Singapore Redux

Going through my photos of my recent trip to Singapore I realised that there is still so much that I haven’t shared with you.

On my last day I decided to visit Little India and Arab Street in Kampong Glam in search of fabric, good food and just to discover places that I hadn’t visited in Singapore before. It was nothing short of wonderful and I’m so, so glad that I stepped away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road and into a completely different side of the city.

If you get a chance when you are next there, just grab a cab to either place (all you have to say is ‘Little India,’ or ‘Arab Street’) and you will find fabric shops jammed up against cafes, beauty parlours and gold merchants amongst everything else you can possibly imagine. The Mustafa Centre in Little India is Singapore’s largest department store open 24 hours and as the local saying goes, ‘If they don’t have it at Mustafa, it’s not invented yet or you don’t need it.’ Let me say from the outset this is not luxury shopping, rather it is racks, tables and floor to ceiling shelves jammed full of products from all over Asia. It is stuffy, overwhelming and absolutely worth a look.

I travelled to Singapore on Singapore Airlines as a guest of the Singapore Tourism Board who made it their mission to see that I had the time of my life. And I did let me tell you! I arrived sick as a dog and they couldn’t have been kinder and more considerate of my sneezing, coughing and snivelling needs.

The Quincy Hotel where we stayed in Mount Elizabeth was also amazing, a boutique affair with only 108 rooms they pride themselves on making sure that each guest has a tailor made experience. Oh and did I mention the infinity pool, cup cake baking classes, pool side cinema and complimentary mini bar? Yup, as I said, time of my life.

  • Fashionista

    Isn’t Mustafa the bomb?! I discovered Arab Street, little India and Mustafa via a friend living in Singapore (locals know all the best spots!) and they became number 1 destinations on subsequent visits. All the beautiful silks in Arab Street, the sheer overwhelmingness of Mustafa, that is what travelling is all about. Enjoy New York!