A day at the Cathay


How do you make an ordinary day of window shopping fun?

You bring a camera and a crazy friend!

Introducing: Nanny Wen (more commonly known as Davienne), my partner-in-crime for crazy adventures!

Nanny Wen aka Davienne

I suppose she doesn’t need an introduction; you all know her already. What she really needs is a slap because she’s always losing things, but that’s for another discussion.

Today, we shall discuss having fun! Specifically, having fun at the Cathay, a very fun place to be at!

(You know it’s reeeeally fun because I used the word three times in one breath!)

First, a stopover at Ben&Jerry’s for some energy food.


Nom nom nom…

Nanny Wen aka Davienne

I like how Ben&Jerry’s has live performances. No one was performing when we were there cos I think they only have it at night, so I asked the Ben&Jerry’s staff for permission to fool around with the stage equipment and take photos!


Since yonks ago, the Cathay has had the reputation of being a cinema pioneer. Well, it still is, of course, but it is also a shopping mall today, and one with lots of cool shops!

For example, I was immediately attracted to this awesome shop called forest n trees.

forest n trees

It has designer knick-knacks (great for gifting, I think) and a little nail salon right behind this impressive wall that makes up half the shopfront.

I didn’t take photos of the salon cos there were customers having their nails done and I think it’s not polite to take photos of people when they’re having their nails done, lol.

So, Wen and I, after gawking at the merchandise, posed for a self-timered shot. I had to prop my camera on the arm of that red sofa you see in the above picture!

forest n trees

I suppose the angle is a bit weird but you can’t have too perfect shots when you’re attempting to snap and be in your own photos at the same time.

I gave Wen a tough job after this: Photographing me in a dance studio!

It’s tough because there are mirrors all over the place and the photographer has to avoid having his/her own reflection caught. Haha.


Well, I think she did a decent job, anyway.

We had popped by at Jitterbugs for a visit. It’s such a cool, glam-looking place. Makes me wanna sign up for classes!


I’m thinking pole dancing. I really want to learn that! I know some people have bad impressions of it. But, hey, it’s a dance, an artistic expression, a form of exercise. It’s what you do with it that should matter, and not what has been done with it. Fire has killed people so are you going to say that fire is bad?

Moving on!

The Cathay

Nanny Wen fancies herself as some kind of journalistic photographer so she was, like, trying to take “behind-the-scenes” photos of me walking and stuff. Haha.

The Cathay


That’s why I enjoy hanging out with her. She does the cutest things!

I dragged her next to Black Alice, located in a more obscure area on the 4th floor of the Cathay. It’s a Lolita shop. My favourite kind of fashion!

A photo with the shop assistant, who was very friendly and accommodating.

Black Alice

She urged me to try on some of the dresses and take some photos but I had to decline because I was having a bad hair day and felt it wouldn’t do justice to the Lolita clothes.

But we tried on some head bands!

Black Alice

Black Alice

It was quite fun. I didn’t want to leave the shop!

But we had to leave eventually because I wanted to get some gaming done at E2MAX.


E2MAX was fun because Nanny Wen is a gamer like me. At E2MAX, you can enjoy PC and console gaming, as well as UFO catchers!

Gazing yearningly at giant Stitch:


Nanny Wen posing instead of playing. She’s very good at dropping whatever she’s doing to smile at the camera:


There’s also a bar that serves refreshments, and a cosy curtained corner for a bit of privacy.


I tried to do another self-timered shot with Wen, propping my camera on the TV.

At the last minute, I saw from the reflection on the TV that she had covered her face with a cushion, which made me laugh.


So I had to run off to set the timer again and, this time, I forcibly removed the cushion from her hands, the result of which is her pouty face.


Silly girl!

Anyway, that’s a lot of fun for one day!

If you find yourself having nothing to do one day, why not grab some friends and head down to the Cathay for some mad fun? (If you want to act crazy and take photos in people’s shops, please ask for permission first.)

You can plan your itinerary for the day by checking out the Cathay website, which shows you what shops there are and what promotions or events are on.

The Cathay

The shops are conveniently labelled by level or by category (Fashion & Beauty, Food & Beverage, Lifestyle, Entertainment & Leisure, Services and Others).

As you can see, quite a lot of stuff can be done there. Two events coming up soon!

The Cathay

As is trendy nowadays, the Cathay is now on Facebook! Join as a fan to receive the latest updates on promotions and events, as well as take part in mini contests.

The Cathay

We stayed there till late at night, and then Nanny Wen had to go back to the office to work. CRAZY GIRL.

The Cathay

Guess who’s that posing crazily in front of the building?

No prizes for guessing correctly. But go join The Cathay Facebook Fan Page and you might win something in the next contest! =)

6 thoughts on “A day at the Cathay

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    @Sheylara: A well-crafted piece, and a lovely outfit to boot (pun intended)!:D This new place looks nothing like what I remembered as a teen. Time for another family outing:)

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    My father used to bring me to Cathay to watch action movies when I was young. Sadly, it is too far away from the rest of orchard that it is slowly being ignored and over taken by the bigger and newer shopping malls.

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    @RN1209 – Thanks! :)

    @tiger4 – I’m sure that area will be continually developed so it’s going to get better! ;)

    @stomry – firstly, cathay is cathay and not cat hay. secondly, even if there really were a place where a cat lays in hay, why wouldn’t I want to go? it sounds cute! :P

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