You can find some genuine bargains by shopping with the locals at the open air markets which are called Pasam Malam.
These markets do move around Singapore's suburbs so do check with the locals if they know where they will be held next.
What to buy: Clothing, household items, jewellery, CD's & DVD's.
What to pay: Less than the average.
Distraught and forlorn,
From a broken shoe horn,
A gift from old Singapore.
Glueing won’t do,
Cuz it’s broken in two,
And I can’t get my foot in the shoe!
In my haste to get out the front door one night so I wouldn’t miss the opening scene of a comedy production “It’s A Dad’s Thing”, my fat behind launched my right foot onto an unsuspecting shoe horn and broke it in two.
"So what is so special about this particular shoe horn" you ask? I had a particular look and feel in mind when shopping for one in Singapore last year. Imagine the confused shop assistants when upon asking me “what I was looking for” I replied “a shoe horn”, and they would produce the same only to be informed “it’s not the one I’m looking for”.
Then I stumbled across a small shop not too far on the right from the NE4 exit in Chinatown where they had these lovely polished red wood shoe horns with mother of pearl inlays and I knew this was the one I had been looking for.
A very considerate imstress took it upon herself to find a replacement and pounded the pavement in torrential rain to ease my pain. A new one was found and I am again in the possession of an exquisite piece of personal paraphernalia.
Marina Square is one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore.
It is centrally located in the Marina Centre area with easy access to CityLink Mall, Suntec City, Millenia Walk, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and five 5-star hotels.
They have many retail shops, restaurant, supermarket, cinema and food court.
They have this Centre Stage concept where u can place order from 6 different restaurnats.
You should seriously consider picking up a local SIM for your unlocked GSM mobile. The one I used is from StarHub called a Green prepaid SIM. It goes for SG$18 and provides cheap local calls and SMS as well as many promos. For example they have free IDD to 14 countries which includes the US. Free 10 SMS after sending 5 in a day locally or internationally. It is possible to get both free, international and local each day.
On the way to Mt Fabor, our Taxi driver kindly offered to take a detour and stop at the Pan Sin Jewelry Warehouse around the back of the famous Raffles.
I bought a nice ruby ring, a black pearl necklace and a couple of lovely star stone pieces, Howie got a onyx and jade ring, Kelli bought a gold Christian Dior necklass to match her handbags from Ho Chi Minh and Janine got a nice necklass too.
But beware of taxi drivers that want to deviate from your journey if you don't want to spend any money. ....Before you know it you have overspent.....as us ladies tend to do ;o)
Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station and you can find Plaza Singapura.
Anchor tenants include Carrefour, Marks and Spencer, John Little, Best Denki, Spotlight, Yamaha Music School, Kopitiam Foodcourt and Golden Village Cineplex.
After some search, found following great places to buy stamps.
1) On Sunday 9am to 1pm, there is a stamp market where more 10 dealers set up tables to sell their stamps at the Kreta Air Community Center, 2nd Floor. Located next to Chinatown Plaza, New Bridge.
2) Stamp shops located in Chinatown Plaza, New Bridge
3) Stamp shops at Peninsula Shopping Center, Coleman Street
4) Stamp shops located at basement floor in Golden Mile Tower (next door to Golden Mile Complex)
Enjoy checking out and buying stamps. More expensive than Malaysia because of currency but there are more choice and variety.
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.
The Singapore barnd of Bee Cheng Hiang franchise is famous in Malaysia and even in Shanghai.
You can taste the different dried meat in floss or preserved barbecued cut pieces of different flavors. Pork and chicken are most popular. Hence this is not halal for Muslims.
Excellent gift from Singapore. At least you can say it was bought in Singapore.
Tiong Bahru Plaza is located just above Tiong Bahru MRT station.
It offers convenience and leisure options to its patrons.
They have retail shops, fashion, lifestyle and restaurants.
NTUC Supermarket, Kopitiam Food Court, Popular Book Store and Golden Village are their anchor tenant.
There are some small eateries. Yakun, Old Chang Kee, Bengawan Solo, Sweetalk, Parklane Wanton Mee, Burger King, Shih Lin Mac Donalds, Long John Silver, Thai Express, Sake Sushi are enough to make u go hungry for.
Scotts Shopping Centre, ideally situated between Marriott and Grand Hyatt hotels.
It is in the heart of the retail crossroads of Scotts and Orchard Roads.
Orchard MRT Station, CK Tang, Lido cineplex and Wheelock Place are all connected by underpasses.
This is a women-centric shopping mall, Scotts Shopping Centre houses some of the most exciting names in fashion and fashion accessories to cater to needs of the modern working woman.
Royal Diamond Industries, Kiehl's, Phillip Wain, Pois Boutique and Picnic Food Court are the anchor tentant.
In the basement, the well-known Picnic Food Court offers a wide spread of famous local cuisine. my favourtive La Mian Xiao Long Bao has a branch here.
Postcards of different sizes and qualities are sold at post offices, souvenir stalls and bookstores.
The postcards ranges from 50-80 cents depending on quality and shop location.
There are special prints of $1 to $2 of old postcards or special editions.
Postage is 50 cents for standard size and $1 for larger size. Check with post office if uncertain. Only 40 cents for Malaysia bound.
This is a picture of Autobacs. It’s one of the largest car accessories shop in Singapore. The 852 bus from Bukit Batok MRT passes the store. From the MRT station, the store is on the left when you are riding the bus. It is next to the Shell station. Shell has recently (2006) entered into a marketing agreement with 7-11 so the sign may change to “Shell / 7-11”.
Another place recommended by a local for auto accessories is Stamford Tyre in Jurong. My guess is that Stamford Tyre is hard to get to by bus (I rode in a car), unlike Autobacs. If you don’t want to leave the tourist areas, Carrefour in Suntec City (MRT City Hall then walk underground through the City Link Mall) has some car accessories. I am not particularly interested in cars but I had just bought a new car and needed some supplies which is why I went to Autobacs. If you are from the U.S., Autobacs is not much different from Autozone or Pep Boys except that it has more Japanese made interior accessories.
What to buy: car accessories
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.
Effective Septemeber 1, 2007, the succesful late night shopping will become a weekly Saturday affair which participating stores opening until 11pm on every Saturday night.
Great news for shopaholics who like to shop until you drop.
Participating stores: Paragon, Tangs Orchard, The Centrepoint, Wisma Atria.
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