Singapore Grand Prix 2009

Singapore Grand Prix 2009

The weekend of the Singapore Grand Prix 2009 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit has once again arrived. Fans from all over the world have purchased tickets since April this year. However, those without tickets would get to watch the cars too (not on television)!

Ticket Box


After leaving Clarke Quay MRT Station, one would find giant footprints in two colours, orange and blue, left by some large animal. If you follow the animal’s trail, you would end up walking past several bridges, indicating that you are on the right track to the Singapore Grand Prix.

Towards MRT

Coleman Bridge
Coleman Bridge
Elgin Bridge
Elgin Bridge
Caution Low Bridge
Caution Low Bridge

Gates are set up all around the circuit area, where ticket holders are able to enter and watch the cars up close. If you forgot to purchase a ticket, you may do so at any ticketing office located near each gate. Alternatively, if you walk around City Hall MRT station, you may find foreigners reciting the phrase “buy and sell F1 tickets, buy and sell F1 tickets”.

Gate 3

Gate 7

Ticket Office

However, those without tickets would have to find ways to catch a glimpse of the cars. Below are three of the many areas around Marina Square which are suitable for watching the Formula 1 race without spending a single cent. Of course, the view would be better with a ticket.


Gallery A – Marina Mandarin Seating Gallery

Marina Mandarin Seating Gallery

If you enlarge the photo above, you may see groups of people standing along the staircase well on the left of the picture. Although you are only likely to see the cars for only a fraction of a second at this seating gallery, it would be a place where you can go closest to the cars without paying for a ticket. Some people have brought cardboard there as picnic mats as well. In addition, you have a choice of seats on various levels on a first come first served basis. Bring a handheld fan along just in case.

Marina Mandarin Seating Gallery Interior

For those taking photographs here, remember to use maximum ISO and aperture, as well as a shutter speed of at least 1/2000 second to obtain the following:


Gallery B – Outside Marina Square, Beside Gate 7

Standing Gallery Next to Gate 7

This gallery is a popular spot among Singaporeans, regardless of age or gender. Out of the three galleries, this standing gallery gives the worst view. Firstly, there is a fence in front of you which blocks your view. Secondly, there are many people clinging on to the fence. However, due to its accessibility, it is a popular place to view the race. If you are heading towards this gallery, just locate Gate 7 on the map. Photographers should avoid this gallery due to the presence of a fence.

Gallery C – Marina Square Staircase Standing Gallery

Marina Square Standing Gallery


If you head further down from Gallery B, you would see another Standing Gallery overlooking Turn 17. As drivers negotiate this turn at a slow speed, you have a better chance of taking a photograph. However, there are two vertical beams present as seen in the photos below. Also, this gallery is located furthest from the track, so bring a binoculars if necessary. If it rains, avoid this gallery and head to the indoor Seating Gallery A, unless you do not mind getting really drenched.

Well, I may not consider the next one a gallery, but if you would really like to watch the cars drive in front of you for at least five seconds, you may wish to try nearby skyscrapers such as Bras Basah Complex or the National Library. Note that photography is not allowed at the National Library.

Top View of the Marina Bay Street Circuit

Enjoy the race!

Mail from Malta

Last week, I received some postcards and used stamps from Malta. If you take a closer look at the cover, the stamps were cancelled on 9 September 2009.

09 Sep 09 Cancellation

The postcard below shows St. Julians, the most popular tourist resort in Malta. This town is famous for its tourism-oriented businesses, including hotels and of course, restaurants. During summer, tourists and locals visit this town, which is located along the coastline.

Malta Postcard

Malta Stamps

Timepieces in The Restaurant

Great September Sale Week 2

As the Great September Sale (GSS) enters the second week, The Restaurant is facing an ever-increasing amount of traffic at its outlets. Today, we have a record-breaking number of visitors as a result of the long weekend due to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, more commonly known as Hari Raya Puasa.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri Commemorative stamps from Singapore:

Hari Raya Stamps

Shopping centres and food outlets around Singapore are holding promotions for festive shoppers. Of course, that includes us! Now, scroll down a few pixels and you will see a 20.09% discount voucher. This e-coupon can be used at any of our outlets.

20.09% Discount Voucher

As the date today (20.09.2009) is really special as agreed by at least 300 others, we have decided to bring you some pictures related to time and date. Here are some timepieces found in The Restaurant:

Wooden Frame Clock
Wooden Frame Clock
DIY analogue clock - nice colour right?
DIY analogue clock - nice colour right?

iPod Clock

iPod Clock

Disclaimer: Analogue clocks, digital clocks or iPods are for decorative purposes only and are not included in the menu!

Last but not least, The Restaurant wishes all our Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!