Singapore 2013: Shopping x Din Tai Fung

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Singapore is a shopping haven. Orchard Road, for one, is essentially a long stretch of malls with selections ranging from luxury to local brands. Everything is here (with 7% GST refund, heh!), but I only buy items that I can afford, especially from brands that are yet to have branches in the Philippines. Well, with the exception that some brands are cheaper in SG than in PH.

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The road guaranteed to make your wallet thinner.

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Never forgot about this mall, because this is where I bought my first and only Discman

Finally, ION Orchard. I hope that I will be able to save enough for random trips to SG just to watch my favorite bands perform for free. Blue was their guest for their first anniversary. They recently had Boys Like Girls a month before my visit. Someday, fangirl.

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Becoming a staple in every SG tourist photo

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Escalator in ION Orchard

After we braved the heat to look for Makansutra Glutton’s Bay (which is only open at night #researchfail), we ended up having lunch at ION Orchard instead.

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High-end!

They had a food court similar to malls in Thailand, only that there are no more reloadable cards/payment goes directly to the merchant. I made a beeline straight to the Hainanese chicken, because the second thing on my travel agenda is to eat this dish at least twice.

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One of my most expensive lunches

I ate Hainanese chicken everyday, by the way. Which explains why I stopped eating chicken for a while when I came back to Manila.

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Takashimaya: where the bigger Kinokuniya is (because I am not a luxury brand shopper haha)

One of the malls in Orchard Road that caught my eye was Takashimaya. The inside of the mall is very posh (what with Laduree welcoming you). And get this, a floor for a bookstore! I’ve read about Kinokuniya prior to my trip (you can search for the availability of the book you want). It’s too overwhelming, though, to see endless rows of bookshelves; I didn’t expect their selection/store to be that huge!

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Xiao long bao kingdom!!!

Third travel agenda was to eat at Din Tai Fung, which we first sampled in Taiwan. No taste/quality difference at all.

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So good, I want to take these home

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Tastebuds throwback to Taiwan!

And this is our favorite. I can imagine the smell as I type this. So delicious. You won’t even need a knife to slice the pork. Perhaps they pounded on the meat a million times. Haha.

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Porkchop love

Can someone franchise this here? :) Haha. I’m getting hungry.

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