apore Sling and Cherry Heering on aroundtheblock.com Sing


…Granted, 48 hours doesn’t allow more than a glimpse—especially when you have a conference to tend to—but I found myself rather enchanted with Singapore. Its diversity, for one, is phenomenal. Indians in saris share the street with Malays in hijab and Chinese in Manolo Blahniks. It is far more tropical than I had anticipated and vibrantly green—even in its sleek downtown area. Catwalks and bridges are strung with ivy; potted plants line construction sites. I managed to take two long walks during my stay. First was through a residential neighborhood near my hotel, where I caught morning prayers at a Buddhist temple, gossiped (in my rusty Mandarin) with fruit sellers, and bought treats for my students back home. The second was to Chinatown, where I tossed back a Singapore Sling (a tangy concoction of gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine, and fresh pineapple juice) as I watched a monsoon rainstorm. I also hailed a taxi to the harbor to check out the eye-popping skyline….

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