Sunday, September 30, 2012

Travel Tales: Singapore's Casinos

I love casinos thanks to Singapore! I have lost count of my visits to them now and I have interesting stories but not any that I can share on the blog ;) Singapore has 2 casinos with the casino at Marina Bay Sands being the latest to join the bandwagon. The Resorts World Casino on Sentosa island was the first one to start. Betting values at the Marina Bay Sands are lower so obviously more value for money :)  and hence this is where we headed on this trip.

Before I left for Singapore, I'd ordered the Beads Embellished Bound Waist Pleated Dress from Oasap and what luck that it reached the day we were leaving. So, happily I packed it for the trip, knowing exactly where I was gonna wear it. What I love about this dress is the minty blue colour and the pearls on the top front. I love pearls if you guys didn't know.

PS kept his look basic yet stylish and off we headed to the casino at way past midnight :)

Minty Blue Embellished Dress -
Golden Bag - Sisley
Pinkish nude heels - Charles & Keith
White Shirt - Marks & Spencers
Jeans - Pepe
Belt - Zara
Shoes - Pavers England
Watch - Tommy Hilfiger

PS kept a tab on me and we spent and won enough to enjoy the night. Not that we came back with any winnings since we spent it all ;) but it was a worthwhile experience :) Since the Casino is open 24 hours, I would suggest visiting it in the night since you can use your day for other things like shopping ;)

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Friday, September 28, 2012

New Haircut :)

In between all the travel tales, here is my new haircut :)

Will be back with more on Singapore in the next post!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Travel Tales: Singapore's Orchard Road & Clarke Quay

Our day at Sentosa got us soooo tired that dressing up in some funky colour to brighten up the day was the need of the hour.. I was carrying my newly acquired loose Tangerine knot top from and decided to wear it over a pair of simple black shorts as my bag was blingy too. A person like me who is bottom heavy has to take care that the top needs to be loose and not clingy in order to balance out the outfit. Also a nice neckpiece will draw attention to the top rather than the bottom.

PS wore an Angry Birds tshirt that I picked up for him cause I found it super cute! That's actually the way his life is considering that he chose to become a Chartered Accountant and now has to really juggle his personal and professional life :)

Tangerine Top - c/o
Shorts - Westside
Neckpiece - Ohanzee
Bag - Sisley
Sun-Glasses - Ray Ban
Cyrstal studded flats - Queue-up

Angry Birds T-Shirt - Shoppers Stop (Gifted by me)
Shorts - Old Navy
Sun Glasses - V
ettorio Frattini
Leather Flats - Bata
Backpack - Adidas

Our day was spent at Orchard predominantly for shopping, then catching up on Ek Tha Tiger - Ya I know not such a bright idea but since it was family time with cousins too it was fun, and then heading to Clarke Quay. Orchard for me has always meant some selective places to shop before trying out new places, so the regular list (which means the best deals)were:
  1. Far East Plaza - It's located just off Orchard road opposite the Duty Free Shopping mall and is the best place for bargains with some sort of quality guarantee on fashion related items. This place is an older mall before the chic and luxurious Singapore came into being and is still a major favourite with everyone. Her you can find everything from fashion to music to massages to electronics. I have always come back with great buys from this place. bYSI is one of my favourite stores here for their fitted dresses.
  2. Forever 21 at 313 Somerset - With multiple levels this place is one F21 heaven for someone like me who loves Forever 21. I love the mid range dresses from this place other than not to mention the accessories ;)
  3. H&M at Orchard Building - This is the only H&M store in Singapore and with India lacking it, not going there is out of the questions. Having great stuff at great prices for guys and gals, the lines outside the changing rooms which are a key feature here are worth the wait. 
Other than this the other places were the OG Store, malls like 313 Somerset, Wisma Atria, ION Orchard and Paragon Mall. More than enough for the day before we headed off for the movie.

Post the movie we headed to Clarke Quay, Clarke Quay is Singapore's most happening night place for some good times that has old building housing night spots, drinking and food places. I love the Crazy Elephant Rock and Roll Blues Bar where you can enjoy some great live music, drinks and food by the riverside. No visit of mine is complete without a night out here :)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Travel Tales: Singapore's Universal Studios & Songs of the Sea

Our Day 3 at Singapore was dedicated to Universal Studios during the day and Songs of the Sea in the evening. Both are awesome and must not miss experiences on the Sentosa Island!

Kept the outfit simple yet chic - a statement print jumpsuit in a bright colour - Zebras printed all over a bright pink jumpsuit! I loved the outcome of pairing it with a simple belt. PS was as usual in his favourite holiday attire - T-shirt and shorts :)

Zebra Print Jumpsuit - Bangkok ( gift from sis in law)
Belt - Singapore
Sunglasses - Ray Ban (last worn here)
Flip Flops - Old Navy
Watch - Guess
Grey Pearl Bracelet -

T-shirt - FCUK
Shorts - AND Mens
Flip Flops - Puma
Backpack - Adidas
Sunglasses - Shoppers Stop

Isn't that Zebra print super cute? :)

This was my second time at Universal Studios which is located within Resorts World Sentosa. I loved the new attractions that have come up especially the Transformers themed ride within the Sci-Fi City zone. With PS by my side, I also gathered enough courage to sit on one of the roller-coasters called HUMAN which travels at the speed of 82.8 km/hour, avoiding collisions as it twists, turns and propels you over 14 storeys into the air. This ride totally ruined my plans of sitting on the next roller coaster called CYCLONE which goes upside-down. If Human was this scary then God only knows what Cyclone would be :O The Revenge of the Mummy ride is in total darkness with the wagon plummeting backwards into the unknown. Last time I went I did this ride twice :) The Shrek 4-D Adventure is a fun ride where in one of the scenes, water falls on you when Donkey sneezes - yuckkkkyyy isn't it?! The Universal Studios in Singapore isn't as big as the one in Orlando in the USA but still packs enough punch with its 7 themed zones for a single day. You ain't going back without visiting this when you go to Singapore!

Another experience which you HAVE TO SEE is the Songs of the Sea at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island. This show takes place only after sunset and has 2 shows everyday. It is the world's only permanent show set in the sea with usage of water jets that could shoot up to 40 meters, lasers, flame bursts, computer animation, captivating music and a live cast. Water projection screens are generated with the help of the water jets and  images are projected on them. This was my 4th time to watch the show and I come back as mesmerised as when I first saw this show!

There are a lot more things to do on the Sentosa Islad but we have kept those for our next trip :) We took so many pics that it was really difficult to shortlist the ones to use for the blog. I seem to have been very sort of successful in reducing the number but my heart still wants to put up a lot more.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Travel Tales : IKEA + Outlet and Street Shopping in Singapore

Singapore is a shopper's paradise and shopping is an absolute must do when you visit Singapore! While most of the stores are located in the numerous shopping malls across the city, Singapore also offers you other experiences through factory outlets, street shopping, exclusive boutiques, concept stores and of course the IKEA flagship store.

While shopping the outfit that you wear should be non-fussy is the rule that I apply. Keeping that in mind this is what I wore for my day of IKEA, outlet shopping and street shopping (elaborated in detail after the pics).

Dress - Says M&S though bought from Goa
Orange Belt - Blur Designs
Neck piece - Gift from sis ( earlier seen here)
Flats - Queue-up ( earlier seen here)
Bag - Mango (earlier seen here, here and here)
Bangles - Colaba Causeway & Bandra

That was my shoe shopping for the day :)

Our second day started with Anchorpoint, the first mall to introduce the concept of outlet stores in Singapore. My major haul was at Charles & Keith since I love the comfort of their footwear especially their heels and Cotton On where I majorly shopped for neons and shiny shirts. Cotton On shocked me with its outlet prices. You can actually find stuff starting at SGD 5 (INR 225 = USD 4) and more over further offers on that too. This mall is located at Alexandra Road and has a food court which overs a great variety of  food including Thai, Malay and Japanese.

Our next stop was IKEA which is a heaven for people looking for affordable furniture and home decor items.  Located opposite Anchorpoint, this was our next stop for the day. Since India has no Ikea stores, I make it a point to visit this place on my trips to Singapore. While I love most of what I see, its not possible for me to take back any of the furniture, but I do take back knick knacks, ideas and inspiration from here. I believe my homes in the future are gonna be as stylish and contemporary as my ideas :)

Next on the agenda was the area Bugis where my haunts usually are Bugis Junction, Bugis Village and Bugis Street - Singapore's largest street shopping area with 800 shops. You get the latest fashion here be it clothes, shoes and bags at throw away prices and so makes it Singapore's teenage haven. BHG at Bugis Junction gets you some really awesome deals while the street shopping area across the road has fashion and knick knacks at the lowest prices in Singapore from all over the South East Asia. The shoe shop Giovanna at Bugis Village is one store I never miss. For cheap shopping thrills, I recommend Bugis as a must not miss!

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