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.
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.
Bruce is Australian, lives in Singapore and has lived in the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea with many years work experience in the military, the public sector and the private sector of Australia, Asia and many Pacific Island countries. He has a Graduate Certificate in Management Studies and a Diploma of Maritime Studies from Australia and has been involved and seen to completion, many military and private sector projects that have involved working with people from many different nationalities and cultures. Within his wide-range of business activities and being interactive with people, Bruce has recently become involved in Singapore with small group tours of mainly a military nature involving Malaya and Singapore pre, during and post WW2. Bruce particularly likes to learn about his client’s family backgrounds so that positive interaction about their relative’s experience in Singapore and Malaya can be shared in the group. Bruce has a knowledge and desire to continue learning about history and designing tours to suit his client’s needs whilst maintaining an active relationship with Rotary International through the Rotary Club of Marina City and his many professional business connections.
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