Casinos and coasters: A Singapore life
Recently I covered the opening of Singapore’s first casino with my colleague Pablo Sanchez. It’s a big change for a city where gambling used to be illegal. You might be interested to know that to pacify folks who said it would lead to the moral downfall of Singapore, the government introduced an “entrance levy” of S$100 as a deterrent.
It only applies to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, everyone else including foreigners who work here get to enter for free. Photography is banned inside and Pablo and I had barely 15 minutes on opening day to shoot as much as we could. It was complete chaos, as every other person with a still or video camera was trying to do the same thing.
A few days ago Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park opened in Singapore, and I was lucky to be among the first people in the place. The highlight is a “dueling roller coaster”, where 2 coasters are launched at the same time and cross each other as they run on the track.
On media preview day we were invited to have a go on rides and being a coaster junkie I tried both the dueling coasters.
I shot pictures of people screaming as the coasters made their first vertical drop, and snuck a small point and shoot camera on to see what photos looked like from on board.
I don’t remember being THIS terrified, but thanks to a friend of mine from the Straits Times newspaper I’m immortalized in a photo of me screaming like a baby on the drop!