Singapore has a small land mass but new shopping centres keep sprouting out! From my understanding, the government aims to have a commercial centre right outside every single train station.
On the surface, it is a fabulous plan although it has become apparent that most of the shopping centres feature the same retail shops and lack the creative diversity enjoyed by shoppers.
Changi City Point, a new entrant set in the Changi Business Park, is thankfully able to differentiate itself slightly from its competitors.
The landscaped garden, displaying a pair of iconic metal swans, has already created interests amongst photographers. Such effort to beautify the surroundings was almost unheard of in the past for shopping malls outside touristy districts like Orchard road or Bugis street.
That's not all. Mini gardens complete with plants and fountains are contained WITHIN the complex, allowing shoppers to take a breather (not smoking though) in a non-airconditioned setting.
Here's another one; such pockets of peaceful sanctuary are extremely soothing to the eyes and brain as i walk in the mall. And access is not restricted like many places!
Shopping wise, the three levels of shops (including the basement) might seem really limited. Having said that, Changi City Point is far much bigger (and better) than Greenwich Village along Yio Chu Kang road.
And that's not the only factory outlet in Changi Point; you can find other factory outlets from popular, reputable brands like Crocs, Adidas, Coldwear, Esprit, G2000, Lacoste, Timberland, Samsonite and Sketchers!
Installation of rooftop facilities have increasingly become the norm for any new shopping complex. And the same goes for Changi City Point.
Termed as "The Arena @ L3", there is an outdoor amphitheatre that would likely be the hosting venue for upcoming singers or celebrities.
I think this is the tree house trail even though i see it as a typical wooden staircase that is merely more artistic. Well, i could be wrong and would greatly appreciate any clarification on it.
Lastly, the indispensable draw for families with young kids; water playground! Damn, my childhood has only playgrounds filled with sand lor!
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
[Super near to Expo MRT station. Photograph taken from Macdonald's located on Level 1 of Changi City Point; yes, i had my first meal in Macdonald's. No bloody thanks to Alex.]