Singapore in a Sidecar

A tour company run by vintage Vespa enthusiasts takes guests on rides around Singapore’s historic neighborhoods.

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Travelling with parents part 3: Unexpected brushes with the ordinary

When abroad, there’s never any warning about how septuagenarian parents will behave

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Eating butter chicken at 32,000 feet

When I decided to take my parents on a holiday last month, I didn’t know where we would go, what we would do, or how I would handle their fragile health. But I knew one thing: my folks were going to fly business class.

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The Singaporean Paradox for WSJ

Articles > Newspapers > Asian Wall Street Journal > The Singaporean Paradox The Singaporean Paradox – By Shoba Narayan WHEN LEE HSIEN LOONG took office as the third Prime Minister of Singapore last year, one of the first things he did was to announce a fresh and bold approach that would encourage Singaporeans to be…

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Financial Times Weekend: Singapore’s New Cuisine

This piece appeared some time ago but I forgot to post it. Friends visiting Singapore reminded me of it. Click here to read the piece in FT. A new cuisine style is transforming Singapore By Shoba Narayan Published: August 22 2009 02:51 | Last updated: August 22 2009 02:51 It is usually after the hickory-smoked…

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Silverkris: Singapore Airlines Inflight magazine: Tamilnadu Travel

All-Rounded Tamil Nadu Temples and tradition may be its enduring image, but there’s a lot more to this South Indian state now, says Chennai girl Shoba Narayan. From designer shopping to organic tea and artist enclaves, the state is dancing to a whole new Carnatic beat. The thought occurred as I watched a grandmother, clad…

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Singapore Fling: For Condenast Traveler

SINGAPORE FLING So much to do, so little time—at least if you’re Shoba Narayan. Her manic mission: to wring the most out of this nonstop island-nation in just forty-eight hours. Let her loss (of sleep) be your gain—and guide Published July 2005 Staid, chaste, strict, small—Singapore has heard it all. But this island-nation of 4.2…

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Singapore: for Forbes Life

Singapore is an island-state full of contradictions. On the one hand it flaunts its prudishness: chewing gum is banned unless it is of ‘therapeutic’ value; pornography and homosexuality frowned upon; strict fines, caning and the death penalty are de rigueur for drug offenses; and until recently, bar-top dancing and gambling were illegal. Yet in the…

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