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My Finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016

Chino's Deli

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.

1. Chino’s Deli

Chino's Deli

Ultimate Sandwich (P160)

Chino's Deli

Flat Iron Burger (P160)

I only personally tasted the Ultimate Sandwich so I’ll be able to judge only that. And ZOMG it was amazing, the I-forgot-my-name kind of amazing. It was messy to eat, but we all know that great things come messy haha. It was really saucy, meaty, mushroom-y (?), cheesy… I don’t even know how to begin to explain it. Basta, you need to try it. And Chino’s Deli, hello, you need to stay in Davao for good.

2. Cutesy pens

3 for P100

3 for P100

Cute designs, cheap price, and writes nicely. How ever can I resist?

3. Calligraphy pad

P155

P155

This was more of a I-don’t-want-to-go-home-without-buying-anything-calligraphy-related purchase. Which Craft Shop was the only calligraphy/planner store selling there, and I did not have much fun browsing their items because the items they chose to display were the higher end ones. AKA I did not go to a local bazaar to buy a whole set of dual-ended Tombow brush pens for P1,000I was just disappointed that there were almost no single brush pens for people like me who went there on a set budget. Or people who are trying calligraphy or brush lettering for the first time like my friends.

(It did not help that the lady manning the store was not exactly friendly during both times I was there huhu…)

4. Nanette Cake Creations Sylvanas

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These were maybe twice or thrice fatter than the original Sylvanas hailing from Dumaguete. Honestly, I still think the original Dumaguete Sylvanas are more delicious. There’s something else in the original that somehow, the copycats cannot duplicate. However, these are also yummy and the flavours give the Sylvanas a unique edge. They’re also prettier to look at, methinks! (Unfortunately, they got “rearranged” during the drive home.)

5. Mochi

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Comes in 4 different flavours: cookies and cream, double dutch, rocky road, and ube

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Only P35 each!

Before going home, we decided to eat dessert in the form of mochi! I am not a big fan of mochi but these are yummy! The gummy, starchy covering is just the right consistency and thinness and the ice cream inside is yummy, too!

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6. Milky

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P45 for the plain milk, P50 for the chocolate one (there’s also a coffee flavour)

I’ve had cow’s milk (duh), goat’s milk, soy milk, cashew milk, almond milk, rice milk but never carabao’s milk. Somehow I just never had the chance to try it. The plain one is an acquired taste. I prefer goat’s milk over it. However, the chocolate milk is amazing. It is a little too sweet for my taste though so I mixed plain and chocolate. Perfect.

7. Pull-back Disney Cars

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Set of 6 cars for P150

This is in no way a unique find, but they look cute and the set comes cheap, so I bought one for Yuri!

8. Shinetree Squeeze & Go Peeling Gel and Mask

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P50 each

Along with the mochi, these are my favourite finds of the night. I could not believe these were only P50 each, to think you only need to use a small amount every time! I have only tried the Smooth and Pure Peeling Gel and I’m liking it so far. It’s similar to Cure, only much much cheaper.

Even after double-cleansing (using my Banila Co sherbet cleanser + foam cleanser with konjac pad), I was still able to get dirt off my face using the peeling gel. A miracle, I say. I’ll surely re-order these and hoard!

Also, despite only buying P100 worth of items from her store, the seller still gave me, tah-dah, freebies! Best seller of the night, hands down.

Everything's written in Korean though. I'll figure out what these samples are for...

Everything’s written in Korean though. I’ll figure out what these samples are for…

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10 Comments

  • Reply Hannah December 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Ate Maan, naa gud didto ang All Things Nihon. Nagpalit kog calligraphy ink na Daiso kay barato lang. Mehehe, mas mura pud ilang stuff. Pero isa lang sila ka-table sa may food area. 😂

    • Reply Maan December 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Ay oo niduol ko sa ilang booth, pero brush pens man gud akong pangita huhu. Naa ba sila ato? Nag-ulan man pud gud tong naa ko didto (Thursday) and basa sa ilang area banda

      • Reply Hannah December 5, 2016 at 9:35 pm

        Daghan gud silag brush pens te, dili by set. Pentel ug Tombow akong nakita. Daghan pud silag stock sa Pentel Aquash, pero wala nako nacheck jud tanan naa sa table kay nagdali ko, katong ink ra akong giadto didto. Haha! Day 1 pa lang naa na man sila — stalker. Hahaha!

        • Reply Maan December 6, 2016 at 6:45 am

          Huhuhuhuhu but it’s okay 😀

    • Reply Maan December 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Ay noooo, gicheck nako ilang page. Murag dili sila tong akong nakita. Basig wala pa sila tong first day huhu!

  • Reply Michi December 7, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I prefer going to the bazaars too so I can find unique stuff. Like you, I just skipped clothes, make-up or other things na meron sa mall. I’m happy with my last visit to the bazaar, madami din ko nabili. 🙂
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  • Reply Nilyn (Above Precious Rubies) December 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Hala, kabarato sa cars! Nate is so into cars right now kaya cars pud akong plan nga iregalo niya. Naku, ako, wala pa jud ka start sa akong gift shopping, super 11th hour na! Next week pa ko makapamalit. huhuhaha! I like what you got, mga barato ra kaau!
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  • Reply Melisa Sanchez December 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Oh Emm g! I love the sandwich, literally naglaway jud ko ai. As of now parang nagtitipid muna ako, medyo sakto pa ang budget namin sa priorities and needs namin. Focus muna sa goal. Kaya lagi akong tambay sa bahay bawal lumbas kasi dami temptation sa market at sa mall. hehehe
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  • Reply Michelle December 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I love bazaars! Hindi pa nga lang ako nakaka-visit sa ngayon, kasi nga… buntith. Hehe! Nagutom ako sa burger! And oh, matagal ka na bang nagka-calligraphy? I’d love to try that pero ang mahal ng materials. Huhubels.
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  • Reply Neri Ann December 12, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Wala pa din akong napupuntahang Christmas Bazaar till now anong petsa na! Gustong gusto ko din yung kumakain after mag christmas shopping.
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