Greetings from Now! Singapore! March was a significant month in Singapore’s history with the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew. We would like to pass on our condolences to his family and the people of Singapore and pay tribute to the man whose life work has reaped such rich rewards. Rarely has the destiny of a nation been in the palms of one man’s hands for such a long period of time with such positive results. His vision, tenacity and discipline helped transform Singapore into the highly developed multi-cultural modern city that it is today. The staggering number of Singaporeans and residents that queued up to pay their respects and show their gratitude at the Parliament House for days on end revealed more about how instrumental and important he was to Singapore’s identity than words can convey. In this Golden Jubilee year, the country not only celebrates the 50 years since Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore embarked on their remarkable journey, it celebrates the extraordinary life of an extraordinary man.
In this issue we take a visual journey through Little India, one of Singapore’s more colourful neighbourhoods, and visit the bustling streets of Kampong Glam, located around the atmospheric Haji Lane, for some unique boutiques and cafe culture. For those looking to visit the city, we present our guide to some of the best accommodation options available, depending on what flavour you want your Singapore experience to be – for the frequent visitor, we encourage you to explore a new area and experience something new. We also meet the man who has almost single-handedly changed the face of accommodation and dining in the city, introducing not only Singapore’s first boutique hotel but an ever-expanding collection of dining gems, helmed by some of the best chefs in the business. We review a couple of his new outlets, Sorrel and Meat Smith, check out some alternative seafood options and provide a dining guide to Dempsey Hill.
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