With Editor Justin Eeles on holiday I am delighted to step into his shoes for an issue and bring you up to date with Singapore’s latest events and developments as we fast approach yet another festive season!

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The island is still recovering from the madness of the Formula One whirlwind that hit town in September, as not only the speed boys but a whole raft of celebrities, singers, dancers, musicians and race fans hit town to enjoy what has to be the biggest F1 Party in the world!

But with the island’s dedication to exceptional events there’s a whole lot more coming before the great Orchard Road Light Up takes the shopping experience into another dimension!

First there’s Women’s tennis Association (WTA) Finals on the 23rd to 30th October featuring the world’s top eight lady tennis players, which includes an up-close-and-personal Fan Festival.

Second there’s the Singapore River Festival at the beginning of November with bands, performers, carnival attractions and the spectacular Tight Rope Performance! Then there’s Swan Lake in November, the dusk to dawn revelry of Zouk Out in December, the four month Biennale Art exhibition, the fantastic Merry Medleys at Gardens by the Bay and just about every mall, hotel,
shop, gallery, restaurant and club participating in the whole Festive Season program island wide!

So events are not your scene?
Fortunately in this issue we have a whole wonderful selection of calmer and more serene things to do! We explore the lesser known a districts of Singapore, Katong and Joo Chiat, enjoy the Malay culture in Kampong Glam, then visit the exceptional Botanic Gardens which are not just full of plants but full of history as well.

We also meet some real Singapore characters, indulge and find out which are the very best hotels on the island and to wrap up a huge issue, we find fitness and health in the boot camps and spas, do some shopping and finally end up in some of Singapore’s beautiful green spots. Now if you can’t enjoy your time in Singapore with all this great advice I will be very surprised.

Have a great time.

Alistair Speirs OBE
Publisher

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