The Nativity Cusco School from Brooklyn Museum (source: Wikimedia Commons)
Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year.
For some, it is a time of feasting, partying and making merry.
I’m not a shopaholic and neither is my wife. However, come December each year, we would venture forth to Takashimaya Shopping Centre (anchor tenant of Ngee Ann City) for our annual dose of gifting goodness. There is a certain magic in the way the Japanese retailer lays out its various spaces, tantalising consumers to part with their hard-earned cash in the most delightful way.
As promised, here are some photos of my recent holiday in Hokkaido, with a short one-day trip in Tokyo. It sure was a wonderful wintry experience in near or sub-zero temperatures. Will blog about some key learning points next.
PRELUDE AT TOKYO
Tokyo was our first stopover en route to Hokkaido. Whom did we meet? Well, none other than the lady of liberty herself.
Despite not having an inch of snow, Christmas in Singapore has always been celebrated in grand style. Scintillating lights adorn our shopping streets, year-end sales fill the newspaper pages, and lovely Christmas trees all outdo each other. Age-old carols blast through the airwaves, while people make plans for parties, short getaways and breaks. Giving, feasting, celebrating and rejoicing in the reason for the season.
An idea just struck me. Why don’t we get Singaporeans and visitors to blog about their festive-related experiences in Singapore and highlight noteworthy ones to the world? After all, Word Of Mouth is one of the strongest ways to sell a destination, and nothing beats a blog in doing that. Maybe I should suggest that to the Singapore Tourism Board?
We recently went to VivoCity together with my parents, my niece Mandy and nephew Isaac.
While we generally enjoyed ourselves, the entire experience would have been a lot better if certain attention to customer details were made. For a start, the air-conditioning was butt freezingly cold, and exiting from the carpark took eons.
Our first stop for the night was at Earl Swensen’s for dinner.