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our craziest christmas shopping adventure yet

Last Sunday, Kei announced that we are going to Trinoma. He wanted to check out a Ramen restaurant that his brother recommended, and will (finally) go hunting for Christmas stuff for the home.

Before we headed out, I checked about what events are in Trinoma… apparently there is a mall wide sale -nice, because I thought we could go look for some Christmas ornaments,  and Plains & Prints are having a preview of their holiday collection! Of course I wanted to check it out! 

Off we go to our first stop.

hanamaruken ramen

hanamaruken ramen

Their specialty is pork ramen… although I am not that fond of pork, I am pleased with their ramen! as well as their green tea!

true to their slogan, it is indeed happiness in a bowl

true to their slogan, it is indeed happiness in a bowl

We are sure to be back!

Next we wandered off in search for Plains & Prints. We found it easily enough and true to what I saw online there is a preview shopping for their holiday collection!

preview for the holiday collection

preview shopping for the holiday collection

There were a lot of people inside the store and the fitting room was packed! I saw some dresses that I already saw online. After trying on some dresses. We agreed on one -the Tigerlily dress. It features cap sleeves, a rather structured cut and embroidered lace detail on one side, in a deep red color.

The dress I got. Tigerlily dress.

The dress I got. It has a Cersei Lannister feel to it-not that I am complaining. I am just happy to have it in my size.

I can wear this up to Chinese new year because of the color. While the cashier wraps the dress in the box, Kei jokingly chants “long may she reign” -in reference to game of thrones Cersei Lannister. Such a geek. lols.

one red dress

I got one red dress. Not bad.

Done with Plains& Prints. Since we are off from a good start, we thought going to find Christmas ornaments would be easy. -We are going for red, aqua and white color theme for our tree. 

we are going for this color combination

we are going for this color combination

We looked at TrueValue (they have a sale too) and went out with two boxes of shatterproof ornaments (we got medium sized red and aqua balls) and a string of rice lights.

Next would be looking for the white balls and some smaller red and aqua to add dimension to the tree decor. -Thinking that Landmark Trinoma would have lots of white decor, we trooped to the department store only to find out that there are no more white decor left. Somebody brought all the white decor in bulk. Not one to back down from our chosen color theme, and also to finish our Christmas stuff we thought of going to Landmark Makati. And we really did go. 

After a few mins of traffic, we arrived at SM Makati.  And promptly got distracted by one of our favorite store -Crate and Barrel. They are offering 50% off in their Christmas items. They are so thoughtful to offer that! Of course I have to hunt down the Christmas chandelier I wanted.

Crate and Barrel display at their Megamall branch.

Crate and Barrel display at their Megamall branch. – The first time I saw the ornament chandelier. 

This was the price before.

Since I really like the chandelier, I took this photo hoping that it goes on sale and I can justify getting one.

Since I really like the chandelier,  I took this photo hoping that it goes on sale and I can justify getting one. 

Looks like I got my wish granted. The chandelier’s price went down to below 1k.

Of course I had to have it. But there is a catch. There are only two remaining and both of them are used as store display. Both have their box missing in action. We thought to hell with it, just a box anyway we will just get another box. 

So we got it. Along with a tiny white photo frame ornament that has 2015 engraved on it -since 2015 is our wedding year we could place our wedding photo there.

Kei feels right at home with the soft pillows.

Kei feels right at home with the soft pillows.

And we shopped while seated in the “exhibit” area of Crate and Barrel in the middle of the mall. – So much win! Much thanks Crate and Barrel Makati team! 

After getting the chandelier we went for a quick grocery shopping and left everything at the package counter. So we can get right back to going to Landmark and getting the white and smaller ornaments.

It was while walking to Landmark that we noticed people running. Confused and a bit worried, we got “adopted” by Octagon and let us stay at their store. Apparently fire broke out in Glorietta 3. Causing panic to a lot of shoppers. After a few mins. We were all let out. This was mission abort-our shopping trip has to stop. 

Kei and I calmly walked back to SM Makati, back to Crate&Barrel then to the supermarket package counter to get our stuff and go.

On the way home we stopped by Cash and Carry to have Jollibee for a quick dinner and found a cute striped shirt for Kei- that we got and then we went home.

So yeah. This was by far our craziest shopping trip ever. – I mean we do multiple mall runs on a day but going to multiple malls and having some sort of action drama tops the list. 

the haul excluding the grocery

the haul excluding the grocery items and Kei’s shirt. 

Hopefully this coming weekend we can complete our tree.

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hoodwinked : SM’s Our Home marking up prices before sale

I have told you before that we are looking for house stuff. And that most of our weekends are spent on being in our place, appliance stores and furniture looking.

Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel photos from the internet

Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel photos from the internet

We looked at Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, the international furniture and home stores that are new here in the Philippines. Loving most of their pieces but sadly the budget cannot accommodate our desires so we searched for an alternative that lead us to SM’s Our Home.

Our home photo taken from their Fb page (June 2015)

Our home photo taken from their Fb page (June 2015)

When I tell you that it is an alternative, it really is. See the example below, Looks familiar?

seeing double? both pictures are taken from their facebook page

seeing double? both pictures are taken from their facebook page. 

The difference of course lies in the price, brand and quality. But for a cheaper doppelganger, why not right? Or so we thought then.

So, we came back once or twice a month to check/scout for the furniture/s we like that are within the budget. Measured and listed them down.

Since we got the house sorted out and ready for furniture, we got their quotation just this Oct 4, 2015 (Sunday).

the quotation they gave us-you can see all the items we picked out.

the quotation they gave us – you can see all the items we picked out. (sofa, bed frame and mattress)

*At the bottom of their quotation, they have this fine print that states that prices are subject to change without prior notice. -to be fair this is pretty standard. 

This is the Charles 3-seater sofa that is priced at 17,950.

this sofa was part of their display last June. It goes for 19,950.00php back then

This three seater sofa and ottoman was part of their display last June. It goes for 19,950.00php back then. Photo taken from Our Home’s Facebook page.

We picked it because it would fit out tiny place.

Next piece of furniture we picked out was this (Gunther) bed frame. This was the one we have been eyeing for a long time now. 

The main reason why we are so keen on this? storage under the bedframe

The main reason why we are so keen on this? Storage space under the bed. (this photo was taken last Sept 6, 2015)

It looks exactly like that when I last saw it. We were told that it was the last piece.

Garret bedframe with storage

Garret bedframe with storage. Taken from Our Home’s Facebook page. (October 2015)

Its price is listed on the quote above. 27,950.00php for the bed frame not bad right?

We are planned to get it on Oct 17, 2015 (Saturday). Right in time for their SM prestige sale (Oct 16-18, 2015). -For more details see Manila Shopper’s Post. 

So, it was expected that the price we saw before is going down due to the discount extended for SM prestige card.

Come Oct 12, 2015 (Monday), just a week after we last saw the bed. Kei went to Our Home again. To see if there is any new item that will be added on the sale on the weekend of Oct 16-18, 2015.

And of course to check on the bed again as it was the last piece.

Sadly this happened. Just whoa! 

sudden spike in price!

sudden spike in price! the difference is 2,000.00php

They upped the price. Even with the discount you get with the sale, its price would be almost the same (its a bit higher) with its regular price.

Why you do this Our Home? 

So, to clarify. We asked to talk to the Our Home staff and manager about the price difference. They can only say “sorry, we are just following orders.” While I don’t blame them, I felt like we got duped.

That is the thing with SM’s Our Home sale. It is misleading. Gets you to think you saved, but truth is you just got cheated. False advertising.

Sale price wasn’t always the best price. Apparently, Our Home marks-up prices before a sale is on. — selling products at regular prices, but calling it a sale.  Again false advertising.
-And because stubbornly, I still wanted to get more details regarding the sale in case we can still “salvage” (may natitira pa ba sa listahan na pwede natin bilhin na di naman kami nadaya sa presyo?) the items we listed down. Sayang naman pagod ko…Off to their Facebook page I go.

And pop goes the weasel. Negative comments abound.

These were taken from their Facebook page.

These were taken from their Facebook page.

We are actually scared to push through buying any furniture piece from Our Home. Bargain hunters beware. 

Time to scram. We lost a good chunk of time looking at their pieces, but good thing is that we found this out before any purchase was made.

Bye! the bunnies are running away. (Part of a photo from Sjaek)

Bye! the bunnies are running away. (Part of a photo from Sjaek, taken from the internet)

Sure, maybe décor and accessories like fake flowers and vases. But then again we can just save a bit more and get better décor items from Pottery Barn and Crate&Barrel.

But no furniture buying from Our Home, in the end we choose/decided to get local woodworkers to just custom make our furniture pieces. At least we get an honest quote, natural wood, our money’s worth and helped support small time carpenters.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience with the said store. 


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a girly discovery: DollyWink falsies -Updated

I used to wear falsies every weekend.

It was an obsession. Natural type, cross type, edgy type, etc… name it I hoard them. I usually get them from the face shop or etude house.

Like magic, they make my small eyes look bigger!

After a 3 year phase of wearing falsies. I stopped, they tend to be quite heavy and sometimes itchy too. Falsies are now reserved for special events.  So now that I am planning for my Pre-nup pictorial… it qualifies as extra special occasion right?

I wanted something better than my usual lashes. I want DollyWink falsies.

dolly wink

Tsubasa Masukawa for DollyWink. photo taken from the internet.

 

I have seen the product long ago in the Japanese magazine Popteen and reading about it in different blogs. I remember being very interested about it because they all gave good reviews about it (not shiny, lightweight,different lengths), but since it is only sold in Japan, I just settled for what was locally available. Not anymore. 

I discovered that DollyWink can now be found in the Philippines! I quickly hurried over to SM Watsons to check. Yes they have it! but alas, the No. 2 Sweet Girly style I like was out of stock. Being persistent, I went to look for their distributor. Off I go to Yhansy store and found it easily.

found at shangri-la mall

Yhansy -found at 5th floor, main wing of Shangri-La Mall

So, I went to look for my DollyWink here. Inside this accessories store was lash/japanese cosmetics heaven! A really nice discovery!

a lot of

Japanese cosmetics galore!

The assortment of DollyWink falsies to choose from!

wow

So many to choose from! 

Easily found the one I am looking for. The kind shopkeeper also informed that indeed, the one I am looking for is one of their bestsellers that tends to go out of stock quickly. Good thing I went to look for their store! I must say luck is on my side as they have the limited edition DollyWink falsies! This means I get 3 pairs of lashes that the usual two pairs, for the same price! *look at the displayed falsies, the ones with the neon pink label are the limited editions like the one I picked. 

limited edition DollyWink falsies in No. 2 Sweet Girly

limited edition DollyWink falsies in No. 2 Sweet Girly

Honestly wanted to get No 2, and No. 11 but since I already got the limited edition that consists of three pairs, I just brought one. Will surely be back to get more but for now, I am contented with this. 

To give you an idea, here is the different styles of DollyWink. This is the regular packaging 2 pairs on each pack. 

full colelction dollywink false lashes tsubasa dollywink

The regular collection of DollyWink. Photo taken from the internet.

 *Price: I got this for a 699php

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. 

*Yhansy also carries DollyWink eyelines and eyeshadows! plus an assortment of Japanese cosmetics. and pretty accessories.

  • Updated: Apparently Yhansy is now closed. Dollywink eyelines, falsies… products can be found in SM/Watsons.


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running with the horde

Yesterday was a day of cancelled plans. Kei and I was supposed to have dinner with his family, My dad and sister (Nicole) was out to go shopping on SM MOA.

Our dinner got cancelled, dad and Nicole came rushing home on a taxi! (wth?!) With a really pale faces to boot! What the hell happened?!

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

We were told in between gulps of water and deep breaths that there was a break-in at MOA, the Martillyo (hammer) gang struck again. The robbers carted away jewelries from the department store area, and fired gunshots that caused panic to the shoppers. This was not the first time the robbers robbed SM malls. 

Dad and Nicole just finished dinner and was strolling a bit before going home when the commotion started.

Causing dad and Nicole to run like mad with the crowd for dear life.

Surprise, surprise. The mall is not exactly a stress free place to go, even more if there is a horde of frightened shoppers. 

I am just thankful dad and Nicole are home safe.

Thank you God.

 

In every thing give thanks : for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. -1 Thessalonians 5:18