Beauty World Centre
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Beauty World Centre is a commercial property located in 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road in district D21. This commercial space is primarily used for Office rental and sale. This Office space is 0.11 km away from Beauty World MRT Station (U/C 2015).
Having a Macdonalds outlet there is extremely convenient because other foods are not easily available at this place at all times of the day. However, it is notable that the Oishi bread shop in the fourth level is quite nice too. Having patronized them for mid-class snacks, I have to say that the bread there is affordable and satisfying.
Also, the hawker centre located on the fourth floor is often filled with people, which can only suggest its popularity with the locals in the vicinity. I had the well-known Xiao long bao there once, and finally understood all the rage about it. It is one of the cheapest and tastiest Xiao long bald I've had in Singapore.
In all, although Beuaty world might be a run downed building, with less than acceptable toilets, it is a good place to go to once in awhile, especially for meals!
Recently, I went back to the mall and cannot recall anything from my childhood visits. The mall looked so old from the outside that one may have thought the mall was no longer open for business. There was also not one shop in the mall that could be considered an anchor tenant. Most shopping malls now have a few anchor tenants, these will be the shop that will help to draw the shoppers to the mall.
Based on my last visit there, I was surprised that the mall can still survive. There must be more shop keepers than shoppers in the whole mall. May be it is time for this mall to be like Ten Miles Junction, to do a total face lift.
That was what i used to tell my parents whenever they suggested spending a weekend evening there. For me then and now, it is totally boring with nothing trendy or interesting to fascinate me, not even their food. It's practically empty at night with all the shops closed. Perhaps the construction of the MRT tracks worsen the mall's business.But well, i certainly wasn't pleased to spend another boring night again.
My parents liked there for its calmness and serenity, there was no hustle and bustle no pushing, nothing. Just old, simple, nostalgia and quietness. They told me that in the past, this mall was like our "Orchard Road", where they often frequented to do some shopping, THE place to go last time. As for now...let's wait till they do a revamp.
There is nothing interesting there and thus, there's really no reason why one should visit Beauty World unless you're there for a game with your friends.
It is rather dark indoors and at night it can seem a bit shady. I tend to avoid that area at night as people like to hang around the stairs drinking beer. I usually go there to use the POSB atm whenever I'm in that area.
I think that one would only visit this shopping centre if you had a specific product or service you needed to buy, otherwise you would not be missing out if you did not stop by.
I have come to realize that most shopping centers are saved by the grace of McDonald's. Say what you want about this unhealthy giant but this place brings a mall back to life again.
Beauty World was just a place near my usual billiard spot and that's all I'll ever remember it for, if not for the Mac's. I grew to like studying there and would often order a pack of fries then spend the rest of the day trying to figure out my engineering notes.
There is a billiard place on the top floor but it's constantly filled with teenagers of the worst kind so stay away and go to Mambo, just a walking distance away. The clothes here are nothing too much so don't expect the world.
I have been to Beauty World several times (3-4 times a year) and each time I go there, I never fail to spot the SALE tag in most of the shops. The ones spotting brightly colored signs include shops selling clothes, bags and books. The shopkeepers/salespeople are very active and alert too. The minute you walk past their shop, they would be out inviting you to come in take a look, convincing you of their good discounts and how they suit your needs. Personally, it is awkward as such similar shops are usually very near to each other and I would feel bad rejecting either one of them on that spot. Still as a customer, you could reject courteously anytime.
For those who love flowers, there is a flower stall at level 2, manned by an uncle and an auntie. They really have many types of flowers, from plastic ones to silky ones which are attractive for decorations. If you’re planning to buy a real plant, rest assured as the florist would expertly tell you how to maintain that specific plant, such as the environment it needs to be exposed to, the number of times to water it, as well as the type of soil you would need. Otherwise, you could simply grab the fake-flowers for 3 for $10, a very cheap bargain for most of us.
In short, there beauty world still has its ‘inner beauty’ to count on!
Many patrons come for the Char Kway Teow (so do I). Located at level 4, it only costs S$2.50. For extra cockles, an addition of S$0.50. It's moist but not overly greasy. The cockles are fresh and large. Best of all, it's served in a generous portion. It's quite unhealthy but hey, life is short. It's alright to enjoy it once in a while.
Secondly, the bookstore! It deals with adult, teenage fiction and second hand books. I also noticed some old copies of National Geographic. The thing is it's best to buy rather than sell your unwanted books. I sold mine for only $$5. Despite that it's new and in a mint condition. Thankfully, they have a huge range of books, which makes it all better. Most books are cheaper by S$3-S$4 compared to POPULAR and other major bookstores. Sure, it's used, but they're pretty new. No torn covers or pages.
Back to the mall, there are some fallbacks. The department store sells outdated and unappealing apparels. The toilets are old and dirty. Oddly enough, they don't smell. I guess the cleaners use a lot of air fresheners.
Other than that, there's also MacDonald's, Watsons, shop n save and a scrapbooking shop. The rest are mainly renovation, agency and enrichment centres.
This is not for everyone. You have been warned.