Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Tasting Little India
Growing up in Czechoslovakia, Pavla set out to discover the world as soon as the Berlin wall collapsed, and at 22 she came to Singapore to study Mandarin. Her years living, studying and working in different countries plus her 2 “Third culture” children born to her and her Swiss / French husband, have given her a broad understanding and appreciation for diversity. After learning the art of tour guiding as a volunteer guide in the National Museum of Singapore and Malay Heritage Centre, Pavla chose to be a professional tour guide to share her passion for her Little Red Dot island of a home. With an interest in history, culture, architecture and languages, she loves connecting the cultural dots. Pavla’s caring and positive attitude ensures she easily relates to people with different backgrounds and walks of life.
Shanti is a Singaporean born and bred but her studies have taken her to the Paris Sorbonne and the Pushkin Institute of Moscow. In the 80s, Shanti was involved in the opening of Singapore’s private Peranakan Place Museum which showcased this unique, local culture. In the 90s, she worked alongside Singapore’s first Chief Minister, David Marshall in Paris. Apart from being licensed to guide in English, French and Russian, Shanti also speaks fluent Malay and Bengali. After having trained at the Urban Redevelopment Centre, the national urban planning authority of Singapore, she is now a docent at the Singapore City Gallery. Although Shanti is adept at many Singapore tours, she particularly enjoys lifestyle tours - from understanding urban greening policies to visiting hipster cafes in sub-urban neighborhoods; from strolling through a Singapore street festival to checking out hidden bars that use ingredients from their backyard.
Catalina has lived half her life in Singapore and half overseas, although has her heart in Singapore. She gained a Masters in Economics and is fluent in English, French, Cantonese and speaks good mandarin. She is a competent docent both indoor (she guides in 4 different museums including the new National Gallery of Singapore Asian Civilisation Museum and Natural History Museum) and outdoor (Pulau Ubin is a special place for her). She is the consummate host that will go the extra length, trawling far and wide for interesting anecdotes. Her deep research in the fields of heritage, culture and food enables a versatile approach. A keen cook herself, she enjoys living in the foodie haven that is Singapore and showing clients anything from street food to the Michelin-starred restaurants.
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