Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bandar Seri Begawan and lately, Tokyo.
These are the few Asian cities that I have set my foot from Manila to date. And there is more of Asia to explore and enjoy.
For one, I wish to bring my family to SINGAPORE to experience what most tourists have been raving about. I’ve heard and read so much about that enticing city and who would resist to be lured with its charm and beauty?
Incidentally, I was fortunate to be invited as one of the very few selected bloggers who sat with people who best represent Singapore. They’re Ms. Lynelle Seow, Area Director for Philippines and Brunei of Singapore Tourism Board and Mr. Lee Puay York, Head for Southeast Asia of Contact Singapore (photos of speakers below).
The fascinating talk was held at the Abueva Room of Heritage Hotel in Pasay City last Friday, 16 July, 2010.
“Contact Singapore is an agency of the Singapore government that aims to boost the country’s economy by attracting people from around the world to live, work and play in this country. It is the one-stop center for those who wish to pursue a fulfilling life, career and adventure in Singapore.
YourSingapore.com is Singapore’s destination brand that showcases Singapore’s uniqueness and offers travelers a personalized travel experience.
The Singapore Tourism Board is an economic development agency for one of Singapore’s key service sectors – tourism. The mission of the Board is to develop and champion tourism, so as to build the sector into a key driver of economic growth for Singapore”
As you may know, Singapore is rich in culture, heritage and opportunities. The small but global city and as a country itself takes pride in offering a progressive and comfortable lifestyle for everyone who wants to WORK, LIVE and PLAY IN.
Singapore’s constant innovation on almost everything opens door for professionals from other countries like ours, who may easily find a work venue in its more than 7,000 multinational companies that operate on highly in-demand and lucrative careers in technology, manufacturing, research, electronics, chemicals, biomedical sciences, infocomms, digital media, engineering, transportation and financial services.
With the affordable airfares that most carriers offer, Asia has become a smaller community. This makes Singapore as a tourist destination more accessible to people who want to visit and enjoy its famous and newest attractions and recreations.
Hopefully soon, I get to bring my wife and our preschooler son to Sentosa, Universal Studios and other exciting sites to experience a slice of what Singapore has been known for.
Of course, Singapore’s multicultural society is so apparent not only on its people and places but moreso on its food.
And during the Bloggers’ Event that I have attended, Heritage Hotel which is a Singaporean Hotel in Manila, prepared wonderful dishes that delighted our senses.
Take a peek at what we savored from the event….
SINGAPORE SLAW. This was so far, the most beautiful salad I’ve ever had. The fusion of textures and tastes was gorgeously plated and was perfectly paired with its dressing.
NYONYA MEATBALL SOUP (Bawan Kepeting).
SINGAPORE LAKSA and MEE GORENG. Heritage Hotel’s Laksa was one of the few I’ve tasted in the Metro that stimulated my palate well; Mee Goreng also doesn’t disappoint. Wonderful pair!
HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE. The most beautiful custom-made plate I’ve ever seen. Delicious serving!
SAGO GULA MELAKA with VANILLA ICE CREAM. Our sweet ending.
These and more are featured in the 2010 Singapore Food Festival that runs from 16 July to 25, 2010.
“At the SFF, visitors from the Philippines can expect to taste flavors they already love about Singapore such as Hainanese Chicken Rice and get a chance to fall in love with new ones, all in one festival. With so much feasting and fun in store, my advice is to leave the diet plan at home and indulge those cravings in Singapore” said Lynelle Seow, Area Director-Philippines, Singapore Tourism Board.
“Through SFF, Singapore enhances its identity as a true melting pot of cultures and as a destination that has something to offer many different nationalities. Fringe activities will also serve up ethnic Malay and Indian dishes, allowing Filipinos to enjoy the true ‘taste’ of Singapore,” added Seow.”
For readers who have experienced Singapore, what’s your favorite food you’ve tasted there and what are your most memorable moments in the City of Merlion?
For more details on the upcoming events in Singapore, visit my other blog, DOCGELO’S EYES