But ever since visiting and staying in Singapore (that mecca of commercialism and anything shopping-related) for a while, I find that there are
What am I talking about? Well, here's just what I think is missing in our local Philippine malls.
|Me in front of the old Borders bookstore at Wheelock Place, Singapore (circa 2008)|
Green, Open Spaces
Well, for starters, there are some malls here that provide green, open spaces for shoppers to enjoy.
|Green space at Changi City Point mall, Singapore|
Not only do they serve to beautify a space, they also provide a refreshing place to relax in between shopping excursions. They break the monotony of drab concrete structures; letting in a breath of fresh air within the confines of a major city. Impressive!
Play Areas (Free-of-Charge)
Parents who shop with their kids in tow know how tedious it is to get any shopping done what with unexpected tantrums and other outbursts one can expect from tired little ones. So it's actually nice to know that some shopping places here in Singapore provide really nice play areas for use free-of-charge!
|Play area at the Tampines mall in Singapore|
A dry, clean, and safe play area is all well and good. But if you ask the Little One, wet play parks are more her style.
|Wet play park at the Tampines mall in Singapore|
And this, folks, is exactly the reason why we always have the Little One's swimming suit (plus more than the usual set of change of clothes for her and the Husband) with us whenever we're out. We never know what type of play area we may find where we're going.
The Little One loves spending hours on end playing with her Dada in these play areas, giving me some much-needed alone shopping time. And did I mention (well, let me do so again), it's free!!!
Decent Baby Changing and Breastfeeding Areas
Another bane for parents is locating a decent baby changing room. I don't know about you, but I am extremely disappointed with the baby facilities I find in Philippine malls. More often than not, the changing table is placed inside an already cramped ladies room or, if I'm lucky enough, inside the disabled area.
But here in Singapore, mall operators sure do know how to treat harassed parents well enough by providing clean, huge rooms solely for the purpose of taking care of baby's "dirty" business. They even provide a quiet place to breastfeed, too.
|A typical baby changing and breastfeeding area inside one of the malls in Singapore|
At the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, they even go a step further with the installation of these adorable kid-sized toilets.
|Kid-sized toilet at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore|
Just the right height for little ones.
Edible food court food
But here in Singapore, I found it surprising that food court dishes here are edible. In fact, most are delicious!
|Food Gallerie at the Marina Square mall, Singapore|
Sure, there's still the bad ones; but, thankfully, very few.
Now wouldn't it be nice if our mall operators could be a little less stingy with their structures? J
Changi City Point
5 Changi Business Park, Central 1
T +65 6511 1088
6 Raffles Blvd.
T +65 6339 8787
Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave.
T +65 6688 8868
4 Tampines Central 5
T +65 6788 83
501 Orchard Road
Be sure to catch my Favorite Commercial Areas in Singapore series:
- What’s Missing in our Local Philippine Malls (A Post About my Favorite Commercial Areas in Singapore - Part 1 of 2)
- My Favorite Singapore Malls (A Post About my Favorite Commercial Areas in the Lion City - Part 2 of 2)