Sunday, May 10, 2009

New Shopping@Bugis Iluma

There is a new shopping centre at Bugis! It's the Iluma, right across from Bugis Junction, and next to Bugis Village. It occupied a spot that used to be a community centre, which was later converted to be a carpark. Ok this is somewhat old news, but let me share some of the pictures of Iluma that I took a few weeks back.

Iluma has that interesting exterior with flashing lights of words moving across its facade. Someone told me that the words are actually shop names of the outlets in Iluma. I didn't examine them long enough to verify it. At night the moving lights effect can make the area look more lively.

When I first visited the place, there was a SingTel event, and SingTel brought their Formula One cars for that purpose. Actually I don't think these cars aer such a crowd puller anymore. Oh well, SingTel must have invested enough in them and need to squeeze more value from the cars.

More importantly for me, there is the new cinema at Iluma! So there is now one more option to choose from when great movies come along. The operator is Filmgarde, the same operator for the Kallang Leisure Park cinema. Generally I think their seats and spacing is alright, and the cinemas are well maintained, unlike some places with a hmm weird smell.

During Iluma's opening, Filmgarde actually offered two weeks of $6 tickets everyday! I was hoping to catch some movies at thsi price, but too bad the online booking system always show a full cinema.

Iluma is quite spacious, with many floors of shopping while there is a huge empty space in the centre. I saw Comics Connection, but there are still a large number of empty outlets. I'm over time shops will shift in. Bugis is indeed an attractive place with a constant large crowd.

There is also a floor of restaurants and another half floor of arcade. I am glad there is now more shopping choices around Bugis.

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