Singapore Stories and Tips


Many visitors to Singapore head straight to Orchard Road and never leave the area. My husband and I didn't set foot in Orchard Road once. Shopping wasn't a priority for us. . . however, even the non- shopper will eventually be tempted to buy something.

Here's our list :

1. Banyan Tree at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Black-and-white postcards of old Singapore, books and items inspired by the museum's collection. We were unable to resist a wooden display case containing three brass representations of the Hindu deity Ganesh.

2. The MOMA gift shop at Raffles City Shopping Centre. Reproductions and items inspired by the New York museum's collection.

3. The Raffles Shop at Raffles Hotel. Although much of the stock is branded with the famous hotel's name in a not too subtle fashion, there are a few nice things, like attractively packaged green teas and Raffles branded morning tea.

4. Shops at CHIJMES. Laquerware items such as photo albums, Chinese silk handbags, and cloisonné ware.

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