Ramblings of a shopaholic

Shopping in Singapore is mind-numbingly boring. It doesn’t matter how many new malls they open – it’s ALL THE SAME – the same old shops, selling the same old things all the time. I mean, seriously, how many Zaras or Mango or Charles and Keiths do you need on one short stretch of road? This shopaholic is bored out of her mind and it’s really frustrating when you walk around for hours, dying to buy something but there’s …. n.o.t.h.i.n.g.

The good news is – if you look hard enough and dig long enough – there are a couple of hidden gems. We discovered Song & Song (erm .. sorry folks, not Kelly) some years back when strolling through the humble heartlands of Toa Payoh. They stock mainly rejects from the bigger American brands and I’ve had lots of fun rummaging through racks and racks of clothing looking for buried treasure. Prices are dirt cheap – Crocs apparel for kids go for $5 – $7. Aeropostale camisoles go for $3 and I bought them by the bagful cos they made really comfy sleepwear.

Recently, they’ve been bringing in a whole lot of Adidas apparel from your regular training gear for both men and women to winter wear to bags and caps. Prices are really low – dri fit training tops are at $20 (retail: $50 – $80), dri fit training tights go for between $20-$25 and I picked up an Adidas bikini which is great for snorkeling trips for only $20. Some question if these are authentic Adidas goods. Honestly, we can’t tell for sure. All we can say is: the quality is great cos we’ve been using them for gym training and we’ve also done an apple to apple comparison at the main Adidas shops and they look exactly the same, right down to the tags.

You know how there’s always that one item that really, really hits the sweet spot for us shopaholics? That one piece that gives you an incredible high and you remember it for years to come? For me at Song&Song, it was this Carlo Gruber winter cord jacket that I picked up last weekend for only $30! It’s in perfect condition, really retro looking and comes with these really cool vintage rainbow stripes.

You know what? I think I may have fallen in love with Singapore shopping again.

PS: Song & Song has branches at Lucky Plaza, Ang Mo Kio Central, Toa Payoh Central and Jurong Central.

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