Here we go again. I almost cried when I rode the Wheel of Fate in Enchanted Kingdom. Almost died when forced to take the MOA Eye. Now I found myself stepping inside the Singapore Flyer, the tallest ferris wheel in the world. What the effing eff.
Towering at 165 meters, it looked down on me the same way I look down on some of my friends. CHAROT! It currently holds the record of being taller than the Star of Nanchang and the London Eye and I was hesitant on riding it due to my fear of heights. It’s a good thing I was tired from all the walking done during the afternoon so no one could distinguish the look of fear and anxiety on my beautiful face.
The flyer has 28 capsules that can accommodate a maximum of 28 people and makes 28 full rotations a day. What’s with the number ’28′ you say? The people behind this design believed in the power of the number 28 saying that brings good fortune, thus being labeled as the Wheel of Fortune by those who have ridden it saying that it has brought them good luck after.
Knowing that I may not be able to get this opportunity again without having to pay $33 for the entrance fee, I summoned my balls and put on my manly stank face as I stepped inside one of the capsules.
In fairness, it really wasn’t that scary up top. I think the fact that each capsule is big enough to hold more than 20 people at a time can get you a little bit at ease knowing you’re with a big group. Plus, the view of Singapore City at night is truly rewarding and is a great way to cap off the night. Although I gotta admit that I tip-toed inside all the while due to vertigo.
For couples, they have capsules that act as a mini restaurant where 5 pairs can enjoy the awesome view while having a romantic full course dinner. You just have to finish eating after 2 full rotations and each takes a little less than an hour. For bigger groups, you can rent a private capsule and hold a small party inside. Cool, noh? Sa MOA Eye kapag dalawa lang kayo, isasabay pa kayo sa dalawang jeje. Hassle.
In case of emergencies, each capsule is equipped with supplies if ever the wheel stops. Each capsule also has 4 detachable benches, 2 security cameras, and a fire extinguisher.
IS IT WORTH THE TRIP?
Heck, yes. Coming from someone who dreads ferris wheels, the Singapore Flyer is a great chance to try and conquer your fear of heights. Unlike others that have smaller capsules, you can barely feel it moving which lessens the fear factor. I would actually have no problem taking it again. =)
HOW TO GET THERE:
If you’re taking the MRT, Take Exit A of the Promenade Station and the flyer is just five minutes away on foot. By public bus, you can take the 106, 111, or 133 and alight at Temasek Avenue which is just across the Singapore Flyer.
You can also conquer your fear of heights with the Singapore Flyer by flying to the Lion City via AirAsia Philippines who now has daily flights from Clark to Singapore and you can make your reservations by booking through their official website. And if you want hassle-free hotel and tour booking, you can do so via Air Asia Go. Fo regular updates on promos, you can follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook!
Additional photos by Jaypee David.