Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Mustafa Shopping centre / Serangoon plaza

We reached our hotel by around 6:30 in the evening and after an hours rest we planned to go shopping at Mustafa as this was the only option we had in hand as it was already late evening. We took a cab and headed straight there ( my first thought was cab charges are not all the expensive in Singapore, but later on I fell for their MRT and buses)

Mustafa Shopping centre also known as Serangoon plaza is this HUGE HUGE shopping place in Singapore and the only one that is opened 24*7 . So almost all the nights in Singapore we spent shopping here :) . This shoppers paradise is of two blocks, the first block is closed by 11pm whereas only the 2nd block is open 24 hrs. So, when you plan your night shopping see to it your in the right block. Unlike what I ended up in.

Both these blocks contain all the stuffs you could name *literally* from bags, clothes, jewellery, food, books, artefacts, furniture, electronics, consumer products and jus everything.. guess the only thing they don' sell is husing and automobiles. Me at Mustafa Shopping Centre

Some Indian Savouries
I was there at Mustafa almost 4 or 5 nights of my total 7 nights in Singapore, spent around 20 hours shopping there and believe me I was still not able to see the entire shopping centre, so huge it was :). On the way to Mustafa shopping centre we stopped at one of the Indian restaurants at Little India to savour some Indian delicacies atleast one meal everyday, so that we don' miss home food .Dosa (rice pan cake) with Chutney and Sambar from an Indian Restaurant

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Changi Aiport

There I was finally at the Changi Airport in Singapore. It took us more than an hour to leave the airport after picking up our baggages and going through the immigration procedures. The airport was a world of its own with so many branded stores , hotels and what not. We didnt spend much time looking around the airport, thought we will have a look at it on the day of our return flight.

Entrance of Changi Airport

There were two things that amazed me even before I could get into the cab, one was the travelator in the airport - thou it wasn't anything great it was the first time I was seeing a moving platform :) .And the other thing was the discipline that was followed by everyone startin from the cab drivers ( They queue up in front of the airport exit point and as passengers come they come one by one , they jus get into the cab that arrives - no bargains, no changing of cabs ) . Most of the cab drivers I came across were very friendlya nd always willing to say stories about singapore. they were all proud that they belonged there.. That's one nice feeling.

We boarded the cab and left straight to THE SHA VILLA (earlier known as the Regilas court) where we had booked for our stay. It is a small 40 roomed boutique hotel located at the Lloyds road, very close to Orchard road (the shopper's paradise). This hotel was a neat and clean one with no frills attached, where you can have a good night's sleep and enjoy your complimentary breakfast. It is run by the Singapore hotels Association (SHA) . The people at the hotel are very friendly and they genuinely want to serve their guests. Most of them looked like studentsundergoing their training.


The room we stayed

A view from our hotel