Illustrated by Syed Ismail
Winner of POPULAR Readers’ Choice Award 2011, English (Adult)
The title of this book was inspired by a song written back in the 1940s and performed by renowned artists like Bing Crosby and The Manhattan Transfer. The lyrics of the song provide a mystical, oriental description of Singapore with its reference to temple bells, lotus flowers and perfumes of Shalimar. Traces of old Singapore remain in places like Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. But Singapore is also a modern, cosmopolitan city-state with a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural population.
Besides tips on popular tourist attractions, this book provides the reader with an insider's view of Singapore by looking at life in the public housing estates. The reader will get an overview of the history of the island, learn about local food and get an introduction to habits that might seem peculiar to an outsider.
This book will be a handy guide to visitors whilst providing some quirky facts to those who wish to know more about Singapore.