The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

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: shamini­ 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: Tripad­vi­, 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.

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