Singapore Grand Prix

It’s Singapore Grand Prix time again, and I shall be going along for the fifth year. I love the Singapore Grand Prix; there is always such as buzz in the year.

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In 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix burst onto the Formula 1 calendar as one of the most dramatic additions to the high-profile and glamorous sport. Now in its fifth year, the Singapore Grand Prix remains the world’s only night-time Formula 1 race, and continues to wow audiences around the globe with its dazzling racetrack and illuminated backdrop of iconic modern architecture and colonial heritage buildings.

This year I was lucky enough to go along and interview Sarah Martin, the Operations Director and brainchild behind the event, for an article I was writing for Paradise Magazine. Here is what I had to say about the event for

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Explore MacRitchie Reservoir Park

When the fast pace of city life, towering skyscrapers and air-conditioned shopping malls all becomes too much, escape the concrete jungle and head to the real jungle, within the MacRitchie Reservoir Park.


One of Singapore’s most popular nature parks contains primary rainforest and is home to more than 840 flowering plant and 500 animal species. The highlight is the HSBC TreeTop Walk, a free-standing 250m long suspension bridge which gives you a bird’s eye view of the plants and animals in the rainforest canopy from its 25m high position.

I first visited MacRitchie Reservoir Park when researching my book In Singapore: 60 Fabulous Adventures in the City. Here I write about it for

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What to do on a Rainy Day in Singapore

It rains a lot in Singapore, and when it rains, it pours… often with thunder and lightning thrown in. When this happens there’s only one thing to do – head indoors and wait for the rain to stop. Luckily there are plenty of indoor activities to choose from while you’re waiting for the sun to re-appear.


Here I throw together a few ideas on how to keep yourself entertained indoors in Singapore, if you happen to find yourself at a loose end on a rainy day.

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Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

The hugely anticipated Gardens by the Bay officially opened to the public on June 29th 2012, bringing to life National Parks’ vision of creating a ‘City in a Garden.’

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The 100-hectare Gardens by the Bay is just a short walk from the downtown Marina Bay area and is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants. Its many paths, suspended walkways, gardens and water features provide a tranquil getaway, while the climate-controlled conservatories make for a welcome break from Singapore’s heat and humidity.

I took a wander down there to check it out, and wrote a ‘new and noteworthy’ article for about it.

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Day Trip: Explore Pulau Ubin

A day trip to Pulau Ubin is an excellent way to escape the bustle of Singapore and enjoy a slower pace of life for a few hours. This 1,020 hectare island is the second largest of Singapore’s offshore islands and is just a ten minute boat ride from Changi. A visit here allows you to step back in time to the days when Singapore was a rustic village, with traditional kampong houses, swaying palm trees and little traffic.



Here I describe how to visit Pulau Ubin on a day trip for – hire a bike, and take in the tranquil surrounds.

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Interviewing Key Players in Singapore’s Design Industry

In another article for STORM magazine’s design issue, I spoke to four major players in Singapore’s design arena to gain an insight into where Singapore and the global design industry is headed, and how it is affecting business.


My four chosen interviewees were:

Nathan Yong – a well-known trailblazer in the world of furniture design in Singapore

Kelvin Ng – Owner and Director of Branding at Acacia Design Consultants

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec – Initiator and CEO of red dot, one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design in the world

Simon Paddison – Regional Principal at Woodhead, the company behind the interior architecture of Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.

Read the full article in STORM magazine