Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 6, 2017)

Alia Bhatt has shot for two films, back-to-back in the Lion city, the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dear Zindagi, and the upcoming romcom, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, also featuring Varun Dhawan. After spending so much time in the country, the 23-year-old actress has formed a close bond with the world's only island city-state. Also known as the Little Red Dot, the sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia lies one degree (137 km) north of the equator, at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south. It consists of one main island along with 62 islets spread over 719 kilometres covered with tropical flora and parks in plenty thanks to its greening policy. Here's what Alia likes about Singapore...

Walking the wave
I spent around 20 days in this clean, organised city for the Badrinath shoot last October. One of its popular tourist spots is the Henderson Waves Bridge. The bridge is shaped like a wave, all curvy and beautiful, and is the highest pedestrian bridge located in the mountains of southern Singapore.

The best way to explore the bridge is as part of the Southern Ridges Walk, a nine-kilometre hiking trail that takes you through three major parks: Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park, the bridge connecting the last two. We filmed on the bridge and the picturesque locations add so much the frames.

Another favourite is the Universal Studios, a theme park on Sentosa Island. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia after Japan. It opened on April 18, 2010, and Universal Parks & Resorts has promised that this one-of-its-kind theme park with the only one in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years.

There are shows and rides there based on popular Hollywood films like Jurassic Park, Transformers and more. I tried the roller coaster ride and it was a thrilling experience. There's also a fire show and a parade that brings out popular movie characters on floats. It's a lot of fun and perfect for a day out with family and friends.

Game, set, match!
During our off day, Varun organised for the team to go watch India's tennis ace Sania Mirza play her WTA doubles finals at the Singapore Indoor stadium. Martina Hingis and she were taking on Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. This was the first time I got to watch a tennis match live and I have to confess it was nerve-wrecking. It was an intensely competitive game which had us sitting at the edge of our seats. Sania is really sweet and a wonderful host.

Chicken soup for the soul
Every time I am in Singapore, I have to go eat at my favourite restaurant Din Tai Fung. It's open kitchen gives you a chance to see its chefs in action. Ranked one of the world's top 10 best restaurants, its famous for its signature steamed chicken soup. This authentic Taiwanese restaurant also has branches in Thailand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and the US. I went there at least three-four times during the shoot.

Singapore's also rich in fruits. You get fresh and excellent quality fruits there. From lychees to pineapple, there's a lot to pick from. It's perfect for those looking for something healthy to much on.

Shop hopping
I went shopping on Orchard Road whenever I had any free time from the shoot. It is a 2.2 km one-way street which stretches from Tanglin Road to Dhoby Ghaut. Orchard Road holds five yearly events which includes the annual Christmas Light up event, the Singapore Fashion Festival and the Great Singapore Sale. I hopped across to the Takashimaya mall and the ION Orchard mall where I picked up some knick knacks. I didn't get too much time to shop at leisure.

For those looking to party, there are some cool nightclubs at Clarke Quay. We shot a song at the F club and the place was really cool. It's spread over 10,000 sq ft and has DJs and interesting theme parties. Another cool place to hang out is the Boat Quay, a water bridge close to Clarke Quay. The view is scenic.

Electric scooter ride
What I like best about the locals is that they are absolute professionals. They ensured that we got everything we needed well in time. During the Dear Zindagi shoot, we were on a tight deadline and it was raining. The local crew ensured we didn't waste a single minute and helped us complete our shoot in the little time we had between the showers. During the Badrinath Ki Dulhania schedule Varun and I took a ride on the electric scooter which is popular among locals. It was really exciting and loads of fun.