Singapore’s new groove

It’s a country built on shopping malls, where chewing gum is illegal and nerdism is in, so the brief was to find the new, hip, not-necessarily-so-shiny Singapore.

Doing the research, it was tough, people, tough. The travel brochures would advertise traditional Singaporean cuisine “now off the streets and in a shiny, hygienic compound”, which for some says ‘no salmonella’ but for those of us blessed with cast-iron constitutions, says tickets, queues and compulsory fun.

IT’S on the drive from Changi Airport that I see the bumper sticker, Hmmm, perhaps Singapore isn’t as staid as I’ve been led to believe.

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About the author

Fear is found on a creaking glacier in the Caucasus mountains and joy is encapsulated in the perfect Shanghai dumpling. And while I love a $500-a-night hotel room (who doesn’t?), sometimes the best stories are found in a $20 guesthouse. With an eye always out for good markets and great street eats, I write the travel news and features for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers, and features for whoever else asks. I have a particular soft spot for the wilds of the Middle East, scarves and carpets. My articles and photographs have been published in a range of consumer magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad, and occasionally I chat on radio, too, from Essentials Magazine to 3AW or the Irish Times.

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