January 31, 2009 5:40am CST
im due for singapore this coming march... do you know any cheap finds there? as in backpackers hotel? cheap food treats? bargain finds?
9 Feb 09
shopping in Singapore indeed is a national passion and holiday makers and travelers here take no time to get addicted to it. The Shopping places in Singapore range from big shopping malls, departmental stores to street side shops, street markets and small shops and stalls. You will never be short of places to shop in Singapore. The Street markets are a heaven for bargaining, making shopping in Singapore all the more addictive. shopping malls in Singapore, like Orchard, Marina, Suntec City, Little India and Chinatown. Includes some brief description of the shops you can find in various malls and the anchor tenant. Orchard Road, would be the most popular and most commonly heard names if anyone should mention about shopping. This place is the central hub, also known as the 'city' of Singapore, and it is well known among tourists. Orchard Road offers major departmental stores, supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants. famous hotels and other entertainment outlets. Some of the well known hotels are - The Boulevard, Hilton International, Mandarin Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Goodwood Park, Orchard Parade, Le Meridien and Orchard Hotel. The main shopping complexes would be Centrepoint, The Far East Plaza, Paragon, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Point, Far East Shopping Centre, Forum the Shopping Mall, Lucky Plaza, Orchard Emerald, Orchard Plaza, Orchard Towers, Orchard Plaza Wisma Atria, Shaw House, Shaw Centre, Tanglin Place and Tanglin Mall. You can get there by MRT as there are Orchard and Somerset MRT stations along the Orchard Road stretch. You can also find cheap buys like apparels and accessories in orchard Road, and wait till mid July every year, there is the great Singapore sales, where even major retailers slash their prices. Centrepoint - A one-stop shopping mall on Orchard Road as everyday items are sold there. For the smart shoppers. Delfi Orchard - Includes many clothing and accessory shops, a Waterford crystal shop, a Wedgewood china shop, an outlet of Royal Selangor Pewter and many home-related shops and karaoke place. DFS Galleria Scotts Road - DFS Galleria Scotts Road is the place to enjoy duty-free savings on the world’s leading luxury brands. We bring you the most extensive selection of prestigious brands and offer the best value on fashion and accessories in Singapore. Locals and tourists can shop with confidence knowing that our products come with a DFS 100% Worldwide Guarantee, and shop to their hearts desire as DFS Galleria carries a wide range of exclusive products. So come to DFS Galleria and experience the richness of Singapore. Far East Plaza - Over 600 retailers, selling from youths' hip and happening clothing and apparel, video stores, electronics, food, tattoo shops, hair and beauty salons, and so much more. Ideally the teenagers' hang out. Forum Galleria - Anchor tenant's Toys R Us, with other tenants' like Watsons, boutiques, children boutiques, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaves and some others. Palais Renaissance - A marble monument that houses labels like like Gianni Versace, DKNY, Dunhill, Prada and many more. Scotts Shopping Centre - A small shopping centre where one can brands like find Liz Claiborne, Episode, Marks & Spenser, and The Hour Glass which sells exquisite brands of watches. Also its basement which has a wide variation of food. Ngee Ann City - Built in 1994 , it offers various types of shops such as Harrods of London, Chanel, Guess? Levis', The Hour Glass, Takashimaya, Takashimaya Fitness Club, a Cold Storage Supermarket and restaurants. Orchard Point - Houses anchor tenant, Spotlight, one of Australia's leading home related shops, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaves, OG, Glamour Shots and some other clothing shops. Orchard Hotel - Located behind Delfi Orchard and is sited by the Opera Gallery which sells impressionist works. Plaza Singapura - Much better after its major facelift with more retailers selling many home related items, clothing and apparel and lots of restaurants. Shaw House - Anchor tenant includes Lido cinema where you can enjoy watching movies. Besides, there is the supermarket in the basement and many inexpensive cafes. Also, find net gaming cafes where its a youth's major hangout. Shaw Centre - If you are an expat or tourist, you can find many Singapore souvenirs here. Specialist Centre - One of the older shopping centres offering leather goods, sports equipment, tools, household items, dining venues, Korean restaurant and many more. Tangs - Emporium of Tang family that lies in Singapore Marriot which sells household items, apparels to food. Singapore's shopping flagship in since 1932. Tanglin Mall - Anchor tenant - Sports Station, Tanglin General Store, Barang Barang and Food Junction which covers three stories of the complex. Tanglin Shopping Centre - Houses Singapore's largest Asian antique galleries, sells old sea charts, photographs, and antique books. There are also several clinics, cafes and restaurants in this place. Tudor Court - Here's where you can find Nancy Roach Gallery where you can buy paintings range from S$2,000 to S$20,000, bicycle shops and clothing and apparels. The Paragon - A glassy like building which went under facelift in the late 90s, which features men's fashions and various shops spread all over the building. Anchor tenant's Metro, with other labels like Prada, Gucci, Mont Blanc and many more. After Paragon's merge with The Promenade, expect more shops, better facade, better experience. Wisma Atria - Now a divider between itself and Ngee Ann City, here's where the Orchard MRT is beside, here's where you can expect to find restaurants, photo shops, clothing and apparels, jewellery shops, makeover studios, mobile phone shops and so much more. Look out for its aquarium at basement one, for the avid fish watchers. Other Shopping Areas: Arab Street The street which begins just north of Beach Road is filled with many shopping surprises. Merchandise such as handicrafts, clothes, textiles, basket ware, jewelry etc have a distinctly Islamic, Malay, Indonesian, Arabic influence. Activities by the inhabitants are centered around the famous Sultan Mosque where they would meet for prayers and social interaction. Popular with Singaporeans of all races is the excellent islamic food offered by several restaurants situated along the main road. Chinatown Chinatown, as the name goes- is a place where most Chinese visit during the Chinese New Year festive periods, for their shopping sprees on the New Year goods. This area was set-up by migrants from China in the late 19th century. Merchants traded mainly in cloth, medicine, gold and foodstuffs imported from China. Chinatown is a bargain galore, you can find antique pieces, Chinese culture artifacts, apparels, accessories, food at really cheap prices. Well known buildings are Chinatown Complex, People's Park Complex, Chinatown Point and People's Park Centre. Holland Village Holland Village is a place where you can find a lot of expatriates shopping and pubbing. You can find a wide variety of antique, art, music, gifts and curio shops. There are also several fast food restaurants and different cuisine from Thai to French, are also found there. Many of the old shop houses have been conserved and renovated to give the place it's unique characteristics. Housing in this district is also popular with the expatriates. Popular pubs include Wala Wala, Tango's and La Luna. Little India Little India shared somewhat the same history as Chinatown, where merchants sold jewelry, gold, silk, utensils, spices to cater to the Indian and South Asian community in Singapore. This place sells a lot of gold, jewelry, clothing, textiles, spices and handicrafts. The exotic Indian religion, music and culture are easily discernible at every street corner. You can get there by the new MRT route, which is Little India. Marina Square Marina Square is in the same district as the popular business centre, Suntec City and shopping mall- Millenia Walk. It is currently linked underpass thru City Hall MRT- with a new underground shopping centre called Raffles Link. Popular hotels like Raffles Hotel, Marina Mandarin, Oriental and Pan Pacific; are also found there. Nice shopping places there are Suntec City and Marina Square. North Bridge Road A popular place for home appliances, gadgets and computers would be Funan Centre and Sim Lim Square at North Bridge Road. Along the same district you will also find Pargo Bugis Junction, Peninsular Shopping Centre, High Street Centre, Capitol Theatre and building, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Blanco Court and Bras Basah Complex. Just off North Bridge Road is Raffles City Complex. You can get there by taking the train to City Hall MRT or Bugis MRT stations. Parkway Parade Parkway Parade is an established shopping area where all retailers and shops are housed under one shopping centre. You can find departmental stores like Marks and Spencer and Isetan. You can expect to find good food, designer coffee chains to good apparel shops here. A highly recommended place to go for hose who have never visited Parkway Parade. It is situated in the east side of Singapore. Eating in Singapore: Singapore is well loved for its range of ethnic food available. There are Chinese, Indian to French, Italian to Malay food. It may be a small country but the choices of food available is always an eye opener for first timers to Singapore. In this page you can find information and guides on Singapore food, includes buffets, coffee shop, hawker centers, restaurants & supper place. Together with hawker centers, food courts are the people’s main eating choice when dining out. You can find hawker food widely available here, a meal averagely costs about $3 or more. Food courts are usually found in shopping malls, and are air-conditioned and thus more expensive. For example, a plate of noo
5 Feb 09
erm.. first up.. WELCOME TO SINGAPORE soon. cheap lodgings, you can try YMCA or YWCA. If you're looking for cheap hotels, Hotel 81 is one of the cheaper ranges. As for backpackers hotel.. i've no idea for that. SOrry. As for food, you can get cheap food anywhere. Hawker centers are always a stone throw away from everywhere. But of course, these hawker centers are non-aircon, that's why it's cheaper than those that are air-conditioned. If you want cheap clothings, try bugis village. That's opposite parco bugis junction. Most shops on the first floor (at bugis village) are selling their tops for SGD $10. Of course no trying is allowed. Other areas with cheap clothings are those heartland areas (Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Bedok....)
10 Feb 09
oh aye. Sentosa is FUN (of course you have to create your own fun). IF you're a very beach person, Sentosa is the place to be. Bikini Babes and hot hunks playing beach volleyball. *grinz* I suggest going on weekdays if you want to people watch. Well, at Sentosa you can visit the Fort Siloso and some other historical sites. Places where the British used when fighting the Japanese during the WW2. Oh and if you want, you can somehow climb up or there is a lift all the way up into the Merlion's Mouth. From there you would be able to see a 360° view of Sentosa and Singapore's southern shores. Ok there are also other stuffs, do visit their website for more details.
6 Feb 09
Seriously, our things in Singapore are not considered cheap. Bangkok is cheaper. Most people come here to buy branded stuff along Orchard Road when they are tourists. Although if you are female, you may like the fact that most of our shoes sold in the shops are open toed selections. My Hong Kong friends loved that when they come to visit me. Apparently prices wise, we are on par with Hong Kong as well, as in not so cheap. Hotel rooms can be expensive too, unless it's hotel 81. You are here for business or leisure?
9 Feb 09
just for leisure.. yes, i know that..most of my friends who have been there already told me that the cost of living in singapore is actually quite expensive compared here in the philippines.. but thanks for your reply anyway.. any must see place aside from sentosa?