I had quite a lot of time to kill at Changi – I was staying overnight in the Transit Hotel, and my flight wasn’t boarding until around midday. In my experience, I can be given any amount of time and manage to still be late, so I knew I’d have no difficulty in keeping myself occupied. I checked out at 9, and made liberal use of the free Internet terminals, before heading to the rooftop airport swimming pool for twenty minutes of lengths, overlooking the runways.
Showered & changed, I trotted off with my stupidly heavy hand baggage in a little wheelie cart for a leisurely wander through Terminal One on the way to the Airtrain.
Changi is famed for the quality of its shopping, and it’s refreshing that whilst there are plenty of places to drop serious cash – Loewe *drools*, Ferragamo, Chloe et al, there are also lots of interesting shops in which to potter and spend any leftover Singapore dollars: You can buy anything from Chinese dried speciality meats to fountain pens…
I started off with these wedges from Singapore shoe store Charles & Keith (above). Not only were they super cheap $S49.99, about £25, but they are really lightweight, so will be perfect for summer travelling. I also picked up a pair of their sunglasses – aviators obsess me, but I’ve never found a pair that don’t emphasise my slightly bony Roman nose, and these were surprisingly flattering. (I buy inexpensive sunglasses wherever I see them, given my habit of scratching/dropping/breaking/losing them.)
I was tempted by the design of some things next door in Australian store Witchery but thought it was shockingly overpriced for the quality, so resisted – I am not paying over £100 for a printed dress that looks like it was imported from China for a couple of quid, or cheap plastic sunglasses that have no heft for £40.
In Watson’s chemist in Terminal 1, I stocked up on my favourite BB cream, which I first discovered in May 2011, an Asia-only miracle cream from La Roche Posay. It’s SPF50 (many BBs are 25 or lower) and does extraordinarily good things to my skin. I’m pleased I forgot to buy it last week at Raffles City, as there was an airport-only deal of two for $69.99, as opposed to nearly $100 in town. (I’ve been buying it on eBay from Taiwan for a lot more.)
My favourite purchase was this silk fan from a shop selling Singapore & Malay trinkets, Batik dresses, Merlion models and other such dust gatherers in Terminal 3. The fans were in the front display and I made a beeline for them: they are one of my favourite accessories, and these are particularly pretty silk ones. (About £15.)
And my final port of call? The 24hr Food Court upstairs in Terminal 4 for a final Masala Dosa for breakfast before I got on the plane.