My Weekend

New Zealander Matt Bennett enjoys visiting hawker centres here.
New Zealander Matt Bennett enjoys visiting hawker centres here.PHOTO: COURTESY OF MATT BENNETT

New Zealander Matt Bennett, 47, is the managing director of events company Magic Rock, which is organising Magners International Comedy Festival.

The festival returns to Singapore for its third instalment here from March 10 to 12 at six venues in Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. There will be 15 comic acts including Earl Okin, Paul Morrissey and Luke Ashlocke. For more details, go to

Mr Bennett, a bachelor, splits his time between Singapore and Bangkok. What do you do for leisure? I like to eat out and explore wherever I am.

In Singapore, I enjoy visiting hawker centres and my favourites are Old Airport Road Food Centre and Bendemeer Market & Food Centre. They are still underrated by foreigners and it is a pity as the food is great and there are lots of different stalls.

In Bangkok, I eat a lot of Thai and Japanese food. The Thong Lo area has a good number of Japanese restaurants.

Otherwise, I just walk around the city to learn its past and how it has grown over the years through reading signs and plaques and visiting museums. Do you have a regular haunt? I like heading to Dempsey as there are a number of restaurants there and it is an escape from the city. A favourite is RedDot BrewHouse as I love its beers and the outdoor, tropical feel.

I tend to go to eateries with a nice environment and non-airconditioned areas. As an expatriate, I enjoy the Singapore weather.

What is one thing you refuse to do on the weekends?Shop or head to the mall. I usually do all my shopping for the year in one or two trips.

I would rather go out and learn new things. If you could live in someone's shoes for a weekend, whose would it be? I do not have one person in mind but, rather, a wealthy celebrity who is chauffeured from place to place in a helicopter and the works. Sometimes, travelling takes too much time as you get caught in traffic and such, so it would be nice to be wealthy as money buys you time.

Complete this sentence: A perfect weekend would be... Spending time with my best friends and chilling outdoors, listening to great music and enjoying one another's company.

Gurveen Kaur

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe