Notes from Singapore
The cohort arrived all safe and sound, with just one illness. After just a few hours rest, we headed off to a tour of the city, led by guide Alvin. We visited the Singapore Flyer, which is the largest Ferris Wheel in the world – beating London’s Eye by 30 meters. From this high vantage point, we saw Batam, Indonesia and over 1,000 cargo ships at the Singapore port. We were also able to see one of the investments made by a U.S. company – a $5B hotel/office/casino/convention center. In 2011, U.S. interests invested over $105B in Singapore.
We were treated to a birds-eye view of a major offshore construction and pipe-laying company for Oil & Gas, Technip. Technip is a French firm, and the key takeaway from our discussions here was that this firm, like many, have to act globally. National boundaries mean little except with regard to contracting requirements and risk planning.
On the way back to Clarke’s Quay, we stopped by the Parliament Building. Although it was officially closed, Alvin is a guide there also and they let us stop in to view the displays. Pride and commitment seems obvious in this young nation.
Back at the hotel, we walked to the Quay, catching a boat along the famous Singapore River. Once a den of copious opiates, now it is a trendy nightspot with dozens of restaurants. The meat lovers and vegetarians split up to enjoy dinner.
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