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Yo All...Yer Unc & Auntie Dodacious are on the other side of the world in Singapore right now...Went on a huge sort of ferris wheel called the "Singapore Flyer" .... When we got off we got to see a huge display of gold art but when I tried to take pictures of it they stopped me...Strictly no pictures allowed...Anyhow thought I'd share this with the troops...I really did not want to come here but business required it...It's turning into the trip of a lifetime...Eatin' strange stuff and lovin' it...Cheers, Unc

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In a fever driven delerium I was thumbing through channels last night and came upon the incredible race ?? anyhow they had the contestants stopped at the top and CRAWLING FROM 1 POD TO THE OTHER on that monster--biggest in the world they claimed. I always need cash but not that much. Will Morrison just spent a year and a half in china studying chinese and teaching english and he loved the place--but not the hygeine-John

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Yo John & all...That flyer was incredible...I didn't want to go but got talked into it and glad I did...Singapore is an awesome place...The cleanest city I've ever seen including any in the good ol' US of A, although Chinatown part might be a slight exception to that...There are so many cultures represented here that it is really interesting to talk to folks who, without exception so far, have been more than friendly...I will say that the Chinese merchants are very pushy which is kind of off putting, but I've experienced the same thing in certain parts of non-Chinese New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and parts of Mexico...Of course, the people here seem happy but don't have the freedoms we have to come and go and any natural area is strictly off limits......At least we have those freedomes until the Obamatron nation gains its beyond socialist agenda unless the real Americans vote these suckers (literally) out in 2010 and 2012...Anyhow, there's a few attractions here that are mainly tourist oriented...The locals say there's nothing to do but work hard then spend money earned for small vacations...Dodacious and I did the Singapore zoo today and it was incredible except for 91 degrees and 90 percent relative humidity...But all in all I'm hoping it's all melting off my belly fat!!! ... We hope to go to Little India here in the next couple days to look for gold jewelry and bullion deals ... Folks here don't seem interested in natural gold at all...In fact, nuggets seem to be looked down on as inferior forms of impure gold...Quite a surprise for my butt...All in all, yer Unc's adventure in the Far East is going pretty smooth and sort of getting used to I'm posting to the Nuggetshooter Forum from about 15 hours in the future... :spinnin: :D ... Cheers, Yer Unc Marco Ron in the Orient B)

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Traveling to new places is always such an adventure. The gold markets sound interesting.....

It's hard for some to appreciate the freedoms we have until you get to see countries that do not enjoy what the USA stands for....

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Hi Ron,

I'm jealous of you two. That IS quite a cool trip to a very exotic place. Please post some more photos. Their cactus must get real big, what with all that humidity, compared to here in Arizona.

Ben

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Your comment on pushy Chinese vendors reminded me of this clip I came across once when I was looking up examples of Indian accents, it's an Indian comedian basically doing his impression of Chinese merchants, no profanity, I think his impression pretty much right on. Although, I will admit today I can get cheap stuff from the Chinese online in places like eBay. Have a good trip!

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Yo All...I went exploring in a small dense jungle area right across the road from our very modern hotel and climbed some ancient stairs to discover a very surprising scene...It's a very old location of a temple or religious site pretty much all crumbled down and mostly cleared out except of the most religious parts ... Surrounding it are dozens of extremely modern buildings, yet this small spot is sheltered by trees and vines ... In these condensed spots of greenery, the critters have been pushed or concentrated and you can see all types of them, including spitting cobras, right here across the road from our hotel...And those suckers don't rattle...Just spit and you die, inconviently :inocent: ...I am so blown away by the misconception I have had all my life about Singapore...It's like Nirvana, without lots of personal freedom...All us ol' desert rats wouldn't be able to handle it much, but it is amazing to see what an enlightened, yet strong, government can produce to allow a large group of people who have diverse origins coexist ...My view of the world has been enhanced ...(You have to remember I'm babbling this from about 15 hours in the future, so I hope it survives translation..) :yuk-yuk: :yuk-yuk: :yuk-yuk: ... I think the Singapore govt. doesn't allow it, but I think a metal detectorist would have an absolutely amazing time in some of the remote areas if you didn't get shot for trespassing on government land...Here's the phone camera shot of the religious spot ... cheers, Yer Unc in Singapore

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A while back National Geo had a huge article on Singapore-Chinas window to the world--or close to that. Semi democratic-much freer enterprise zone or something and extremely important to the nation as a place to save face?? :grin: color me green with envy and your informative posts and pics are EXTREMELY enjoyable---and informative especially as to nuggets as low class not prefered-OPEN THE EYES CHINA!!!! John

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Yo All...Glad you're enjoying the pix...Dodacious & I went back to the shrine in the jungle this AM and explored some more ... Here's a few more shots ... Cheers, Unc

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And, finally, from the ancient jungle religious site, to the Famous Singapore Flyer, a view from below it, to the view from the top, and the view into its heart...By the way, in the right hand corner of the view from the top is the Formula One Race Track and grandstand...Cheers, Unc

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:thumbsupanim UR-you previously stated you were there because of work?? SOUNDS LIKE THE JOB TO HAVE!!!! Nice to see a glimpse of the world when your stuck indoors-thanx much for the great info and I gotta agree with the prior post-ya can't go wrong with shrimp and beer-EVER-John :whoope:
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Yo John & All...Yes, here for work so most expenses paid...Have family at home taking care of the ranch & living there while we're gone, so it's very much like a vacation..Even the work part...The people we're doing business with are extremely hospitable and generous...Just returned to the hotel tonight from a huge meal...Course after course of incredible food, most of which I'd never heard of before...Quite a cool experience...Wonderful place to visit...Cheers, Unc

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Yo Steve...No..That's the formula one race track and stadium seating..It's used three days per year for the Singapore formula one races...They may have some concerts there but it's pretty much a dedicated place to the race...cheers, Unc

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Hi Unc. I know what you mean about Singaporeans, having a family of them as next door neighbors. Wonderful folks with great kids. And about the snakes... One day the smallest boy kicked his soccer ball over our wall about the dozenth time. So this time, before the dog popped it, I called him over and then flipped a rubber snake over the wall instead of his ball. I thought he was gonna have a heart attack. Apparently Singaporeans have a very healthy respect for wiggly, crawly things. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Oh, and by the way -- that soccer ball doesn't land in our yard quite as often anymore.

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