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May 25th, 2008 – by: agarfrerick
First of all, class in the morning was pretty rough. A bunch of us went to Ministry of Sound the night before since a student ID card gets you in with no cover on Wednesday and Thursday nights. It a really trendy club in Clarke Quay, and we had a blast showing off our sweet American moves! Asians dance really weird.
One of the coolest parts of the trip was getting to the island. There is a bridge that the bus could have gone on, and a tram connects to the subway on the mainland. But I guess we decided to go in style. A cable-car ride connects the two islands, and it was incredible! It was a bit scary at first, since the cars just kind of swing from wires way high in the air. But the view was spectacular. Once we got to Sentosa, we proceeded to the museum.
Class requirements being done, we were free to have some fun. And the most logical place to do that? The beach of course! Sentosa has three beaches, and we chose to go to Siloso Beach, which is more sporty for a younger crowd. Most everyone in our group went there, including Ralph, our Chinese grad assistant. He's pretty funny. Chilling on the beach was awesome. It was the first time in this trip that we got to relax in the sun. The sky was crystal clear and the water a perfect temperature. The beach bar was a little expensive, but worth it anyway. There was even a little island a couple hundred yards away that we swam to.
After the beach, some of us decided to do the luge. It's basically a mini-go cart which runs on gravity and goes down the mountain/hill on a concrete track. Although not as good as the alpine luge in Chattanooga, it was still pretty fun. Being heavier is more fun, since you go faster; I defintely left some small children in the dust. After the luge, we went to the music/laser show on the beach. It was a huge production and packed with people; a gi-normous amphitheater faces the water and a cool music and light show goes on. It was probably one of the coolest thing I have ever seen. There was fire, lasers, and water jets, but the coolest thing was the images projected onto misting water. It was like watching a 3-D movie. The plot was pretty childish, but the show was outstanding.
I'll go ahead and talk about Saturday while I'm at it. Thomas, Demby, and I all went to the huge mall, Vivo City, for the afternoon and bought some cool stuff. I got a black button-up shirt with an Asian twist. The collar is short and doesn't fold back down, just a simple circle; a little bit of kung-fu flair. That night, about 12 of us went to the historic Raffles Hotel, where the original Singapore sling was created in the Long Bar. Of course, we all partook in this overpriced tourist beverage, but the best part was the house band playing upstairs. They rocked! It was so funny seeing a bunch of Asian people playing American favorites; the female lead singer was pretty good at imitating some Arethra Franklin, and the lead guitarist sang some Lonestar with a convincing southern accent.
Some people then went back, but myself and a few others went out for some karaoke in a local (not tourist) place. It was hilarious! It was full of Chinese Singaporeans singing dumb Chinese ballads. Luckily, they had a full arsenal of classic American favorites, so we decided to show them what was up. Thomas and I sang some Backstreet Boys, and we all jammed out to some Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer." Not sure if the Chinese people enjoyed it, but we had a blast! Overall, this past weekend in Singapore was awesome. It was fun to explore the local scene before we begin weekend travels abroad. More to come later!
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