Archive for November, 2011

Attention Wine Lovers

November 30th, 2011 | J.C.

Bacchus has found a home at Marina Bay Sands. Our resort’s house blend of Cabernet Petit Verdot 2007 won silver at The International Wine Challenge 2011, a prestigious contest held in London. The exclusive wine–a blend of Australian Pirramimma estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot–was created by our food and beverage team in Singapore. AsiaOne reviewed the wine, describing it thus: “Giving a lush mouthfeel, the dark red blend boasts an outstanding depth and a long finish with velvety tannins. It also seduces the nose with aromas of black currant, violets and dark berries.” Australila’s leading wine critic, James Halliday, rated it 94 out of 100, calling it: “a very powerful and complex full-bodied wine”. Read the rest of this entry »

The Suite Life

November 29th, 2011 | Bhavna Moolani

Who can forget pop diva, Katy Perry’s candy colored, wet and wild media conference at the SkyPark infinity pool soon after the opening of Marina Bay Sands! Although I was not a part of that once-in-a-lifetime pop culture fiesta, in the last year I have been fortunate to come face-to-face with some of the most talented artistes and sportsmen. Below are some pictures and behind-the-scenes commentary about our famous guests. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Growing Blog Team: Bhavna Moolani

November 29th, 2011 | J.C.

Meet the always-lively Bhavna Moolani. The latest blogger to join Sands Confidential. She is a member of Marina Bay Sands’ social media team. With her trusty iPad in hand, she focuses on Retail and Entertainment activities in and around the property and has a keen interest in sharing the latest happenings and unique capabilities of social media. In her first blog post, she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the celebrities who’ve recently visited the Marina Bay Sands.

A Look At The Future: Sands Cotai Central

November 25th, 2011 | J.C.

Gobble Gobble

November 24th, 2011 | J.C.

From Macao to Bethlehem, from Vegas to Singapore, all of us here at the Sands wish you a joyous day of giving thanks and spending time with your friends and family.

Marina Bay Sands Celebrates Children’s Day

November 23rd, 2011 | Philicia Tan

Last month, I joined a group of 33 Marina Bay Sands team member volunteers to tweet “live” updates during the Children’s Day celebrations at Metta School, one of the educational arms of the Metta Welfare Association, a Buddhist charity providing quality health care and welfare services for the needy and less fortunate, regardless of race or religion. 

It was my first outing in one of our many Team Member Community Outreach initiatives and a meaningful afternoon for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Growing Blog Team: Philicia Tan

November 23rd, 2011 | J.C.

Big changes at this site, friends. Happy to report that we’re in the process of expanding Sands Confidential into a “group blog,” with authors from each of our locations around the world. I’ll still be around (writing and editing the site). But now we’ll have writers “on the ground” in Vegas, Macao, Bethlehem, and Singapore. Curious about what’s happening in these places? Our team of bloggers will help keep you up-to-date.

The first blogger to join the Sands Confidential team is Philicia Tan. She is a social media officer from the communications department at Marina Bay Sands. Observing creative inspirations drawn from people and things around her, she is eager to share with you her experiences in Singapore. Her first blog post tells of her experience when she and other team members volunteered at a local charitable school. Read it here.

Finally: Outdoor Ice Skating In Vegas

November 22nd, 2011 | J.C.

Sands Confidential reader, Chris Rauschnot, kindly sent us this video of Jordin Sparks and John Caparella, president of The Venetian, cutting the ribbon to open our ice skating rink, the only outdoor rink on the Vegas Strip.

And Bill Cody, his brother, caught on camera professional ice skaters on the rink outside The Venetian:

Chris and Bill report on entertainment, travel, tourism, and conventions in Las Vegas. Check out their blog.

Sparks Were Flying

November 22nd, 2011 | J.C.

During a free performance on the Vegas Strip, Jordin Sparks rocked the night in celebration of “Winter in Venice.” Here’s a clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SySxA6x6sdg&feature=youtu.be

UPDATE: The owner of the above link has–sigh–made it private. But watch this, which also gives you a flavor of the evening, as well as what you can expect to find at our Winter in Venice celebration:

Is Singapore Now The Switzerland Of Asia?

November 21st, 2011 | J.C.

In the Daily Telegraph, Michael Simkins has a brilliant piece about his recent trip to booming Singapore. A must read, if you’re on the fence about visiting.    

“Oh, Marmiteland,” said a friend when I announced I was going to Singapore. “You’ll either love it or hate it. It’s really just a huge shopping mall with an airport attached.” Her remark was fairly typical of many who have not visited the tiny tropical city-state in the past five years or so. They still tend to dismiss it as just a safe, clean place for shoppers, a retail utopia where litter louts are arrested and chewing gum is banned. It is, they say, the Far East without the rough edges: perfect for a one-night stopover, and just as soon forgotten.

Yet Singapore is booming – and the new-found energy of the place is palpable everywhere, as is its conspicuous wealth. Despite being geographically smaller than the Isle of Wight, Singapore has more millionaires per capita of its five million population than anywhere else on the planet. The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report places Singapore second only to Switzerland, based largely on an entrepôt trade in which raw materials are imported, then refined for re-export. Despite having no oil, for instance, Singapore operates the third-largest oil refinery in the world. Read the rest of this entry »