One of the things that I was looking forward to as I had prepped for my trip back to Manila a few weeks ago, was the planned stop in Singapore; spent a few days rediscovering the country and QT with relations. With a sad heart, I had bid Adelaide adieu. The amount of time I’ve spent (with my numerous visits now) made leaving it this time a bit like leaving home. The thought that I know I will come back again plus the clear intention of making the most out of this opportunity to see Singapore before heading back to Manila made my predicament bearable.
My system went to a bit of a shock when I stepped out of Changi Airport. I couldn’t ignore the drastic change in temp and humidity. I actually thought they turned off the a/c in the airport but, of course, I knew it was just me.
It wasn’t just the change in weather that went by unnoticed, lots of other things too. It somewhat made Singapore feel foreign to me again, I can’t believe that so much has changed since I was last there.
Rings Mango, Sportsgirl, Flea Market
Watch Hand me down from my sis
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry
What I do remember is the mass transportation: MRT/LRT/train/subway and cab rides..
.. and the long walks on concrete pavement in a mesh of trees and skyscrapers. And yes, the shopping. Oh. So. Glorious. Shopping.
On top of the usual tourist-y stops, my cousin thought I’d be interested to check out the malls in Singapore. Now, where would he get that idea? ROFL. So, in between ice cream breaks to beat the heat, I start my journey into my “Shopping in Singapore” orientation.
Included was the introduction to new, crazy-luxe-shopping that takes place in venues like the Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands. No amount of teasing and cajoling will entice me to splurge on a single item when I know that amount can get me a dozen, heh. Though I longed to get me a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, I asked my cousin to take me to a place where I can do “normal” shopping. Off we went to the other side of the bay and spent the rest of the afternoon at Marina Square, haha.
Did I mention that the Great Singapore Sale was in full swing when I was there? This year it’s from 27 May to 24 July 2011. Fantastic timing, yea?
I know I said something about not shopping at stores I can also find in Manila but I got sucked into the whole sale fever. Browsing turned into buying, haha.
I managed to snag a pretty coral flouncy skirt and sheer midi strapless dress at Mango and a dress shirt from MUJI (read: 50%-70% off) plus an adorable high-waist cuffed denim shorts from Miss Selfridge.
However, after that day, I was all shopped out. So, even when we spent the afternoon of the following day walking the Orchard Road stretch (known for being the prime shopping district and home of more luxe shopping malls), sale signs plastered on the glass windows of Forever21, Zara, Cotton On, etc. didn’t excite me at all.
I was content to simply walk and enjoy my cold Starbucks beverage while staring in wonder at folks queuing to get in Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc in the hopes to shop for the much coveted items during sale season in the country. I hear it’s quite a normal occurrence esp whenever the Great Singapore Sale is on. Imagine that.
Yea, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to see Singapore again albeit in a different light. I’ve already been to this place a few times and have done the tourist route so this quick trip was a nice refresher. Big thanks to my cousin, Lowell and his wife, for letting me crash at their flat. It was fun!
So, have you ever gone shopping in Singapore during the Great Singapore Sale? How was your experience?