Not much time in Singapore - just two days on this stopover on my way to Western Australia but I think I've got a chance for gold in 2010 thanks to my quick stop.
Street luge baby. After my first run I was approached by a member of the IOC who said my luge run was so impressive he was thinking of canceling all the ice luge events in Vancouver and just giving me all the medals on the spot. I declined though - I didn't think it would be fair to the other athletes even though I obviously posses such innate natural talent at luge. You should have seen me passing the little kids and grandmas - in 'YO face!
Sentosa Island, the home to the luge course, is basically a tourist place at the south of Singapore that also has a sweet-ass monorail and glass cable car as well as the only public beaches in Singapore. Near one of the beaches is a small island deemed to be the southernmost point of continental Asia. I don't dispute the fact that Singapore is the most southern country on the mainland continent of Asia (cause I'm pretty sure Indonesia and Malaysia are still in Asia and are south of Singapore - just on lots of islands). However, their logic is a little flawed...according to their map, this island is connected to the mainland by a bridge to Sentosa Island, which is connected by a bridge to Singapore. So, therefore it is on the mainland continent of Asia...because of the bridges. Hmm...not so sure about that. It seemed a rather arbitrary place to put a tourist spot for people to go and take pictures of (which I'll admit, I did) but is not really what it says it is. Nice bridge though.
The hostel in Singapore was nice - right near a metro station and just outside of Little India. I went for a wander one night around Little India with a plan to just take the subway back when i was done. A couple hours and a few kms later I realized that the subway closes rather early. In fact, the entire city was shut down by 11pm. After 11pm nothing seemed to be open, except for 7-11 stores, which are located, it seems, at least once per block. There must be a by-law in Singapore that states you must build one 7-11 in every new development.
7-11 technology is much superior to North America though - they had a mashed potato dispenser...with gravy! Just put a cup under the spigot, press the button and some white liquid goes in...a couple seconds later, some brown liquid goes in the cup. 20 seconds later they have turned from liquid into delicious mashed potatoes and gravy. I have seen the future and it is awesome.
Although the metro was closed that night - it is probably the cleanest system I have seen in the world. It might have something to do with the fact that chewing gum is illegal in Singapore or the $500 fine (that is very much enforced) for eating or drinking anything while in a subway station or train. In all the time I was on the Singapore metro system I did not see one person even attempt to eat or drink anything - even punk kids. It was truly amazing. It made me a bit thirsty.