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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