“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me.
Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometre-long street that runs through the center of Singapore and is also the retail and entertainment hub of the city/state. It’s a major tourist attraction and highlighted on every map because it is literally the “RITZIEST” street in Singapore. This is where every luxury brand you can think of in the world has at least one or a million shops set up. I had been enjoying a bit of luxury in Singapore and hell even got the chance to swim at the worlds highest infinity pool and was excited to finally to take a stroll through Orchard Road on my 2nd to last day in Singapore. I wasn’t sure what to expect and well the truth is I didn’t like it. I’ve mentioned on Twitter before that I can no longer go to malls. I just can’t I feel overwhelmed, feel like everything is overpriced and just don’t understand this side of consumerism anymore. I say I don’t understand it anymore because I used to love malls and was a name brand whore. That all changed when I started planning for this trip. I had to cut back on my spending and did no shopping for over a year because I already had a closet full of clothes I wasn’t using. Then I started traveling and began to see how the majority of rest of the world lives. It is eye opening to see the rest of the world live with so little and yet be so happy. It really changes you and it’s not just that, but you also realize that you are living fine with the few items of clothes you have in your backpack.
Sorry for that tangent, well Orchard Road is basically an outdoor mall. The street is lined up with shop after shop after shop of luxury items no one really needs. Oh & that is not all… the street also has over 20 shopping malls along the way. Yes, over 20 shopping malls in a span of 2.2 kilometres of road. Some are above ground and many are below ground. It’s insane and people are every where and just about all the shops are actually full. As I walked down I couldn’t help, but think about the influence “The West” has in Asian culture. So far all the countries I have visited in Asia are also filled with malls all over the place. I know Singapore is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and understand that not everyone wants to live on a budget to explore the world. I just feel like Singapore takes consumerism to such an extreme, but the same can be said about the USA. I don’t know maybe I really have changed so much I just don’t understand it and that makes me scared of going home. It makes me scared, because I know this is the life for so many of my friends and family and it makes me sad even though I know their is nothing wrong with it. Lord why am I talking about that now… I’ll leave that topic for another day. Sorry again. So overall though I really did enjoy my time in Singapore and well Orchard Rd is a beautiful Road and here are some photos along with captions I felt were necessary to share with y’all. Hope y’all enjoy them.
—The start of Orchard Rd.—
—The glasses I wear are from EA and I paid $400 for them about 6 years ago. I’d cry if I lost them.—
—American designer… MADE IN INDIA!!!—
—One of the many shopping malls on Orchard Road. Looks more like a space ship to me.—
—The DEVIL wears this.—
—Would you pay over $600 for a purse??? Tory wants you to.—
—I saw 8 ROLEX stores as I walked through and 2 of them were right in front of each other.—
—This bitch is always classy.—
—Oh the French they are so classy. Men do you want a $40,000 watch? If so enjoy Cartier.—
—I’ve always wanted something from Gucci. I’ve always wanted to say “It’s Gucci Bitch”.—
—Have you seen their male underwear models? Yum!!!—
—I’ve never liked this brand. They never had any cute clothes.—
—If I was rich I’d buy a MONT BLANC watch for sure. I think they are fucking hot. Oh & I’ve never heard of VERTU.—
—Okay not luxury, but ummm he’s so fucking hot. I hate to love this store because I know they use sweat shops to make their clothes.—
—In the mist of all the luxury you see this…—
—and this. For a second I thought I was back in the developing world.—
—Singapore is not even a Christian country yet the street is fully decorated for the biggest commercial holiday in the world… CHRISTMAS.—
—What is Christmas even about?—
Hope you enjoyed the photos & I hope you share your thoughts below.
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