Hong Kong Steals.

I just got back from Hong Kong last night.  I was so tired that I was asleep the entire day today! So I’m only writing about my trip this late in the evening. =)

This post will only showcase the things I bought for myself.  I will make a separate post about the places my boyfriend and I went to later on.

When I was planning this trip, my goal was to go to places that I have never explored before… and that I am not going to shop for clothes – to which my friends all said, “I don’t believe you!”  I should have made a bet and made so much money when I got back! Hahaha

Anyways, here are the things I bought for myself.  If there are clothing, it was purely coincidental! haha Having a limited budget was a good thing.  I learned to buy smart. :)

On our first day, the agenda was to go to Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei to see the stores that sell cookware and bakeware items.  We entered at least 15 stores, but I was only interested to buy stuff for baking.  Among others, I only bought stuff from I Love Cake.  I have read about this store from different blog sites and it was the cleanest and most organized store we went into.  The attendant (or probably the owner) was very nice, too!  This will be on my list of places to visit again when I go back to Hong Kong.

I Love Cake

I Love Cake is located at 338 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. There is also a branch in Wanchai.

I Love Cake Stuff

Clockwise from left: Green Tea Powder, Cookie Cutters, Cookie Stamper, Popsicle Molds

These were the things I bought:

  1. Green Tea Powder (Matcha)  HKD 9.00 – I know this can be bought locally, but I just like to try it out! :)
  2. Cookie Cutters:
    • Crown HKD 15.00 – This was just so adorbs!  I couldn’t pass up.
    • Dog Bone & Dolphin HKD 5.00 each - My dog bone cookie cutter was too big and I haven’t seen one locally that’s not part of a set so this was a no brainer!  The dolphin was an impulse buy!  
  3. Cookie Stamper HKD 108.00 - The night before I left Manila, I saw a post on Instagram of a cookie that had words stamped on it.  I was thinking how that was made.  I guess God answered the question when he lead me to this item! Hahaha  I can’t wait to try this out.  This came with a square cookie cutter, too!
  4. Popsicle Molds HKD 20.00 each – I have adored the molds I see in Howards, but they were too expensive.  When I saw this, I wasn’t going to let it go!  Homemade popsicles will be a staple at my house!

We strolled along nearby streets for more goodies, but I was happy with what I had.  That day ended with a smile on my face!

Perfume

Left to Right: Screw Brush, Eyebrow Brush, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavander Perfume

In Hong Kong, Sa Sa is well-known.  There is one in every corner, sometimes just there’s two in one block!  In 2013, I was able to buy an Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavander perfume for less than a thousand pesos.  That perfume was being sold here for at least Php 2,500. I bought 2 at that time, one for me and the other for my friend, May.  I messaged her before I left for Hong Kong if she wanted anything and that’s what she requested for again!

We probably went to more than 15 different Sa Sa stores, but I only found this in their branch at Windsor House, Causeway Bay.  One of the attendants checked and this was sold out on ALL Sa Sa stores in Causeway Bay.  Luckily, there were two left!  So my friend gets one, too!  Actually, I didn’t need one since the one I bought last year was still three-fourths full.  But now, I have an excuse to use it more frequently! Hehehe  By the way, the perfume costs only HKD 108.00.  That’s only Php 605.00!

Moving on…  I was looking for an eyebrow brush among the numerous selections/brands they offer.  But I saw something that caught my attention more!  It’s the Screw Brush!  I’ve been looking for one locally, but it’s not offered as an individual item.  The only way to get it is by buying an entire set of brushes, which I didn’t need.  This brush is basically the same as the brush on a mascara, but it is hard to fix that clumped up eyelashes with a brush full of mascara on it, right?!  I tried this out the next day as I was applying my make up — worked like a charm!  The two brushes costs HKD 15.00 each.  Did I mention I bought three screw brushes! Haha

H&M Jacket

H&M Neon Pink Jacket

On our last night in Hong Kong, although we were extremely tired from an entire day at Ocean Park, we decided to go to H&M at Langham Place.  This was only a few blocks away from our hostel and we won’t be able to go to any other branch because the agenda for the next day is going to Citygate Outlets before heading to the airport.  Again, I wasn’t planning on shopping for clothes, but a trip to Hong Kong is not complete without visiting H&M!  I looked around and nothing really appealed to me.  However, when I went to the jacket section… that’s a different story!  I was drawn to this Neon Pink Jacket.  I consulted Don if I should buy it and he approved! This costs HKD 179.00.

H&M Black Shorts

H&M Shorts with Knitted Details on the sides

My boyfriend was looking for something to buy for his sister and as we were debating on different blouses, I saw these shorts!  The details on the sides are amazing!  Bought this for HKD 149.00.  These were the only clothing I bought for myself on this trip.  And I am not even sad about it! =P

Giordano Socks

Giordano socks: 6 for HKD 99

Citygate Outlet Stores are my go-to places to shop.  Why?  They are always on sale!  I actually only buy from Giordano and Esprit; Nike for sneakers; and Quicksilver for shirts for my brother.  But it doesn’t hurt to browse through other stores.  If something appeals to me, then I will consider buying.

Earlier this month, a friend of mine went to Hong Kong, and the only “pasalubong” I asked for were socks from Giordano.  They’re always on sale and you buy them in bulk [e.g. 8 pcs. for $100].  She texted me when she went to Giordano and said that they didn’t have the socks I wanted.  I thought that was weird since they always have this, but what could I do?!  I have been buying these socks for the past 2 consecutive years.  This was the highlight of my visits to Giordano!  The designs change each year, but they come in different colours.  This year the promo was Buy 6 for $99.  I bought 12 pieces and gave the two to my friends.  Total spend: HKD 198.00.  Cute, right?!

After Citygate Outlets, we went straight to the airport – to checkin early, look at duty free shops, and possibly rest before the flight.  We were there pretty early so we were not in a rush.  At this time, my boyfriend is still looking for something to give to his mom – and he was getting desperate.  I don’t like shopping at the airport because they are way too expensive – but this changed my view about airport shopping!

Zara Bag

Zara Navy Blue Bag

Don went inside the liquor and cigarette shop to buy imported cigarettes to give to his colleagues and across that was Zara.  I told him that I’d go inside to look.  I browsed through their racks of blouses and shirts, basically with Don’s mom in mind.  I found a few that I’d suggest to Don when he’s done at the other shop.  Meanwhile, I went to the bags section and saw one that I liked, but it was for HKD 399.00.  I saw Don come inside the store so I decided to meet him to show him what I found.  As I was leaving the bags section, one of the salesperson added two Navy Blue Bags to the display and I thought I’d just go back to look at them later on.

Don and I looked at the blouses I saw, but he said they were too expensive.  I was going to show him the bag I wanted to get his opinion before we leave the store and to also look at the “new” bags on the display.  I was drawn to one of the Navy Blue bags, which had a Black counterpart.  When I looked at the price of the Navy Blue one, it only costs HKD 149.00!  The black one costs double that.  So I wondered why.  I inspected the bag and saw some discoloration on the strap – barely noticeable really – because it was dark grey. Not sure what caused the discoloration, but it was there.  Needless to say, I bought this bag!  Don saw a bag he wanted for his mom, which was on sale for HKD 199.00!  Finally.

That concludes all my buys for this trip – for myself that is.  The things I bought for my friends and family are a different story!  I probably spent more for them than for myself!

Movie Review: Begin Again.

Date night just ended.

My boyfriend and I watched this movie to cap off the night.  I have been wanting to see this since last week when it came out, but there are only limited malls that shows this movie because it’s competing with Transformers: Age of Extinction (still), The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Step Up All In.

Anyway, I seriously enjoyed the movie and I can’t wait for rave about it! …Even if it’s 1:12 am!

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  • Movie: Begin Again
  • Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Begin Again is about Dan (Ruffalo), a record executive who’s drowning his sorrows with alcohol and seriously effin’ his career and Greta (Knightley), a singer-songwriter, who followed her musician boyfriend (Levine) to New York at the beginning of his career, but ended up heartbroken.  Dan heard Greta sing in a pub and discovers a star.

I am a big romantic-comedy film fan.  That’s 90% of what I watch in theatres.  But this one hits the spot.  Maybe because there’s a lot of singing involved or maybe because Adam Levine was in it! Hahaha  He’s such a god!  =P

The first 10 minutes of the movie, in which a scene was replayed three times in different perspectives, was becoming irritating (I think I’ve had it after watching Edge of Tomorrow!), but I realized doing that was significant for the people to understand where each character’s coming from at that time.

It was brilliant how they created an entire album with no money, but with so much love for music that everything just fell into place.  Whether they are recording under a bridge, the back alley, or in the subway, the city sounds plus the melody just fuses together in perfect harmony.

And did I mention Adam Levine was in it!?!!  Oh that voice! And that face! =P

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To finish this off, I think I will be watching this movie again in a few days… this time with one of my best friends!  She desperately wants to see this movie and I couldn’t say no. Hahaha

…And I’m downloading the soundtrack the same time I started writing this post.  Should be done soon. Internet’s a tad slow tonight.

Good night! xo

P.S.  All photos are taken from Google. =)

CLN.

A few weeks back, I needed to buy a pair of shoes to go along with the dress for my friend’s wedding.  I am not a big fan of high heels because I’m such a klutz!  But I have to suck it up since I am one of the secondary sponsors!

In search of the plain black stilettos, my first stop was Payless Shoe Source.  I found one that I liked, but they didn’t have my size.  So I went to the department store to have a larger choice in terms of brand and style, but I left disappointed.

So I went around again and came across CLN or Celine.  I found a 4-inch, peep toe pair. I thought, “Yeah, this is it.  I’m done.  I can go home now.”  When I went up to the counter to pay, the salesperson told me they were on sale and that a second pair is 50% off.  Who would pass up on a sale?! Hahaha  So I went to the other side of the store where all the sale items are.

After trying on probably 10 pairs of shoes, I decided to buy a peep toe flats.  I actually liked the other color, but they didn’t have my size – as usual!  That’s the most frustrating part of being a size 7!  Stocks are, more often than not, sold out. This originally costs Php 599.00, but I only paid Php 299.50!  Not to mention, it’s really comfortable to wear!  Real bargain!

Oh! And also, I got a Php 100 gift certificate for my next purchase!  Who could ask for more?! ;)

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CLN’s Pamela Peep Toe Flats in Green

Fifth Avenue Fuchsia.

If you’ve been following my blog from the start, you’d know I was in search for that “right shade of pink” lipstick.  And yes, I found it after acquiring 20-something different lipsticks!  There were almosts, but the ultimate one is  Maybelline’s Fifth Avenue Fuchsia. I’m not a big fan of shiny/glossy lipsticks, so this was really perfect because it was matte.

It was an innocent stroll in the mall.  I wasn’t even planning on buying anything.  But one glance at the sample display and it caught my eye!  Just like that, it was love at first sight! =P  Needless to say, I used this more than any other lipstick that I have.  And honestly, I might need a new one soon!

photo taken from Ulta.com

photo taken from Ulta.com

 

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Instax Mini 8 Bag.

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I recently ordered an Instax Mini 8 Bag from a retailer on Instagram, @INSTAXTIC. I’ve  been looking for one since I bought my camera in November 2013.  And I’m really glad I waited this long!  Not only was the seller very nice, but I got a good deal also.  Some of the bags I’ve inquired about costs more. I also bought 2 of the Pandora films to add to my collection.


Costs:

  • Bag                     – Php 850.00
  • Pandora Films – Php 840.00 (Php 420.00 each)
  • Shipping Fee    – Php  60.00

Let me talk about this bag further and why I loved it so much.

First of all, it has a cute design inside – the white accent color in the middle makes it chic!  I only saw solid colors from other sellers – boring! hehe It has an adjustable and detachable  strap/sling.  Plus, the camera is snug inside the bag – a perfect fit!

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Next, the flap/cover is detachable.  That means you don’t have to remove the camera from the bag to be able to shoot photos!  Just snap the rivets back onto place to secure the camera again.

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These are my growing collection of Instax films.  Aside from the Pandora one, I bought the rest in Bangkok last March.  Finding this seller on Instagram is a blessing!  Now I don’t have to go far to buy some cool and affordable films!

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If you want affordable Instax cameras, accessories and films, you may contact @INSTAXTIC through the following channels:

Again, thanks @instaxtic for the fast and smooth transaction.  I certainly would buy more stuff from your online store again!

From Laguna to Tagaytay.

I really need to start blogging real-time! Lately all I ever want to do is relax. Bum out. Just lie on my bed and let time pass. Haha

Anyway, school’s over. We had our repertoire (finals) on June 17th. After being extremely busy for 2 weeks preparing for that, my classmates planned to have a much-needed vacation. The rainy season has just started, but everyone’s still craving for some sun. I myself wasn’t able to go to the beach because of school. I like going to the beach off-season anyway.

I’m getting off track.

So the plan was to go to Pansol, Laguna, rent a private resort, drink booze, eat and bond. There were only 9 of us who showed up and with one tiny car. Okay, not tiny, but it wouldn’t fit all of us! We agreed on taking the bus. But then it started to rain! After some debate, we decided to cramp inside that tiny car! Kate, the owner, wasn’t too happy with that, but she didn’t have a choice. Technically, there’s only 8 of us, since the other one will just follow.

So the adventure began. There were 5 of us crowded at the back seat of this tiny sedan; 2 seated on the passenger side. Nevertheless, it was fun!

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L-R: Darla, Me, Bea, Yelle, JR Below L-R: JM, Larra, Kate ***Taken from Larra’s Instagram

We arrived in Pansol around 3pm and the search for the right resort started! Another dilemma!!! After looking at 5-6 resorts, we were directed to this amazing resort that felt like it’s away from the city, had a huge space, and that we could stay until noon the next day. Usually you can only rent a resort for 12 hours and you have to check out by 7 or 8am the next day. After haggling, we agreed on Php 6000 for the stay and we’re only renting one big room.

Isabela Hotspring Resort
B2, L10 Lazaro Subdivision, Villa Lagos, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna
0927-4816404
http://www.facebook.com/IsabelaResort

This three-storey resort offers not only a swimming pool, but also some recreational stuff such as pool table, table tennis, a functioning TV, a fantastic view, a kitchen and grilling area, a refrigerator, a karaoke machine, and three air-conditioned room. Plus, the care takers were very kind and accommodating.

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View from our room.

While we got settled in, others decided to buy food from the nearby market for food to cook for dinner.

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Boodle Fight!!! Dinner is served. Clockwise from Top Right: Kim, Chef Nat, Kate, Bea, Jr, JM, Yelle, Me, Larra, and Darla

Chef Nat and her friend, Kim, also joined us, but they won’t be staying over night.  Dinner was simple.  No need for cutleries!  Thanks to JR and JM for preparing and cooking our meal!

Ianne arrived after dinner. Now, we’re complete!

After dinner, I decided to take a swim. The warm water was really relaxing. And you don’t have to worry about getting cold at all, even when you get out of the pool. The weather was just the right coolness.

We played card games, sang (a lot!), drank more booze and most importantly, talked, shared stories and bonded.

The night ended roughly around 2:30am.

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The next day, we were woken by JR (who got drunk first and slept really early. Read: 9:30pm. And yes, he’s the one passed out on the floor in the photo above). He bought and cooked breakfast for everybody. Actually, him getting drunk was a blessing! Otherwise, nobody would bother to cook breakfast! Haha

After breakfast, we went back to the room, tried sleeping again! We agreed to go to Tagaytay for lunch and will stay at Ianne’s house nearby to pass time before going back to the city.

Luckily, JR’s girlfriend will pick him up so we didn’t have to cramp inside Kate’s car!

We ate at LZM in Magallanes Square because everyone’s craving for some Bulalo. After that sumptuous lunch, we went to Starbucks, just right across the street. Waited for Chef Nat who will be joining us again!

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Lunch at LZM

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Starbucks!

Had an exciting chat while having coffee and took some crazy photos while waiting for Chef Nat.  By the way, thanks to my monopod with Bluetooth remote!  It was the easiest group photos we’ve taken!  No need to ask someone else to take our pictures!

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We headed to Ianne’s for an afternoon nap. Lol

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Going home, we had 2 cars available so we weren’t cramped inside Kate’s car anymore. I rode with Kate along with Ianne, Yelle and Larra. The others rode with Chef Nat. JR and his girlfriend left earlier to go to Batangas.

We left Tagaytay at 6pm and traffic on the highway was terrible! We had to amuse ourselves to (somewhat) forget that we were tired and really eager to go home. After a 4-hour drive, I finally got home at exactly 10pm!

It was truly an adventure. I would be missing these people now that class is over. And although there were only 9 of us there, I had a blast! :)