28 April 2010
Singapore’s not just a place for business, dining and shopping. The Lion City offers plenty of adrenaline rushes and excitement for the adrenaline junkie, if they know where to look.
Heights Of Vertigo
Singapore may not have mountains for adventurers to conquer, but it has BorderX (say Border Crossing). This mountain-sport facility offers three relatively easy climbing routes (Experience Climbing) for first-timers, although they’re still a dizzying 10 metres up. Otherwise, go all the way and defeat its vertigo-inducing 30-metre high Via Ferrata routes (Via Ferrata Trips) – lofty travelling routes with fixed anchor points and scaling equipment. Experienced trainers are on hand to guide and cheer you past any fear of heights.
BorderX lets you rise above the shopping frenzy of Orchard Road – literally! This world’s tallest indoor Via Ferrata lets you experience mountaineering amid cool air-conditioning, over the heads of shoppers below.
Level 4 Orchard Central
There’s a curious contraption down by the riverside. Its metallic sheen adds to its ominous stature. As you get closer, you’ll sight another beside it. One goes up and down, the other goes back and forth. But one thing’s for sure. Both extract raw terror from all their riders. They are the G-MAX Reverse Bungy and the GX-5 Extreme Swing which hail from New Zealand, home of the bungy. Board one or both for flitting aerial views of Singapore – if you manage to keep your eyes peeled on the rides.
Complete The Experience
Needless to say, night shots through the air offer a totally different experience from daytime spins. Why not do G-MAX by day and GX-5 by night or vice versa?
Want to immortalise the ride of your life? Purchase a video or photo of your experience – along with other premiums – at the end of your ride. These are sometimes bundled with seasonal promotions.
G-MAX and GX-5
Clarke Quay, along the Singapore River
Have A Ball
Fancy feeling like a bowling ball and experience the exhilaration of unchecked momentum as you reel down the hill? Unlike Jack who broke his crown when Jack and Jill went up the hill, you’ll be well-protected encased in the ZOVB Ball, an 8-millimetre thick transparent bubble that is suspended by nylon cords within another. Besides, we exaggerate. You’ll be rolling down a rather gentle incline in Singapore’s posh district. Still sceptical and apprehensive? Take the tumble with a friend. Each ZOVB Ball can usually take up to 3 kids or 2 adults.
You’ll need to make up a group of at least 10, and your own open space or pool for these. But with more public sporting and water-play locations coming up around Singapore like the Marina Barrage, you may just want to keep an eye on ZOVBing for future visits.
Check out the Bloop (think Japanese game show participants dressed in sumo wrestler costumes, trying to bounce and topple one another over) for a wacky experience.
Walk On Water
Water babies must try ZOVBing on water as it’s the only way you’ll ever walk on water – in an air-filled bubble.
Field along Old Holland Road
Photos courtesy of BorderX and ZOVB Singapore