On Friday night one of Phil's colleagues had wangled a hotel room on the 35th floor of the Swiss Hotel overlooking the track. We drunk the minibar dry and got very over-excited by everything happening 300ft below us.
|View from 35th floor
Once we had polished off a couple of bottles of the bubbly stuff we walked to the Padang and to see Kylie Minogue perform. I don't think I'll ever understand the appeal with Kylie but Phil went cray over her which was rather entertaining!
On Saturday evening (after a day of hungover Dragon Boat training) we saw Bastille and Queen who were both flipping fantastic. I absolutely love Bastille, but Queen was a whole other level of brilliance. I was floating around in ecstasy for most of the evening. In fact, I'd go as far as to say I was a bit like a tiger defying the laws of gravity...
Ahh. I just loved it. Adam Lambert and Brian May are the BEES KNEES.
Sunday was race day and before everything kicked off, Phil and I headed over to The Regent Four Seasons Hotel for a bottomless brunch at their Manhattan Bar with some new pals. I have had bottomless brunches in London loads of times with friends, so thought I knew what to expect, but boy was I wrong.
We had unlimited cocktails, wine and beer for four hours, along with some of the most delicious food I have had in Singapore. There was a whole room full of spices, spirits and mixers to make your own cocktail if desired. There was also a whole room dedicated to Baked Alaska desserts. A seafood station with oysters, lobster, clams, prawns and crab. A steak counter with the juiciest and most tender steak with all the condiments and melted cheese. A delicatessen counter with cheese, bread, smoked salmon, cold meats. A dessert counter with loads of little hand-made french patisserie and cakes, along with a whole shelf of cronuts and cookies.
I don't really believe in heaven, but if I did...
We left brunch and wondered around the Bay a bit before the race started. I thought I'd had my fill of great music for the weekend, but these geniuses were playing at the Esplanade...
Our seats were on the Bayfront Grandstand - reasonably priced and a really good vantage point as we got to see the cars accelerating on the straight and then breaking to go around the corner. I thought about how bruised and battered I was from the Go Karting I did a couple of weekends ago... then I think about how the likes of Jensen Button must feel after a two hour slog around the track!
This weekend was one of the best I've had in Singapore. Filled with great food, drink, music, sport and of course, great company. What a weekend.
It is safe to say...