Welcome to Singapore, The Little Red Dot city, one of the smallest countries in the world, with a land area of about 710 square kilometers, there is so much you can do, you'll never get tired of it.
YOUR OWN PANOPLY
It's that exciting time of year again, when new creations from the best runways hit the stores worldwide, announcing the dawn of a new season. Many of these pieces have been designed for autumnal temperatures but fortunately, this new selection of clothing includes a host of lightweight and lighthearted printed dresses that will look perfectly at home under the Singapore sun. Case in point ; Dior's funnel-collared dress sporting a romantic brown leaf pattern. And the off-the-shoulder mini dress with 3D flower embroideries will make you look, well …. racy at the race. Inspired by ancient Egypt and Greece for Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci has come up with boldly graphic patterned dresses that effortlessly combine decoration and elegance. Nicolas Ghesquière’s chic scarf prints come out on top and long skirt ensembles at Louis Vuitton have that compelling mixture of old and new. Toughen up those prints with Pucci's black leather knee-high boots, or pointy ankle boots. Bags are not de rigueur, but if you have to have one, go for spare leather numbers by Loewe or Céline.
After the non-stop spectacle of speeding cars at the race, some respite is always welcome. Sky Garden, the food enclave in the Suntec city shopping mall, actually houses an irresistible oasis of calm - and fun. Designed by Fuur Associates, the Terra Rooftop Bar, a 353-square-meter bar-cum-nightclub is an airy haven of mahogany and copper, with greenery tumbling from high shelves. The terrace offers an agreeable, moderately high view of the city. The cocktails are a hit here, and the groovy Saturday DJ sets are a must.
MY OWN CIRCUIT
The Singapore International Festival of Arts, a must-attend event focusing on the performance arts, draws to a close on the weekend of the Formula 1, just in time to take in “The Letter”, a piece commissioned by and specially created for Singapore by renowned dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones, who is in town with his whole company. Gear up for an exceptional experience to a soundtrack ranging from pop to house music.
It would also be a pity to leave this impressive town without visiting the Singapore Art Museum, a Contemporary Art museum that houses an important collection of artworks from the Southeast. Another must-see is the new National Gallery of Singapore, which also features the region's most notable artists, including Singaporean Chua Mia Tee, whose seminal painting , « National Class Language » , graces its walls.
Likened by some visitors to Paris’s Marais, or New York's Meatpacking district, Haji Lane, a tiny lane behind the popular Arab Street, is Singapore's best kept hipster secret. Its small, charming shops, formerly chophouses, offer a wide variety of original items, ranging from womenswear to decoration objects.
Once a nutmeg plantation, and then military barracks, Dempsey Road is located across from the Botanic Gardens, and has become a trendy haunt for modish food lovers. CP MB, in a vast house surrounded by verdant greenery, is a treat, offering delicious comfort foods like fish and chips.
In a well-lit space dominated by white and beige hues, The Rang Mahal offers the ultimate Indian luxury experience. Such meals as Indian handkerchief bread cooked on a concave griddle, or lamb chops cooked in fiery hand-pounded spices are proof of the restaurant's level of refinement. For special occasions, a cosy private room and lounge are at your disposal.
With its 25 - meter swimming pool overlooking the Marina Bay, its glass-framed rooms and luxurious decoration, the Fullerton Bay Hotel is the ultimate in hotel pampering. You can also chill, eat, and drink at the Lantern Rooftop bar, where there is music playing until 3 a.m.
MY OWN SOUNDTRACK
The number one album that everyone is currently excited about is the soundtrack of this summer's undisputed blockbuster, « Suicide Squad ». It includes Twenty One Pilots’ wonderful « Heathens », Skrillex and Rick Ross, and the dance-floor filling « Purple Lamborghini ».