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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Buying books etc in Singapore ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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DH will bring purchases home but will not go to the shops
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Date: 6/15/10 2:35 PM

I would like to order some children's books in Singapore (or anything else which might be fun...) and have them sent to my husband's hotel. He will be there for about a week and is willing to transport anything home (within reason) but he is not willing to head out to the shops and pick anything up.

Does any Singapore native or experienced traveler have any tips as to how to have this done?
I am particularly looking for English early reading and workbooks for elementary grades and maybe something fun and girly for my DD.

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Date: 6/15/10 6:16 PM

I think I'd check out ebay for that region and see if the sellers would ship to your dh's hotel.

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Date: 6/15/10 7:52 PM

I believe there is a Borders in Singapore (NAAYY--I used to work for them and I remember when they were planning on opening a store there.) and they would probably be happy to do it for you if you just called them and charged it to your credit card.

ETA: There are actually two in Singapore:

Borders in Singapore

ETA: There is an email address for special orders at one of the stores. That might work better than a phone call. Either way, you'd need to know what books you wanted to have delivered to him.
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Date: 6/15/10 11:31 PM

Thanks for the Borders tip. I will guess on the books for the children, but we have been very happy with the few English language Singapore workbooks we have ordered from other places. Since English is the official language, but not the native language of many of the children, many of the kindergarten and elementary instructional materials are just more thorough because they don't assume the child already knows how to speak the language "natively". This results in workbooks with more detailed practice and instruction. And it will only be a few children's books, so it will be fun even if I miss the mark.

Of course, if someone can suggest other books (or anything else) I should have my DH bring back from Singapore, I am all ears


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Date: 6/19/10 12:38 PM

I'm sorry I didn't see this earlier. Hope that this info doesn't come too late.

If it's local workbooks you're after then, maybe Popular Bookshop or Times (local bookshops) would be better. If he could have a look at the books, that would be better as there are lots of choices, and I don't think these stores deliver. If he's staying at a hotel in the Orchard Road area, there is a Times at Plaza Singapura (4th floor).

Speaking of books, we have a very well stocked Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City on Orchard Road. http://www.kinokuniya.com.sg/ The English version of the Bunka pattern-making books are available. Oh, and Kino carries La Mia Boutique magazine too.

Fabric is another good choice -- LOL! Arab Street is a fun place to visit (it has a laid-back bohemian vibe) and it has a good collection of fabric stores. My favourites are Poppy Fabric (for Indian, sandwashed and Thai silk), Collezione La Prima (expensive Italian silk, cheaper Korean silk and $10 a metre Japanes cotton) and Alta Moda for the designer stuff.

NicoleXavier in Chinatown carries Liberty of London too and I think they just got a new shipment in. Price is $49/metre. If you're interested, I'll call Nicole -- I'm always calling her to ask what's new. LOL!

Actually, your DH is here at a good time -- we're right in the middle of the Great Singapore Sale and so there are big discounts everywhere.

OK, I'll stop rambling now. Please feel free to PM me: I'm happy to help where possible.

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