Shopping in Singapore

A visitor asked me where to shop in Singapore.

When I asked where she has been to?
She mentioned the shops in Orchard and Marina are out of her budget.
Frankly, we tend to shop online these days. Most malls tend to replicate each other. For budget tourist shoppers, who tend to prefer a variety of options, all age group, various interests, there are two we normally bring our guests to.

1) Mustafa

Suitable for families, as there’s something for everyone. It never closes. It sells electronics, bedsheets, medicines, toiletries, basmati rice…just name it. Check out the perfume and fragrance section for last minute gifts.

It also has a wide range of tourist souvenirs. Good if your return flight is early morning and you realised you need more of those Merlions or “Singa Muntah”.

Nearest MRT: Farrer Park

Where to stay: Nearest will be PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road; which is also across the street from the Farrer Park MRT Station Exit. Other options available are Park Hotel Farrer Park, which is probably USD5 more expensive or my favorite Penta Hotel which is less than half than the Parkroyal and Park Hotel.

Bonus: While you are at Mustafa, check out:
City Square Mall, where there is Decathlon SG a sports retailer from Paris. They have everything for cyclists, runners and even archers and equestrians. Everything sports.
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2) IMM

Arguably, the biggest outlet mall in Singapore. Selling mostly past season goods. Some of the tenants are brands like Club21 which carry Paul Smith and the likes. There is also Coach, Adidas, Nike, Puma, Rockport, Clarks, Urban Armour and many more. Check the store list here.

Don’t forget to use your passport to get the IMM Tourist Privilege Booklet for special discounts.

Nearest MRT: Jurong East MRT Station

Where to stay: Genting Hotel Jurong is probably the only hotel within a 5km distance from IMM. It is located beside the Singapore Science Centre. Good if you have a young scientist in your team. Genting Hotel Jurong provides 24/7 shuttle service to Sentosa. Just show them your foreign passport. If you need to attend business meetings at International Business Park, they provide shuttle service on weekday mornings.

Bonus: If you are on a tight budget, and want to get gifts, plenty of gifts without tearing a big hOle in the wallet, check out Daiso. The Daiso IMM was the first outlet to open in Singapore. Eveything is $2. Caps, t-shirts, brooms, japanese cups and saucers…the list goes on.
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Upcoming “Valley of The Seekers”

Looking forward to the upcoming “Valley of the Seekers” with Shaykh Riad Ourzazi, organized by Qabeelat Itqaan forAl-Maghrib Institute.

Free Registration for Friday Public Talk http://qitqaan.sg/99

“Take a Journey Towards Allah…” and increase our Tawheed. 

Narrated Anas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “My Lord says, ‘If My slave comes nearer to me for a span, I go nearer to him for a cubit; and if he comes nearer to Me for a cubit, I go nearer to him for the span of outstretched arms; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’ ” Sahih al-Bukhari 7536 Book 97, Hadith 161

Akustika Malam Edan

Akustika Malam Edan Search
LIVE in Singapore
1 June 2013

Brought a GoPro Hero3 to the concert…and forgot to manual set properly.

AKustika Malam Edan
Akustika Malam Edan

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salam ukhwah
Good show by Search. Definitely, prefer this acoustic setup. The songs shine through more than the past few concerts in Singapore, namely the Double Trouble and the one with XPDC.

This should be my last concert. Enough lah…geng. Thanks for the rocking good times.

Double Trouble LIVE in Singapore

We attended the Double Trouble LIVE in Singapore concert last Friday. Somehow, the reservist and hectic schedule the past month meant that we were late in purchasing the ticket. Blessing in disguise though, when on the day we bought the ticket, LIVE Empire the organizer announced a 20% discount on all tickets. We saved about $40 in total, more than enough to cover dinner and a midnight taxi ride home I guess.

Full size bike on public

I was taking the train to the newly opened Gapyeong Station (2nd day of operation). It was in Seoul, late 2010, when I saw this: A full size 26″ hardtail bike onboard the train. Probably the MTB was on its way to rough out the trail near Nami Island.



If we could have this allowed on our SMRT trains…bliss. Imagine a Sunday morning train ride to Pasir Ris, onwards the bus to Changi Jetty, ride the waves on the bumboats and cycle away at Pulau Ubin for a Sunday adventure.

Definitely not going to happen though, a taxi ride to Changi would have cost SGD$25-30 easily. Multiply that with 1 bike per taxi. A $100?The train? Forget it. Every single train is packed like sardines just fished out into the boat. And the government is planning to bring in more. Not more trains or more bicycles…but more people. Sigh.Us at Nami Island

Tanjong Pagar and Tampines move

Tomorrow is S-League 2012 Charity Shield, league starts next Thursday, 7 days away and S-League has another surprise.

Tanjong Pagar United FC will now play its home game in Queenstown Stadium instead of Clementi.

Tampines Rovers FC will now play at Clementi Stadium instead of Tampines.


I stay near Clementi and had applied for Tanjong Pagar season tickets. I had not paid yet.



So now, I either:

Option A
Make my way down all the way to Queenstown Stadium to support Tanjong Pagar United FC, which will cost me 1 hour of journey time.

Option B
Support Tampines Rovers which is actually from the other side of the island at Clementi Stadium. Save on travel, but which means I will have to support Tampines only for a season, as they will shift back once the Tampines Sports Hub is ready.

WoW!! S-League is so “full of surprises”.

I can’t decide, and at this rate I might as well use the money set aside season tickets and buy a Manchester United jersey instead.

S-League 2.0? Nevermind. move news here