Someone once said that when he travelled he did not want to feel at home. I am sure that he meant that he wanted to experience something new. I have that feeling when traveling in the United States, because of the homogenization.
Anyways, I thought about that saying each time I returned to Raffles after a foray into Singapore street life. Our suite is so pleasant, that I am pleased to return to an oasis of calm in which I feel very comfortable. This might not be home, but it is a suitable alternative.
The hotel offers so much variety, that we have taken several meals within its confines. There are long verandas and large gardens. One can enjoy the feel of the jungle, without the dangers, enhanced by soft lighting. The current weather is so pleasant, that the temperature is perfect for a stroll through the hotel grounds. I would not choose another hotel for a stay in Singapore...unless someone likes homogenized style so prevalent in the West. I enjoy the mixture of colonial, Aisan, and modern, plus the flawless, friendly service, which only Asians can provide. I cannot imagine why anyone would write a negative review about this hotel. Perhaps, Tripadvisor should permit hotels to write reviews about guests. I would like to comment a few which I have observed...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.