Dear Antiques Diva –
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Greetings from Singapore! Your roving reporter arrived here just in time for the Great Singapore Sale! This annual blowout sale is usually held June and July and is a major sales and promotional event for S’pore locals and tourists alike. Luckily, this year’s sale started a bit early and coincided with my visit! My hosts live a short 5 minute walk from to_do/shopping/where_to_shop/shopping_in_orchard.html” target=”_blank”>Orchard Road – I arrived at the tory.com/travel_guide/singapore/singapore_shopping/37/paragon_a_feel_of_harvey_nichols_in_london.php” target=”_blank”>Paragon Mall Friday morning around 11am and stores were promoting discounts up to 70%…deals were available on everything from major international luxe brands to local shops. After perusing the Paragon Mall, with stores such as Burberry, Tods, Zegna, Gucci, and Metro; I made my way over to Ngee Ann City to visit Takashimaya, (where I fell in love with the food court and grocery store), Bulgari, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Harrods; then to Wisma Atria for a visit to Isetan; and finally, a last stop in Hermes, as part of my world-wide hunt for an elusive bangle bracelet.
Singapore’s Orchard Road is a shopping mecca: mall after mall after mall, each teaming with international and local brands, food halls, all spaced closely together, air conditioned, and connected by underground pedestrian walkways. It’s hard to imagine, but it’s like New York’s Fifth Avenue, Paris’ Champs Elysee, and London’s Bond Street combined: shopping on steroids! It’s more than a little confusing and overwhelming…the malls are gorgeous, full of fascinating architecture, sculptures, lights and waterfalls. Many major brands have more than one outlet on this short road, but each mall is so grand and tall, that it’s impossible to visit them all in a single day. But be careful crossing the roads: the traffic is heavy and fast and the roads winding and narrow, I quickly learned to navigate the underground passageways.
And what did la Reine purchase Friday? Postcards, stamps, and a Starbucks iced chai tea latte, bien sur! In between, we managed to find a bus (the #7) over to tourist.com/travel/Asia/Singapore/Singapore-1495679/Things_To_Do-Singapore-Arab_Street-BR-1.html” target=”_blank”>Arab Street, where I did lay down my visa for a gorgeous carpet, which is safely bound and ready for my trip back to New York next week. Today I’m back to Orchard Road to visit the Tanglin Shopping Centre, renowned for its antiques stores, old maps and books, and the nearby to_do/culture_arts___entertainment/arts_districts/dempsey_and_tanglin.html” target=”_blank”>Dempsey Street warehouses, filled with more antiques and crafts. Then, I’ll stroll back up Orchard Road, and into CK Tang, (because I ran out of time on Friday!) and then after a leisurely drink at one of the many restaurants on Orchard (everything from Starbucks to McDonalds to California Pizza to Les Amis to Club Chinois to Esmirada to Unkai and many many more: Orchard Road is where Singapore comes to eat and meet and shop and be seen!) Finally, I’ll squeeze in a bit of culture and walk to the nearby Botanic Gardens, with its fabulous orchid gardens, for a stroll among the exotic flowers and plants and sculptures, all very exotic and restful during S’pores hot steamy days and nights.