Orchard Road is another popular “tourist” attraction in Singapore. It is the place of premium brand shopping — Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, and the likes. While on the red line train, I was imagining Orchard Road to be empty because I was thinking not many can afford these brands. Only to find a pandemonium when we alighted from the train.
We had three goals at Orchard: (1) to meet Inday Ellen, my trusty companion when I was in college and my favorite ukay buddy; (2) to do some ukay-ukay shopping with Inday Ellen (I know, walang patawad akong ukay-ukay shopping); (3) to eat the $1.20 ice cream sandwich (although we have already eaten the same sandwich at Chinatown); and (4) to go to ION Sky to get a view of the the city scape.
Fee: Free! The number of people in the viewing deck is controlled and there is a line going up to the 55th floor where the deck is located. But the line moved fast and we waited only about 5 minutes before we were ushered to the elevator.
How to Get There: We rode the red line train from the City Hall interchange. Follow the directions in the subway. Ride the elevator to the 4th level, then line up for the elevator to the 55th level.
Must or Not: Must! Because it’s free and because the viewing deck gives you a good view of the city. You do not have a 360 view though. We only spent 5 minutes at the viewing deck after we finished taking pictures of the city view.
Other things to do at Orchard: Visit Books Kinukuniya at the 4th level for a wide selection of books. Also visit Lucky Plaza to meet fellow Filipinos (mostly OFWs). Buy pastries at the Tiong Bahru Bakery located in front of the Tang’s building. We did not like the coffee (we ordered capuccino and cafe latte) but the scones, the croissant, and the chocolate tart were all heavenly. Also, have a taste of the famous $1 ice cream (which costs $1.2 now). We agreed that the blueberry was the best flavor. Followed by yam and choco mint.
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