Travel Focus – Wonderful Singapore

Continuing with my travel series of wonderful places to visit I am turning my attention to Singapore, the jewel in Malaysia’s crown. Singapore is one of the best places I have visited, with gleaming pavements, a ban on chewing gum, and old colonial style buildings carefully meshing into an ultra modern city. Whether you want to enjoy the vibrant culture of Chinatown, hark back to the empire at the Raffles Hotel, or even just shop until you drop on Orchid Road, Singapore is an amazing place that you will want to visit again and again.

The Raffles Hotel

Yes, it is a cheesy tourist trap, but having a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel is a must. The beautiful hotel with it’s white, colonial style frontage, has been a favourite haunt of the likes of Rudyard Kipling for over 100 years. Today, tourists enjoy the Singapore sling and the famous monkey nuts, which you must eat by discarding the shells onto the floor. At the end of your experience, you can purchase your Sling cocktail glass to relive the experience at home.


Eating out in Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a brilliant destination when it comes to eating out in Singapore. There are a vast range of great restaurants, many of which also double up as nightclubs as the night progresses. This is the place that my husband first tried Red Snapper, at Red House Seafood restaurant, where the food is fresh and delicious. Clarke Quay has plenty of variety in food available, with steak, Vietnamese, Japanese and traditional Malaysian all catered for. You can find out more about what and where to eat in Singapore in this great blog from Cheapflights.


Shopping on Orchid Road

Orchid Road is a must visit if you love to shop. It is 2.2kilometres of shops and department stores, including the now iconic Tang Plaza. You can find everything you are looking for on Orchid Row, from designer wear to high street fashion, gifts, food and electrical goods, which are a good bargain in Singapore.

Whilst on Orchid Row, you can visit ION Sky, which gives you the best views of Singapore, from a viewing platform with 360 degree views from 56 storeys up. It’s free too, so definitely worth a visit.

Have you been to Singapore?


Duchess Kate wears Prabal Gurung in Singapore

Just a day after I said that Prabal Gurung was perfect for Kate Middleton, she only goes and wears the designer during the first day of the tour of the Far Eat. Kate chose to wear the Singaporean designer during the stop in Singapore, a beautiful purple flowered design in Prabal’s classic long sleeved shape. Kate now joins the stylish ranks of Prabal fans that include Sarah Jessica Parker, Mila Kunis and Lana Del Rey.

I love that Kate, who doesn’t have a stylist, does her research and pays tribute to the places she visits by wearing a homegrown designer. And although some journalists and bloggers criticise this as style by numbers, it is, in fact, a mark of respect for the host nation, something she has picked up from her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. The original design was much shorter than the one worn by the Duchess, but other than that, the design was pretty much the same, and was, quite frankly, gorgeous!

This sort of long sleeved shift dress is actually a perfect transitional piece from Summer to Autumn. Smart enough for work, dressy enough for a wedding, and edgy enough to attract attention, this is a great look that has a multitude of uses and so is a great item to have in your wardrobe. This is a look you can easily adapt with a variety of similar designs available on the High Street.

Blue and Green Swirl Dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Clements Ribeiro for John Lewis Silk Lace Printed Shift Dress, Print £129 click to visit John Lewis

Hoss Intropia Print Tunic Dress, Multi £210 click to visit John Lewis

Desigual Printed Dress, Red £84 click to visit John Lewis

Linea Paisley print tunic dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser

Linea Oversize floral print tunic dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser


Fashionistas of Birmingham…walk this way…

If you are a Birmingham fashionista, chances are you love nothing more than a fashion show! Next Monday, 29th November, sees an extra special fashion show that is being held in support of the Lord Mayors charity’s, which this year include the Birmingham PHAB camps, and the Birmingham Stroke Association.

The fashion show is a showcase for the designs of Sulaimi Brookman. Sulaimi Brookman is a UK-based, Singapore born designer who specialises in beautiful evening wear and Bridal wear. His designs have been worn on the red carpet by stars such as Carly Stenson from Hollyoaks, and are perfect for the Glitzy, sparkly Christmas season that is almost upon us.

The special evening of high fashion is being described as ‘an evening of couture, jewellery and music’. It is being held in association with The Rogueplay Theatre company, and will take place in the Banqueting suite in the Birmingham Council House on Monday 29th November from 6.30pm. If you fancy a night of High Fashion before the pre-Christmas party frenzy, then this is the night for you. Tickets are available from and cost just £15.

For more information, contact 07746  327284