Singapore Slinging It
Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
34Trip End Apr 21, 2008
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Singapore is like New York City but on valium and with a contingent of Merry Maids. Things are very modern and very attractive. My first weekend I only managed to get around the corner to the Raffles Hotel and have the famous Singapore Sling in its birthplace. I could almost feel Charlie Chaplin sitting next to me...though he looked a lot like Robert Downey Jr., which is just fine by me. After that it was lounging around the hotel pool diligently trying to get through the 957 page Memoirs of Cleopatra
Saturday morning I headed out on a harbor cruise on some large Chinese Junk boat. A little touristy for my taste but a nice way to get on the water and see some sites. There are tons of huge cargo ships in the harbor and than the very Disneyesque Sentosa Island. After that we pulled up to Kuso Island. Apparently the legend states that two shipwrecked sailors were rescued by a turtle who turned into an island. I think it was just two guys out for a night on the town that smoked too much opium and had to come up with a "plausible" story to tell their wives. It was pretty little place with a tortoise sanctuary...well a pit that had a bunch of turtles/tortoises in it
After that it was off to the Malaysian village for some entertainment. I have to admit, this is something I was looking forward to since I got to Singapore. Apparently every Saturday night they host a traditional Malay dance called Kuda Kepang. It was about a two hour show and in the midst of it the guy dancers go into some kind of trance (heavily induced I am sure by whatever was in that incense they were inhaling) and ate glass, butted their heads on metal poles and shards of glass, they than walked on. They also got whipped throughout the whole thing. It kinda reminded me of college...frat parties, sorority socials and football Saturdays at Laine, Leslie and my apartment....just kidding=)! Actually it was very cool. The whole audience besides myself was Malay or local Singaporeans, so it was a total local experience. I apologize but it was not cool to take pictures so I can only tell you about it.
I have a few more plans before I head back to the States for Thanksgiving on Wednesday and will do my best to update before I leave.