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We stayed in the Swis­so­tel Mer­chant Court on Clarke Quay where they brought us beer as we lazed in the pool. And I’m not talk­ing about a pa­per cup I’m talk­ing a glass of beer. Head to Sin­ga­pore, you want to stay some­where like it. Clarke Quay, Robert­son Quay, Boat Quay equals Fun City.

We dined on Malay, Chi­nese and Indian cui­sine close to wa­ter. Head into any restau­rant on the river, ask for the seafood ban­quet and boom, out comes half-dozen cour­ses of seafood sur­prise. In­cred­i­ble food. Great with beer or cold white, or even red wine. We loved our night at Our Vil­lage, an Indian place with views of the sky­line. Sparkling views, great food, long ta­ble, all your mates – su­per evening.

Sin­ga­pore has six of the world’s top-50 bars. One of th­ese bars, At­las, stocks over 1,000 va­ri­eties of gin. There’s a bar and restau­rant at­tached to Sen­tosa Golf Club, Pan Amer­i­cana, that sells “adult Fanta” they pour into your mouth, and “Rock and Rye”, which is whiskey poured over a chunk of ice like a cricket ball. The food just keeps on com­ing. We en­joyed this af­ter­noon very much also.

But per­haps our most fun après-golf was a night at Kranji Race­course. For about $50 a head we en­joyed a five-course meal and “free flow” beer, which con­tin­ued to come served by beau­ti­ful young women. Race meet­ings are held on Fri­day nights and Sun­day af­ter­noons, and the odd Tues­day.

Sports? We watched Wal­la­bies-Ire­land in a pub called Molly Malone’s. The Sin­ga­pore Sev­ens (late April) has plenty of what makes Hong Kong great. The For­mula One Grand Prix (mid Septem­ber) runs though the city. At night. You can play golf at night. Sin­ga­pore is sul­try at night. It’s a night city. The best time of the day is the night.

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