Breathtaking photos

Someone sent these few photos to me, about Marian Bay Sands in Singapore, which costs, according to the email received, 4 billions pounds to build. Singapore probably would be the Las Vegas of the East.

I am not promoting it, but just to share with you these amazing views…

The pool features in the photo is called Infinity Pool, at 55 storey high. It has a length of 3 olympic swimming pools, and at 650 feet high, the largest outdoor pool at that height.

(literally Top of the world)

I have not seen it personally, and i do not think I can afford to see it , since a room in that hotel costs , again according to the article emailed to me (apparently taken  from Daily Mail), 350 English pounds  (RM 1750) a night….a university graduate’s one month pay in Malaysia.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 15:56:45

    That must be the royal suite.


  2. CYC
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 17:29:10

    When we are young but poor, how could we afford this luxury?

    But the corrupted one will rush across to enjoyed the scenic view with the taxpayers money.

    When will our GLCs across this scenic pool (Iskandar Development Corporation) embark on another similar or grander one to rival Singapore just to satisfy the Ketuanan ego? Kalah (rugi) tak apa, gaya mest ada !


  3. teeteetootootaataa
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 19:35:45

    that is nothing compare to the al-burj hotel in dubai


  4. WEC
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 20:24:56

    If good governance is not maintained, Singapore may become the SIN CITY of Asia with the opening of another casino.

    Maybe this is a blessing for Malaysia with “hotspots” for “Underbellies” and “Kingpins” redirected to this island.


  5. chabalang
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 22:22:27

    Dear Dr., don’t be so humble…I am sure you can afford S$359++ (or MYR840++) a night. Yes, it is relatively more expensive than Malaysian hotel rooms but it is comparable or cheaper than a lot of hotel rooms in the West. The room rate is cheaper than a good 5-star hotel room rate in Hong Kong.

    The “infinity” outdoor pool is open to all hotel guests. But non-hotel guests can access the skypark – observation deck (I think it is S$20).


  6. Dr Hsu
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 22:39:23

    The price is 350 English Pounds a nigh(RM1750), since this was from the Daily Mail , and English paper.

    Yes, many of us can still pay the price for a night , but it is really too much to pay for when you can stay in much cheaper hotel for about Rm 200-300 a night…


  7. disgusted
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 23:28:38

    Such extravagance !! Many of you can afford but whether it is worth it….or lying in Kuantan beach paying much much less under a coconut tree.

    Or with RM1,750 you can go to Pulau Rendang and be naturalist with the natural environment.

    I don’t know, the earth is cracking up and in a few thousand years, only the pillar will probably be still standing.


  8. yb
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 23:58:21

    Wow, that is impressive. I’m tempted to take a tour. Only!



  9. kacau kacau
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 00:56:49

    I’m sure Malaysia can “build it”. We are so obsessed with ala-all-style-no-substance stuff. Paying off foreigners astronomically to achieve shiok sendiri “milestones”… Tallest building in the world, Formula 1 team, space tourist program, national car, longest bridge in ASEAN, floating mosque, crystal mosque…. all the ubiquitous Malaysia Boleh fanfare… It’s a joke, but nobody’s laughing…


  10. Chabalang
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 11:21:39

    Dear Dr., Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is having an opening special at S$359++ (SGD, not GBP) (

    I did not make my point clear in my earlier comment. There is a difference between affordability and willingness, it is a matter of choice – we, M’sians are used to “cheap” room rates. We are rather stuck in a low-income, low-cost situation. The MBS room rate is relatively affordable by Singapore GDP/capita but not so for M’sian – we are still low income – sigh.

    M’sian hotels’ room rates are one of the cheapest in the region or even in the world. I remember YTL boss once commented that Ritz-Carlton room rate in KL is the cheapest in the world.

    To me, what is opulent is: Burj Al Arab, Dubai (the cheapest room offer is around AED4,000++ or MYR3,520++), even the Altantis in Dubai is charging around AED900++ or MYR800++.


  11. Dr Hsu
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 13:58:35

    Thanks for the info and the link.


  12. sosong
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 16:46:50

    that is nothing compare to the al-burj hotel in dubai
    By: teeteetootootaataa on July 1, 2010

    Well Dubai built with borrow money, In spore, they build with investor money, soon Dubai will have tons of problem getting enaf qualify ppl to man their all luxury properties!!


  13. Ken
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 13:45:48

    Malaysians are falling behind in income which has stagnated for the past 20 years while cost of living has risen many times. To compound the problem the ringgit has depreciated from from US$1 = RM2.50 to RM3.30 today. I can remember when A$1=RM2.00 but it’s more like RM3 now.

    Malaysians will find it more and more expensive to go overseas. A plate of fried rice in an average HK restaurant cost RM25. Is it expensive to us? Yes but not to those working there. Even a foreign maid in HK earns RM2000, probably more as my info may be outdated.

    While in Giant the other day, I noted an advert for cashiers and store assistants for RM800 a month. This may be just OK if you stay and eat with your parents but can any local who needs to pay rent and transport expenses survive on this?

    Our factories, businesses and service industries are addicted to cheap labour. Ask them to pay more and they moan that they will have to close shop. They also keep complaining no locals are interested. With pay that locals cannot survive what do they expect? Do you find foreign waiters and factory workers in Japan?

    As for currency, Bank Negara’s policy is a weak ringgit to help exporters with no thought for consumers. Competing on a weak currency instead of productivity, creativity and efficiency is very bad policy and unsustainable.

    We are caught in the middle income trap (soon to be low income as others catch up). At the low end our wages are squeezed by foreign labour. The professional end isn’t doing too well either. As Dr. Hsu mentioned, RM1750 is equal to a graduate’s pay in Malaysia. It has stayed the same for the past 20 years.


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