It's barbecue time for a taste of Singapore life

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott (left) grilling some steaks at Bishan Park yesterday with Australian celebrity chef Dallas Cuddy (centre). This was one of 50 barbecues held simultaneously around Singapore to celeb
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott (left) grilling some steaks at Bishan Park yesterday with Australian celebrity chef Dallas Cuddy (centre). This was one of 50 barbecues held simultaneously around Singapore to celebrate 50 years of bilateral ties.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Kylie Tan, seven, with the picture she drew in celebration of Singapore's 50th year of ties with Australia, and presented to Mr Tony Abbott at the Grand Hyatt hotel yesterday.
Kylie Tan, seven, with the picture she drew in celebration of Singapore's 50th year of ties with Australia, and presented to Mr Tony Abbott at the Grand Hyatt hotel yesterday.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott had a taste of Singapore life yesterday when he visited Bishan Park with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

There, the leaders barbecued some steaks as part of 50 barbecues held simultaneously around Singapore yesterday.

This was an Australian High Commission programme to celebrate 50 years of bilateral ties, and the barbecue event at Bishan Park alone saw a turnout of as many as 2,000 people.

Mr Abbott and Mr Lee also planted a tree together at the park and joined in a community drum circle.

They even spied a family of otters frolicking in Kallang River.

Mr Abbott's official visit continues today, and the two leaders are scheduled to sign an agreement to cooperate more closely in trade, arts and culture, and security.

LIM YAN LIANG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2015, with the headline 'It's barbecue time for a taste of Singapore life'. Print Edition | Subscribe