TBJ TRAVELS: Singapore Diaries 2: Only Got 5 Hours To Explore SG? Stroll.
Hey! Welcome to the second part of my biggest travel challenge to date: exploring Singapore in just 5 hours.
Anyway, aside from eating around Singapore, particularly in Orchard and Somerset roads, I also wanted to hit a museum or one of the parks, but thought that that would take up too much time, not to mention I'd be rushing things so I figured that a leisurely stroll in one of Asia's world- class shopping districts, Orchard Road, would be a good alternative.
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The first mall that I saw was Ion, one of the newest, high- end malls in the country. I like the glass materials and the diamond patterns-they immediately give off that sense of luxury.
If you're coming from Tanglin Road (where St. Regis Hotel is located), you'd have to cross either an underpass or the pedestrian lane at the side of Wheelock Place to get to Ion. The underpass is a better choice because it is connected to the mall, has air-conditioning, plus there are shops to see and explore already once you get to the basement.
SEPHORA! My eyes literally popped and my heart fluttered when I saw this store! I spent time in the store just to window shop, but I ended up getting myself a pot of blush from MAC called Harmony. :p
So when in Singapore, don't forget to drop by this massive mall, Ion!
Here are some more malls to discover:
Wisma Astria, which is located in the middle of Orchard Road.
Lucky Plaza where a lot of OFW Filipinos hang out.
Ngee Ann City or Takashimaya, one of the oldest and biggest malls in Singapore. It was also Singapore Fashion Week when I visited and I heard Victoria Beckham graced one of the events, but I didn't get to see her. I also heard that Cate Blanchett was there too and SHE.STAYED.IN.MY.HOTEL, but bummer, I didn't get to see her, too. Oh, snap! I wish I saw Cate because I'm such a huge fan of hers! :p
Wheelock Place, a mall with a nice, circumferential shape.
So those are some of the must- visit malls in Orchard Road.
If you're not into malls, you can try this activity called Singapore Sightseeing Bus Tour which goes around the city and takes you to the top tourist spots. I don't know how long the tour will last though, but what I do know is it's a hop on-hop off kind of thing. It's too touristy for my liking, but if you don't have much time on your hands to explore SG, the Bus Tour is a practical option because you'll get to see and visit a handful of interesting places in half the time.
So there goes my second diary about my recent Singapore trip. In my last entry, I'll talk about how I spent the last 2 hours of my exploration. Hint: Tall, bright, breathtaking. Any guesses? :D Come back tomorrow for it. ;)
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