We popped in to say goodbye to Robinsons, who will shut their doors after 160 years in Singapore.

Growing up, this department store was the place to shop: beautiful displays for fancy clothes, scintillating imported goods, and a toy department that very well could have been Santa’s workshop.

The Great Robinsons Sale was an annual event that saw lines snaking outside the store well before opening time. Loving Husband would brave the crowds and proudly return with our year’s supply of cotton buds (apparently the cheapest place to get them during the sale period), an occasional pillow and new bedlinen (which would have been too expensive without the slashed prices), and a surprise or two.

This past Sunday, we celebrated our 24th Anniversary with a run. Serendipitously outside the store towards the end of the our route, we decided we would go in to bid farewell at the last sale Robinsons would host. We left empty-handed and a little heavy-hearted.

Goodbye, Robinsons! Thank you for the memories.

Photos taken by Loving Husband, except for this one, which I took.

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: History hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent.

36 Replies to “history”

    1. Alison – so sorry for this late response. Just realised this morning that I lost a bunch of notifications.

      Robinsons is truly an institution – we will miss it very much. You’re right though, we may go in with a couple of items on our list, but exit with far more!


  1. Ju-Lyn, what lovely memories of this grand old store … I feel the sad poignant farewell. So many have closed here in the U.K., like you say they are landmarks on our high streets and we will miss them for a long time. I wonder what will replace your Robinsons shop? Btw. I hope you had a lovely anniversary celebration! Next year the silver anniversary! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


    1. Thanks so much, Annika – each year together is very precious; appreciate your cheering for us!

      I can’t imagine how you must feel with so many shops closing. We would have been in London by now and the thought of a bleaker landscape makes me feel sad. Oxford & Regent Streets are just around the corner from my aunt’s home, and I can’t imagine what they must be like now.

      Nevertheless, I hope you will have as cheery a Christmas with your loved ones. Wishing you safe, healthy and merry.

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  2. Aww, it’s really hard to bid farewell to places that has been part of our lives. I’m glad that you’re able to say good bye πŸ’—


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