Our afternoon started with the gentle tinkling of silver spoons on dainty white teacups and saucers in the Tiffin Room of Raffles Hotel in Singapore.  We sat at our table for two in what really were beautiful and very elegant surroundings. We poured ourselves a cup of refreshing Earl Grey tea from shiny silver teapots before three tiers of delicious sandwiches and  miniature cakes were carefully placed in front of us, waiting to be devoured. We discovered a slightly unusual variation to the typical afternoon tea us Brits are accustomed to when we spotted a huge pile of dim sum drizzled in a sweet barbecue sauce in the corner of the room at a buffet cart. These dumplings were seemingly to be eaten alongside our sandwiches and jam-smothered scones. We looked at each other with slightly confused expressions on our faces, but decided we had better try this new and exciting combination of flavours. I am not…

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After looking through the enormous stack of travel brochures and magazines which had been piling up in our living room over the months prior to our wedding, we came up with a master plan for our honeymoon. We would start by exploring bustling Singapore for a few days whilst we were still buzzing from the excitement of the wedding, before gradually floating back down to earth with a gracious thud on a tropical island which captured the typical honeymoon wish list: white sands and glistening blue seas. For this we chose the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok. It didn’t take us long to choose our hotel in Singapore – one look at the Marina Bay Sands and we were sold. I doubt its space age demeanour is everyone’s cup of tea but whoever came up with the idea of housing an infinity pool inside what looks like a boat and then balancing it…

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