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Jan 29th, 2008
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After Kuala Lumpur, we headed for Singapore. This is apparently going to be the shortest flight of our trip, at just 35 minutes. We flew with Japanese Airlines, and yes, they did manage to surprise with some techy stuff - they actually had a camera outside the plane that showed the runway on TVs on the plane as the plane took off and landed.

The first problem we found in Singapore (apart from the world famous $1000 littering fine) was that they had no possibility of having hot air come out of their air conditioning. That means you are greeted by a "fresh" hotel room every time you come back, and "fresh" in Singapore-English means "chilling cold" in normal English. I would guess the hotel room was no hotter than +16 degrees. As a bonus, as we were on the 17th floor, it is not possible to open the windows, so you are actually stuck with the air in your room no matter what, bound to wake up with a bad cold in the morning.

Here's an army of Singapore air conditioners trying to keep you fresh:



We had just 1 day in Singapore, and I have to admit that 2 days would have been better. The people living on this small island sure have figured out how to keep themselves entertained.

The biggest attraction in Singapore is the Fountain of Wealth, which is apparently the world's largest fountain. Not highest or widest, but largest, as measured by the base of the fountain. Unfortunately, this effect is very much minimized by the fact that the fountain falls inwards and downwards so it doesn't feel even nearly as big as it should and isn't an impressive sight at all.



We walked around through a lot of Singapore on foot, its not really a big place at all. The Marina offers the best views to the city, as seen in the top picture.



Preparations were being made for the Chinese New Year, which is on Feb. 7th. It is probably going to be a great celebration, and I regret not having that factored into this trip. The date of the Chinese New Year changes every year, so you have to be careful.



One of the great things about Singapore is how easily you can get away from Singapore itself. The main place of retreat is the Sentosa island to the south. The main way of accessing it is through a cable car, which is not for the faint hearted with features such as a glass bottom.



The island itself is built as a resort and much of it is still being developed. It features great beaches, spanning several different islands connected by bridges, great lookout towers and night shows.







One interesting thing was that we found that one of the islands had the southern most point of continental Asia. Precisely how they figure that the sourthern most point of continental Asia is on an island I do not know, but advertising works.



During the night we went to one of the shows, the songs of the sea, which featured large fountains, laser shows, and a lot of fire. Of course, by the end of the day, our camera's battery was dead, so there are no pictures.

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