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Trekking in Singapore – The Singapore Flyer

August 25, 2008

I finally got a chance to check out the Singapore Flyer which, at 165 meters tall (536 feet) is the tallest ferris wheel in the world. One revolution takes 30 minutes and that’s how long the ride is. The wheel goes slow and it never stops. You board while it moves through the boarding area. Normal cost is $29.50 Sing dollars and $23.50 for seniors over 60. I should have waited another 5 months.

I went as part of a city tour package that included a boat tour on the Singapore river, the Flyer ride, and lunch at a hotel afterwards. We travelled by tour bus and our first stop was the river.

This shows the boarding area along Clark Quay. It’s a clean river lined with outdoor restaurants, pubs and shops.

The boat enters the harbor and passes the Singapore mascot, The Merlion, with the 5 star Fullerton Hotel in the background.

Behind the Fullerton is the main financial district skyline.

At the mouth of the harbor is the flyer. In the foreground you can see the bleachers for the floating stage, again, the largest of its kind in the world.

Under the loading area at the base of the flyer is a beatifully landscaped waterfall and jungle area complete with Koi pond and lush tropical plants.

Also just below the Flyer they are building the pit and grandstand area for the Formula 1 track. Singapore will host its first F1 race next year.

This shot looks out over the adjacent golf course to the main shipping lane where cargo vessels wait to enter the main port for loading and unloading. Singapore and Hong Kong switch back and forth as the busiest cargo ports on the planet.

From higher up I could see the area where the race cars will enter the pits from the main racetrack. As you can see, the entrance is right after a sharp left turn. The cars will be travelling from right to left in this area.

This car was next to us and I took this shot as it reached the very top of the journey. Each car can fit 28 people but we only had about a dozen in ours.

This area under construction is where the new Integrated Resort and Casino is being built. It will include a 3000 room hotel, casinos, shops, parks and a lush garden on top from which there will be a spectacular 360 degree view. In the background is the port.

Here you can see the floating stage, currently being covered with a full sized soccer field for an upcoming event. The two round structures beyond that is the Esplanade Fina Arts theater where major concerts and shows are held.

I took this shot as we were coming back into the boarding area. On the left is a model of the resort hotel and on the right is the actual city. The scale model of the resort was only about 12 feet tall but it looks as though its the same size as the city skyscrapers in the background.

Finally, this is what it’s gonna look like once the track is completed. I can’t wait.

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Congratulations Singapore !

August 18, 2008

It’s been 48 years since Singapore won an Olympic medal. Congratulations to the women’s table tennis team for doing it so handily with their silver medal in the team event. You will surely be an inspiration to future athletes on our beautiful little island.

AMERICAN WOMAN

July 5, 2008

While Serena and Venus Williams get ready to face each other AGAIN for the championship at Wimbleton, Dara Torres won the women’s 100 meter freestyle at the US Olympic trials, setting a world record in the process. Not earth shattering in and of itself until you find out that she is 41 years old and this will be her 5th Olympic games.

When she climbed out of the pool, American Woman was blasting over the loudspeakers.

She’s not the only one, of course. The American swimming contingent is looking extremely strong and I just can’te wait to see them perform. But as an ex swimmer, I gotta tell you – still being able to compete, let alone being competitive, let alone winning, and let alone setting a world record at the age of 41 is absolutely spectacular and unprecedented.

These awsome performances by our outstanding young athletes just make me damn proud. And it’s good to feel that again for a change and after so long.

Tiger

June 15, 2008

US Open, third round, Tiger, recovering from knee surgery, 5 strokes back with 6 holes to play.

6 holes later, after 2 eagles and a bird, he’s in the lead.

He’s never finished lower than 1st when leading after the third round.

I think it may be time that Tiger became not only a noun but an adjective and a verb. He’ll certainly tiger the last round and do so with typical tigerish flair.

Update: On the 19th hole of a playoff with Rocco Mediate, Tiger had to sink the long putt for the win. Enough said.

Annika Calls it a Day

May 14, 2008

I just read this story about the upcoming retirement of Annika Sorenstam. I’ll miss her.
Sorenstam has dominated women’s golf for 15 years. Out of the 293 professional tournaments she’s played in, she’s finished in the top 10 in 206, winning 72 including 10 majors.

Additionally she claims eight Rolex Player of the Year awards, eight money titles, six Vare Trophies for lowest scoring average, eight Solheim Cup selections and more than $22 million in career earnings. She is in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

She has been the only woman so far to enter a mens pro tourney and actually be competitve. She is highly respected by both the men and women players and has certainly done her share to put women’s golf on the map and women’s sports in general.

Singapore Awarded 1st Summer Youth Olympics

February 22, 2008

singapore-flag.gifThis city went crazy last night with the announcement that we had beaten out Moscow to host the first Summer Youth Olympics in 2010.

Yup. We bad.

US Open Quarterfinals 2007

September 4, 2007

You Go Girls!

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Update: Serena is out. Venus is still in it and will play Justine Henin who beat Serena. At this point, Venus is so on her game, no one can beat her, she can only beat herself.