I want to get straight into this and tell you my thoughts afterward, so here are three stories of me doing reckless, dangerous, or otherwise unusual things. If you stick around, you’ll hear me wax poetic about the point of it all. If not, you get three entertaining stories.
Years ago, there was a much larger Merlion statue on the island of Sentosa (which you may recall as being the site of the Trump-Kim summit in 2018, when they described it as a former ‘pirate haven’). This statue was about 37m (121ft) tall, with a hollow interior that contained a bunch of tourist shit.
The statue was demolished in 2019, but there were rumblings about it getting torn down as early as 2012. In 2013, Outward Bound was organising a charity event to raise money for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, and other at-risk youths from low-income families or who have incarcerated parents. It involved abseiling from the statue’s mouth.
I did it because it was a good cause, sure, but mostly I just wanted to do something ludicrous and wild that basically no one else had ever done before. To my knowledge, it hasn’t been done since either.