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
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
Cute designs, cheap price, and writes nicely. How ever can I resist?
3. Calligraphy pad
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 P1,000. I 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
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.)
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!
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
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
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.