LITTLE BLACK BOOK
SHAMINI Flint, a Singaporebased author and recent guest at the 2011 Sydney Writers Festival, was originally a lawyer. She is now a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist. Her latest book is Inspector Singh Investigates a Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree. More: shaminiflint.com. Desperate to get back to: Cape Town for that mountain, the waterfront, the people, the food and the weather. Top shopping secret: Brightly coloured, ethically produced, vegetable-dyed fabric from Fabindia in Mumbai. Being an eco-type, my shopping trips are usually guilt-ridden failures. Must visit: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, where we saw frolicking dolphins and two complete rainbows spanning the horizon one evening. Standout afternoon tea experience: The Tiffin Room at the Raffles Singapore for old- fashioned scones and clotted cream. Inviting food destination: Nirvana in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, for banana leaf cuisine. Inspirational travel narrative: Without question, Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O’Hanlon. Favourite travel website: Tripadvisor.com, which gives a useful snapshot of what people think. Most memorable splurge: The whole family going to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Distinctive hotel: Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia. Best-spent travel dollars: I really hate to admit that it was on a Kindle e-book reader.