yourself a bit of a rock star? The city's lively karaoke lounges are just the place for you to pass a few fun hours head to Mono at nightlife complex st. James Power to belt out your favourite tunes from their extensive music catalogue and watch other wannabe singers warble in the swanky monochromatic setting over a cocktail. Tip: if you're shy about your talent, you can book one of their individually themed private rooms. SHop 'tILL yoU dRop If you've forgotten your jewellery or need a shirt for a last-minute meeting, Mustafa Centre is not just the one-stop that carries almost everything, it's also singapore's only 24-hour shopping mall. Located in the Little India district, the 150,000-square-foot retail space is packed from floor to ceiling with everything from electronics, watches and jewellery to housewares, clothing, sportsgear, groceries and pharmaceuticals. Reminiscent of a bangalore bazaar, the mall is extremely popular for its competitive prices. don't miss the sumptuous saris found in basement 1, and pick up a little tourist souvenir from level 2.
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