In May 2004, I took a work trip to Singapore to help train some of our worldwide PC team.
and be trained myself.
This is the view from the Rasa Sentosa hotel resort on Sentosa Island, Singapore, where
we stayed. The South China Sea is visible below, as is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
The shipping lane in question. This is the lifeline between East Asia and the Indian Ocean.
My buddy, the infamous Scott Sudderth. We're right outside the little boathouse where we're cleaning
the place out of kayaks, courtesy of Joe Yi.
Joe Yi and Ran Ghoman, prior to hopping in the sea for a little row. That's Robin sneaking away
in the corner.
Yours truly getting a bit of a workout prior to the epic training session we're about to undergo.
Robin Getz, about to embark on a little boating tour around the island.
Q. What happens when you put three guys in a two-man kayak, you ask?
(Especially considering that these three are Les, Ran, and Joe...)
A. The answer is self-evident.
Here is Craig Allen, on the Sentosa Island monorail, because hey, what good is an
island without a monorail?? MONORAILLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MONORAILLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!
Ran Ghoman, hailing from the University of California State at Davis, here shows us how to
somehow not sweat, despite the 90 % humidity and 90 'F temps.
Great colour scheme on this circa-1970s monorail.
Cable car bringing more tourists onto the tourist island of Sentosa from the main island of Singapore.
So, historically speaking, the name Singa-pura means city of Lions. Apparently, there must have
been lions here at one point, although all I found was cougars... This huge statue is to commemorate
the proud history of the city of Singapore.
Anyone who knows me well (or anyone who knows me at all really) knows that I seem to wind up
humping inanimate objects periodically (or far too often, depending on who you ask...). This
particular inanimate object is at the Raffles Hotel outside the Long Bar, where the famous
Singapore Sling was apparently invented. I thought it tasted like ass, but that's just me.
Boy did this guy earn his money. He had to bicycle Robin and I around since we weren't able to
find a cab. Robin actually had to get out and push the poor guy's bike up a hill because we thought
his heart was going to explode. Here you also see the difference between North America and Asia. In Asia,
the normal people give the "V", whereas in the US at least, that's preserved for crooks like Nixon.
In North America, the good people give you the "thumbs up" (or maybe that's just me...)
This is the smallest 7-11 I've ever seen, and no Renee, it didn't have a Squishee machine even! I almost
stopped to get my Dad a Singapore 7-11 Big Buck, but I didn't think he'd appreciate it as much as I did.
No kidding, this was in a Singaporean food court in a shopping district. I just can't see myself EVER
thinking, "Boy, I sure have a hankering for some pig organ soup!". Nope, sorry, not quite like Taco Time at ALL!
This actually wasn't found in Singapore, but my buddy Carl Norum sent me the link of some guy's pics.
from Columbia U. Wow, was all I could say. Also, seems pretty cheap to me. Check out the third line from the bottom.
Here are some of the Taiwanese FAEs I work with. On the bottom row from left to right is
Ziv "I drink like small fish", Derek, Philips, and Anne. On the top row is Richard Lin, myself, and
Bill Chang. Again, you can see the 'V' sign everywhere. I just don't get it at all.
Here is Scotty, James Ashe, and Les. I'd make a snide comment here, but I'm sure it would be a
This one still floors me. I have absolutely ZERO idea what "touting" is. But whatever it is, watch out for it!
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