Heheh…really? Some of you dear readers might ask.
No. This is not a post of our Singapore series. Rather, it is a deeper dive into an interesting discussion about this so-called iconic shopping belt in the little red dot. Now we know that you dear readers, assuming you came to our sunny island before, would have had Orchard road on the itinerary?
What do you find exciting about this stretch of road?
In the last year, we’ve read and heard about a flurry of reports about how the road can be revitalized. This all suggests that there is something amiss. Perhaps it has lost its allure? Yep. And you also have articles such as this and that postulating the reasons for the decline. Things appear to be getting a little hazy for the strip, like the featured image of this post.
We’ll be honest. That it was actually hard to do a write up about this supposedly famous shopping street. That’s why we were sceptical enough to start this post with a rhetorical question. The ‘fact’ from our view : is that the street has lost its place. In the sense that to us whether this street is iconic, vibrant or not has become irrelevant. Like cities around the world swimming with strip malls even in suburbia, our little red dot has so much of the same in every shopping center.
Even if one is to do some ‘window shopping’, there is probably one just around the corner of an MRT station. And of course we are speaking from the perspective of high dense city living. For those who have visited Singapore, do you think there is anything special about Orchard Road?
How important is shopping to you when you travel?