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While we all #stayin due to the current situation around COVID-19, reminiscing, and dreaming about our past and future travels are totally acceptable. Don’t we all love to vicariously live through our favourite travel bloggers’ amazing travel stories? Through #TNLRevisits, we get your most loved travel bloggers to spill the beans about their favourite places, off-the-radar destinations, and about countless other experiences that they have encountered through their journeys. Travel blogger Roshani Shah better known by her Instagram handle as Roshagulla tells us what to do and where to eat, to experience Singapore like a local. By Amitha Ameen
1. Tell us about your fondest trip of 2019.
2. If you have to revisit the same place once travel bans are lifted, how differently would you explore the place this time around?
Seeing the city for the second or third time makes you see it from the lens of a local. In Singapore, there is a word called ‘Kampong Glam,’ which means local hidden gems. I would try to tick as many as possible and spend more time as a local. This time it would be more of a pre-planned trip.
3. Do you remember meeting and interacting with locals there?
So, Singapore Sidecars are very rare to see and are owned only by a few of them who have a license. I came in contact with one of the owners and trust me that was the best city tour I have ever been on; it was so fascinating. If you pass through a roadway, people go crazy looking at you and the beautiful Vespa vintage sidecar. It was really fun to be a part of it.
4. What hidden gems did you discover there?
I have an old friend there who took us places in the limited time we had. We visited many lanes with murals and street art; for instance, China town, BrasBasah, and Chijmes. We also enjoyed a photo walk on the busy Orchard road; covered with some colourful local residential apartments called HDBs, which were geometrically beautiful. Singapore offers beautiful sunrise and sunsets as well, which I enjoyed capturing from the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands, which is on the 57th floor. It was a dream-come-true experience for me.
5. What about food memories? Any particular local food that you would like to recommend?
You must try the local Kopi (coffee) at the Toast Box, Mexican at Guzman e Gomez, nice Italian and Mediterranian dining by the Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay. One local vegetarian Thai speciality place that no one will tell you about is Zenso Thai near NAFA and SMU university.
Also, there is one more vegetarian restaurant name Annalakshmi. Their idea is ‘eat what u want, pay what u want ‘ — a brilliant concept! They serve the yummiest food.
6. Give our readers five reasons on why should they visit this place once the pandemic evaporates?
-The best mix of city and beach life
-Unlimited activities throughout the island
-Travel like a local in easy-to-use public transport
– Pub-crawl at Clarke Quay and end your evening at One Altitude
– Asia’s best zoo, which lets you be up close with animals without a cage
– I missed experiencing a cruise there but every week there are two-three short-haul cruises that take off
– One of the best places for street art and cultural trail
– Super safe and friendly locals who will always be happy to guide you
7. How are you coping with the lockdown?
I am learning new things at home, indulging in some meditation, and also segregating my pictures more systematically.
8. Where would you travel to when things get back to normalcy?
9. Any armchair travel tips?
Do your research about the location before going there. Pack light and enjoy more.
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