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Let Secret Singapore guide you around the unusual and unfamiliar. Step off the beaten track with this fascinating Singapore guide book and let our local experts show you the well-hidden treasures of this amazing city. Ideal for local inhabitants, curious visitors and armchair travellers alike.
A lighthouse on the top of a 25-storey apartment block, a unique rocky area that looks like Guilin in China, the remains of a Shinto shrine built in the jungle by prisoners of war, houses from the Ming and Qing periods donated by Jackie Chan, the bottoms of soya-sauce bottles used to decorate the Sultan Mosque, the "leaning tower" of Singapore, the last remaining stretch of natural beach, a forgotten bomb shelter under a national monument, the beautiful modernist door of a former biscuit factory, a hidden kampong (rural village) dwarfed by residential towers, the splendidly preserved old Changi prison gates, the stately Masons Hall inside the Freemasons' headquarters ... Far from the crowds and the usual cliches, Singapore still has a number of hidden treasures for people who know how to wander off the beaten track. This is an indispensable guide for those who think they know Singapore ... or who want to discover another side to the city.
Writer Heidi Sarna has lived in Singapore for over twelve years. She started exploring the island's secrets soon after she arrived, eager to uncover the myths behind its shiny modern office and apartment blocks. Her journey of discovery started when she came across the ruins of an abandoned colonial-era house that had been swallowed up by the city's relentless tropical urban sprawl. When she's not investigating Singapore's back lanes and forgotten places, Sarna writes about travel and small ship adventure cruising for her blog, QuirkyCruise.com.
Singaporean heritage enthusiast Jerome Lim has been writing his The Long and Winding Road blog since 2008 as a repository for his memories of old Singapore. Considered one of the most knowledgeable authorities on the history of this island state, Lim loves exploring and photographing the Singapore that many people have forgotten or never knew existed. A naval architect by profession, Lim also leads tours to offbeat places for the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). He likes nothing better than researching fascinating aspects of his country's past in the National Library or out in the field, notebook and camera in hand.