(By Irenie How) Today is Monday. Today I am in Singapore. Today I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I took the train to Orchard Road after a steamed bun breakfast on the 14th floor of an HDB apartment block. I only got lost a couple of times. The sights that greeted me once there were rather unfamiliar to my small-town eyes. Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Rolex, Michael Kors and more—branded

labels galore. Outside, high-rise lined footpaths seemed to flow like water with the people streaming down them. Inside was not much different, pavement giving way to tiles and lights and endless escalators. The glittering shop fronts promised delights and rewards, fulfillment for those game enough to venture inside and spend their money: a fair exchange of cash for goods on the surface. It got me wondering if that was really it, if we shop just because we need stuff. READ MORE