Reviews written by HonestReviewer
Last updated: August 26, 2012
Bringing life to the once dull Clementi
Clementi used to be a much quieter place, but it's no longer the case now with the existence of Clementi Mall!
I would say that it has almost everything you can find in a typical shopping mall - with eateries such as KFC, Burger King, etc. In fact, you don't really have to worry about food - You'll be spoilt for choice at the basement level. (Personally, I always go for my standard choice - KFC.)
The Fish & Co chain located in the mall is superb. Nice ambience and great staff that made my experience a positive one. Well... ...I shall keep my review separate for Fish & Co in their own review page since its about the Clementi Mall here.
I believe the new mall is a great addition to the people residing near the area. I mean, there are more options, food choices and have everything at your convenience! (For eg: There's a Fairprice outlet as well that you or your mom can get your groceries at.)
As an ex-Singapore Polytechnic student, I would drop once or twice by Clementi Mall in between break hours (it's only one MRT station away from the school). Time actually passes faster if you are in a shopping mall with friends, I guess.
I love the fact that it houses two of my favorite stores, "Guardian" and "Watsons", too! I would compare the prices before making my final purchases since both sell similar items.
Overall, I would say Clementi Mall is a highly recommended place. It has definitely brought life to the once dull Clementi!
Rich in taste and absolutely 100% Durian-licious!
Honestly, I wouldn't have known this cafe existed if my friend hadn't recommended me! (And I am glad she did!)
Well, it's simply a HEAVEN for durian lovers, but HELL for people who hate durians to the core. It's a pity for those who don't appreciate the taste of durians, because this cafe certainly serves one of the best authentic tastes!
With Durian Mpire, it's a "Durian season" all year long. I love their durian pancakes - Just the thought of it is enough to have me salivate. It's times like these that I will feel so pampered while indulging myself in the world of durians.
Do not miss out on the durian pudding too. At the price of $3.90, I would say that the serving is quite small. However, the taste is strong! You'll find yourself craving for more after each mouthful. With a texture so tender and soft, you can't find any reason to resist it. In fact, the pudding is made of REAL, authentic durians. Enough of artificial tastes - THIS is the place to go if you are ever in the mood for durians.
I have yet to try out other durian-related products from the cafe though, but I WILL! (In fact, I am intending to make a trip down tomorrow after writing this review. I'm going to pamper myself with more durian sensation!)
A place that mainly caters to Cosplayers
Otaku House is a Japanese-inspired store that sells miscellanous anime-related items such as soft toys and accessories, etc. Most of the stuff found in the store belong to the "cute" category and will have you go "awww".
Although I have been to the store several times, I have not personally purchased anything as I am not really a collector of such stuff. I believe it will be a favorite amongst cosplayers though, as they do sell costumes as well! I recognized some of those costumes, such as those inspired from Gundam Seed Destiny, Vocaloid, etc. They are quite reasonably priced (depending on the character, some cost less than $100).
On top of that, cosplayers are able to find props (such as cat ears, wands, etc) in the store, too, and other interesting stuff that are not commonly found in other places. Probably if you are looking for something that will have you stand out from your company's D&D or events, you will be able to find inspirations from the store!
Healthy + Tasty = Mr Bean!
Mr Bean can be seen in almost everywhere in Singapore!
I'm such a fan that I even went to the extent of purchasing their merchandise. (I remembered I was shrieking so badly when I saw the little toy in one of the branches. It's just too adorable!)
If you are a Soya bean drink lover, I am sure Mr Bean will not disappoint you. Ranging from soft pancakes, soya bean, custard to ice-creams, you will be spoilt for choice.
One of their must-trys is the soya bean drink with pearls.I would say the pearls are just simply the best - It's chewy and sweet. (And I am glad the sizes of the pearls aren't too big at all too, making it easier to bite and swallow.)
Whenever I am in the rush for time, I would get their famous pancakes that come in different flavors - Chocolate, cheese, red bean just to name a few. My personal favorite would be the Red Bean flavor! It has a rich taste and Mr Bean is definitely not stingy with the filling. You will get what you pay for!
The red bean is simply overwhelming and best served when its still hot/warm.
I have yet to try out the new flavors, such as one that is inclusive of eggs. I hope it tastes as good as it looks!
Other than that, my 2nd favorite would be the soya ice-cream. I like it that it's not overly sweet and yet has a rich soya taste. (Not to mention that it's a healthy snack too!) The prices are reasonable, although its slightly more expensive than normal ice-creams. But again, it isn't just ANY ice-cream!
It isn't difficult to spot a Mr Bean outlet - You won't miss it because it's situated in easily accessible places such as the MRT stations, shopping malls, etc. You just have to patronize them once to love them!
Last updated: May 14, 2012
Good concept ; BUT totally inconvenient
Toy Outpost is certainly a store that has a creative concept. Not only is it innovative, it also provides a "be-your-own-boss" opportunity for everyone.
With all the different transparent cube-like cabinets, one is able to rent his/her own cube at a minimal fee. (Of course, cabinets at eye-level cost more.)
As a consumer, I totally love the concept. I used to enjoy browsing through the different cubes while waiting for friends, etc. (Time actually seems to pass faster whenever I am in the store.)
However, there are cons as well that I feel must be mentioned here. Shopping at Toy Outpost can be very inconvenient if something were to catch your eye from one of the cubes. The reason lies in the fact that you have to get the staff to open the cube for you using a key in order to retrieve the item(s). Hence, you have to be 80% certain that you will be making the purchase. I believe the staff will not be too pleased if you were to keep requesting him/her to open the cube for you just to "touch" the item(s).
I remembered that mine was 'stressful' experience at the Jurong Point outlet. As I had wanted to purchase a wallet that was on sale in one of the cube cabinets, I requested the staff to open it for me.
I felt like I was being watched as she stood beside me throughout the process, making me uneasy. She was waiting for me just so she could lock the cabinet after I was done. I felt obliged to purchase the wallet, even though it isn't that case since the staff was just doing her job. But darn - I totally hate the feeling of someone looking at me while I was checking out the item. How uncomfortable can this get?!
I understand that this is an inevitable process since it's part of their safety implementation though. I still love the concept of the store in general, but not the part when I feel obliged to purchase!
Overrated and not my kind of store for shopping
It was just recently that I finally went on a shopping spree with a friend at H&M - ONLY because of the fact that we had both won a $20 Gift Card.
And we overestimated the value of it.
There weren't really many things that we can buy using the sponsored $20. Most of the apparels, unless for basic tops/singlets or sales items, are highly priced. ($29.90 onwards) The designs of the apparels may look simple or even "cheap", but those price tags that came with them will have you think otherwise.
Probably cheaper items could be found at the top level (Children section). I actually bought myself a tee from the children section that cost me less than $10! Don't underestimate the size of the tee though. I wouldn't have known it belonged to the children section if I didn't find it there! In fact, most of the supposedly "sizes for children" apparels CAN fit adults. Heck, there were even designs that don't even look like they're designed for kids!
H&M seems like a popular hit with shoppers despite its prices though. Just queuing up in line for the fitting room will have you on the verge of giving up - It's seriously time consuming! (In my case, it was my friend who was queuing up to enter one of the rooms while I waited outside for her. I almost went crazy.)
I guess it's definitely not a place for some 'quick shopping' if you are in the rush for time.
Not sure if anyone has noticed, but I've always felt that their sweaters/jackets look similar to those at Abercrombie & Fitch. They look almost identical, except for the sewn wordings on the jackets. I'm not exactly sure if it's a 'common American design' pattern, or an inspired one. Nonetheless, the material is quite thick and I believe those sweaters/jackets are of good quality.
I guess H&M isn't really my kind of place for usual shopping. It's so easy to exceed my budget range! In addition, the designs of their apparels are not really the kind I will go for. Don't get me wrong, they are nice - but not suitable for me.
Expensive like hell but they're of excellent quality!
I believe many people are no stranger to this strong-scented store in Orchard. (You can literally smell the strong scent across the road!)
No doubt that the quality of their apparels are excellent, but I can't really bring myself to pay for them - They are way too expensive for "budget" people like me.
I've heard that the apparels are way cheaper in the States as the prices are marked up here in Singapore to a LARGE extent. (almost 30-40%)
As much as I love patronizing the store and just doing mere window shopping, I find that the store is too dimly-lit. It makes me wonder, what if an elderly with poor eyesight enters the store? They will probably trip.
(Although its unlikely, but I am sure cases like these will happen.)
Other than that, the music they have in the store is seriously L-O-U-D. The store assistants, or so-called "models", would be often seen grooving to the music as they greet the customers with smiling faces. (In fact, they have this tagline that goes "How's it going?" to each and every customer who enters the store.)
It is known that only "good-looking" people are hired to work in the frontline, so it is no surprise that most of the staff are either handsome/pretty. They are very helpful and will always be there to assist you if you require their help.
Surprisingly, I somehow fell in love with their trademark scent (dang!) and ended up purchasing a bottle of cologne that is exactly of that scent. (No, I didn't purchase it from their store but through online. It is cheaper!) In case you are wondering, the name of the cologne is called "FIERCE". Just tell the staff that you are looking for "FIERCE" and they will be sure to bring you one.
Well... ... If you are one that has a "high-end" budget and looking for a guaranteed quality of apparels in terms of material, etc, A&F is definitely the store you'll love.
Pride and joy of people residing in the West
Jurong Point is definitely one of my all-time favorite shopping malls that I can visit anytime! (I live near the mall.)
As exaggerating as it sounds, my friend and I would normally spend more than 5 hours walking around the mall without getting tired. Okay, we weren't really shopping - just chatting- but we still enjoyed ourselves exploring the different shops.
There's basically almost everything that is needed for a good shopping expeirience. GV cinema (located at the 3rd floor of JP 1) for movies, Kopitiam to satisfy your hungry stomach, and even bookstores such as Popular just to name a few!
One of the main reasons why I love Jurong Point so much is because ALL of my favorite stores are there - Watsons, Guardian, Action City, Mini Toons, etc. They are just under one roof! Even fast food restaurants such as Burger King, Long John Silver's, KFC, Macdonalds, Mos Burger, New York New York are found in the mall. Tell me, isn't that almost a complete list?
Jurong Point used to be a small 3-storey mall until it recently expanded, featuring over 450 stores now! (That's even more than what Vivocity offers) There are not really many high-end stores here, so I would say its a place that's suitable for anyone!
Not to mention that Jurong Point is an easily accessible place, be it by train or the bus. Personally, it will take me approximately 20 minutes to walk by foot.
I would say Jurong Point is the pride and joy of people residing in the West!
Too much K Pop craze
Comics Connection is definitely a store I will find myself stepping into during my shopping trips. (It seems that I will always walk past one of their branches, no matter which shopping mall I am at.)
I love it that they have many exclusively imported items, such as funny but weird handphone accessories, soft toys, etc. The prices are reasonable, even though I will not say its the cheapest. It depends!
However, I noticed that there are not so many cute stuff being sold anymore as it seemed to have turn towards the "K Pop" craze direction. I am not really a "K pop" fan to begin with, and find it a bore whenever I am in the store now. I used to be able to spend a full hour exploring the shelves, but not anymore. (Of course, if you are a K Pop fan, I am sure you will be fascinated by the range of their products, ranging from mugs, badges, keychains of Kpop idols.)
The products in Comics Connection seem to be changing everytime, and I'm glad they still do have a small section for soft toys. There would be occasional offers as well,and some of the items will go as low as $1-$5.
And lastly.. What's Comics Connection without the sale of comics? If you are a person or collector of comic books, I am sure you will be a fan. They have a full list of different comic books that are exclusively imported from different countries. They're just like a comic library of their own! :)
Whether or not your experience is worth the value you paid depends on which branch you go to.
As much as I love K Box (their quality sound systems and room accommodation), I have my fair share of unpleasant experiences as well. (In fact, I had lodged several complaints to K Box in the past due to certain issues, and I'll be sharing them with you here.)
I've always felt that K Box has a non-standardized way of operation. In other words, whether or not your experience is worth the value you paid depends on which branch you go to.
There were many a time I was charged at an unusually high price for the same K session. It was only a different branch that I went - and the price was entirely different.
On top of that, don't be taken in by what is stated on their session menu. I am sure all those who frequent K Box alot will know that there is a check-in timing from 2pm - 7pm for the afternoon session. Personally, I feel that this is VERY misleading as it will cause people to ASSUME that they will be able to book the services from 2pm - 7pm, given the price they have paid.
This is NOT the case at all.
Their "2pm - 7pm" means that you will be kicked out anytime from the room, starting from your check-in time. I was "kicked" out once by them at 4pm (Jurong SAFRA branch), even though my check-in timing was around 2.15pm.
It was due to "people reserving the rooms" and they did not have enough rooms to accommodate. I had been told straight once that the length of your singing session depends on the amount of their customers that day. If there are "not many people", then they will *graciously* allow you to use their services till 7pm. BUT if there are people, then the length of your session is shortened and you'll be "kicked' out in no time.
It seems to be a common practice at K Box and I am seriously appalled. It's so undeserving that patrons are paying for such service.
I have not visited K Box that much since then. The prices have gone up and their student promotion has ceased. Probably my next visit will not be so soon, I guess.