Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Shopping malls - that's one thing Singapore will never run short of

Those who know me well will know that I absolutely hate crowds. It's not the people really, rather it's the feeling of being trapped in an enclosed space with many others. That's definitely not claustrophobia - I have no issue being in an enclosed space per se, it's the people. I wonder whether there's a term for it.

This time round (I try to return at least once per year), I find that Singapore has become really crowded. I'm not sure whether it's the weather, which was hot and humid throughout my stay, but it seemed to me that there were people milling around every spot that was remotely cooler than the ambient temperature. Put an air-conditioner anyway and before long, there would be a group of people just standing around it.

In fact, a viable self contained personal air-conditioned suit would be a total sellout in Singapore. That's a tip for the budding entrepreneurs that Singapore is desperately trying to churn out.

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Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping belt. Everyone's hiding in the air-conditioned buildings

There're quite a number of new 'attractions' popping up around the island since my previous visit. And the answer to your question is no, I haven't been to the casino at Sentosa as I don't see the sense of paying S$100 just to go in and have a look (I'm terrible at gambling). For obvious reason, the sizzling sun made crossing the short causeway across to Sentosa a rather unattractive option.

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Ion Orchard - the premier shopping mall along Singapore's Orchard Road

That said, I did get a chance to visit the two new shopping malls along Orchard Road, Singapore's very own Oxford Street. In many aspects, if you are into mega malls, Singapore's the place to go (other than Hong Kong of course). Back to the two new malls. It was humiliating but I was hopelessly lost the first time I was in Ion Orchard and I didn't manage to figure my way around the monstrous complex even after being there for a couple of times. Maybe I am bad at directions or maybe I'm just getting too old for this.

Then there's this new mall just opposite Centre Point. that has got some numbers affixed at the front of its name. I can't, even if my life depended on it, recall whether it is 613, 369 or 313. Like all things hip, it even has got an @ included in the name. After spending hours trying to get out of Ion Orchard, this new mall, which was comparatively smaller, was more manageable.

I didn't actually explore it but I did find out that the top floor offered a fabulous view of the vicinity. If you happened to be in the area, do take the glass elevators all the way to the top, ignore the bored looking security staff and carry walking up the first flight of stairs you see. You'll be rewarded with an unobstructed view of the surrounding area. When I was there, there were barely anyone other than some restaurant staff enjoying their cigarette break.

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Tangs Shopping Centre - the landmark of Orchard Road

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2 comments:

FĂ«anor said...

I believe that when the Vulcans first encountered humans, they were put off by our smell. In time, they got to tolerate it. In similar vein, I suspect you need to find yourself in crowded venues all the time. Might beat the phobia out of your system.

Or, then again, it might aggravate the problem. I'm no shrink!

C K said...

@Feanor,
lol, for a moment... anyway, I really did feel like tearing my hair out at one point in time. The irony is that I would be bored to tears in the countryside after a couple of days, unless I have my trusty laptop and reliable broadband. What irony.