A Christmas Tree stands in front of Tanglin Mall, at the end of Orchard Road.

It’s been a rainy past few days in Singapore, which is typical weather for the monsoon season in this part of the world, in Southeast-Asia.

Despite the undercurrents of the world financial crisis, the Christmas spirit is nonetheless present here in the Lion City and Orchard Road, which is its main shopping district, is once again lit in an array of designs and colours to mark this Christmas season.

Large flowered chandeliers and a cascade of stringed lights can be found in the circular foyer of Tanglin Mall, which stands at the end of Orcahrd Road, next to Traders Hotel.

It isn’t only the streets that become decked with lights for this festive season but the insides of shopping malls blossom in deep reds and greens.

The Christmas light-up begins at the end of Orchard Road, at Tanglin Mall…

and then intensifies as it reaches Wheelock place, which is about almost 1 km down.

The colour theme along Orchard Road this year seems to be purple and silver. Red hearts hang on street lamps, reminding us of the giving during this season. In other shopping centers, Christmas trees with large golden orbs hanging on them attract attention from both young and old, locals and foreigners alike.

I think people can’t help but feel like shopping, even in this economic downturn.

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