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Why I love Singapore

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chrisf,

 

Sounds like a good plan.  Have never been to Divine's wine bar. Hopefully I make another trip one of these days.

 

First trip to Singapore in the 80s, pre-renovation Raffles was much nicer than in the 90s post rennovation. It lost its unique charm, and now looks like many other hotels.. What they now call the museum, is what the entire hotel looked like.  I still have my cocktail napkin and swizzle stick documenting my Singapore Sling at the Long Bar.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raffles_Hotel

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    p.s. found a nice picture of Divine's wine bar, in a list of the top 10 ex-pat bars

     

    http://www.hotelclub.com/blog/best-expat-bars-in-asia/

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      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      GemPrincess,

       

      Thanks for the information, have not been there and may not make it, but it sounds great.

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      chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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      Yes, that's the huge wine-rack ... the 'angels' play there part well and make a big show of going up on the cables ... great entertainment and a very relaxed, comfortable bar but a little expensive ... there is a dress code, which makes a big difference.

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        chrisf,

         

        Most places in Asia, dress and behavior makes a big difference.

         

        Its a very class-oriented society.

         

        I have also found it helps to have the concierge make appointments.  Knowing you are affliated with the hotel will get you special treatment.

         

        Asian names always have surname first, and then given name, as it is more important, what you belong to, e.g. is your family important?  is your company important? Which hotel are you staying at? Are you a valued customer hence the concierge makes your plans?

         

        Even in the US it doesn't hurt. When Spago's first opened and I wanted to go, I could not even get a phone call through. The phone was 'permanently' busy.  I asked the LA Marriott concierge to get me a reservation, and presto, I had one.

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          jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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          GemPrincess,

           

          Your experience at Spago's is just like mine.  Could not get in without help from AMEX, but it was special.

           

          Thanks for reminding me of a great time.

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          chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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          GemP

           

          There's some great guidance for me in your note.  Despite working there for a few weeks, I never picked up on the 'belonging' angle.  The names used to throw me as they also seem to adopt an 'English' name as well, e.g. one lady's given name was Kai Heng but I kept hearing people call her Adeline ... complete confusion until I asked my Asian colleague what was going on

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            Chrisf,

             

            Many immigrants with difficult to pronounce names adopt english names that sound similiar to theirs.

             

            I have found this not only in the US, but also on cruise ships.  They want you to remember their names, and interact, so have Angliciized their names.

             

            Same thing when I study languages.  My professors have assigned me names that are considered a translation of my name.  Or friends and family form other cultures have given me a nicname.  its also pretty traditional to give everyone a nicname.  Its how you know who is on the inside circle and who is not, without a letter of introduction.

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              jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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              GemPrincess,

               

              Well put!

               

              It really makes a lot of sense to have a name that people can remember and pronounce.

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