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From journal More Singapore Stars
November 10, 2006
Orchard Road was named as such because it used to be vast plantations of pepper and nutmeg. It is a long strip of malls and hotels. You would actually need a day or two just scouring every department store and arcade in Orchard Road. Fronting Istana Park is Plaza Singapura that has the Carrefour and other shopping finds. Across it, behind Istana Park is the Park Mall. If you’ll walk along Orchard Road you’ll find Tanglin Mall, Meridien Shopping Arcade, Centrepoint, Galleria, Forum, Midpoint, the Promenade, Orchard Point, Orchard Emarld, Orchard Plaza, Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City, Tangs, Wisma Atria, Far East Plaza, Lucky Plaza, Shaw House, Hilton and Mandarin Gallery. The list seems endless and one can get overwhelmed by such big names, neon lights and coffee joints near these malls.
It’s a great shopping experience if you know how to budget your money and your time. With that in mind, list down what you want to buy, the shops you want to visit and the budget you will allocate for such. Then, just choose which shops in the malls or which malls you will spend more time rummaging for the best bargain. You can start from 10am till night. There are hawkers where you can fill your stomach and get some rest due to exhaustion. If you feel dizzy with all the walking, fitting and haggling, reenergize with a short stop at the park and let the fresh air and the trees calm the throbbing in your head and the ache in your ankles.
From journal Shopping in Singapore
September 21, 2006
From journal Hippo-hopping in Singapore
New Delhi, India
April 16, 2004
Orchard Road draws its name from the fact that it was once, during the mid-1800s, lined with plantations of pepper and nutmeg. About the only people who actually lived in the area at the time were wealthy British planters. In the 1900s, a disease killed off most of the pepper and nutmeg trees, and a series of natural disasters- including floods- put an end to the plantations once and forever.
By the 1970s, Orchard Road began to come up in life, and snazzy buildings were constructed to house shops, cinemas, restaurants and more. The Orchard Road of today is a far cry from what it was a century ago- a sleek, fancy place with lots of opportunity for everything from shopping and dining to people-watching. Some of the biggest malls along the street are Palais Renaissance, Tanglin Mall, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Far East Plaza, Wisma Atria and Plaza Singapura. We wandered through quite a few of them, trying desperately to restrain ourselves from buying every single thing we saw. Chanel, Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Versace, Waterford crystal, Wedgwood china, Louis Vuitton, the largest bookstore in Southeast Asia, and an ‘adult toys’ shop were just some of the many stores we either took a very leisurely stroll through, or else whisked past hurriedly. And yes- we also saw a wonderful shop dealing exclusively in jigsaw puzzles; and a street show of Chinese acrobats, which was really quite a bonus!
From journal Singapore: Fun All the Way
April 7, 2005
The most encouraging sign of individuality and creativity was in the Orchard Road area, where I saw a few street performers and a live band playing in an outdoor theatre at a place called "Youth Park." Apparently, the government is taking steps to encourage their residents to be creative and unique. They've done such a good job making Singapore a nice place, I see no reason that they won't be able to create a more dynamic culture, as well.
From journal Singapore: Oasis of Western Materialism