Vista from Westin
World's Largest Fountain
||The Westin is one of the tallest hotels on the west
side of the city proper. Being at the mouth of the Singapore River gives the viewer
a great vista of this side of town.
|Being a "vertical" city, the shopping malls
are formed in the first 3-5 stories of the office and appartment buildings. These
"vertical" malls are all over the place. Plenty of area to help increase
the economy of Singapore. SunTec Mall is one of the newer malls built in a series of
building that resemble a hand.
Four 45-storey office
towers form the "fingers" and the 18-storey Suntec Tower Five, the
"thumb" of this giant hand while the Singapore International Convention &
Exhibition Centre is the "wrist". And in the centre, the "palm" of
this hand, lies a precious ring into which fortune flows.
|In the middle of the SunTec Plaza sits the
self-proclaimed World's Largest Fountain. This is something to behold.
Approximately 21 meters in width, the combined water fountains cover about 61 meters of
||This is just a small sample of what the fountain looks
like with it turned on. Don't ask how many gallons per minute are used in this
function. Don't know, haven't been able to find the answer.
|Feng Shui masters believe that proximity to the
Fountain will give you energy and luck.
- Ardent believers walk clockwise around the Fountain for 2 hours,
between the hours of 4am and 6am, to absorb its energising properties. This will be most
effective if done for 9 consecutive days.
- It is said that for novices, walking clockwise 3 times while touching
the water will serve to bring luck and blessings of fortune.
- Touch the water of the Fountain for mental and the physical benefits
of revitalisation. However, it is warned, you will only receive blessings if you approach
the Fountain with a pure mind and sincere intentions!
Around the Fountain Plaza are 12 bronze medallions depicting the Chinese Zodiac signs that
embrace all people regardless of nationality. Walk around the Fountain Plaza and look out
for the sign that matches the year of your birth: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake,
Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog or Pig.
I, myself, am a
Dragon. In fact, this is the Year of the Golden Dragon - your humble host. The
Dragon symbology is below.
Inspiring, Indomitable, Brilliant, Courageous And Magnanimous. Frank,
Direct, Enthusiastic And Ambitious To Accomplish Great Things.