Un­der One Roof

At Ma­rina Bay Sands, Lily Ong in­dulged in good food and child­like fun in the com­pany of Bryan Loo, Sally Quah and their two adorable daugh­ters

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Bryan Loo and Sally Quah en­joy a short stay­ca­tion with their daugh­ters at Ma­rina Bay Sands

Bryan loo and Sally Quah en­joy tak­ing their two daugh­ters Kylie and Hay­ley for short stay­ca­tions. The charm­ing CEO of Loob Hold­ings con­fessed that carv­ing time for him­self for per­sonal hol­i­days is a lux­ury these days. “Bal­ance doesn’t ex­ist in my vo­cab­u­lary, so when I can, I take short breaks with Sally and the girls,” he says. There­fore, when the op­por­tu­nity came for Bryan and his fam­ily to en­joy a re­treat in Sin­ga­pore cour­tesy of Ma­rina Bay Sands, he and Sally were happy for the quick get­away with their daugh­ters. With world-class fine din­ing, shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment that in­cludes a casino and the Moshe Safdie- de­signed ho­tel with over 2,500 rooms, Ma­rina Bay Sands is in­vest­ing a lot of thought and ef­fort into build­ing its po­si­tion as an at­trac­tion for both adults and chil­dren alike. Case in point: the ho­tel’s newly com­pleted fam­ily room on the sec­ond and third floor of the com­plex. De­signed with fam­i­lies in mind, this sanc­tu­ary is fur­nished with a king-sized bed and two sin­gle beds for a fam­ily of four. Upon check­ing in at the fam­ily room suites, Kylie and Hay­ley were thrilled at the prospect of hav­ing their own beds, and tucked their stuffed toys un­der­neath the cov­ers to mark their ter­ri­tory. Like her daugh­ters, Sally too ex­pressed her ex­cite­ment at the child-sized bathrobes made avail­able, which she would use to dress them for a quick swim at the com­plex’s iconic rooftop in­fin­ity pool later in the af­ter­noon.

Af­ter check­ing in, we paid a visit to Pizze­ria Mozza for a carb-rich snack of deca­dent piz­zas be­fore pop­ping over next door for a sec­ond lunch at Os­te­ria Mozza. Peter Birks, the Bris­bane na­tive oversee­ing the re­gional Ital­ian cui­sine served at the restau­rant, kept de­lights af­ter de­lights com­ing for Bryan and his fam­ily—from rich and heavenly food like lin­guine with clams, pancetta and spicy chilies as well as tan­ta­lis­ing cour­ses like grilled Wagyu beef tagli­ata with ru­cola and parmi­giano reg­giano from the wood-fire grill. Bryan, who is ever the cu­ri­ous F&B en­tre­pre­neur, ex­pressed in­ter­est in try­ing out the restau­rant’s fa­mous moz­zarella bar, laden with ap­prox­i­mately 16 dif­fer­ent kinds of cheeses from Los An­ge­les to Italy which are made avail­able for tast­ing. Af­ter a sat­is­fy­ing lunch, it was time for an af­ter­noon of cul­tural en­rich­ment as we headed off to the lo­tus-shaped Arts­cience Mu­seum. Fu­ture World: Where Art Meets Sci­ence is the mu­seum’s new per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ja­panese in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary art col­lec­tive team­lab. It was this ex­hi­bi­tion that we chose to spend our af­ter­noon at, as Sally and her daugh­ters made a prompt bee­line to Slid­ing Through the Fruit Field, a colour­ful in­ter­ac­tive art­work de­signed for chil­dren that is pro­jected onto a newly de­signed slide. Kylie and Hay­ley were be­side them­selves with glee as they glided down the slide; their con­tact with the slope caus­ing the slide screen to con­jure up beau­ti­ful an­i­ma­tions. Hay­ley—in a smart move for a child so young—tried to slide back­wards to watch the an­i­ma­tion as she goes down. As for me, I spent most of my time at the Black Waves ex­hi­bi­tion, which fea­tures walls ren­dered en­tirely in dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy through­out the space—de­pict­ing the sea in the style of tra­di­tional Ja­panese paint­ing. It was re­lax­ing just to sit in the cush­ions strewn about the floor of the room, and watch the rhyth­mic move­ments of the wa­ter par­ti­cles on the walls that looked as if it was alive. Then it was time for some en­gag­ing fun at Town. Kylie and Hay­ley were par­tic­u­larly taken by Sketch Town, an in­no­va­tive in­stal­la­tion that en­gages chil­dren through play. This in­stal­la­tion is a de­pic­tion of a fic­ti­tious town, based on Sin­ga­pore that in­cludes recog­nis­able land­marks. Young vis­i­tors use crayons and pa­per to draw a build­ing, a car, or a plane for Sketch Town. When their twodi­men­sional pic­tures are placed in a dig­i­tal

scan­ner, they en­ter the town, be­com­ing 3D an­i­mated ob­jects. The vis­i­tors’ ur­ban de­signs be­come part of a vast pro­jected city, which they can phys­i­cally in­ter­act with through touch and move­ment, bring­ing the town to life. Touch a car, for ex­am­ple, and it will speed up, or change di­rec­tion. Af­ter two hours of play at the ex­hi­bi­tion, we re­treated to our rooms to re­fresh our­selves, fol­lowed by din­ner at The Bird South­ern Restau­rant and Bar—another renowned eatery un­der Ma­rina Bay Sands. The restau­rant serves south­ern US clas­sic dishes, in­clud­ing the fa­mous 100-year-old recipe for Lewellyn’s fine fried chicken and grilled mango salad. Among the clas­sic south­ern favourites, The Bird has also in­cluded as part of their menu, a Sin­ga­pore­ex­clu­sive dish with an in­ven­tive spin on lo­cal cui­sine—the Low Coun­try Laksa. Af­ter din­ner, it was time for a nos­tal­gic walk down mem­ory lane, as we all at­tended the show, Dis­ney in Con­cert: A Wish Is A Dream in Master­card The­atres. Like ev­ery lit­tle girl who wishes to be a princess, Kylie and Hay­ley thor­oughly en­joyed the show and ex­cit­edly sang along to fa­mous songs from numerous Dis­ney movies, both old and new.

DAY 2: EAT, PLAY, THINK

The next day, it was time for us to in­dulge in re­tail ther­apy, Vip-style. Af­ter a cus­tomised tour around the shop­ping area of Ma­rina Bay Sands on a swanky buggy, we split up once again as Bryan and Sally took their daugh­ters for a shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in stores ca­ter­ing to chil­dren, while I took up Ma­rina Bay Sands’ per­sonal shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence for the day. Avail­able for book­ing at S$250 per ses­sion, the Per­sonal Shop­ping at The Shoppes is a tai­lored ex­pe­ri­ence for any shop­per’s needs. Prior to the ap­pointed date, I had filled up a com­pre­hen­sive ques­tion­naire de­tail­ing in­for­ma­tion that will help cus­tomise the ex­pe­ri­ence to my needs. Af­ter ex­am­in­ing my an­swers, the team at Ma­rina Bay Sands

ar­ranged for me to pay a visit to French la­bel Anne Fon­taine—known for their chic mono­chrome everyday of­fice wear. It was a fun ex­pe­ri­ence, get­ting to try out dif­fer­ent out­fit com­bi­na­tions, as the store’s help­ful as­sis­tants put to­gether look af­ter look for me. While the per­sonal shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence comes with a high tea treat at the TWG Tea Sa­lon and Bou­tique af­ter the ses­sion, I opted out be­cause I had lunch plans with the Loos at db Bistro and Oys­ter Bar. There, over a scrump­tious three-course lunch, we swapped our shop­ping tales; Kylie and Hay­ley proudly showed me all the cute dresses their mother had bought for them. Then, they were ea­ger to re­visit the Arts­cience Mu­seum, so we de­cided to re-en­ter the Fu­ture World ex­hi­bi­tion, where Bryan and I left Sally and the girls at Town to ex­plore the Space ex­hibit. Sit­u­ated at the end of the Fu­ture World ex­hibit, we im­mersed our­selves in the stun­ning art­works cre­ated with team­lab’s In­ter­ac­tive 4-D Vi­sion tech­nol­ogy us­ing more than 170,000 LED lights, cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of stars mov­ing in space. We de­cided to also ex­plore the HU­MAN+ The Fu­ture of Our Species ex­hi­bi­tion, which ex­plores the pos­si­ble out­come of the fu­ture of our species. The point of this thought-pro­vok­ing show­case is to ask, what it means to be hu­man in a world of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, life­like ro­bots and ge­netic mod­i­fi­ca­tion. It probes the so­cial, eth­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal ques­tions raised by us­ing tech­nol­ogy to mod­ify our­selves. Bryan, who is cu­ri­ous by na­ture, en­joyed ev­ery minute of this ex­hi­bi­tion, from learn­ing about the world’s first cy­borg Neil Har­bis­son and meet­ing the Sin­ga­porean-built so­cial ro­bot, Na­dine. Bryan even sat down and ini­ti­ated a so­cial con­ver­sa­tion with her. To cap off our last even­ing to­gether, we popped over to Adrift, a pro­duce-based and Asian-in­spired restau­rant helmed by chef David Myers. At Sally’s en­cour­age­ment, we then went out for sup­per and a night­cap at Clarke Quay be­fore turn­ing in for the night. All in all, it was a mem­o­rable week­end es­cape for all of us—an ex­pe­ri­ence that proved that whether you are an adult or child, you can al­ways find ways to have fun and re­lax at Ma­rina Bay Sands.

Ma­rina Bay Sands is in­vest­ing a lot into build­ing its po­si­tion as an at­trac­tion for adults and chil­dren

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FAM­ILY DAY OUT Night view of Ma­rina Bay Sands; the Loo fam­ily at the Space Crys­tal Uni­verse ex­hibit; Low Coun­try Laksa; The Bird South­ern Restau­rant and Bar

DAY 1: FOOD FOR THE SOUL

WHEN ART AND SCI­ENCE MEET Fu­ture World: Where Art Meets Sci­ence is a crowd pleaser; fun for the lit­tle ones through­out the ex­hi­bi­tion’s in­ter­ac­tive ar­eas

MEET NA­DINE This so­cial ro­bot greets vis­i­tors at the end of the Hu­man+ ex­hi­bi­tion in the Arts­cience Mu­seum

FU­TURE IDEAS The Hu­man+ Ex­hibit pro­vided plenty of food for thought for Bryan Loo—about what it means to be hu­man in a world of tech­nol­ogy

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