Archive for December, 2011

Titanic lands in Singapore

December 31, 2011

One hundred years after its fateful maiden voyage, the Titanic has landed in Singapore. The blockbuster exhibition of facts and artifacts runs through the centennial of the infamous ocean liner’s sailing in April at the Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum.

Singapore’s casino resorts both include a museum among numerous non-gaming attractions the government required in the bidding for a gaming license. The Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa and its counterpart are both state of the art facilities with impressive designs and price tags to match.

As I report in the December issue of Macau Business, the Titanic exhibition showcases the extraordinary versatility of the ArtScience Museum and the skill of its curatorial staff. It’s well worth the rather stiff S$24 (US$18.50) price of admission, even if you have no prior interest in the ship, have never seen the movie, and loath its theme song.

There are other titanic happenings in Singapore’s casino industry that you can read about soon in Asia Times. Until then, thanks for your interest and support throughout the year. Best to you and your loved ones for 2012.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie. See his biography, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com.

Galaxy creates new star in Macau

December 21, 2011

Since opening in May, Galaxy Macau resort has changed the game in the world’s largest gambling market. As I report in Asia Times, the resort has shuffled market shares, making parent company Galaxy Entertainment Group a heavyweight contender among Macau casino operators. Last week, Galaxy Macau opened a state of the art cineplex, highlighting the market savvy underpinning the resort’s success.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie. See his biography, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com.

‘Ali’s Diner’ reaches 3Quarks semifinals

December 12, 2011

Thanks to your support, Overheard at Ali’s Diner on Arab Street has reached the semi-finals for the 3QuarksDaily Politics and Social Science Prize. The article finished fourth in the voting among this year’s 56 nominees. I sincerely appreciate the votes; the quark is in the mail.

Please vote now in 3QuarksDaily.com blog competition

December 6, 2011

I’d appreciate your support in this year’s 3 Quarks Daily Politics & Social Science Prize. Please vote for my nominated article, Overheard at Ali’s Diner on Arab Street, listed alphabetically under letter M for Muhammad Cohen, You can read the article, a reaction to the massacre in Oslo, and the other nominees through links on the nominee page. The deadline for voting is Saturday, December 10 at 11.59pm New York time, so please vote for Muhammad Cohen’s article now.

The articles with the most votes get considered for the top prize of $1,000, so please cast your ballot for Muhammad Cohen, and please spread the word.

Many thanks for your support, and may the best blog win.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie. See his biography, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com.


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