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RICHARD QUEST, BUSINESS TRAVELLER
NAJIP ALI, TV PERSONALITY
Back in the old days, all the Arabs and the Indians and the Javanese and the Boyanese and the Malays came here. I mean, Singapore changed very fast, but this place hasn't changed a lot. It's really, really diverse. We have the Arabs with the shisha, we have the Malays who are still doing the nasi padang and the nasi goreng. You know, it's a melting pot4 of a lot of things.
OK, although this is where it seems to be a bit conventional,conservative you'd be surprised what's on the other side of this street, which is called the Haji Lane. It has evolved to something very interesting. Come.
So this whole lane has been taken over by young hip entrepreneur[s], You can be in Harajuku, for example. You can be in Shibuya, for example. And this is what I'm very proud of, and so it's a good place to come over.
CHARLENE FANG, CNNGO SINGAPORE EDITOR
Hi, I'm Charlene, CNNGo Singapore city editor and about to take you up to Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Wait till you see the view when the doors open. As you can tell, it's a stunning location. The bar's just open about a month, and right now it's pretty much the place to be. Everyone likes to come here for sunset cocktails just to enjoy the view.
In the distance you can see Marina Bay Sands, and we're gonna head there next. It's pretty much the best view that you're gonna get of Singapore right now. The pool is stunning. It's open to the public. The pool, however, is just for hotel guests. So, I think a lot of people are gonna start booking rooms here just so that they can take a look at this.
LEE KIN MUN, AKA "MR8ROWN, " BLOGGER
My name is Kin Mun, but everyone calls me Brown. So, the Henderson Wave[s] Bridge is 274 meters across and it connects two hills. One is Telok Blangah Hill. The other one is Mount Faber. And look at the view.
I think we have gotten very new, you know? We tear down old buildings at the drop of a hat, replacing them with things like car parks and food courts. Occasionally, we do something right, like build a nice bridge like that to get people back in touch with nature. I like living in a modern city, but I like to have something to show my kids when they grow up. I think Singapore has the potential to be very creative. The people are creative, but I think the authorities are still not. I see some trying to come to grips with the messiness that comes with creativity.
LESLIE TAY, FOOD BLOGGER
This is Hokkien prawn noodles or Hokkien fried noodles, and it's a very Singaporean dish because this is [the] only place in the world you get this style of fried prawn noodles.
A hawker is someone that hawks the food along the street. When Singapore was in the early days, we weren't so developed, so all this food was basically on the streets. The government decided that, hey, it's not very hygienic to sell food on the street, so they started to house all these hawkers into hawker centers. And this is our neighborhood pub, you know. This is the place where after work people come, order something to eat, order something to drink before they go home.
DICK LEE, SINGER AND PRODUCER
Well, this is the Blair Plain area, which is of... in Tanjong Pagar, a beautiful old part of Singapore. I'm a Peranakan, so this is very typical of Peranakan neighborhoods. The Peranakans were the first Chinese who came into 5ingapore a few hundred years ago. And the men came from China; they intermarried16 with Malays, and then the first generation was born as Chinese-Malay mix.
So this is Baba House, a beautiful, restored Peranakan shop house, Chinese shop house, restored in the style of how it was in the 1930s when a prominent businessman lived here. This is really how most... a lot of Singapore lived a hundred years ago. I think Singapore has to remember its history, its heritage. It has evolved and matured in a very modern, cosmopolitan way. I think that the mix of people that are coming in here is really changing the landscape.20 We are such a small island, so we make the most of what we have. I think that is to me one of the strengths of 5ingapore-making something out of nothing, and I guess it's done very well for itself.
Notes and Vocabulary
1. mingle v. 混合
例：Now the cheers and applause mingled in a single sustained roar.
2. diverse adj. 多种多样的;形形色色的
例：The building houses a wide and diverse variety of antiques.
3. shisha n. 水烟
4. melting pot adj. (多种民族或思想融合混杂的)熔炉
5. conventional adj. 传统的;遵循习俗的
例：...a respectable married woman with conventional opinions.
6. conservative adj. 保守的;守旧的
7. evolve v. 逐步发展;逐渐演变
8. hip adj. (服装、音乐方面)时髦的
9. entrepreneur n. 创业者;企业家
10. tear down 拆毁;拆除(建筑物、墙等)
11. authority n. 当局;官方
例：This provided a pretext for the authorities to cancel the elections.
12. messiness n. 乱糟糟 ;混乱
13. prawn n. 大虾;明虾
例：Add the prawns and cook for 30 seconds.
14. hawk v. 沿街叫卖
15. hygienic adj. 卫生的
例：...a white, clinical-looking kitchen that was easy to keep clean and hygienic.
16. intermarry v. 不同种族(或国家、教派)间通婚
17. prominent adj. 重要的;杰出的
例：...the children of very prominent or successful parents.
18.heritage n. （历史、传统和特色的）遗产
例：The historic building is as much part of our heritage as the paintings.
19. cosmopolitan adj. 世界性的;受各国文化影响的
例：...a cosmopolitan city.
20. landscape n. 风景;样貌
例：...Arizona's desert landscape.