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Postby morenangpinay » Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30 am

i prefer the view from the henderson wave bridge and the architecture is more unique

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:43 am

Brah wrote:That it's in the middle of nowhere probably doesn't help either. There's no other reason to be in that area.

I noticed the other day that the bus route now goes by it when before it turned on Stamford in front of the MBS bridge, perhaps to increase traffic flow.


There are few buses that pass by that place but the bus stops are NOT nearby. Bus riders are forced to either walk a long loop to reach the pedestrian crossing, or to jaywalk. There is connecting bridge from the dedicated multi-storey car park across the road but one has to find his own way inside. Inconvenient, really.

Promenade MRT station is also NOT close enough.

For an isolated attraction like that, the trouble is just too much.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:13 pm

Brah wrote:The location isn't the best. People obviously aren't prepared to travel just to use the flyer......

And, I agree, the views are nothing special from it.



And therein lies the rub. They used to say the average visitor to SG stays two days... well how many of them are going to take a half-day out of that the ride a ferris wheel in the middle of nowhere?

I've ridden neither the Flyer not the London Eye... nor any other since pre-teens visits to country fairgrounds. No interest. But at least the London Eye is surrounded by other points of interest within walking distance.

SG seems to try and build 'tourist sites' to take passenger traffic to a wider area of SG (bird park in Jurong anyone, surprised they haven't moved the zoo to Seletar? (to neither I have been either, despite being a devout bird-lover!). I reckon most people just can't be bothered... especially when it's 35c in the shade and $35+ just to get in... suddenly enjoying the air-con down at McDonalds Orchard Road is a far better proposition.

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 07 Jun 2013 7:55 pm

Those "duck" things stop at the flyer, and there is some kind of Singapore food trail shuttle bus that stops there.

That said, I did go twice, but only rode once. First time we tried to walk from Esplanade MRT because I didn't know better. By the time we got there there were storm clouds and distant lightning, so they shut the whole thing down. The same kind of weather we see in Singapore almost every day. If they shut down over that, no wonder they lose money.

It's still not a bad place to take tourists if you run out of things to do. Closer than going all of the way to the zoo at least.

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 07 Jun 2013 8:09 pm

I've been to the flyer twice and both on heavily discounted tickets and with different people. Only one side of the flyer has views (as the other faces the sea), and is only interesting to see at night.

And the same view can be seen seen from MBS.

There are no other points of interest that way except for an overpriced copy of Penang's foodie places and you will end up queueing longer than the actual duration of the ride.

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:23 pm

nakatago wrote:There are no other points of interest that way except for an overpriced copy of Penang's foodie places and you will end up queueing longer than the actual duration of the ride.


I think they have a "drive this ferrari around" type deal near the Gran Prix weekend. Being Singapore I'm sure it's extremely expensive and you're probably extremely limited in what you can do.

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Postby ecureilx » Sun, 09 Jun 2013 1:25 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
nakatago wrote:There are no other points of interest that way except for an overpriced copy of Penang's foodie places and you will end up queueing longer than the actual duration of the ride.


I think they have a "drive this ferrari around" type deal near the Gran Prix weekend. Being Singapore I'm sure it's extremely expensive and you're probably extremely limited in what you can do.


and after finding out the guy who smashed the Spyker was told painfully that if you smash the car, the repair has to be from your pocket, and no insurance cover is valid .. that doesn't sound attractive too ..

let me stick to driving my boss' Cayanne ;)

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:30 am

Given the choice of a 30min trip on a wheel at the prices they charge, or a relaxed stay-as-long-as-you-want trip for free up to the top of MBS, I know which is more appealing.

Throw in 1-Altitude and The Stamford, job done.

Trying to compare it to London is like trying to compare it to Monaco, not going to come out of it on the right side.
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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 9:13 am

ScoobyDoes wrote:Given the choice of a 30min trip on a wheel at the prices they charge, or a relaxed stay-as-long-as-you-want trip for free up to the top of MBS, I know which is more appealing.

Throw in 1-Altitude and The Stamford, job done.


Yeah, I'd much rather spend my ~$27 at 1Altitude. You get a drink included at that price and much better views of pretty much everything (even than from MBS imo).

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 9:25 am

zzm9980 wrote:
ScoobyDoes wrote:Given the choice of a 30min trip on a wheel at the prices they charge, or a relaxed stay-as-long-as-you-want trip for free up to the top of MBS, I know which is more appealing.

Throw in 1-Altitude and The Stamford, job done.


Yeah, I'd much rather spend my ~$27 at 1Altitude. You get a drink included at that price and much better views of pretty much everything (even than from MBS imo).


And you don't have people blocking your view because they're taking pictures with their stupid ipads in flipcovers.

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Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:35 am

There are still a few good thins about flyer:
1) you can take photos with it at the background,
2) if you're a pervert. you can take the flyer with your girlfriend, and nobody can see what you're both doing inside (can't do that in MBS!)

But I've never been even near that thing anyway. :)

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:50 am

Sergei82 wrote:There are still a few good thins about flyer:
1) you can take photos with it at the background,
2) if you're a pervert. you can take the flyer with your girlfriend, and nobody can see what you're both doing inside (can't do that in MBS!)

Problem: The staff will try to squeeze to the max number of visitors inside a cabin. Unless you visit during off-peak time, maybe you can try that.

But I've never been even near that thing anyway. :)

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:55 am

Sergei82 wrote:2) if you're a pervert. you can take the flyer with your girlfriend, and nobody can see what you're both doing inside (can't do that in MBS!)


Maybe the perverts in SBF know someone who tried that already (or just search the stomp archives!).

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:04 am

the lynx wrote:Problem: The staff will try to squeeze to the max number of visitors inside a cabin. Unless you visit during off-peak time, maybe you can try that.


You are kidding right ?

Until last year, our company had corporate pass, and every time I went there, the cabin had less than 10 people max .. and twice it was just me and my other half only .. yep, did about 12 rounds or so .. including those with friends and visitors .. plus more with my volunteer group .. :D

Only on weekends and when I was there with my volunteer group did they try to fill to max - even then it was nowhere near their stated maximum of 28 - 15 at the most was what I could count ... maybe that's part of the reason for their going into receivership ?

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:11 am

ecureilx wrote:Only on weekends and when I was there with my volunteer group did they try to fill to max


Didn't you just state what I already stated? :roll:


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