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Most expensive: By Kim Robhinson at Le Salon Mis, Ngee Ann City, $638 per cut
TALK about exclusivity.
Even if you have the money, the only way you
can get hairstylist Kim Robinson to work his magic
on you is if you fly to his Hong Kong salon.
Or you can wait till he flies to Singapore,
where he stays two or three days in a month.
Though he charges $638 for a basic cut (cut, wash and blow) at Le Salon, his posh Ngee Ann City salon here, he doesn't entertain new clients.
Before Mr Robinson - who coyly said he's 'pushing 50' - decided his schedule doesn't permit the extra time first-timers require, Le Salon used to charge new clients a whopping $1,280.
The maestro told The New Paper on Sunday: 'It takes time to know someone's hair. I'm a bit 'conservative' about cutting too much hair at one go so I may let them get used to the length then see what we can do the second session.'
But isn't $638 a little, well, high? After all, it's almost $400 higher than what local celebrity hairstylist David Gan charges at his salon, Passion. 'Firstly, I'm not local,' said Mr Robinson.
'I've over 30 years of experience and what
I charge is equal to my peers in New York... A Christian Dior dress costs a fortune! Do you ask John Galliano why he charges so much?'
The cheapest:$6 (for men only) at Salon Selection, Woodlands Centre, Blk 1A
From $8 for a haircut, this 28-year-old salon has actually dropped the price over the years to $6, because the 'economy wasn't good' said
owner Mr Ang Choon Seng, 53. So cheap
are his haircuts he gets many regular
Most expensive: Au Jardin Les Amis Cheif's Menu at $150++, Golden Peony $200++ customised menu
For $150++, you can tuck into the seven-course Chef's Menu at swanky French restaurant Au Jardin Les Amis, that swanky French restaurant.
A restaurant spokesman said: 'The Chef's Menu is for for guests who come in and say money is not a problem.
'The typical guests are the super-rich who have dined in cities like New York, Tokyo and San Sebastian. So they're in tune with global food trends.'
Au Jardin also offers a private dining room with an unobstructed view of the kitchen.
Dishes in the Chef's Menu include foie gras, caviar and expensive cuts of Wagyu beef from Australia.
Over at Inagiku in Swissotel The Stamford, you can savour the Japanese restaurant's premium teppanyaki set for $200, while $200++ at Chinese restaurant at Golden Peony in Conrad Hotel gives you the culinary works: Superior shark's fin soup, Canadian bass baked with vanilla sauce, lobster baked with superior stock, and sauteed scallops with macadamia nuts.
The cheapest: The French Stall $13,80 set meal, FAtty Ox Hong Kong Roast Duck's $5 lunch
The French Stall, with outlets in Serangoon Road and Sembawang, offers the cheapest French fare.
At $13.80, customers get dory, pork chops, chicken legs, a soup of the day and a slice of chocolate cake.
For $9.90 at Suki Ramen in Cineleisure Orchard, customers can order any ramen dish, side dish and a drink.
For a $5 Chinese meal, visit Fatty Ox Hong Kong Roast Duck at Murray Street in Chinatown. The restaurant is known for its duck rice, claypot dishes and soups.
The cheapest: $1.95 Super Digital watch from Polar, Woodlands Centre
Business at this store near the Causeway was so good that the shop owner told us he didn't need us to promote his bargains.
Selling everything from batteries to bags, Polar's watches - which range
from $1.95 to $9.90 -
come mainly from China
and Hong Kong.
Instead of displaying numbers, the $1.95 Super digital watch tells time via a digital clockface.
Most expensive: Franck Muller Evolution 3.1, $1.47 million from Sincere Watch Limited
Just what goes into keeping perfect time? Something called the Triaxial Tourbillon. The Tourbillion - which ensures gravity does not affect the speed of any component - and two other axes (thus the 'triaxial') all move together.
The first frame takes an hour to complete a revolution, the second frame (driven by the first) takes eight minutes and the tourbillion (driven by the second frame) takes 60 seconds.
This intricate science ensures the Swiss watch keeps perfect time.
A hand sewn alligator skin strap, a platinum 950 or 18 carat gold casing and 40 jewels complete this posh timepiece for the very well-heeled.
The Swiss made Evolution 3.1 is only available via special orders so no, you can't gawk at it at Sincere's stores.
The cheapest: $164 for an assembled set at Chun Sheng Trading Enterprise, Sim Lim Square
Thank China's low labour cost. Chinese brand Eco's 5.1 desktop theatre ($79) and Singaporean brand Akira's DVD player ($85), are both made in China.
Most expensive assembled set: Accyphase/Denon/Bowers & Wilkin, $150,000, from Atlas Hi-Fi, Plaza Singapure
Just the control centre unit includes:
A Denon CD player; and an Accuphase control centre unit, stereo power amplifier and 6-channel Power Amplifier.
The Bowers & Wilkins speakers are a pair of stereo speakers; a pair of surround speakers; a Centre Channel speaker
and a subwoofer.
Then there's the six KimberKable interconnect cables ($2,000 each).
Their silver ends promise to reduce
signal distortion and noise.
Most expensive: Christian Dior's Detective Medium Zip Croco costing $29,890
Fully made of crocodile skin, this bag is a limited edition and comes in only one colour - fuchsia pink.
Christian Dior made only 100 Zip Croco bags for its stores worldwide and two of these have been sold in Singapore since September.
How to justify the high price tag? Besides the prestige of the brand, there's a revolutionary new dying process - the first time it's been done on croco skin - and all the bags are painstakingly sewn together and assembled.
Inside of each bag also is a Dior plate which bears a serial number, a testament to its exclusivity.
'It cost them about RM10 to get a haircut which doesn't have a big difference from my price,' said Mr Ang.
The cheapestL $1.05 onwards at ValuDollar
Bowling bags, beach bags, tote bags... you name it, they have it here at ValuDollar's Toa Payoh Central branch.
The bags, costing between $1.05 and $5.05, are popular with young teenagers. How do they keep prices so cheap?
Most expensive: Ardmore Park: Units cost between $4.2 and $5 million
IT went on the market in 1996, but Ardmore Park condominium continues to house some of Singapore's priciest apartments.
Located near Orchard Road, the luxury apartments go for $1,400 psf to
Early this year, a
2,885 sq ft apartment on the 21st level was sold for a cool $5 million.
And famous neighbours like former beauty queen Teo Ser Lee add to the attraction.
Prime area, full facilities, and of course, prestige all add to the hefty price tag.
The cheapest: $33,500 for a unit at Parkview
ACCORDING to Knight Frank research director Mr Nicolas Mak, a 936 sq ft unit in Parkview condominium at Bukit Batok Street 25, sold for $33,500 early this year. He said he was a bit suspicious of the low price and added: 'The cheaper condominiums tend to be small and are located in non-prime locations.'