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Jalan Jintan, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in Orchard

Name: Carolyne Claire Hughes

From: London, where in London? Central London, where in central London? Behind Selfridges department store; Gloucester Place, to be precise.

Occupation: Superstar makeup artist at Caquine
      

 

The Specifics:

What street do you live on?

Jalan Jintan.

What does it mean?

Jalan means street. Jintan? I am not sure about that.

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Orchard Road, lah. Behind Lucky Plaza, lah. Go all the way to the end, then turn right.

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?

Orchard.

How long have you lived here?

Two months.

Why here?

I am in the midst of Southeast Asia’s biggest shopping paradise. This is my idea of heaven. I am a stone’s throw from all the cosmetic departments on Orchard: Tangs, Metro, Isetan and Sephora, just to name a few. When I get bored, I walk down to the stores and go makeup shopping – a girl’s dream.

 

 

The Scene:

When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:

Lovely Art Deco houses, the Grand Hyatt hotel and delivery lorries for the Grand Hyatt, which block up the road!

The closest store to your front door is: 

Tangs.

Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:

Love Actually. The Art Deco houses are scenic, and Orchard Road has the craziest Christmas decorations ever!

The unofficial uniform of your street is:

A pair of stilettos.

If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:

Someone who loves shopping and has got a lot of cash to spend. Victoria Beckham or Colleen Rooney, perhaps?

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:

Walk over to PS Café and read their cultural magazines.

If you’re missing home, you:

Head to Orchard Road. It’s a bit like being on Oxford Street, only better. The pavements are broader, the weather is nicer and there are no pickpockets.

A common myth about your neighbourhood is:

That all the houses will be knocked down to make way for another soulless glass condo.

If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:

The birds – they drive me crazy!

 

 

 

 

The Superlatives:

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

Forever 21 for affordable, great looking clothes; Da Paolo Gastronomia for yummy cupcakes; and Sephora for serious makeup shopping. And the Sushi Tei in Paragon is one of the nicer outlets.

You won’t find better local food than at: 

Food Republic in Wisma Atria.

The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:

An English bulldog wearing a doggie dress. Why would you dress your dog in Singapore anyway? It’s not like it is going to get cold here.

We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are: 

Daiso in Plaza Singapura, of course. The food at Basilico’s appetiser buffet in the Regent Hotel is flown in from Italy four times a week. For $30, you can eat as much as you want from a wide variety of authentic Italian culinary delights. It’s such good value for money!

One thing you’d never change is:

The opening hours of the shops. Shops are open here until 11pm, seven days a week.

But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:

The delivery lorries!

The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to:

As graffiti is illegal in Singapore, I would invite all the street artists to come over and have complete free rein to do their art in the street. How amazing would that be! And I would get rid of the delivery lorries, of course.
 

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