|The only thing that opens early
is the Botanic Gardens, they are really beautiful, and
best seen before it gets hot. So get there as early as
you like (I think it opens at 5.30am but it's still dark
until 6.30am) and take an hour or so to walk through it,
you will come out at Tanglin Mall, you can grab a coffee
and croissant at Deli France or other coffee shops there,
or walk a hundred metres to the top of Orchard Road and
watch the locals scurry to work, or keep walking along
Orchard to the coffee shops near Borders at Wheelock Plc.
|Stroll down Orchard where you
will see the latest fashions and lots of interesting sights
almost any day of the week. Best shopping is in the malls
and you will need to go into a few of them to get the
feel. Best ones are Paragon and Ngee Ann. Shops don’t
open before 10 and even 11.
|Hit Lucky Plaza after 11am
for electrical and fashion bargains. You must bargain
hard here or you will pay far too much. See tips on bargaining
|Grab a cab to Maxwell Food
Centre in China Town for lunch and a rest. Tip, if you
get there between 12 and 1 you will not get a seat. The
protocol for reserving a table is to place a packet of
tissues on the table, nobody will steal them or it from
you. There are many aunties and uncles selling packets
of tissues for $1 everywhere in Singapore, don’t
hesitate to buy these, this is usually the only income
these people have, if you don’t buy the tissues
they don’t eat!
|Walk back up though China Town,
lots of interesting laneways and shopping centres, this
is where the locals shop so bargain hard. You will find
spice traders, silk traders, cameras, fashion, dried stuff
you have never seen before, and almost everything else
you can think of.
|Take in a temple of two, you
will see them easily enough, there are Buddhist, Chinese
and Hindu temples in Chinatown.
|When you have seen enough of
this grab a cab to Raffles for a Singapore Sling, they
do a huge high tea, you will not need supper.
|Don’t forget to stroll
through the courtyard at Raffles, drop in to Tiffany’s
and see some serious jewelry and the Harrods Shop. There
is a great open air bar at the back of Raffles, nice place
to sit and relax with glass of wine, a beer or something
|More shopping? Try Raffles
City, across the road for a while, lots of top end shops
and some interesting local ones. Check out the water feature
on the bottom level, musical as well.
|Need a sunset drink, go to
New Asia Bar on Level 72 of the Stamford which is at Raffles
City, you can see tomorrow coming from there. Favourite
hangout for many from the financial markets and flight
attendants who seem to own the Stamford. Not the place
for a local feeling, but pleasant and worth the view.
Still in Singapore? Go
to the Night Safari, starts at 7.30pm and is one of
the best experiences you will have, closes at midnight,
they have food out there, but best to get a late hawker
centre meal on the way home. Then Sleep.