FOR some people, a quick getaway equals a trip overseas - perhaps shopping in Bangkok or golf with plenty of massages thrown in in Bintan. But for Eric Chan and Fatoma Alladin, going away is a simple 25-minute drive from their home in Holland Road to Sentosa Cove, where the couple have an apartment.
Yes, technically, the couple are still in Singapore, but "here on Sentosa Cove, you feel as if you are in another part of the world", says Mr Chan, who together with his wife, are founders of local public relations company PR Communications. "It is very peaceful here, even though we are just 15 minutes away from the CBD," he adds.
Their four-bedroom apartment, which they have had for three years, overlooks the marina with a view of the city skyline in the distance. Their balcony is also an ideal spot to catch the fireworks display on New Year's Eve. In fact, they are able to catch two displays, one at Mount Faber and the other at Marina Bay Sands.
The couple had been leasing the apartment out, but as they have no tenant at the moment, Ms Alladin comes by every evening just to stroll around the estate and chat with the neighbours, some of whom have since become friends.