For some people, shopping is more than an activity to do for the afternoon; it is a hobby and a way of life. The main problem, though, is not the fact that our social spaces are related to consumption, because shopping street, markets, groceries and so forth – almost all the activities in a contemporary city – are also related to different forms of consumption.
It is possible for visitors from outside the EU to claim a tax refund from many central shops – shoppers should look for the Global Refund Tax Free Shopping stickers in windows and ask for Tax Free Cheques and keep them along with receipts to be presented at airport customs upon departure.
Terdapat juga pasar swalayan yang cukup besar menyediakan kebutuhan sehari-hari, departemen store maupun butik dengan koleksi fashion terkini, pusat game dengan koleksi permainan ketangkasan yang futuristik beraneka ragam mulai anak-anak sampai orang dewasa dengan pilihan mainan import maupun lokal.
In new towns, these are common scenarios due to the planning and mode of development as we have discussed in the last three sections; in the urban centre, this is the aftermath of various revitalization, renewal and redevelopment projects, jointly carried by the government and real estate developers, in which a lot of streets, markets and groceries were turned into shopping malls or parts of them.
Singapore shopping malls are diverse too; a trip to Little India’a 24-hour Mustafa Centre certainly makes for a memorable experience, and VivoCity, near Sentosa, is so big you could spend a whole week shopping, dining and exploring its various entertainment facilities.