There are times when I really want to surprise Ian and I struggle with my creativity. I hate when a date feels like hard work. It should be something that both of us look forward to. The longer we are together the more comfortable we are. And, consequently, the excitement fades. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to our dates. Far from it! To me, that is a sort of a ritual that I cherish. What means a lot to me is that he is willing to make an effort. The way he listens to my silly complaints can reflect on the date he takes me. I must confess that sometimes I feel like I’m talking to a wall, but so far I’ve been always wrong. Lucky me, I know. Sometimes I ask myself what I did in my past to deserve such a great guy as he is. The romantic getaway is the time I want to show him how much he means to me. Sure, not every time he sees that, but I try.
There is a building named The Parkview Square, which I can’t wait to show to Ian. Inside this building, there is an amazing bar. When you spot The Parkview Square from the distance you instantly know that it was made to impress. The building is often referred to as the “Gotham building” and I know Ian would love it. I remember his hype about The Great Gatsby. And this object is like a memorial to that book. Even though it took just three years to build it, it’s a real masterpiece. I love that there is a lot of art and Feng Shui influence.
From the North Bridge road, there is an entrance to the exhibition of the statues and not the way to the main entrance. The open-air garden has a unique atmosphere. There, you can sit in the shade and gaze at silent fountains like we did. It’s relaxing to watch streams running through the feet of bronze statues of the great people that had a huge influence on our world’s past.
The main entrance is located on the backside, with the fountain that has a reverse water flow. Feng shui influence isn’t abided only by the switched entrance, but also in the color of the building which represents the Earth. The earthy yellow color was chosen for its representation of steadiness so the building acts as a steady mountain which absorbs the negative energy. I believe that this is the perfect place to take the artistic soul to.
At the ground floor, there are a lobby and a bar. When we entered it took our breath away. The ambiance is truly spectacular. At first, I didn’t know where to look, and it took me a while to notice Ian. He was mesmerized and he didn’t even reach the bar. His eyes were so shiny that he could lead the way in the dark like Rudolf with his nose. All that excitement and he didn’t even enter the bar to check their offer. Well, not yet.
After the kind staff welcomed us inside they handed Ian a proper reading material. The number of the gins they have in stock is outstanding and it doesn’t end with that. Ian tried one, while I had some great Coffee Tonic Water mocktail. They have a vast selection of champagnes and wines as well. He was looking at the menu so long that I would be bored if I didn’t sit in such an interesting place. I swear my neck started to hurt with all that looking up and around. The showstopper, the 12-meter high wine tower that cost 10$ million to build!
The theme of art in the building is present everywhere you look. So it isn’t surprising that the gallery is just a short elevator drive away. After the drinks, we continued to search the inspiration at the Parkview Museum Singapore. The exhibition featured 34 contemporary artists from various countries and across different generations. The Artists Voice exhibition had some intense artworks. Works were expressing the revelations about life, truth, ethics, and history. The gap between Art Deco style of the building and contemporary art exhibition awoke another aspect of us humans in us. How creative and at the same time crazy stupid we are.
Judging by Ian’s cheerfulness that bar blows his mind. In addition to their vast selection of gins, he decided that the next time he visits Atlas bar, he’ll bring along one of the Slovenian gins. It looks like we have a pattern. We see something great and want to return, but who could blame us. Take a good look at the photos before you judge! But wait! This is not the end. I had one another surprise for Ian. It was the visit of National Gallery Singapore where they have an outstanding exhibition. For a bonus, we caught light show which was just perfect for Ian’s joy – photography.