Monday, 9 March 2009
Where I Ask for Travel Recommendations & Complain About Singapore Shopping Centres
I am thinking of taking a trip, go away for a long long time ... like for 1-2 months (maybe 3 months) and alone. I think it's time for some me time and some thinking time. My first thought was Japan and Korea, you know, all that great shopping? Then later, it occured to me that Europe would be good, with 3 months to spare! Any tips from anyone for either places? I'd love to have comfortable but budget-like accomodations. I haven't gone to Europe before. I'd always wanted to go with my husband but he's never going to have 3 months to spare. I know Bed and Breakfast places would be good, so I'd appreciate European bloggers letting me know your personal recommendations. I'm such a typical woman! I always prefer personal recommendations any day, over random picks from books or ads. Yesterday I headed out to Plaza Singapura a shopping centre just minutes away from my house. It was a mistake! I was back home within the hour. On a normal weekday or early in the day on weekends, this shopping centre is usually quiet and a nice spot to just loiter around looking at stuff. However, yesterday was madness. The shopping centre was cramped with people. It was not only hot and stuffy, but it stank! It was such a hot day, so no doubt there were many sweaty people who came in from outside and it made the shopping centre really awfully smelly especially since the aircon didn't seem to be working well. Plus, I also don't get Singaporeans or people who have decided to settle in Singapore. We don't have much sense of personal space, for a country that's so cramped and small. Most of us don't behave like city folk at all. People have no qualms shoving into you, backing into you (why are they walking backwards in the first place?) or walking into right your path on collision course while staring right at you. People are also just meandering as they walk, loitering about at the pathways or stopping in the middle of nowhere to chat or kiss their boyfriends or babies! They are also always pushing! You'd be standing somewhere looking at something and without a single word of "Excuse me" someone will shove themselves in front of you to get at that something you were looking at. Or they'd push past you from behind and get tangled up in your bag (no matter whether it is miniscule or large). That plus the noise! On weekdays, the shopping centres are usually just right ... but on weekends, I don't know why the shops prefer to start blasting loud music on top of the super noisy people who like to talk loudly! It was maddening and after a while, I got very confused and irritated. I didn't manage to buy a single thing at all. I ran home to the safety of my cool aircon house and thanked the Gods that I could watch Torchwood quietly and comfortably. © Copyright. All rights reserved.