ask Nalin about
vegetarian food • vegan food • breakfast and brunch • vegetarian • museums • café • desserts • cocktail bars • art galleries • monuments • parks • fine dining • coffee shop • hole in the wall • michelin star • fusion • haute cuisine • hidden bars • public art • architecture • boutiques • local design • viewpoints • walkways • botanical garden • historic town
a bit about Nalin
What do you do and why do you do it?
I run an ed-tech startup, as well as a consulting firm that helps companies raise investment - I find this incredibly exciting.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
My favourite TV shows: Mad Men, Westworld, Silicon Valley, Veep, Star Trek The Next Generation, Halt & Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, Boardwalk Empire.
Name some spots in Singapore that are good for a Tinder date.
Henderson waves - a nature trail with great views; The National Gallery - art, architecture, and amazing views of the city at night; The Horse's Mouth - quiet and classy speakeasy
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I'll normally have a few staples from Uniqlo and Ralph Lauren, but otherwise don't really have a go-to clothing store - I'm happy as long as they look good and I'm comfortable!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Stand Up Paddleboarding and Wakeboarding off the coast of Singapore - it's pretty time consuming and I can never get a group of people together to do this.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Singapore and where did you get it?
The chocolate avalanche at Non Entree Desserts - this is in my recommendation as well and it is a must have. It's basically a chocolate lava cake suspended over ice cream, the chocolate drizzles down over the ice cream.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Singapore that you particularly like?
The Horse's Mouth off Orchard Road - this is a Japanese style speakeasy in the basement of a ramen shop - you can get some amazing drinks, and order off the ramen menu!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Singapore? Which one do you like?
28 HongKong Street - this is one of Singapore's first high end speakeasy - the drinks are pricey, but completely worth it for the quality.
Where would you take your partner in Singapore if you wanted to really pamper them?
Probably one of the luxury resort hotels like the Amara or Capella on Sentosa Island for a spa and staycation.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Kaya Toast - Kaya is a jam made from pandan leaves - you don't really get it outside of Singapore/Malaysia -it's typically eaten with breakfast, but it's definitely unique and something you should try.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Singapore?
Universal Studios - the theme park isn't bad and it's a perfectly good way to spend some time, however, it's fairly small compared to other Universal Studios parks, and not a good use of time compared to other things you could be doing in Singapore.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Singapore?
Lazarus Island, Pulau Hants, and most of the Southern Islands - they're a bit difficult to get to but they're quite idyllic
What are the Singapore spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Zoo, The Botanic Gardens, The Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay, The National Gallery - these are all listed in pretty much every guidebook, but there's a reason for that: all of these places are world class attractions worth a visit.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Singapore. How do you spend it?
I would probably hang out with friends and family and get a great meal!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tokyo - it's always got something new for me.