Look up 656ft and 4in – that’s where I spent Monday evening (the additional 4 inches are due to rocking my most adored pair of Louboutins!). In my last post I mentioned I was going to share with you one of my favourite places to hang out. This place is majestic and to me, THE most iconic building in Singapore…I present to you Marina Bay Sands! (MBS for short).
To be an info geek for just a second, MBS opened in 2010 and as I recently discovered, part of a 2 day celebration! The whole complex contains a hotel, luxury stores named ‘The Shoppes’, many impressive restaurants including 2 of my faves (CUT and db Bistro), 2 theatres, 2 floating crystal pavillions (one being an impressive Louis Vuitton store and the other a nightclub). There is also a casino, a skating rink surrounded by a vast food court, a convention centre and to finish, the complex is topped with what looks like a big ship to me, holding a SkyPark with an infinity pool! Now if that isn’t a bit mind-blowing then I don’t know what is!
I was on top of this ship, 57 floors high in the CE LA VI SkyBar where you are treated with epic panoramic views of Singapore. The bar oozes sophistication and style, it’s a relaxed atmosphere. Straight from the office ready to unwind at sunset, looking out to Malaysia on my left, Indonesia on my right and flirting with one of the sexiest cocktails (my tipple being Berry Bellini) is my idea of heaven. The DJ begins kicking out his loungey beats around 7pm as night falls and the city begins to pimp itself up in lights!
It’s obvious that this building and what it has to offer is cool, but the design, architecture and views aside, it’s a great place to chill and reflect. Each time I visit I am overwhelmed with gratitude, I mean let’s be honest – I live here! It’s pretty phenomenal! Somehow I always end up musing over my journey to Singapore, what I have achieved so far, the love of my life, what is important to me and what I want from my future. I have no regrets, I believe that a positive mindset is key to happiness. I have worked hard on myself to have an abundance of hope, optimism and future mindedness, this isn’t always easy of course but if you practice enough it becomes a habit.
My practicing has led to 3 daily habits:
1. Think of 3 things to be grateful for – today they were:
- The amount of support I have received in just 2 weeks since setting up my personal blog (seriously it has been overwhelming, thank you!)
- Waking up to bright sunlight in the bedroom this morning – how gorgeous is that and what a great start to the day!
- Being able to do a 13k walk home straight from the office, it’s a beautiful walk, it’s safe and just perfect to blow away the cobwebs!
2. Appreciate rather than complain – everything is an experience, from meeting people to undertaking activities. Maximizing your life is important, you don’t get another go at this, you only have one life! Don’t waste it being miserable, being angry or apportioning blame as this only makes you miss what is right in front of you!
3. Think happy thoughts – rather than allowing the negatives to take over, the worry and the sick feeling in your tummy to consume you, think of the people or the things that make you happy! Listen to your favorite tune, take yourself to a place where you have a great memory, something which makes you smile.
Try them, I hope these work for you!
So with all this in mind, a couple of Bellini’s later, chatting about life and what the future holds with one of my dear friends, reinforces just how lucky I am to be here. Dreams can come true if you believe and work hard enough. The desire to create a personal blog, share my life experiences and hopefully make a difference to others has been a passion of mine for some time. To be precise, the decision was made five and a half years ago, stood in the same bar looking out at the same view. Now THAT is awesome!
To quote Ms Audrey Hepburn, one of my idols, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”
Follow your dreams 🙂