Dear1 and Dear2 do not like to go shopping outside of Jurong.
Orchard – The parking charges itself is already a killer, nooooooooooo!
Nex – Too big, and too wheels-unfriendly.
Bugis – Just imagine the human traffic………
Anywhere else, including all the new malls in town – Too many people, too few lifts, expensive parking charges etc etc. Opps, actually the biggest problem is, we are not one of those families who can lug a couple fidgety kids and go out shopping in style. When we go shopping, it’s either grab-and-go, or walk-an-hour-while-Baby2-naps-in-stroller. What shopping is there to talk about….
Anyway, our favourite weekend morning activity is grocery shopping recently. After breakfast/milk, we’ll troll the supermarket until lunch, and have a quick bite before heading back home for Baby1’s afternoon nap. Apart from IMM (best deal – free parking for 3 hours, but we don’t like Giant), there’s also Jurong Point (best raved – whatever brand you want, you can almost find them there). JCube, Westmall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Lot 1 – these are all very nearby too.
Until the rise of JEM and Westgate, shopping has become more varied now. Which mall do we go today!?
For the month of June, the choice is very clear – JEM and Westgate! (Opps, my bad, though they are just besides each other, JEM and Westgate are technically still two separate malls.)
JEM: Go figure out the large number of retail and fashion stores yourself, but take note that until the last weekend of June, be sure to spend $200 and qualify for a $10 JEM voucher + $4 parking coupon; $80 gives $2 parking coupon.. And don’t forget to get a copy of this little booklet of JEM deals which gives you some discounts from the stores. Our favourite is this $2 discount coupon for minimum $60 spendings in NTUC (ok, just 3.33% savings, but still savings right?)
Westgate: $60 (hmm or is it $80??) spendings qualify for 5,000 capital points, which is equivalent to a $5 Capitalmall voucher. $120 gives 5,000 capital points + a sure win game (we played spin-a-wheel and got 7,000 points in total. Minimum win is 2,000 points). $180 gives 10,000 capital points + the sure win game. Very good deal!
Opps, got too carried away with the freebies, forgot to mention the stores at Westgate. Frankly, if you ask me, Westgate seems to have more food than shopping. Tim Ho Wan, Paul, Poulet, Paradise Dynasty, some Japanese H-shape ramen shop, and a lot more other atas-looking eateries, do take your time to explore!
JEM. Westgate. JEM. Westgate. Jurong Point. IMM. JEM. Westgate. JEM. Westgate.
Shopping in Jurong is so much fun (hmm, or rather, savings savings saving!)