Lifebaby Boutique: Black and White Clothes for Kids
All garments for kids are always available only in very bright, vivid or pastel colours. The only shop that sells pure white and black garments is LIFEbaby in Singapore.
The garments are refreshingly different from the mass; how about a black baby t-shirt with image of Mao Zedong? Their signature pieces promote made-in-Asia, designed-by-Asians attitude, and provide a real choice for parents that care about stylish clothes for their little people.
Don't get me wrong, the clothes are also cute, but in a different way. Check out by yourself. The garments are exporeted to several countries in the world. Enquire from the store.Related to:
- Family Travel
Best Denki: Appliances, Appliances, and More Appliances
If you're looking for some appliance that is not available on your home country, Best Denki is a good place to hunt it down. The store seems to stock much of everything imaginable for household and personal use. The prices are set here, so need / opportunity to haggle.
Some of the sales clerks know the stuff and others don't. The latter ones may happily read the specs from the combined price tag and specsheet, and think that they have served you well. Ask to see the manual, as they'll usually open a box for browsing the manual.
Just remember the weight limitations for checked baggage, as the transportation fees for, say, a stove might become a tad too high.
Bukit Timah Skopping Centre & Beauty World: Bukit Timah Area
I know most tourists will probably never look further than Orchard Rd, which is okay if you don't mind paying too much.
My tip is, take a cab away from the city, and visit the Bukit Timah area! If you're looking for electronics, this is the place to go. I'm quite sure you will get much, much lower prices than downtown, and it'll be an experience on its own to visit this shopping centre. I used to live nearby this place, and when I needed something, I always went to either one of these two shopping centres.
There's also a 'wet market' nearby, visit that to complete your 'local' experience! You can buy just about anything there, from snakes to fresh fish. Trust me, just browsing around is fun!
What to buy: Pretty much anything is available at these places, but clothes and electronics are the most common goods.
What to pay: ALOT less than downtown! Haggle with the storekeepers, you can get really good deals.
ELECTRONICS AND OTHER SHOPPING
JEWELLERY - PO HENG, PERLINIS SILVER
ELECTRONICS- DEPARTMENT STORES
What to buy: JEWELLERY: You can buy gold in singapore for a really good price and it is all 22ct + so it looks really good and they have great designs. I would recommend you going to PO HENG in parkway shopping centre. You can also trade in some gold if you already have some from there. For stirling silver go to PERLINIS SILVER they are everywhere in all the shopping centres and it is so cheap and if you have some of their jewellery already they will clean it for you.
ELECTRONICS: singapore is a great place to buy electronics. it is really good quality so it wont break down on you when you get back home! you are better off getting electronics in shopping centres preferebly in department stores. just check around for prices and it wont hurt if they can give you a better price. if it is the last one they should definetly give you a better price.
MUSIC: cds are also really cheap compared to australia as an average album in australia will be about $30-$40(AUS). in singapore it is about $15-$20 (SING) there are heaps of places you can get cds again if you want to make sure just go to a decent looking placeRelated to:
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Tanglin Shopping Centre: Tanglin Shopping Centre
Tanglin Shopping Centre - Small centre on the western end of Orchard Road has Singapore's largest collection of Asian antiques, Persian rugs, antique maps and the like.
What to buy: You won't find many clothing stores here, but you'll find shop after shop selling antiques, art, and collectibles -- from curios to carpets.
PC Show, IT Show, COMEX. SITEX: Annual IT / Electronic Goods Fairs
Every year, there are 4 consumer tech shows in Singapore where you can find good deals on a wide variety of IT and electronic products.
There is a show every quarter -Mar, Jun, Sept, Nov. You may wish to plan your visit around these times to ensure you get the most out of your shopping in Singapore :)
Far East Flora and other nurseries along Thomson Road.
Mandai Orchid Garden.
What to buy: Buy lovely orchids as souvenirs ( the Vanda Miss Joaquim's Singapore's national flower) or just take a look at the beautiful flowers we grow here.
What to pay: $1 (US$0.70) onwards for a stalk. $6 onwards for small pots.
Most places: Dodgy gear
Perhaps this should have been a Warnings or Dangers tip?
I often feel that Singaporeans are caught in the middle of an Asian/Western identity crisis. On the one hand there are lots of Chinese who naturally want to do a deal, however dodgy it may be. On the other hand, living in a Nanny State like Singapore, everything is highly regulated and official.
The result is that a lot of the dodgy dealing goes on 'under the counter' so to speak. Often I would be walking along the street and I'd hear a "Pssst, hey you!". This would invariably be a Chinese guy trying to sell me some questionable contraband. These people only pick on Europeans it seems and leave the locals alone. At Newton Hawker Centre the guy in the picture, seeing that we were obviously a couple of 'white boys', came across to reveal several pairs of fake sunglasses secreted about his person. My brother is modelling a pair of false Oakleys and humouring him while I took the pic. He reminded us of the Chinese character that Benny Hill used to play years ago.
This is the place to shop
If you love shopping this is the place to come. Even though I didn't want to travel all the way to Signapore to go shopping, I couldn't help but have a look at some of the lovely shopping malls they have.
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Bussorah Street: tourist shops and restos
This street, directly behind the Sultan Mosque is full of Souvenir shops and restaurants catering to tourists.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Liang Court Shopping Centre: Liang Court
Liang Court Shopping Centre is situated within the Clarke Quay area along River Valley Road and was opened in 1983.
What to buy: There is a Kinokuniya Book Store and Meidi-ya Supermarket.Related to:
- Road Trip
Mujii: Cute Japanese Things
At Muji you can find all sorts of odd and trendy items, especially food.
What to buy: You probably won't go to Singapore to bring home something Japanese, but you will always find something neat at Muji.
Anywhere: Why don't they have this where I come from?
Very strange taste, but worth a try...extremely minty and not very Pepsi-ish, but I guess Singaporeans like it this way.
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