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Dee, 24
Marketer and Writer
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a bit about Dee

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a marketer by trade, because they give me money and money can be exchanged for goods and services. I also write when I'm not in the office - science fiction, mostly, but also general articles on Singapore and tech.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Ache - FKA Twigs. A lot of Celine Dion.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Mad Men. Black Mirror. American Gods. The Twilight Zone.

Who’s your hero and where in Singapore would you take them out for a serious hang?

Dr. Jane Goodall. I'd bring her to Pulau Semakau landfill so she can lecture me in the best way possible.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

The Farm Store, or Naiise. I tend to buy everything from Carousell, a secondhand mobile app.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The red-light district....with someone.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

More bars. We have so many bars. So little time!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Singapore and where did you get it?

Salted egg crab, from Irvin's Live Seafood House.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Singapore that you particularly like?

Southbridge and 28 Hong Kong Street (which is so hipster it doesn't have a name). Operation Dagger is literally hidden - underground with a back alley entrance.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Singapore? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Marina Bay Sands. The infinity pool is amazing, and the hotel rooms luxurious. It's also $500 a night at the cheapest last I checked.

What restaurant in Singapore looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Any hawker centre shop, really. I promise the food isn't going to kill you. It certainly hasn't killed us.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Singapore? Which one do you like?

Southbridge has amazing cocktails, but I'm partial to Sex On The Quay.

Where would you take your partner in Singapore if you wanted to really pamper them?

Spend the afternoon at Tanjong Beach Club. Steak at Bistecca Tuscan or sushi at Kinki, then a stay at Marina Bay Sands.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Haw Flakes and gem biscuits were my jam growing up. White Rabbit candy comes wrapped in rice paper so you can shove the whole thing in your mouth like the savage you want to be.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Singapore?

Marina Bay Sands. Go there once or twice for the photo op and experience, but don't bother otherwise.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Singapore?

Fort Canning. Despite being smack-dab in the middle of the touristy area, nobody ever goes there. It's so full of history with WWII cannons and underground bunkers.

What are the Singapore spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The National Gallery, Science & Arts Museum, and Gillman Barracks. Get Turkish food at Haji Lane and Arab Street. Go to the zoo and the Night Safari. Hike the MacRitchie treetop walk and the Dairy Farm quarries.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Singapore. How do you spend it?

Eat maggi goreng at BK Eating House. Try to skinny-dip in the Singapore River before I get arrested. Play cat-and-mouse with the police. Retreat to CE LA VI and throw a goodbye party overlooking the skyline.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Hong Kong. The food is homicidal, the streets are dodgy, the people are genuine, and the city just feels alive.

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