We’re back!

It’s been 2 months since the last post on Singapore metblogs and you may have realized that Metblogs has gone through a total revamp. During this time, lots of big dramatic happening have taken over Singapore.

Cranes crashing, terrorist escaping, and the first extensive and prolonged manhunt all over Singapore. Has anybody not seen the infamous wanted poster of Mas Selamat yet?

The day he went missing, I saw the wanted posters being distributed around Singapore

It didn’t help matters that for the first time in many Singaporeans’ lives, they heard a gunshot fired in public. At an MRT station no less! A man was shot inside the Outram MRT station, on the platform. When many first heard, the first thought was, is it connected to the wanted fugitive? Well it wasn’t related but I can’t forget how my colleague was relating to me when she saw the covered corpse on the platform as she alighted from the MRT. Yikes! In Singapore where it’s illegal for civilians to own fire arms, much less witness a gunshot in public, added with escaped fugitives, my little shell of a world is definitely cracking. Alas.

On less traumatic news, this monkey was on the Singapore Flyer, the (soon to be former) Biggest Observatory Wheel in the World. I was there on its opening day on 1 March and the queue was incredible. Then again, enough people have also complained about its poor service that I won’t harp on it anymore. Nonetheless kinks are always to be expected in all new ventures. Personally I’ll give it a while to work these things out. After all, my nephew was excited to go on it again the minute he came out of the 30 minute ride but we simply couldn’t afford another $40 to send him on yet another 30 minute ride again. If anybody is interested, I posted a video from the Singapore Flyer capsule. Sadly it was at night and that’s not much to be seen.

View from Singapore Flyer

There must be some bad luck streaking across the island for even the F1 ticketing site crashed on its first day of offering and there were even news of people complaining about the poor Singapore Air Show management.

On the brighter side of things, Singapore has won the hosting rights of yet another mega event – the inaugural Youth Olympics! This is exciting news indeed. What more it is going to coincide with the opening of the various integrated resorts in Singapore in 2010. With all that buzz, hopefully Singapore can pull it all off with grace and its prided efficiency.

There’s definitely been a lot of uproar in little Singapore over the last 2 months. This brief news roundup hardly does it justice. Hopefully Metblog Singapore will see more contributing authors in the coming days.

2 Comments so far

  1. Peter (petert) on March 18th, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

    Ohh I wan to ride the Singapore Flyer! Looks like fun.

  2. micamonkey (november) on March 19th, 2008 @ 9:16 am

    it is actually quite exciting. the view is awesome. but the best part of the ride really begins when you’re on the upper half of the wheel. once u’re at the top it’s almost as if it’s not moving at all. then you descend. although advise to ladies is, do not wear a skirt and stand near the window, for obvious reasons.

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