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Greenhills Shopping Haul: Cheap and Cheerful

In relation to my previous post about siopao, I wanted to share with everyone what I bought in GH. Don’t worry, I won’t be doing this everytime I go out and buy something. I just wanted to share with you the awesome bargains I got in Greenhills.

First off, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to GH to shop. Apparently, it’s been getting a face lift. There are new buildings being built and there’s central airconditioning almost everywhere! It makes shopping there so much more fun.

I love buying stuff from GH because you can haggle your way to a reasonable price. You can’t do that in malls. I don’t usually go shopping for myself because I find a lot of things overpriced these days. A shirt shouldn’t cost more than a thousand pesos and shoes shouldn’t exceed 2 thousand.

So, I was really excited to get these two items for such a bargain!

The top was only 150php and the flats were 350php. I couldn’t believe it! So with 500 bucks I was able to buy a cute summer top and a pair of flats for school.

I don’t wear a lot of heels so these flats are so handy. Being from UP means I do a lot of walking during classes so I need a pair of flats to get me through the day. Because of the “rough terrain” and the unpredictable weather in UP, I tend to murder my flats quite often. As such, I don’t want to be buying an expensive pair then end up just ruining them. These P350 flats are perfect. And so comfortable too!

I just love love love the print on this top. I’m going through an Aztec/Tribal print stage right now so this caught me eye. The loose fit is also welcome since I am not, currently, in the best shape of my life. Also, the colors are so summery! All-in-all a great find for P150.

Can’t wait to go back to GH. I kinda lost my mind in the Fabric Warehouse there. Hopefully, I find a good (and cheap) seamstress soon so I can try having some personal designs come to life.

Where are your favorite bargain shopping places?


Melia’s First Bazaar!

Last Dec. 2-3, 2011 I took a deep breath and joined my first ever bazaar! It was the Christmas Wishes Bazaar held in The Bahay ng Alumni organized by U & Ur Events Management Specialists.

Needless to say, there were a lot of bumps and potholes along the way. I wasn’t able to make back my investment, sadly. Also, my supposed booth partner wasn’t able to make it so I had to shoulder their half. I didn’t think it was right to ask for their half if they didn’t use the space, though they offered. I’ll just charge it to experience.

Here’s what our booth looked like all set-up. That’s my boyfriend accompanying me and tirelessly supporting my online shop. He also has his own business. Check out —> DTS Marketing if you’re interested in starting your own foodcart business, looking for real estate or investing in an e-load business.

Day two, we found someone to share our booth with us. With so much space, it seemed a waste to just have it all to ourselves. Here’s our new booth-mate. They were selling cosmetics, bags, clothes, etc. The owner gave me tips on how to go about joining another bazaar. He said that I should sell everything and anything I could in order to get back the rental for the stall and make a profit. I’m noting that down for future endeavors.

Here’s my personal business card. We had them printed ourselves so if you’re looking for affordable and quality business cards, send me an email or comment here 🙂

I got to meet a lot of nice people during the bazaar. The sellers beside me were nice and I even found myself looking forward to the second day just to see them again. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get their contact details 😦

Next time I decide to join a bazaar, I’ll be more aggressive and plan my strategy better. As they say, learn from your mistakes. And while this experience wasn’t as fruitful as I’d hope, it was still a great thing to be part of.

On Our Way Back Home (Don’t forget the ice cream)

Aww our last day in Singapore 😦 Sad sad. There was so many things I wanted to do! If only I could’ve gone exploring on my own. In the morning, we went along orchard road again to do some last minute shopping. We wanted to take the bunso out on a walking tour of Orchard road.

Here we are at Takashimaya Shopping Center. This mall is huge! There are like 3 malls within this one mall. It took up almost a whole block Orchard Rd. My brother and I got a bit tired so we goofed around while the parents went shopping.

I bet everyone who has been to Singapore knows this spot. It’s the basement of Takashimaya. Every time I’ve been here there’s been a huge sale right in this spot. Before, it was children’s toys. Now, it’s bags, shoes and belts – both for men and women.Here’s my cute brother again posing with some of Singapore’s most popular athletes.

On our way back, we headed to Cold Stone and had some before-lunch desserts. I got the apple pie ala mode and my brother made his own combination using chocolate.

The day went by way too quickly and we found ourselves waiting for our ride to the airport. Goodbye Concorde Hotel! While waiting, I got creative (read: crazy) with our camera’s close focus feature. I took photos of everything I could. I even snapped some of my arm where I could see the hairs and the tiny tiny creases. I didn’t post them though, you guys might find it too weird. 😛

Still went with the close focus in the airport. The flower shown above was actually found inside the airport. We got there too early so we had to wait for the counter to open. Below is a picture of the kids lining up way ahead of time, just to make certain we were first. Not to worry, they got paid in McDonald’s.

See all those people? Yup! All pinoys heading home.

After getting in, we quickly found a free (!) leg and foot reflexology massage contraption. I could’ve stayed there the whole time.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. We boarded the plane and left for Manila, sweet Manila.

I hope I can go back to Singapore with my friends or my boyfriend next time. I felt like there was so much more to be seen and done. Time to start saving up I guess 🙂

Zài Jiàn Hong Kong!

Here’s some of the things we did before bidding HK goodbye.

Look at that pool! This was the view from our hotel on the 20th floor. It is by far the largest swimming pool I have ever seen! Too bad I didn’t bring my swimsuit.

So, we started our day on a commute to Ngong Ping for some sight-seeing and shopping. Seeing as I am the group-appointed navigator, I studied the map and lead the way through the MTR station.

We arrived in Ngong Ping (in one piece) and quickly fell in line to ride the cable car to the top of one of their mountains. See those little dots along the greenery? Those are the cable cars.

This is the restaurant we ate at at our destination. We had a plate of duck and soy chicken with a bowl of shrimp wanton. We were supposed to visit the statue of Buddha (seen above) but we were running behind schedule.

Here we are going back down. We rode a crystal bottom car this time. Tres cool!

After the ride we stopped at the Citygate outlet store. It was my first time to enter shops of Diane von Furstenburg, Max Azria, Vivienne Tam and Burberry. Crazy! I didn’t get to buy anything for myself, of course, but it was all good. I promised myself that I’d bring my mom back there someday and get her everything she wants, no questions asked.

We hurried back to our hotel and waited for our pick-up to take us to the airport. Then, we said goodbye to HK and hello to Manila! I’ll definitely come back. Hopefully with me friends next time.

HK Day 2 : Haggardo Versoza!

So, here we have day two of my HK getaway (get away from homework and school haha). Our second day was extra extra tiring since we had to squeeze everything in today. So let me show you a montage of everything we did.

(But first, something I forgot to mention. Hello! Train inside the airport! So cool)

Like the MRT only faster and within the airport.

So, the next pictures are basically what we did all day. From 8:30 am to 1:00 am. (Plus an hour and a half of studying on my part.)

Places we visited: Avenue of the Stars, Victoria Peak (midway only though) and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Not photographed: Hong Kong Jewelry store, Chocolate store (forgot the brand eek! But they gave out free samples like nobody’s business), then after Disneyland was the Women’s Market. Where I finally got to eat my favorite food from Cafe de Corral.

Got some Gong Cha too! The caffeine really woke me up. Good thing too since I still had to do some studying after we got back to the hotel. Hong Kong Gong Cha has a lot more flavors and add-ons than the Gong Cha I visited in SM North Edsa. Tried the seaweed jelly, their form of nata I suppose. Yummy in my tummy. Went home soon after at around 12:30am. Got to the hotel at 1 am with a belly full of tea and bags of new clothes. Might post the awesome things I bought hehe.

Well, that’s it for day 2. Longest day under the hottest sun ever! Day 3 post soon!