TAXI TALES from “PLACES & Food Coma with Fun Travel Tales”
23rd January – Post of “PLACES & Food Coma book preview” refers.
The Lion City is a Places & Food Coma distinctive item and the travel tales start with pictorial illustrations of developments of the Marina Bay Sands resort. Fronting Singapore’s Marina Bay is the iconic hotel that provides a rooftop infinity pool and a world-class casino.
Fun casino related tales in Marina Bay Sands (MBS), as well as those of other casino cities are told in sections of this chapter– mostly borrowed from a manuscript “Fun in Casino Cities”. . . . . .
(Extract from the book “Leading & Control attuned with the Quran”)
. . . . That corruption is not to be tolerated and nepotism is to be disallowed must be communicated even as enforcement is carried out such as in the case of Singapore. A custom officer would be quick to clarify that anyone who has broken rules would be penalized – be it a simple compound fine or a more drastic penalty as deemed fit by an impartial court of arbitration. He would say: “This applies also to me. Even if you are a VIP or a fellow department colleague you face the same consequences. Pay the fine if you are in the wrong.”
Monitoring of policy and law enforcement includes reviewing the impact on the public and whether some rules and penalties ought to be periodically tweaked if society’s non-conformance needed to be addressed in a different manner. This is within the ambit of “Controlling” where a feedback system leads to a next cycle of improvements or alleviation of hardship on communities.
. . . . Only on peak festive seasons such as Chinese New Year and New Year Day occasions will you find hiccups in Singapore taxi service – but not because of poor governance issues. I can vividly recall a Paris trip which could have been more fun if not for my ill health in 2006. On occasions I struggled as we sight-see during our walks along stretches of quaint stalls and picturesque gardens. At the stalls lined street, not far from Notre Dame, I counted the yards to prod on when the public cabs did not turn up. It’s not like in Singapore where taxis are easily hailed down. There are exception for instance in respect of some suburb areas such as in late evenings around the Newton circus food center.
London cabs too are pretty available. As strangers in cities we visit we appreciate the civility and courtesies of the taxi drivers. Ever heard this compliment stamped on cab drivers in Shenzen? Horrendous demeanor of the reckless kind would be my description of them. Unlike London cabs with lots of leg room and which quietly yet promptly dispatch you to your destination, the typical Shenzen taxi was cramped and rattled forcefully to your eventual landing. The cabby was full trotted even at sharp turns.
Conversing with the cabbies in Singapore can be flabbergasting refreshing. London cabbies are more reserved but still astonishingly polite like those in Macau and Phnom Penh. Dumbfounding and sheer startling audacity are the likes you will find in Shenzen and Hong Kong, even tuning to local radio channels – a discomfort to un-amused passengers.
Asking a cabby circa 2010 about recent flash flooding in downtown Singapore city, he painted a picture of businesses coming to a halt in Liat Towers of the famous Orchard Road. Motorists and commuters were stuck in traffic along Thomson road and other streets being affected by fallen trees. Even pedestrians could not pass through the intersection between Orchard and Scotts Roads.
Another cabbie commented, “Never thought that a first-world country like ours can flood like this. Well established buildings like Lucky Plaza had to be cleared of the flood water. There was much debris and people are still wondering how this could happen.”
A year later the 2011 general elections witnessed a return for the ruling party with the smallest margin of popular votes and the emergence of six opposition victories. No doubt that the influx of foreign workers restraining the wages of some Singaporeans had some bearing. There was increased pressure to rein in home prices. The losing ex-Foreign Minister George Yeo remarked, “A new chapter has opened in Singapore history. It’s a tide which we were not able to overcome. But that’s life.” I guess time and tide invariably waits for no one and there is no certainty but death.
Fast forward to 2015 and we ought to acknowledge that the ruling party won 83 seats out of 89 seats and had a resounding 69% of the popular vote. Hurray for good governance.
Casino Dos & Don’ts
In having fun at the MBS casino we must observe quiet food-for-thought rules and tips for handsome wins. One recurring theme is that you need to acquire the discipline to persevere at the gambling tables and not want to lose your entire fun outlay budget in one sitting. You must “pause” or take breaks because the tables will not go your way hour after hour.
Learn to enjoy at play in the casino. Do not let shifting sands (flow of trend) turn into quick sand which will swallow your hold money (the cash in your pocket when you first glue yourself at the gambling hall) in the meanest insidious misadventure. It really boils down to how you manage your ‘hold money’ (the sum of cash you first brought along to the gambling hall) and ‘house money’ (your winnings over and above your hold money) and lowering the risk of losing at each gambling session.
Gambling at the casino can result in excruciating painful loneliness in a crowd of restless gamblers. Leave the forlorn to lick after their own wounded wallets, themselves. You ought to smell the roses (more on this in later sections of this chapter) during “pause from wagering” and if family members or close ones are with you on your casino fun excursion hold court as a holiday merry-maker and spend bonding quality time with them, frolicking in the gardens of your particular casino excursion city.
. . . . read more in the books available at amazon.com