Stretching almost 2km, Singapore’s Thomson Road is named after John Turnbull Thomson, a British civil engineer who was responsible for building many roads that led out of Singapore’s city centre (we were known back then as part of the Straits Settlements) between 1841 to 1853.
The Finder decided to take a walk through Thomson Road to check out all the various sights, and more!
I was quite stunned by the variety of plants available for purchase here. Their extensive collection includes little pots of succulents and cacti, kitchen herbs, potted orchirds and even trees! You can also find pots, gardening equipment and glassware here.
I was quite tempted to purchase an orchid for myself – they have an entire chilled cultivation room (pictured) just for these beautiful orchids, but decided against because of my severe lack of green fingers. But if you’re unlike me, this is your place to buy some blooms!
5 Joan Rd, Singapore 298898
NEXT: Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped →
You can actually get a massage here from one of the in-house masseurs who are Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) certified (Only $12 for a 20-minute foot reflexology massage!).
Or, Dining in the Dark is a unique global movement to educate the public on the challenges faced by the visually handicapped in their everyday lives. Enjoy a 3-course meal in utter darkness; specially trained waters from the SAVB will guide you through eating without your sight.
47 Toa Payoh Rise, Singapore 298104
NEXT: Singapore Polo Club →
Here, you can wine and dine on local and Western dishes (under $20) at The Verandah while watching any ongoing polo matches of the day. Note: It is open to the public on weekdays only.
80 Mount Pleasant Rd, Singapore 298334
NEXT: Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home →
Initially, Madam Lee Ah Mooi started out the nursing home in the 1960s to take care of the Samsui women and Ah Mahs. They worked hard to contribute to Singapore’s development, but took vows to never marry, and needed someone to take care of them once age caught up with them.
Today, the home helps to fill a surging need for elderly care in Singapore due to the ageing population. Volunteer and mingle with the residents who will appreciate a friendly company to chat or take leisurely strolls with. You might hear of interesting stories of Singapore’s past, too. Otherwise, donations are welcome as well!
1 Thomson Ln, Singapore 297728
NEXT: NA Nature Aquarium →
Fancy a goldfish for your home? Or maybe, you just want to ogle at the little fishies and turtles they have here. Whatever the reason, Na Nature Aquarium is a great place to begin if you’ve just started to appreciate fish, or keep them as pets. This no-nonsense, no-frills store will have what you need to get started, at a good price.
#01-340 Balestier Hill Shopping Centre, 1 Thomson Rd, Singapore 300001
NEXT: TEF Bikers Junction →
TEF Bikers Junction is an all-service stop for all your cycling needs – anything from picking out a new bike and maintaining it to snazzing up your current bike with new accessories.
Tip for cycling on the Singapore Roads: Although there aren’t many designated bicycle lanes, cycling in Singapore can be relatively safe if you keep to the edge of the road and follow the safety rules. Use hand signals, and be extra alert at road junctions – these are the accident-prone areas!
#01-332, Balestier Hill Shopping Centre, 1A Thomson Rd, Singapore 301001
NEXT: The Sewing Shoppe →
If you cling on to the old ways, you might want to get your measurements done for a new suit or dress here. Choose from a wide range of fabrics, buttons, embellishments and more. Alternatively, if you scored a great pair of denim but it didn’t have quite the right length or width, you can have them altered to fit you perfectly.
The friendly staff at The Sewing Shoppe tells us that they receive quite a number of expat customers.
318 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307662
NEXT: The Lychee Tree on Mount Rosie Road →
Lychee trees are slow-growing, evergreen trees native to this region. Gazetted as a heritage tree by NParks, this massive lychee tree is 18 metres tall! Veer off into Chancery Lane and walk further into Mount Rosie Road to find this gem of nature.
If you’ve never tried lychee before (how could you?), you’ll usually find them at fruit shops in the summer months between May and June, basically now. Lychees are also commonly found in desserts and beverages. Lychee martini cake, anyone?
NEXT: Saigon Alley →
This traditional pastry takes many a Singaporean back to the good ol’ days. The ones from this 45-year-old confectionary are, dare we say, the best in Singapore – crumbly, decadently buttery pastry encases sweet or savoury green bean filling.
On Saturdays in particular, queues snake all the way to the entrance of the shop, and you’ll see customers walking out with boxes of tau sah piah fresh from the oven. If you want to beat the queue, visit early or during the weekdays.
639 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329922
NEXT: Ji Mei Flower →
By Joshua Tan / Updated by Melodi Ghui, June 2019
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