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Living it up in Singapore

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 02:36 IST
Rupali Dean
Rupali Dean
Hindustan Times
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I have realised that Singapore is an ideal destination if you enjoy bonding with your family. There is something new to do in each visit. They have really got the big city thing sorted here with loads of public art and music, the incredible tube system, and jubilee line style throughout, but cheap and reliable.

Behind the scenes
Our first stop was at the Jurong Bird Park, the world’s largest aviary, where after a dekho of the whole park, we scooted off literally (on battery operated scooters), for some behind-the-scene feeding frenzy. We saw the long-legged flamingo beauties, taller than live ostriches, amongst others.

G-max thrill
Along the river, there was the statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who converted Singapore from a tiny fishing village into a major British trading port. We spotted three leaning towers on the other side of a bridge. This happened to be the G-Max reverse bungee right at the entrance of Clarke, unique to Singapore. Here, we were strapped up in an open air capsule, thrown up and then spun around.

Brand new malls
Orchard Road — the hub of Singapore’s retail and entertainment scene — is a shopper’s paradise. Interestingly, this name was based on the numerous orchards that could be found in this area before the 20th century. I quite enjoyed shopping at the brand new ION Orchard Mall. Later, we had a wonderful meal at Marche at 313@ Somerset Mall and certainly recommend it for its amazing food and excellent style of operation.

Peranakan food
A chic place with a name that smacks of the straits Chinese heritage, it had great food to offer. The Otak Otak (fish cakes wrapped in banana leaf), had a brilliant texture – light, yet chewy. The fish head curry was very tasty. However the traditional Ayam Buah Keluak — braised chicken served with the fabulous keluak nuts from Indonesia — was the best item we had ordered. The black, clam-shaped nuts were truly a treat, and the perfect ending before we head off for Sentosa the next morning!