Monday, 1 February 2010

de Singapour avec amour...♥ ♥

I can never repeat this enough: I heart Singapore… So it should come to no surprise that while I just went there for the Xmas vaycays, three weeks later I was back to this island again. But this time its for business: attending an IMF-STI Course on Financial Programming and Policies (so serious, hehe)…

So, for the next two weeks, I stayed at the M Hotel at Tanjung Pagar, the heart of the central business district and just a short walk from the MAS building, where the lectures and workshops are held…

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The room is not too shabby either…

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So is the view…

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The course itself went extremely well. There were 31 of us from various central banks and finance ministries across Asia. It was interesting to learn of each other’s experiences and make new contacts.

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I learned a lot on the various inter-relationships within the economy: domestic demand, external demand, government and monetary sector. I was literally a sponge. Befitting the new year, I also tried to be as active, inquisitive and as participating as possible. Even managed to make a big presentation at the course finale…

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But of course, all work and no play makes for a dull Dieselfreak, hehe… luckily i managed to slot in some fun here and there during my two weeks stay ;) So, some of my friends dropped by during their weekend. Being their first time in Singapore, I am all too willing to be their tour guide.

First stop for virgins to the island: the Merlion, hehe… As you can see the Maria Bay Sands casino is progressing nicely in the background. I definitely cant wait to checkout the floating LV store when its open… perhaps it will be the place where I will  finally buy my Damier Geant Canvas Messager bag? hehe…

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Next stop: Orchard Rd.

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Shopping wise i think i have been a pretty good boy. Lets see, just a couple of Diesel T’s…

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…and a Monogram Canvas Billfold with 6 credit card slots, so i can alternate with my Damier Ebene Canvas Multiple wallet. See, no biggie, I was pretty CCC right? hehe…

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We also dropped by three places that I have never been to before despite my numerous times in Singapore: Arab St., Bugis St. and Chinatown … like i always say: there's always something new ;) I managed to sample more local delicacies, like the scrumptiolicious martabak Arab St. and rojak Geylang Serai. Yummy…

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And to cap the night off, we checked out the local clubbing scene. How lucky are we to realise that Tanjung Pagar has some of the most happening clubs, all within walking distance to the hotel. What made is all that much fun is that there were other friends from KL turned up too…

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So there you go. Time does fly fast when you are having such a great time. But hopefully now I'm brimming with recharged enthusiasm when I go back to office :) Je t'aime à Singapour. Jusqu'à ce que nous rencontrer à nouveau la prochaine fois…