The D&O Diary ended its Asia Pacific itinerary with a final stop in the prosperous city state of Singapore. The primary purposes of my visit were to speak at the PLUS Singapore Professional Liability Symposium and to attend one very important dinner. My stop in Singapore was brief and I had only a short opportunity to look around the city. I did have a chance to see some of the city’s more famous sights, as reflected in the pictures below.
The roads and walkways in Singapore’s central business district were restricted by barricades erected for the Singapore Formula 1 race, which was scheduled to take place Sunday night. Because of the barriers, I wasn’t able to freely walk everywhere I had hoped to go. But I did have a chance to walk around Marina Bay district.
The most important business part of my Singapore visit was the PLUS event, on Thursday afternoon. I delivered the event’s keynote address, and I also participated in another panel entitled “Evolving Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience.” This is the 7th annual Singapore event, and as has been the case in the past, the event was very successful. It was a privilege for me to be a part of this excellent event and to meet so many of the professionals in the Singapore D&O insurance market. My thanks to the event committee for inviting me to participate. I would also like to thank Ronak Khan of QBE, Shasi Gangadharan of Berkley Insurance Asia and Arati Varma of Marsh for all of their hard work in making sure that this year’s event was another success.
Our Dinner with Aruno: While I enjoyed being a part of the PLUS event, the high point of my Singapore visit was the dinner that Aruno Rajaratnam hosted at her home on Friday evening for a number of friends. The dinner was in a way a reprise of an dinner Aruno hosted several years ago. This year’s dinner, if it is possible, may have been even better than the first one.
In addition to great company and conversation the dinner consisted of a range of flavorful and savory Asian dishes, as depicted in the pictures below:
The menu included an interesting range of regional dishes: brown basmati rice with ghee and lemongrass; lentils with thavasi (from Aruno’s garden), long beans, and broccoli; chicken marinated with ground herbs (from Aruno’s garden) and spices; prawns cooked with red chilies and tomato chutney; cabbage cooked with turmeric and herbs from Aruno’s garden; and cucumber salad with yogurt spiced dressing.
Among the many wonderful things about the dinner is that, as noted above, many of the spices and herbs came from Aruno’s garden, which is just outside her kitchen. Here are a few pictures from her garden of some of the herbs and spices used in the meal:
It was a very memorable evening and it was extraordinarily generous of Aruno to invite us into her home for this wonderful dinner. It was the high point of my entire Asia Pacific tour. My very special thanks to Aruno for inviting me to be a part of this very special dinner.