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Singapore is perfect for relaxing
Dana Lipkow, a busy housewife and mother discovered several places in the "lion city" where she and her husband could enjoy themselves.

"Regeneration not only has to do with disconnecting" says the Berliner. The whole environment has to be right in order to have relaxing holidays. For her Singapore fulfilled most of it: a high standard of hotels, a wide choice of good food, cleanliness and last but not least the excellent service. This starts when taking a taxi. You dont have to be afraid of being ripped off because the drivers speak good English and treat every passenger politely. You can also have an interesting conversation with them and they can give useful suggestions. She fondly remembers the driver who recommended her the food market for lunch. Everything tasted delicious, was reasonably priced and one felt to be a part of the city and really belong to the place.

Another insider tip was the MacRitchie Reservoir. Its a 100 hectare area for relaxing around a reservoir right in the heart of the peninsular state. It was only meant to be a short trip, however in the end the couple spent half a day there. It was a terrific experience! It was fantastic to walk through the rainforest and to discover so many different species of animals. The friendly monkeys, butterflies and turtles in the lake. But what impressed us most were the suspension bridges which were strung 20 meters above ground between the giant trees. Apart from a few people jogging we were completely alone in the park. But we did not need to be afraid of getting lost because all paths were clearly marked.

Dana Lipkow found the East Coast Park much livlier, where young people and families meet at the weekends. You can find barbecues and picnic parties, people skating, jogging and sunbathing.

The most fascinating for her was the Seafood Centre where all delicious food you can think of from the sea was on offer. A whole army of staff makes sure that all the people are served properly.

When being asked for her favourite place for a romantic dinner the seafood fan only had one answer: The Cliff at our Hotel Sentosa Resort &Spa. With its open kitchen and the modern yet remarkably cosy interior design. There, they convinced her to eat oysters. Before I did not like oysters, but the chef explained to me all the seafood from all over the world that was on offer, and the different ways of preparing it. It sounded very tasty.

After these incredible holidays she and her husband are now thinking about moving to Singapore for one or two years.

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