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The Great Singapore Sale
Festivals / Fairs / Events
Member Name: jrtpixie
Festivals / Fairs / Events
Date: 03/11/00, updated on 03/11/00 (121 review reads)
Advantages: Great prices
Disadvantages: Battle scars incurred fighting your way towards the sales tables.
Singapore has very few 'local' customs - that is, things that are not borrowed from other locations in asia. Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas are all celebrated here, but it's all a little fake. (although the Chinese New Year fireworks and parades are worth seeing)
Fittingly enough, one of the main events of the year for the most materialistic country in South East Asia, is a Sale. Not just any sale, mind you. The Great Singapore Sale.
And it deserves the capital letters, too. Over six weeks, covering all of June, and some of either May, July, or both, Singapore erupts in a frenzy of what it does best - shopping.
Shops and Malls down Orchard Road offer up to 90% off - every shop is Singapore is on sale.
To get to the goods you'll have to push and shove past not only the Singaporeans, but a couple thousand Malaysians, who drive over the causeway for the occasion.
It's the 'Aunties' you have to watch out for - the middle-aged local woman who scramble for the last size on the clothing racks.
Smarter shoppers target one store, trying everything on before the sale, then coming in early on the first day to grab the goods. Dressing room lines stretch round corners.
Elsewhere, the Funin centre, known as the legitimate place to buy computer goods (Sim Lim Square being one of the most popular places to buy illegitimate computer goods), will have lowered prices further. Singapore is known as a good place to buy reasonably priced electrical goods, and tax can be refunded at the airport if you save your receipts (it is a bit of a lengthy process, though).
Through all this, wide eyed tourists wander through the maze - on average, each tourist who arrives in Singapore during this time spends over S$1000.
There are bargins to be found in Singapore in any time, but if you come here to shop, June is the time to do it.
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