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What I Bought From the S&R Members’ Treat 2017

I finished work early today so I was able to fit in some S&R shopping before it was time to fetch Yuri from school. We were planning to go tomorrow pa but then I remembered Yuri has an appointment with our dentist tomorrow, so we tried to pass by S&R to see whether the queue outside the entrance was manageable…

Lo and behold there was no queue! I was expecting the same queue I experienced during last year’s Members’ Treat so I was pleasantly surprised. Then again we were there early afternoon on the third day of the sale (Friday) so either the shoppers were already done shopping or haven’t arrived yet. There were no long queues inside the warehouse either!

Unlike last year, I wasn’t able to take photos of the goods on sale this year because I was in a hurry as I needed to be back at Yuri’s school by 3:30 pm. Also, unlike last year when I was with friends, this time my parents tagged along and I gladly accepted the company for the #seniorcitizen benefits lol.

I was able to read comments of some people saying that the sale this year is not as extensive as the past years’. I actually do not mind at all because I’m coming into the store with no specific thing I need to buy naman. I’m not there to hoard or panic-buy either. My mindset is that I’ll just buy whatever practical find catches my eye. And speaking of things that catch my eye, here are the stuff I bought!

Giant bag of chocolates – P500

Beside a bag of KitKats for reference

E.Wedel chocolates, Buy 1 Take 1 for P99 (This is originally 6 pieces; Yuri already ate the other one) I forgot I went back and added 3 more pairs of milk chocolate. The milk chocolate variant tastes better than the caramel white choc one, in my opinion.

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Shopping at Miniso: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Good news: A Miniso branch is finally open here in Davao City!

Bad news: It is located in SM City Davao in Ecoland, which is about an hour away in smooth traffic. Boo!

You see, I live in the north while SM City is located in the south. It didn’t stop me from going, though. Well, actually, it helped a lot that it’s Kadayawan week (Happy Kadayawan!) and plants on sale are on display again at SM Ecoland. I’m no green thumb, but my brother and mom are, so I tagged along with them when they went to buy plants. Of course, you already know what my ulterior motive was! 😀

I made an immediate beeline to Miniso. To be honest, I was a little disappointed that it was way smaller than Daiso, Japan Home Centre. I think the size of the store is comparable to Free Life at Gaisano Mall. However, I didn’t come all the way to the south for nothing! To be fair, there were items that weren’t available in Daiso and JHC, such as powerbanks and LED lights and bluetooth speakers. Here are some of the things I saw that day in Miniso (click on each thumbnail to enlarge):

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Going Frugal: Yuri’s Kindergarten School Supplies!

I know, how late right? We’re now already preparing for our first monthly exams next week (gasp!) and I’m still writing about school supplies. Why not haha!

Okay, seriously, I had photos of Yuri’s stuff all along. I took pictures of his supplies when I was preparing them before the first day of school and stored them in my computer… and promptly forgot all about them. Since I already have pictures, sayang naman if I don’t write about them so here they go! Yuri’s school supplies for kindergarten!

Despite all the excitement and the build-up, we didn’t really buy a lot of things for this school year. It’s mainly because we received free things from friends as birthday gifts (yes, we were ecstatic to receive school supplies as birthday gifts lol!) and from blog sponsors as well (thank you so much, National Bookstore!).

And then for the things we ended up buying, I made sure to get the practical options. As elders say, Yuri is, um, all boy, and can sometimes be a little rough with his things. While I was keen on getting high-quality stuff, I also had to consider cheaper options in case they need to be replaced before second quarter even starts. ‘Wag naman sana! Anyway, here you go!

Necessities

All-white closet basics

All of Yuri’s underclothes I bought from the department store. Save from the black and white socks, everything came from Gaisano Mall’s back-to-school sale. I don’t remember well, but I think the undershirts, briefs, and face towels were more or less P15-P25 apiece. In fairness, they’re quite good! Especially the towels — they’re still super soft even after being washed so many times. The Burlington socks (3 pairs) were around P200. The black and white socks, which are unbranded, were bought from SM’s sale just before school started. A pack with 4 pairs of socks was only around P150! I wish I only bought those because they’re a lot softer and tougher than the Burlingtons. I believe you can find them in SM department stores.

(Just goes to show how branded is not always better!)

Academic supplies

These were also bought from Gaisano Mall’s back-to-school sale (they were a lot cheaper than regular price) save for the box of Mongol pencils and fasteners, which were from National Bookstore.

More supplies

There are a few “free things” in this picture. The plastic envelope is not really free, but we had that since Eye Level days to store Yuri’s workbooks. The workbooks eventually outgrew the plastic envelope so I just hid it in my home office. The Transformers pencil case is a gift to Yuri from one of his village friends, the Westscott Wild Ones scissors are given by National Bookstore, while the Crayola glue was part of the Crayola kit I got for free when I bought Enfagrow milk from Lazada last year. Yup, Yuri got an entire bunch of Crayola stuff as freebie for a box of milk – best purchase ever!

For Yuri’s hygiene kit

Hygiene kit

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My Finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016

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I admit that I had much more fun browsing the items on sale during last year.

I would say that the products sold by the booths last year were much more interesting than the ones on display this year, but maybe that’s just me and my hobbies speaking. You see, while I love dressing up, I don’t really get excited about hangers and piles of clothes. And shoes. And bags. And makeup. Don’t get me wrong; I love all of those things just as much as the next girl, but come on, I see all of those in malls and online stores everyday.

When I visit bazaars, I expect to discover unique knick-knacks, browse hobby stores and stores that offer products we don’t often see in malls and boutiques, sample locally made food products… So I was quite disappointed with this year’s bazaar’s lack of those things.

I found myself missing the craft, artsy, hobby, party, local organic food stalls from last year. Where were my handcrafted soap, planners and diaries and colouring books, locally made chocolates, and calligraphy stuff? Oh well.

However, I did not come home empty-handed. Okay, I almost never come home empty-handed from whatever, but yeah, you get the point. I did find stuff that sparked my interest and even discovered things that I’ll surely buy again (totally saving those business cards, guys!). Here are my finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016. Continue Reading

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Finds from the S&R Members’ Treat 2016

Today I took Yuri to school, bought an insurance policy for my new vehicle (will blog about it soon!), took Yuri to the playground, and went home just before the heavy rains fell.

Oh yeah, also spent most of the day in S&R because – sale! It was the S&R Member’s Treat sale and I was in dire need of some retail therapy (and so did my perennial shopping companions, Jona and Sarah), so we braved the long queues.

I’m pretty pooped right now (the weather is cold and rainy and I just took a hot shower) so all I want to do is sleep. Still, since there’s still one day of sale remaining tomorrow, I figured I should do a photo dump of what I saw and bought.

Disclaimer: The skies are dark today so it’s difficult to take decent pictures. Sorry  for my crappy ones – I’ll try to replace them with better ones. Operative word is “try.”

Disclaimer 2: This is not in any way an exhaustive list of sale items. I was only able to take pictures of several ones for 2 reasons: first, almost every aisle is so cramped whipping out my phone to take a picture would’ve been considered obstruction of traffic. Second, sometimes I’m just too busy grabbing Buy 1-Take 1 items.

Photo dump time!

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Purple bags ready to fight!

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Towels buy 1 take 1 at P499

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Chocolates Buy 2 Take 1 at P69.95

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Messy Haul: My First BeautyMNL Loot

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I’ve been lurking around BeautyMNL since, I don’t know, last year?

But for some reason, I’ve never made an order there because I gravitate toward Korean products and I get my K-beauty fix from Althea — Korean products are much much cheaper there.

This time, though, I was in dire need of micellar water (regular toner is too strong for my skin) as well as some cheap but good dry shampoo (because sometimes, honestly? I don’t have to time to shower before taking Yuri to school). There’s dry shampoo on Althea but no micellar water so I thought of checking out BeautyMNL.

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Love at first delivery: I am so loving the packaging — it’s ziplock!

I was originally planning on getting the Japanese brand, Biore, but then I discovered the my fave (next to e.l.f.) drugstore brand Maybelline has cheaper micellar water. I wanted to try both but decided to go with Maybelline for now.

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My Recent Loot from Korea, Care of Althea (As Usual)

Althea Philippines Review

I remember blogging about Korean dramas and Korean stars in my old college blog (nope, no link haha). I’ve always loved Korean food too though, for the life of me, I cannot memorise the names of the dishes. But recently, I became obsessed with Korean skincare products and makeup.

So for me, it just makes a lot of sense to order directly from Korea (via Althea, of course!). For starters, not all of the products are locally available here. Also, prices are much, much cheaper, not to mention you can earn referral points and rebates!

Without much ado, here’s the latest loot I received from Althea a month ago:

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Pink packages make my heart sing!

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I ordered during their Birthday Special and received…

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A celebration in a box! (Plus the products in their bubble wrapped glory)

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Here they are! (But not everything is mine – all the lippies are for my colleagues, Sarah and Jona)

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Giddy, giddy, giddy! Sorry, no time to put on makeup – must open the package asap!

And here are the products inside the lovely pink box:

1. Mat Fix Chica Y Chico Matt BB Cushion (P610)

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Fun and Finds at Expo Mom 2016 – Davao

Expo Mom Davao 2016

I look forward to Expo Mom Davao every year because it’s another chance to discover and patronise local goods.

But the last time I’ve been to Expo Mom was in 2014. I’m sure I wasn’t able to attend last year’s expo though my memory of it is vague. I’m not sure what the reason was – I think I was either sick or busy or out of town.

So because I wasn’t able to go last year, I made sure I was able to attend this year’s. It was still held in Abreeza and still didn’t disappoint, but I must admit I bought fewer things this year. Which is most probably a good thing, lol! Look at these pictures I took from the Expo Mom 2015 in Davao.

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Upon registration, I was given free Caltrate samples.
(The SunLife Financial notepad naman I won from the SunLife booth)

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And almost immediately upon stepping inside, Yuri ran toward the Stockbridge booth

I remember that their booth in the 2014 Expo Mom was smaller. Also, there were more teachers this time and they were really teaching the kids for free! I asked Yuri if he’s okay on his own (there were a handful of teachers manning the kids and I made sure they remember Yuri’s guardian’s face – which is mine lol). He almost didn’t hear me because he was already so engrossed so I called his attention again and he nodded. I left him there while I explored the other booths. Here are some of the booths that caught my eye:

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Messy Haul: 2 Super Sulit Finds from Lazada

I honestly don’t know how many times I order online in a month.

(And I am supposed to renounce all forms of shopping to save money. But don’t worry; this parcel I ordered early this month pa.)

I pride myself on being able to spot bargain finds a mile away, but I was especially pleased with these 2 things I ordered from Lazada because even I couldn’t believe they cost so little! Here they are:

1. Crayola Color and Draw Kit with Free Enfagrow A+ Four Powdered Milk Drink 350g

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We’re homeschooling this year, and one thing that I learned from our first month of doing so is that you can never have enough art materials. Which is why I’m always looking for good deals when it comes to them. I was randomly browsing the Crayola section at Lazada when I saw I think four different art sets. That wasn’t extraordinary in any way, but I also noticed that all of them came with a free Enfagrow A+ milk.

Formula milk was actually not a staple at home, but I’ve been giving preschooler milk to Yuri ever since he started having frequent nosebleeds. I was concerned because what if his nose bleeds during his class in Eye Level and I wasn’t there? Formula milk had higher iron content than ordinary milk (please correct me if I’m wrong), and now the nosebleeds are almost totally gone.

Anyway, my eyes grew huge when I read the words “Enfagrow” and “free.” Free milk, everyone! And the contents of the art kit were not bad either. Lookie!

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The Crayola Creative Box, a Crayola Marker & Watercolor Pad, and a free box of Enfagrow Four A+

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Marker & Watercolor Pad, Mighty Marks washable marker, Crayola washable glue, Crayola washable crayons, Crayola washable kids’ paint, and 6 pieces Crayola pencils

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Messy Haul: Frugal Finds from Etude House and National Bookstore

In a previous post, I wrote about just how much we’re loving Eye Level Learning Center. Well, another thing I love about it is being able to choose our own schedule. We’re there Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am. Saturdays are a no-brainer because I have no work and we’re able to do our own “thing” after class.

Therein lies the problem.

SM Lanang Premier is just a couple of minutes away from Eye Level, which means it’s going to be a bit harder to resist a sale. Speaking of sale, Etude House went on sale last weekend. Being a self-confessed fanatic of all things Korean, I frequent Etude House, so of course, I went!

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Korean Love From Althea <3

Althea Philippines

Even though I’m just getting into makeup, I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t into skincare.

It doesn’t mean I’m the most diligent person in the world when it comes to following skincare regimens though, but I believe in the importance of having a good one. I’m a fan of Korean beauty products because one, they are effective and two, they come in the cutest of packagings. Double win!

So when I heard about Althea, I knew I needed to try it out. During the website’s opening, they had a couple of promos — free shipping for orders amounting to 999 and up and 300 sign-up voucher — and I just had to take advantage of it. Being a good netizen, I also shared Althea with my work colleagues and, unsurprisingly, almost all of us placed orders that very day.

I placed my order on February 16th and, because it came all the way from Korea (and probably also because of the influx of orders), arrived 9 working days later.

The arrival of my Althea box was highly anticipated, but it was also bittersweet because it arrived on the 27th, the same night when I lost my phone. When I came home that night, I immediately saw the box waiting for me, but I wasn’t excited to open it because I was feeling dejected.

It just sat on my desk, all forlorn and lonely

It just sat on my desk, all forlorn and lonely

Of course I was curious, and of course, I had to use a certain product (two actually — the arm slimming pack and the armpit whitening pack — because it’s beach day the next day), but most of the time, it sat unopened in my room. It wasn’t until I got my new phone when I gleefully, wholeheartedly, dug into it.

Before I begin, if you want to order authentic Korean beauty items from Althea, just sign up using this link! It’s my referral link and it won’t cost you a thing. In fact, if you sign up using my link, you will automatically get P200 off your first order.

So here’s the package I got:

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Messy Haul: Some Fun and Frugal Finds from DCLA, Uyanguren

Hello, yes, it’s me, the blogger who churns out haul post after haul post… If it’s any consolation, these are not craft or planner or makeup finds. Well, at least not everything?

Kidding aside, as someone who loves shopping but hates spending a lot, I love cheap shopping destinations. You folks from Manila have Divisoria; we have Chinatown or Uyanguren. My favourite “mall” there is DCLA not only because it’s bigger than the other places but also because it’s cleaner.

A couple of weeks ago, my mum and I (and my tail, Yuri) went out on a Saturday morning to do bank errands. Deposit here, withdraw there, and get coin banks for Yuri and my sister who are both youth savers… Yuri was pretty ecstatic with his coin bank (he ditched his Mickey Mouse one for it) – too ecstatic that he gets almost every denomination from P1 to P20 from my wallet for his “savings.” Guess who doesn’t have coins and petty cash every single time? I swear, this is highway robbery. Continue Reading

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Messy Haul: More Pretty Craft Supplies from National Bookstore, Daiso and Gaisano Mall

I am supposed to spend zero on shopping for this month.

However, it turns out that a no-spend February would be impossible for me since there are a few real estate-related events scheduled for the month, a mini travel and out-of-town wedding, as well as a scheduled 2-day outing with work colleagues.

(Also, I was able to force myself to attend a CPD or Continuing Professional Development seminar last weekend — it’s a requirement for renewing your PRC license — and since I got zero rest day during that week, I sort of rewarded myself with cheap fun.)

Since I could not not shop this month, I figured to just let go of the no-spend concept just for now and save myself from all the stress and guilty feelings BUT try my hardest to:

1. Buy only stuff that I will use (no hoarding!)

2. Buy stuff on a budget (and follow the envelopes strictly!)

I’m glad to say I was able to follow both of my self-imposed rules. In fact, the only places I’ve visited recently are Gaisano Mall (where prices are cheaper compared to other malls like SM and Abreeza), Daiso, and *drum roll* DCLA in our local Chinatown!

But one thing at a time (read: must stop blabbing), so I’ll show you some of my finds from National Bookstore, Daiso and Gaisano Mall. I’m a newbie at creative planning and I have very little supplies — I’m still growing them — which is why I tend to look for stuff that I can use for the craft. And since I’m on a budget, I chose things that look nice but don’t burn a hole in my pocket at the same time. Here they are:

1. Chalkboard Wall Sticker – Weekly Planner

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Bought at: National Bookstore
Price: P59.00
Useful for: Reminders, routines, schedules, and tracking habits

Here’s how I use my chalkboard sticker:

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It couldn’t possibly fit everything I need to do on that day (that’s what my planner is for!), so I just wrote down the top priority of the day.

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2. Chipboard Embellishment Stickers

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Messy Haul: Craft Supplies Haul from Daiso and Gaisano Mall

Craft Supplies Davao

Sooo… aside from getting into makeup (here’s my drugstore makeup haul!), I’m also getting into crafting now!

I’m not into all forms of crafting (yet), just creative planning since I’ve always used planners so I’m basically just levelling it up. And wadda you know? It can be very addictive!

As you may know, I operate on a limited budget so bargain finds are a must! I am not claiming to have an extensive smorgasbord of supplies — like what I said, I’m a beginner — and I don’t know the first thing about creative planning so basically I’m experimenting. Okay, more like groping in the dark. Haha! Seriously, though, the stuff I am about to show you are good enough for beginners like me but I’m sure crafting/creative planning experts know a lot more about the brands to buy and avoid.

Anyway, here we go! These are just some of the finds I added to my ~ hopefully ~ growing craft supplies. First up, my craft supplies haul from Daiso. I went into Daiso planning on just buying tissue and paper towels. I went out of the store with some craft supplies, a heart-shaped baking pan (not for crafting but too cute to pass up!) and, yeah, tissue and paper towels.

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Messy Haul: This Novice Girl’s Drugstore Makeup Haul

Drugstore Makeup Haul

I finally got into makeup during the later part of 2015.

Not the entire thing, but you know, the basics. I’ve always been just the BB cream + lip balm + eyebrow pencil girl, and it served me well, but I noticed that I looked pale in pictures. That was the sole reason why I started mulling over full lip colour (good bye, sheer lip balm!).

As I’m a novice when it comes to the makeup game, I have no idea what colours would work for my face and skin tone. No way am I going to buy expensive makeup without experimenting first — that would be too risky for a clueless girl like me!

So I’m starting with cheap — as in cheap —  drugstore makeup, brands like e.l.f. and Maybelline. I already have a handful of lipsticks, but I wanted to experiment with matte lippies. Here’s my most recent drugstore makeup haul: Continue Reading