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Friday, September 29, 2006

A room with a view





Let's hope that the next will have one too, but experience portends that it would be one with blinds down, closed, where, even within one's room, one shambles about with blinders on (outside, one is frog-marched); peering at the world from the bottom of a well through filtered lenses; thoughts drowned out (reprogrammed)--spirit crushed (indoctrinated)--by the incessant blare of thinly-veiled propaganda; the life-denying dystopia of Huxley, with Hamm and Clov's nightmarish cell made real, and Machiavellian, life's means: Uniquely Singapore.


Unique is the word that best captures Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour where you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. A bridge between the East and the West for centuries, Singapore, located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity today. Brimming with unbridled energy and bursting with exciting events, the city offers countless unique, memorable experiences waiting to be discovered.

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Singapore is truly a city like no other, a world of possibilities. With its friendly and welcoming people, state-of-the-art infrastructure and something new happening everyday, your stay will be a memorable mix-and-match of all the things you have always wanted to do. Come and enjoy countless fascinating experiences, and take away memories that are uniquely Singapore.
(from "Brand Overview," Singapore Tourism Board)


O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beautious mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in't!

(The Tempest, Shakespeare)


Still, one can hope, wait... bide one's time.

Ubi bene, ibi patria (Teucer, Marcus Pacuvius).

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