Carmen Roberts

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About me

I was born in Singapore – my mother is Singaporean Chinese, and my father was from New Zealand. We moved to Australia when I was five years old, but I could safely say I’ve returned to Singapore at least once a year ever since. And now, after 11 years in London, I’m returning to live in Singapore, for the first time in almost 30 years.

I’m predominantly a TV reporter and presenter with the BBC’s Fast Track travel show, but I’ve also written for in-flight magazines like BA High Life and Singapore Airlines’ Silver Kris. I’ve contributed to magazines like Her World, Women’s Health as well as Time Out Perfect Places guide books. Last year I had a chapter published in World’s Greatest Cycle Journeys.

My Singapore

Where I always grab a drink: Merry Men on the waterfront at Robertson Quay is the perfect place for an afternoon drink in the sun.

My favourite dining spot: Dempsey Hill is a leafy green oasis and home to almost 20 restaurants from around the globe. Jones the Grocer and PS Cafe are among my favourites.

Most breathtaking view: Atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel - the view from the infinity pool overlooking the city is truly spectacular.

Best place for people watching: Tiong Bahru market will give you a true local flavour. Or else head to Clark Quay and see the bright young things hitting the clubs.

Where I go for a stroll: East Coast park is not only a great place for a stroll, it's the perfect place for an early morning run.

Where I'd go on a date: The Botanic Gardens are stunning and Swan Lake is a romantic spot to stop. If this is too hot and humid, then head to Flutes restaurant at Fort Canning.

Don't leave without: trying sugar cane juice, it's lovely and sweet and super cheap. Why they don't put it in cocktails I'll never know.

My expert information

Singapore (Asia,

Food: noodles for less than a fiver

Singapore is a food lover’s heaven. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from serving cuisine from all around the world with everything from fine dining to fusion. But Singapore arguably has some of the best street food in Asia. The hawker stalls are first rate and dirt-cheap - you could get a bowl of noodles for less than a fiver.