The designer T-shirts at Bathing Ape (Japanese brand) cost a whopping $119 Singapore dollars. I wouldn’t pay more than $25 Singapore dollars for a T-shirt so this is exorbitant to me. Some may call me cheap, but I think a T-shirt with a nice design is worth about $30 at most. Anything above that is just capitalism gone wrong.
If you’re here and broke like me, it’s nice to have a walk in this cosy air-conditioned mall and browse the quirky window displays. At least that’s free.
The great thing about this place is that each floor has an area with cushioned benches so you can sit down after you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped. Singapore malls are notorious for not having any place to sit down. If there are seats they are usually occupied. The stores seem to want to discourage you from loitering about and not buying anything. That’s why I loved the malls in the US which are huge and generous with the benches scattered all over the mall.
The jaw dropping price of a Vertu phone – $10,500 Singapore dollars for the pink one! I think it’s not as nice looking as the iPhone and paying more than $500 Singapore dollars for a phone is mind-boggling to me.
More sparkly luxury items on display. If you want to feel like Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’ (before the transformation) walk into one of these stores in your shabby clothes and ask for the prices of the dresses. It’s a fantasy of mine to get shunned and then go into the store with a bags from another store and relive that famous scene from the movie:
In Singapore informal English (Singlish) we have a word we use pronounced ‘Aa-thaas’. The word is of Malay origin and it means too high class. So uppity that you will get looked down upon and it’s usually associated with things or places that are very expensive.