There was a flower arrangement art exhibition in our hotel when we were there. I took a few pictures.
Orchard and Scotts = Luxury Retailing Ground Zero
In Singapore, because I stayed right on Orchard and Scotts (one of the premium shopping locations) in Singapore, I encountered one of the most overwhelming branded luxury experiences every time I walked out the front door. Honestly, even Fifth Avenue in New York does not compare. Orchard Road is like a luxury brand magnet. France's Hermes is one of the world's premier luxury brands. Within a 0.5 mile radius of my hotel, I saw 5 Hermes stores. (there are 3 more in the Changi airport). I never seen so many luxury stores in such a small area in my life. (OK, I had my game face on and didn't take as many photos as I probably should have done of the shops...but check out ION Orchard or other people's photos for a sense of what I'm talking about.)
Other observations from Singapore worth noting:
- Singapore traffic relies on something called the ERP (electronic road pricing) system. If you want to drive in restricted (high traffic) areas during peak demand periods, you pay a variable fee. I know that Singapore is a very expensive place to own a car, and I'm sure Singaporeans have their own views about this, but one thing I noticed was the complete lack of traffic jams.
- Food court trust system - people leave their cell phones on the table to reserve a seat.
- Nice and clean subway system with air conditioning that works!