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So New York New York is not the only town so nice they named it twice... there's also Singapore Singapore! I presented a paper at the 2010 International Communications Association conference there. I would describe it as a kinder, gentler Hong Kong where tolerance, civility and quality of life crimes are enforced by martial caning.

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The first thing that caught my eye was this crazy-ass building that was built to look like three sail-shaped buildings supporting another building shaped like a boat. Of course, it's a casino! It opened for business while I was there, and I learned that you could go to the boat on top for about $40 and get a good look at the city. I also learned that, in an effort to stem gambling problems among the local populace, Singapore residents had to pay a $200 entrance fee to get into the casino. This fee is waived for foreigners. Sort of like an inverse of the Opium trade in Brit-controlled China. Perhaps the Singaporeans are getting even with us.

Oh look! It's the London Eye....NOT
It's the Singapore Flyer
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Singapore seen through the London Eye
I mean the Singapore Flyer
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Singapore through the Singapore Flyer
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The Boat at Night
The front tip is facing us on the left.
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And the answer is: Boyzillian
What is: which word on this poster describes everything you need to know about "upsizing?"
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And the answer is: RoboCup!
What is which other prestigious event does the world's top academic conference for communication share the Singapore Convention Center with?
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So what sent me to Singapore, you say?
Note the box full of candies on the lower left.
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Thank you for posting the nice photos. How was the conference?
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