Nanashi, PARIS

Nanashi, Paris

My recent trip to Paris contained a few highlights, including a man eating my crème de marron-filled crêpe then proceeded to ask me out on a date in the middle of the street, and witnessing a cheese platter to rival every other plateau du fromage in existence.

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On a shoestring: Singapore

As seen on: http://forgetoday.com/lifestyle/on-a-shoestring-singapore/

It may be a typical tourist attraction but a visit to the Marina Bay area is a must for its architectural significance. The infamous Marina Bay Sands Hotel and its surroundings is home to many designer and luxury brands. Above the hotel, the Skypark boasts breath-taking views of the city skyline and a 150m infinity pool. Entry into the Sands Skypark will set you back $23 but entrance to the bars and restaurants are free of charge, allowing you to absorb Singapore’s buzzing atmosphere while eating and drinking.

Travelling around Singapore is easy using the MRT system. It is clean, air-conditioned and straightforward to use. We were surprised to find that people queue to get onto the MRT, something almost unheard of when using the London Underground. Travel can be cheap, with a journey costing less than $1 for destinations that were only two MRT stations apart.

For the adventure-seekers, a visit to the unspoilt island of Pulau Ubin is a must. The 15 minute bumboat ride to the island was a mere $2.50. A further $10 (around £5) bike rental and a few kilometres later, you find the Chek Jawa Wetlands, a reason why cycling and fishing enthusiasts often frequent this place.  As the trail leads you closer to the wetlands, wild boars and monkeys are often seen roaming around.  Forget the Singapore Zoo, here you have wild animals in their natural habitat.

Haji Lane
Haji Lane

At the eastern side of the Singapore river, you stumble upon Little India.  The large Tamil community and influence in this area is apparent, with streets filled with stalls selling a colourful array of different clothes and saris. There are also many stores selling different handmade crafts and wooden novelties.  A few backpacking hostels are also nearby, bursting with young travellers tucking into $2 fresh fruit smoothies to cure their inevitable hangovers.

A stone’s throw away from Little India is Haji Lane, an independent shopping district.  The alley caters for the hipsters of Singapore, hoping to find unique finds and treasures at a very reasonable price.  Many shops have the ‘Urban Outfitters’ vibe to them without the hefty price tag and a guarantee that it is a one-off piece. It’s the perfect place to get all the unique clothes you’ll be showing off to your mates back home.

Hawker food culture is big in Singapore and its Chinatown is certainly not foreign to this concept. In the food centre, an abundance of stalls offer inexpensive dishes varying from local food to vegetarian dishes to fresh grilled fish.  The dishes normally serve two or three people and usually cost between $10-$20. The variety of food around means you can have something different each time you visit and if you are not very adventurous, settling for Singapore’s infamous chilli crab will serve you well each time.

The Editor’s Market, Singapore

The Editor's Market, Singapore
The Editor’s Market, Singapore

For us petite girls (or those with shorter legs than average), it can be hard to find good-fitting jeans or dresses.  As much as I love Zara/Urban Outfitters, the lack of garment that caters for us petites have left me looking like a bag or a child in their mother’s clothes before; yes, I have suffered from the classic scenario where clothes nowhere near fit me but I insist on buying them because they’re in the sale/they’re too pretty to let go/that’s the only one left and I don’t want anyone else to have it. Crazy, I know.

During my recent trip to Singapore, my sister and I discovered The Editor’s Market.  On one of our many shopping trips during that visit, we found this little fashion alcove in a shopping centre along the infamous shopping district, Orchard Road.

The interior of the shop is somewhat similar to an art gallery: white walls, exposed ceilings and polished concrete flooring. Clothes hung from metal rails and accessories were displayed on glass cubes; there are boxes behind the rails containing the remainder of the stock.

Clothes and accessories on display
Clothes and accessories on display

The clothes on sale are varied in style; some are clean-cut, Zara-esque, whilst there is also a ‘vintage’ section of the shop which closely resembles Urban Outfitters’ ‘Urban Renewal’ range.   Some are minimalist and monochrome, echoing the style of Swedish brand, Cheap Monday (which they have recently stocked, hello, alongside Wildfox).  Some of the labels might not be familiar but the style of clothes reminds us of our favourite Western brands and shops, at cheaper prices – the average price of dresses are about £20. 

Step-pricing system is popular in Singapore and The Editor’s Market adopts this too. The concept is quite simple: the more items you buy, the price of the garment decreases in price. Bulk buying, anyone?

 Palm print two-piece; my sister did not leave empty-handed.
Palm print two-piece; my sister did not leave empty-handed.

The clean, minimal website is easy enough to use.   The dimensions of each piece of garment are stated, an ingenious way of avoiding disappointed customers who bought an item that does not fit.  If the price and practicality behind this establishment have not convinced you yet, international shipping is FREE and there is no minimum spend required to qualify.  Yes, you’ve heard that right.

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EDIT: I believe the step-pricing system is only available in-store (?!). Lucky Singaporeans.

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