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Singapore’s Secret Places To Eat, Drink, and Play – By Expat Tom Sharp

Initially from Essex, England, *Tom Sharp has been living in Singapore for four and a half years. In his career, he has spent stints in places like USA, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Russia. 

Even as an events manager for a large local company, he always remembers to take a break when needed.

He shares, “My best advice to anyone: live life as full as you can and with little regret as possible. It may sound cheesy but I had a heart attack 9 months ago. At one point, my heart had actually stopped and had to be restarted by the doctors and nurses. It changed the way I look at the world and my place in it. No work is so important that it’s worth dying for.” 

To Unwind 


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“I enjoy hiking and biking at MacRitchie Reservoir, Punggol and East Coast Park on weekends when I can. Just to relax and get away from the city vibe and de-stress from the work week,” says Tom. 

For a boozy brunch


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On Sundays, Tom enjoys going to Colony at Ritz Carlton, Senso and Edge. “They’re great value for free flow food and drinks!” he expresses. “Not very imaginative… But I always go for quantity over quality.” 

For cocktail concoctions


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Tom frequents PS Café, Loof and Café Gavroche for their “friendly atmosphere and fantastic service.” 

“I always go to these places whenever I have the chance, schedule permitting that is,” he adds.

His must-have products

“I use L’Oreal’s Men Expert Charcoal Black Scrub every day and night and the Vita Lift 5 for my eyes.”

His favourite event


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Tom enjoys going to the annual Pink Dot in Singapore.

 “I feel passionately about increasing the awareness and community spirit of the affected group in Singapore. Other than that, I can’t seem to switch off my work brain as I’m usually attending events for research, not fun and enjoyment.”

What do you like most about living in SG? 

“The fact that it’s so easy to travel to other places and I’ve met some fantastic people since arriving here. My favourite places in Asia are Japan and Taiwan.

I also love that it’s so different from where I grew up. I grew up in a very poor working class environment and where I am right now is very different from where I started out.”

Any recent achievements that you’d like to tout? 

“Every project I complete is an achievement to me. Even the ones that never got past the first hurdle!”

 

*Tom (not his real name) has agreed to share with us his favourite finds under the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of his work. 

 

By Joshua Tan and Atifa Othman, August 2016

 

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