Monday, April 03, 2006

Room with a View

This is the view from the balcony of our cabin on a cruise to nowhere last weekend, a much appreciated birthday gift from my mom (thanks, mom!).

Why go nowhere, some may ask. For the uninitiated, these cruises cater to the casino goers. Singapore has no casino (I should use the politically correct term coined by the government: Integrated Resort, or IR) yet. For some reason, Chinese people like to gamble (not being racist, but based on observation). So the cruise ship is a convenient & comfortable way of doing so without the hassle of having to go all the way up to Genting Highlands in Malaysia or flying to casinos in Australia/Europe/USA.

I am curious to see how the IR wil turn out. I hope it won't be seedy like Reno, or tacky like Atlantic City. I'm actually hoping that it can capture some of the glitz & glamour of Las Vegas, with top-class entertainers (in the calibre of Elton John, Cirque Du Soleil, David Copperfield)& family-friendly venues (think MGM's theme park, or Venetian's indoor water canals & gondolas, or New York New York's roller coaster that goes through & on top of the hotel!). It'll be tough bringing in those stretch- & super-stretch-limos though, seeing the limited space available for parking here.

Did I win any money on the cruise? No, because I don't enjoy gambling. I enjoyed the cruise, though, because the sea calms me - the sound of the waves & the soothing breeze makes me forget all my troubles & stressors. I love sitting by the ocean with a good book & can spend hours doing just that. Forget about the casino, & the multitude of activities planned by the cruise director. I am happy with just my book, thank you very much.

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