Yesterday, Arlyn and I met up in Orchard so we could watch Murder on the Orient Express in Cathay Cineleisure then explore Orchard’s Christmas decors.
First we had lunch in Lucky Plaza’s Inasal Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by how huge and tasty their daing na bangus was. Definitely would highly recommend, along with their delicious leche flan.
We walked from Lucky Plaza all the way to Cineleisure, managing to buy some beautiful earrings from Lovisa along the way.
I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, so I was excited to see the film. But I have to say that while I enjoyed the cinematic scenery and angles, the acting, and Hercule Poirot’s magnificent moustache (it really is the most magnificent moustache I have ever seen in my life), there was just something lacking in the film, and I am not entirely sure what it is. Tension? The way some of the discoveries were laid out seemingly out of nowhere? But it’s overall a good film that made me want to reread Agatha Christie novels. Also, fun fact – the actor who plays Hercule Poirot is also the director of the film.
When we got out, the sun still had not set, so the decors were not lit yet. So I decided to use my Starbucks 1-for-1 December voucher from my planner and had a couple of Christmas drinks while waiting.
When night fell, we made our way from Cineleisure to Ion.
The gift boxes framing Mandarin Gallery’s entrance were pretty.
I also loved the star-studded Michael Kors display.
This was a pretty countdown to Christmas.
In front of Takashimaya was a Great Christmas village.
There were a few cottages that sold Christmas menu food like this pretty thing.
But it was so warm and humid outdoors and the crowds of people did not help, so I was excited to scurry into the cold air conditioned Takashimaya mall, to be greeted by a gigantic Tiffany Christmas tree. So pretty!
There was a photo booth at its base, so obviously we had to join the queue. They sent not just a photo but also a video to my email. Best photos of the night!
We also took our own.
Further indoors, we spotted a macaron Christmas tree.
After a while we had to brave the warm outdoors (something one doesn’t expect to say about Christmas) to see the rest of the Orchard decors.
The best decors were outside Ion. They had these beautiful hot air balloon christmas ornaments, a train, and a giant christmas tree, among other things.
It was so crowded in Orchard that we decided to take the MRT to City Hall for dinner. We discovered a nice Japanese restaurant where we had some fried rice and gyoza and lots of cold water.
It was a fun Saturday overall. 😊