Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sensational Singapore *


Well, I'm back from my so-called vacation! It was difficult for me to actually leave KL as my clients kept on having last minute "emergencies" that required my attention but sometimes late holidays are better than no holiday at all! In the end, I had to postpone my leave until the day of our flight itself, but even then I kept on receiving messages from certain clients throughout my stay, which definitely put a damper on my break! :(

The good news though was that our arrival coincided with the first day of the Great Singapore Sale. Naturally, I had to check out the duty-free shops in Changi Airport and happily bought 3 sets of miniature perfumes for my Perfume Gallery since there was an irresistible 15% discount for 3 sets!


We stayed at Hotel Phoenix, which is located in the heart of Orchard Road - giving us immediate access to all the major shopping, entertainment and dining venues in the city centre. Our room was great - spacious and very comfortable, with our own massage chair to relieve our aching muscles and tired legs after a long day of shopping, and of course my standard requirement of a nice big bathtub to complete our stay!



It was great to be back in Singapore after more than 10 years. Obviously a lot has changed since then and Singapore is now filled with breathtaking skyscrapers and posh high-rise condos that made me wish I could extend my stay longer to soak up more of what she has to offer. Walking on the pristinely clean streets of Singapore was also enjoyable as the weather was not as hot as it is back home (you were right TSZ!).


We spent most of our days shopping, or rather I did! The sale was excellent and since all the cool spots were walking distance from our hotel, we had the privilege of checking out nearly all of the major department stores in the vicinity.


Food did not pose a problem for us in Singapore. We were spoilt for choice with the wide array of eating outlets available near our hotel. We especially enjoyed dining al fresco in some of the cafes along Orchard Road, in particular one called NYDC, where I had a taste of their Ice Mocha Elephancinno - a must try for coffee enthusiasts like me!


Although short, our trip was definitely sweet! We enjoyed every bit of our visit, from the friendly Singaporeans who made us feel right at home to the polite and efficient taxi drivers who provided excellent service with no attempt of short-changing visitors like us. After our brief stay here, Singapore is now definitely on our list of great vacation spots for shopping and dining!



60 comments:

Anonymous,  May 29, 2007 7:21 PM

Wow ! 3 sets of miniature perfume, still got space in the cabinet ? Wonder if u still remember the 'miniature' one u bought for RM5 while staying in SAlam Sek 17:)
Ice Mocha Elephancinno - sounds tempting ... wud luv 2 try someday. Btw, got a few indon songs here & will upload more soon. http://profile.imeem.com/Do0p8n

-Naz-

Bobby Revell May 29, 2007 9:03 PM

Hi Marzie, Next time pack your phone in the bottom of your suitcase and don't open it. I'm glad you guys had a nice time - but next time please fed-ex me one of those Mocha Elephancinnos! :):)

Nick Phillips, MY May 30, 2007 8:26 AM

How I envy you, going for a vacation while here I am slogging away. LOL. And I seriously know what you mean about those 'pesky' clients bugging you on vacations!

Emila Yusof May 30, 2007 9:32 AM

Marzianna! Great to have you back and glad you enjoyed your trip to Singapore. Mocha elephant sounds tempting!

Mariuca May 30, 2007 12:05 PM

Hi Naz, actually I'm out of display cases for my perfume and it seems to be out of stock everywhere :( Anyway, wat??? Did I actually buy a mini for 5 bucks in KPP???!! Can't seem to recall!

Mariuca May 30, 2007 12:08 PM

Hi Bobby, I tried the switching off phone tactic but it didn't work! Each time I switched it on to check for messages (from family), there would be one or two messages from clients :( And hey, I bet you would love the mocha elephancinno...absolutely divine to have on a hot day while doing some people watching! :)

Mariuca May 30, 2007 12:11 PM

Emila! Thanks woman, mostly shopped till I dropped :) LOL! Felt like a "tourist" even though we're neighbours with Sing :) :)

Mariuca May 30, 2007 12:17 PM

Hey Nick! I had a feeling you would understand my bitching! Only those in the industry would really understand the things that we have to go through, forever having to be "available" at whatever odd hour the client (who's always right apparently!) decides to bug you! When are you going to take some time off?? It's about time now that AR season is almost over, more or less?! :) :)

Mike May 30, 2007 12:57 PM

Judging by all the shopping bags it looks like you had tons of fun..hehe. And it looks like you showed up just in time for The Sale Truly Worth Waiting For :D

The photos are really excellent. Singapore looks beautiful. I always love seeing photos of different architecture from other places around the world. Got any more? :D

Anonymous,  May 30, 2007 1:16 PM

Actually it is not a miniature, more of a roller type. Apple fragrance to be specific n I was dat 'parfum' seller goin door 2 door in KPP hostel. Guess wat, I managed 2 buy sony most trendiest slim walkman from the sale. Still hv it though not functional coz it's full of sweet ol memories! :-D

-Naz-

Mariuca May 30, 2007 1:26 PM

Mikey! Hugs! Always happy to see you here :) Yeah, did loads of shopping, payback time for all the sales I missed out on LOL! Singapore is beautiful, you should make your way down here one day and visit both Malaysia and Singapore! Will post more pics on my Friendster :)

Mike May 30, 2007 2:16 PM

Ooooh, I got a hug...hehe. *blushes*

Coooool, I'll have to mosey on over there and check them out :) Seeing photos of far off places is at least the next best thing to actually going there :)

*hugs back* :D

Mariuca May 30, 2007 3:55 PM

Naz, really? I must be getting OLD cause for the life of me I can't seem to remember buying it! Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

Mariuca May 30, 2007 3:56 PM

Mike, Of course you get a hug!! He he... Here's one more for Gummy :)

NAFASG August 28, 2007 10:55 PM

Wow! U shopped a lot there!!! And of course, u just couldnt leave S'pore without bottles of perfumes hah? ;p

Good to know that u enjoyed Sunny S'pore, though u were kind of tied up with work before that. I also don't like it when that happens! But anyway who cares now? U eventually got to enjoy your vacation here!

Hmm...wish that we knew u at that time. Could bring u and your hubby jalan-jalan with the NAFA team! Hehehe! =)

Mariuca August 28, 2007 11:16 PM

Yay, a Singaporean commenter! Welcome NAFA he he he!

Oh yeah, I actually bought the most perfumes there in Singapore NAFA. The airport had plenty of miniature sets and I went WILD with perfume madness LOL!

Would love to visit again, then can meet u guys and Jan! :):):)

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LadyJava September 30, 2007 3:50 AM

So glad you enjoyed yourself in SG. I still feel so at home there although I only return to visit my mom once every 4 months or so.

I understand what you mean about the taxis though next time you should try taking the MRT. It gets you everywhere!

Cheerio...
LadyJava

Mariuca September 30, 2007 7:35 PM

Oh yeah!!! I had a helluva time and it's not just the perfume shopping bit! Must visit Singapore again! Lucky u to be visiting it every 4 months! :):):)

Singapore Italian Restaurant August 09, 2008 3:37 PM

Glad that you enjoyed your stay at Singapore. Have you visited those shopping centres that are outside of the city areas? Eg. Queensway Shopping Centre. There are also plenty of nice food around the city area which i do agree that Singaporeans are spoilt for food choices.

Mariuca August 11, 2008 1:56 AM

Hola Singapore Italian restaurant! Thank you for stopping by Mariuca's blog. I didn't get a chance to visit Queensway SC, but you can bet I'll be back in Sing. I really had such a great time! :):):)

LadyJava September 28, 2008 5:34 AM

Yeah.. Singaporeans are very friendly..hehhe.. Wah that Mocha Elephancinno looks huge..

So planning another trip down??

Emila Yusof September 29, 2008 8:34 AM

tatau la bila nak pergi kampung halaman lj ni...

LadyJava September 29, 2008 10:55 PM

hehe Emila.. you MUST come at least once tau.. besh!!

Emila Yusof October 03, 2008 7:25 PM

have yet to make a passport, lol!

Emila Yusof October 03, 2008 7:25 PM

oso need extra money for that!

LadyJava October 04, 2008 12:51 PM

hehehe..yelah passport kat sini very expensive kan.. RM300 right for three three validity?

Emila Yusof October 07, 2008 2:39 AM

ye ke? bukan 10 tahun ke?

Emila Yusof October 07, 2008 2:39 AM

oh sesungguhnya aku ketinggalan zaman...

phatelara October 12, 2008 6:24 PM

I've never been to SG jugak nih! :):)

phatelara October 12, 2008 6:25 PM

I suka sangat B punya baju Superman tu..hehe

phatelara October 12, 2008 6:25 PM

I pun nak minum from that huge jar! Best tu!

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:09 PM

Emila.. the last time A did his passport was 8 years ago when we got married and it was only valid for 3 years lah...

Not sure now lah... GP you know or not??

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:09 PM

Debbie.. simpan duit and gi SG.. best shopping!!

phatelara October 13, 2008 4:32 AM

Tahun depan nak bawak C gi Sarawak. Bila la nak gi SG ni..kalau ada duit lebih, surely nak pegi. C nak visit his uncle there. :)

Emila Yusof October 16, 2008 11:27 AM

debbie kita pergi sama-sama ok!

phatelara October 17, 2008 7:24 PM

Hehe..surely, kalau diizinkan Tuhan! :)

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 12:13 AM

wow, your vistior's kat widget tu menyala2 meriah!

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 12:14 AM

from all over the world gitu!

phatelara October 18, 2008 1:08 AM

Lol@ Kak Emila.. :):)

LadyJava October 18, 2008 1:13 AM

Spam .. spam....lolz!!!! aku pun sama!! lolzz!!

phatelara October 20, 2008 1:38 AM

Kak Emila mendahului la, jauh lagi tu.. I'm now number 4.. :(

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:35 PM

GP!!!!! I just watched last week thurs and fri epi!!! OMG!!!

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:36 PM

Have you seen it or not!!!... TRIDGE!!! Yahooo!!!

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:36 PM

What a touching moment!!!! I love it!!!..

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:36 PM

Now that's what I call CHEMISTRY!!!!

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:37 PM

Yuhuuu anyone home???

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:37 PM

I just finished makiing spaggetti!!!

LadyJava October 20, 2008 5:38 PM

I'm going back to SG tomorrow with mommy... read abt it at LLP ok!!

Emila Yusof October 22, 2008 8:41 PM

scent-sational, scent-sation....

Emila Yusof October 22, 2008 8:41 PM

eh, that one ur mpg punay motto...hehe sori

Emila Yusof October 22, 2008 8:41 PM

sensational singapore....i will come to you one day...

Emila Yusof October 22, 2008 8:42 PM

marzie told me a lot about you, Miss SS...so i think i have to visit you someday....

Emila Yusof October 22, 2008 8:42 PM

some more i got friend oredi there...LJ and Janice...

Emila Yusof October 22, 2008 8:42 PM

if lj is in kl, i can visit her mother...

LadyJava October 22, 2008 9:14 PM

Emila... of course you can visit my mom kalau I'm in KL...you're very welcome :)

Haaziq Zahar,  April 17, 2010 12:02 AM

:* :* :*

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