If you are fond of bar hopping, clubbing, and discos, then Clarke Quay in Singapore would be a good place for you to spend a great night out with friends. I never had the chance to hang out on the pubs, restos and bistros here. Actually, I am not a big fan of drinking so I rarely hang out on these kind of places. But it would be nice to drink with friends once in a while to catch up with some things. A few nights before I went home to my home country, my friends took me here to hang out but nobody’s in the mood for a drink. So we just went for a walk around and had a look. It was the only time I was able to have a good look on every corner of that place.
GMAX REVERSE BUNGY
Clarke Quay at sunset
Clarke Quay is a historical site located within the Singapore River. In the middle of the river is a boat for Singapore River Cruise. For $17, you can have a Singapore River Experience for 40 mins passing over Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay or $22 for a 60 mins cruise. I haven’t tried that yet too. I don’t know how to swim so it gives me the creeps when it comes to rivers and seas. I am willing to try it if I have company. It’s just that I never got the chance since I always stroll along parks and other tourist spots alone.
I just love sunsets anywhere. 🙂
What fascinated me here are the old buildings which they renovated into pubs, discos and restaurants in different colourful shades that catches attention even from a distance.
The view of the Novotel Hotel
I liked the idea of sitting here holding a conversation with a friend while drinking beer.
There are also moored Chinese junks they call tongkangs which are converted into floating pubs and restaurants.
The Riverside Point
These are pod-like eating areas in different colors. At the far end is the GMAX REVERSE BUNGY.
This was taken from a hotel room in Novotel. Overlooking is the Central and below are the umbrella-like canopies in different colors.
Colorful umbrella-like canopies are on the left while a Spanish Restaurant in Victorian style building is on the right. I fancy those canopies from the moment I set foot on this place. The lights which turn into different colors gives the place a dramatic effect. On the right are different restaurants which offer Italian, Asian, Western, Chinese and other Cuisine.
The canopies from a closer look.
The water fountain is in the middle of the place with different pubs on the background.
There’s also the Sunday Flea Market for great bargains and sales (10am to 6pm) right here with over 70 stalls selling antiques and collectibles, handicrafts, clothes and more. But I have also never tried it before. 😦
This is the Clarke Quay Street converted to pedestrian mall, pubs, discos and restaurants. Everywhere is a mixture of foreigners of different races. It is a place where you can see other types of people other than those having chinky eyes. 😉
On the right is an old Victorian building. I just love the architecture with the effect of the colors they used to enliven the place.
There are different restaurants offering exquisite Asian, Italian, Spanish, and Western cuisine everywhere. Take your pick.
And here are the pubs and discos. We noticed a long queue on some of the pubs. And you can’t also avoid some bustle on some who are tipsy or drunk. My friends and I were walking on one of the alleys here and we noticed a man tugging a woman in short skirt toward a dark corner. Well, it looks like both of them are drunk.
This is a view taken from a hotel room in Novotel. Below in the middle is the G-Max. Straight ahead is the Marina Bay Sands and above you can see fireworks. This is just one of the rehearsals for the lighting of fireworks for the Singapore Day. And to the far left is the Singapore Flyer. If you notice, you can see our reflections from the glass wall. 😀 This was taken during my friend’s bachelorette party.
This is the G-MAX Reverse Bungy. All those who want to try it, you have to pay $45 fee. And if you want a shirt and a video of yourself being hurled out in the air with your ugliest facial expression while screaming in fear, then you have to pay additional $10 for it. 😀
At first I thought it is a closed glass capsule like the one in Singapore Flyer. But upon a closer look, it is an open capsule made of steel. Three persons are strapped inside that capsule and then they are hurled 60 meters up in the sky in the speed of 200 kph. They are being thrown up, down, and around until they finally come to a stop in mid-air. Then they will be lowered down until they reach the ground. I love heights! But after watching all the people who had the courage to try it, I chickened out. Well, firstly, I don’t want to throw up all the food I ate for dinner that night. Secondly, I don’t want to die yet. And with my skinny body and small size, I’m afraid those straps are not enough for me to feel secure that I will not be flying straight to the moon. Thirdly, my fear keeps consuming me all over while I hear all the screams from the persons trying it. I am sure their screams can be heard all over Clarke and Boat Quay. And I can clearly see how their knees wobble after being taken out from their straps. And lastly, I might as well just spend the $45 fee on food or shopping than spend it here.
Well, the night ended where I had to sleep over my friend’s house because there’s no more available MRT or bus toward my home’s direction. And taking a taxi alone in the wee hours of 2am in the morning would be expensive as well as scary. I don’t feel safe taking a taxi alone at that time.
That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂