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JULY 31, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 4

How to See Paradise with the Help of a Paddle
If you're a novice looking to get your paddle wet for the first time, consider heading to Thailand

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Singapore salute If you never thought of Singapore as a military power, perhaps you should check out the city-state's National Day parade on Aug. 9, which kicks off a four-day carnival. The highlight is a flypast by the Singapore Air Force's Black Knights aerobatics team and a parachuting demonstration by commandos. The parade begins at 6 p.m., and the best spot for viewing—after tickets are sold out—is from the Western Stamford Hotel near City Hall.

Eco-torture The 12-day tour-de-pain known as the Borneo Eco-Challenge 2000 gets under way on Aug. 21. While not exactly a spectator sport, the race is memorable for the physical and mental anguish apparent on the competitors' faces. Teams of brave (or mad) athletes will slog through the jungle, take on roiling whitewater in traditional canoes, descend steep canyons, ride mountain bikes on centuries-old headhunting trails, spelunk into deep caves, paddle outriggers and dive into the South China Sea. Visit borneo/borneo.htm for more info.

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