Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now widely accepted as an alternative to western medicine for many ailments... even in the West. However, while most western over-the-counter medicines are manufactured by reputable pharmaceutical companies, TCM comes from various sources in China and other countries, many lacking in published standards. This is obviously a cause for concern by discerning customers. Traditionally, TCM is prescribed by a TCM practitioner, who also runs a retail outlet. However, with its popularity, TCM is now available at many Chinese medical stores all over Singapore, and even in major shopping malls.
Even in today's modern Singapore with skyscrapers, multi storey shopping malls and a high-tech ferris wheel - the Singapore Flyer, crowded and haphazard bazaars along narrow streets still exist. While at residential neighbourhood, temporary 'night markets' still sprout up occasionally, several permanent bazaars catering to tourists and locals are alive and abound with excitement and entertainment.
Batik refers to fabric that has gone through the process of dyeing using dye-resistant substance, traditionally wax or paraffin, which prevents color absorption thus creating patterns on fabric. This technique is thousands of years old and can be traced to early civilisations in Africa and Middle East. However, it is in Indonesia that this art form was perfected and popularised. The art of Batik has since spread to the rest of the Indonesian archipelago and the Malay Peninsula. Both Indonesia and Malaysia are now centers of Batik production. Batik is an artistic expression, reflecting the cultures of Indonesian and Malaysia. Of course, today with the influence of haute couture, Batik is now available in many forms.
Singapore is truly one of the best place in Asia to shop. Cosmopolitan, a melting pot of the East and West and her diverse ethnic cultures, make shopping a unique experience. For centuries, Singapore had already been a major trading post for goods from Asia and Europe. To the many travelers of yore, Singapore was the great emporium of the East.
Today, Singapore continues to be a key trading hub in Asia, with well established telecommunications and transportation infrastructure. To her people of 4 million and 10 million visitors annually, the great emporium of the East continues to thrive. In short, Singapore is a shopper's paradise! From swanky boutiques with top international brands, mega shopping malls, prêt-à-porter, local designers' creations to ethnic wears... you'll find plenty in Singapore. Singapore has also been voted the most affordable shopping destination in the Asia Pacific region... so a finding a bargain will not come as a surprise.
Singapore Shopping Tour is a Singapore shopping guide with a difference. Our emphasis is on products and where you can find them.