My August Shopping Report

I am hooked to this new show on Clicknetwork called Budget Barbie! It’s about a girl called Qiuqiu, whom I assume to be some popular Singapore blogger, and her shopping adventures. I actually found the videos after watching some of Xiaxue’s Guide to Life episodes. I think this Clicknetwork is a genius. They make simple videos that are so damn entertaining!

Basically, she shows you what she can buy from various shopping malls around Singapore on a $100 budget! She can make the most ah lian things look awesome. If you think you are cheapskate, she will make you feel like you are wasting money. She’s also super skinny and tall, so almost everything that she can get fits her like a glove! It’s fun to see her model a certain look because you think it is not possible that ANYBODY can look good in something so damn ah lian. Some stuff are gorgeous too. πŸ™‚

I would love to see what she can get from Orchard Road (or the most atas mall there) for $100! That would be a mission!

Inspired by  her videos, here’s my shopping haul for the month of August.

OoOOh wait wait! Esther and I have just started a community on Facebook! It’s sort of a portal but with the benefits of facebook to enable impulse shoppers like you and I to sell our unwanted and unworn clothes, accessories, shoes, bags etc. We named it One Woman’s Junk..actually she came up with One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Treasure. We modified it and now we have One Woman’s Junk! I love the name! It’s catchy!

Please click here and get your friends to join too!

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Like how some ladies who wanna get pregnant tend to be drawn to sour stuff/maternity style clothings/other babies, as a woman who is about to enter the work force, I am particularly drawn to working clothes. I mean this is a little too bare and short for work but with a nice blazer over, it would be okay? But still not appropriate to be worn in a government hospital.

It’s only RM39 and from Summit! Among the ton of crap there, there’s a shop called Cos-Max or something. For a Lala shop, they actually sell their clothes in sizes and not just free size and then slap on a RM25 price tag!

For so little cloth, it’s not super worth it lah. But it’s a cropped jacket that doesn’t make me look super fat. (I said super!)

It’s got tiny gems on the hem and hooks at the top. So I don’t look like I’m suffocating and it’s simple enough to provide a sense of decency to uptight employers.

This is from the same shop too and is my favourite among the two! I love it that the collar is really unique and .. uh, I think this is what people call boat neck right? Also RM39 only. If I don’t find anything, this might end up becoming my convo dress.

Sorry ah one more!

T______T I saw it on the mannequin, I couldn’t resist. After consulting friends on twitter, turns out that this is not appropriate for weddings.. so gonna keep it until the next formal event or shoot myself for being stupid and impulsive. Either one.

I tied the flowy stuff together because otherwise I would look like some birthday cake. Or to rub salt to the wound, like some wedding cake. T_T

This is from Summit as well. It’s about..RM23? Quite okay lah.

Mun Teng dragged me to the FJ Benjamin Warehouse Sale a few weekends ago and I came back with two Raoul tops! πŸ˜€ This one could be work friendly with a tube top inside, maybe. There were a few racks of Raoul stuff going at RM150 for two pieces!

The ribbon around my neck is attached to the shirt and is like a scarf where you can tie around your neck.

Can’t decide if this shirt is obscene or sweet?

Did you know that Nose was having sales from I don’t know when right up to the 12th of September? Everything was at 20% off and some even had bigger discounts! This pair is one of their latest designs, as in they were placed at the front of the shop. I have been meaning to get slouchy heels in a suede material and I have it now!! The price was RM89.90.. and abit sakit hati want to spend so much as I was feeling quite broke already. But to my delight, it was RM71! Yay!! Still not super cheap, but almost RM20 off something that I want quite badly is awesome!

*shifty eyes* After coming out of Diva and not being able to afford anything, Forever 21 looked cheaper in comparison. In comparison!! It’s not like RM10 for 3 pieces kind of cheap.. and pink feathers are pretty, no?

I needed hoops and when compared to the unbranded ones, I can get about the same amount of hoops for about the same price.

Love it that the silver hoops come in various sizes. Perfect for various levels of aggression.

I went to some wholesale shops in KL with my godma and she happened to know the girl in the shop. She told the girl that I sold accessories online and that I would like to try out some stocks before getting more. Soooo… I picked out this pearl bib necklace for RM15!! WHee!! It’s great to cover cleavages when the occasion calls for it.

I got this for RM8! I saw the exact same one at the Diva rip-off shop, Heart Beats or something?, selling it for Rm59! I was so happy!!

Some gem ones! I think.. RM10.

This was RM8 too! Cute flowers! Of course I’m doing it wrong..I’ll wear my bib necklaces with low cut stuff! I have been yearning to get my hands on some bib necklaces and I’m so glad I found some! At wholesale prices too!

Sort of like a Usagi headband but it has a sturdy band instead of a wire running the entire length of a cloth. So it keeps firm on top of my head! RM10 from Asian Avenue at Sunway Pyramid. πŸ™‚

Got this for 5 for Rm10 at Sungai wang. So cute and thin right?

So I bought all the colours that were available!

Love it that the hair sort of flows out from in between the headbands.

Proper Usagi headbands for RM4 each! NYAHAHA. Take that all of you who bought it for a larger amount! Also from Sungai Wang.

In a sweeter colour! I have more (accumulated about 10 pieces now) but at the time when these photos were taken, the Usagi headbands were no where to be found!

Glittery candy wallets. Don’t know when I’ll get around to using them.

Looks quite okay for an RM15 wallet.

*SQUEALS* Clubbing bag!

When I first saw it in Nose at Sunway Carnival in Penang, it was like RM89.90. I was taken by the sequins which you can flip over to reveal a different colour but RM90 for a clubbing bag is a lot of money! I didn’t get it then. But because of the awesome Nose sale, it was at 50% off!! Sometimes, it pays to wait it out a couple of months!! πŸ™‚

The flippy sequins!

If you have the patience, you might even be able to create an image!

Another pride and joy from Sungai Wang. There was a whole rainbow of other colours but somehow purple looked the least bit tacky and almost everything in my wardrobe is royal purple. I wasn’t even trying! πŸ™

I think I should call myself The Broke Barbie. 😐

My Shopping Habits As I Mature

This post on Paris B’s blog made me think about my attitude towards shopping.

She asks if we calculate our costs per wear while shopping. An interesting thought that has never ever gone through my mind! We all have some variation of judgement as to whether our purchase is going to stick around or be forgotten at the back of our wardrobes. Sometimes we regret our purchases and sometimes love it that we wear it so much to the point of embarrassment. *stares down at almost 4 years old Teva flip flops. To all my family and buddies, it is the green flip flops with the twisted strap that I wear all the time!*

I do feel that my attitude towards the things I buy maturing a little bit. I have made many foolish buys in the past. There was a time.. *deep breath*.. where I would be so happy to buy some random top just because it was like RM8. Yeah, RM8. This was in high school, don’t judge! As a result of this blind passion for bargains, I ended up with a wardrobe full of crap!

I could spend RM200 (this was a lot of money back in my college days) on a whole bunch of crappy tops and dresses just because it was cheap! I use to snub my nose at what I thought were branded stuff just because it was well, branded. And to me, back then, brands mean MNG, Zara, Topshop and Miss Selfridge. The only thing I ever bought from Miss Selfridge were some undies. To be honest, I still can’t afford it but I hope that one day, I will buy these things without thinking twice. And perhaps when that one day comes, I might not even want these brands anymore. But the point of my post is not about brands, it is about using a handsome sum of money to buy something that doesn’t look like crap!

Even if the skirt/dress is nice, it has to fit perfectly. I know this is a little bit of a no brainer, but when you are…between size 12-14 (I’m not sure) just don’t want to pass on the gorgeous top with buttons and ruffles in the front. The side zipper doesn’t go all the way up with one attempt, but it’s okay, you pull it to the front, suck in as hard as you can, huff and puff, pull and voila! The zipper is up! So your boobs are squashed to your chest.. but it’s a gorgeous top. Maybe just suck in your tummy when you sit down! Only RM40 for something so ..unique. Not quite awesome, because it doesn’t fit that well, but it is unique. And you buy it.

The one size too small top then sits in your cupboard and months later you wonder what were you thinking?? Multiply this scenario by another twenty or so times, I’m stuck with a cupboard full of shit that I can’t be bothered to wear. Losing weight is of course an option that I know of/have considered/on my New Year resolution list, so don’t lecture me about that. Shhh.

When I was in school, I remember thinking that a piece of clothing that was about RM30 was pricy! I’d trawl through the RM15-20 clothes rack and be so happy, picking out things that I think will suit me. Think tank tops that ends at my midriff with cartoon flowers printed on it, tops that are made from lycra, spaghetti tops that also barely cover my tummy, miniskirts with no cutting at all…. ughhh…what was I thinking?! I once bought knee length boots that I only wear in my room. I would have to sit down after 10 minutes because the heels were not made for walking. RM50 for a pair of Vincci boots! At 80% off!! I had to have it because it was CHEAP! Who cares if it was not practical?!

Great things don’t come cheap. Great pieces that actually look good are hardly found in the bargain racks of a random shop. Great bargains only come by once in a while and not everybody is blessed with that skill to hunt.

I have become so particular about material. Cotton shouldn’t feel like the texture of a hotel’s laundry bag. Satin should not crease. Chiffon should not be super scratchy. Stretchy material should NEVER feel like Lycra!

Oh and BAGS. I am so particular about them too! My criteria for a bag is usually 1) it has to be a big bag 2) the material should be suede. Most bags with no brands (my bags don’t come with brands… why must I pay a few thousand bucks for a bag?! I still don’t understand that universe!) that cost about RM20… I will stay clear of it. Unless I’m in Bangkok, it’s a whole different story. But bags that cost below RM30 will fall apart within a week. True story. Not only that, the material is so disgusting. The thinness of the ‘suede’ material is so disappointingly pathetic that I don’t even want to step into that shop. I would pay about RM50 to RM80 for a nicely built bag with a good thick suede material. I can’t waste anymore money on bags that are so cheap in texture to the point that it is disgusting! Sometimes you get those bags with super thin PVC that you can actually see your reflection in it! THOSE ARE THE GROSSEST BAGS OF THEM ALL! Only one rule: A bag must be made of a thick material, whatever material it is.

But speaking of bag, I seem to have the lousiest of luck with them! How do you stop a bag from tearing? πŸ™ My bags have a life span of about 3 months tops. My heart always breaks when a great bag starts tearing.

While we’re on bags, I need to slot in a little commentary about designer bags. I respect girls who buy it with their own money though I can never understand why the love for a brown bag with a bunch of checkers on it or some hooked half rings printed all over it. I feel the love for Chanel though, but not enough to spend an entire month or two’s salary on a bag! But tell me, do designer bags break? If they really don’t, I might have to rethink my bag buying habits.

As for shoes, I don’t have to be particular picky about this one. A good pair of shoes has a certain weight to it. It cannot feel light as air. The heel or the wedge has to be made of something heavy, it shouldn’t feel like cardboard. Some shoes do feel like cardboard wrapped with fabric. I hate those.

I find myself touching the things at Diva longingly but I cannot justify spending RM30 on a pair of earrings! Or RM60 on a necklace that I know will be left to rust after wearing it once or never. It’s not about loving ‘branded stuff’ when you’re talking about Diva. They are a whole different ball game. You can, but it is hard to find such quirky/quaint jewelry. I know some blog shops sell such sweet pieces but the price is usually crazy. Like..RM80 for a necklace that will only tarnish in a couple of months kind of crazy. SIGH AM I TOO KIAM?

As I said, now that I am older, I seem to demand more of the things I want to buy. I’m choosing quality over quantity..though I need to curb my hairband addiction..but the thing is, I can’t settle for the below RM20 stuff anymore. Good quality things don’t come in that price range. I want to pool what money I have and get the nicer stuff! But until I have secured a job, I can’t even afford RM80-RM100 stuff on a regular basis. As a result, I don’t end up with anything. T_T

The Day That Chee Kiang Graduated

Three months after Chee Kiang has entered the work force, I finally get around to blogging about his graduation which took place on the 10th of July. 😐

We also travel back to a time when I was still a student, who had her OSCA (a part of my fifth year final exams) on Monday,  and still I flew to Singapore on Saturday morning. That’s balls man! Might not have done it if it was a theory paper lah but well, I can say anything now, I passed my final year! Whee!
It was quite the adventure actually. Couldn’t sleep on Friday night because of exam tension so slept for two hours before waking up at 4am and thankfully I was quite alert while driving all the way down to Penang airport where I parked my car for the night and hopped on the plane. Spent a night in Singapore and arriving back in my room in Sungai Petani at 2pm on Sunday to plonk myself in front of my notes once more.


Taking all these graduation photos ie. playing with his mortar board, touching his gown made me worry that I might jinx my own graduation. πŸ˜›

Looking smart with an unglam background.

The microwave oven does not make a good cameraman.

This is the photo that was so wrongly interpreted by all my well meaning facebook buddies. I was only giving him his graduation present. πŸ™‚

So apparently NUS make special graduation bears and lions for the Class of 2010 and Chee Kiang didn’t want to lose to Jon who already has the lion.

My mum hopes that AIMST will provide some kind of soft toys so she can buy one for me. <3

I’m quite happy that there was a seat for me at his graduation apparently. Seats at my graduation are kinda limited so it’s going to be tough. :(((

Meet Chee Kiang’s Aunt and Mum! We were choosing the nicest looking bear for him to hold in his pictures.

Hehe, so we chose the bear. You can’t buy the super big one though, I was told.

Meet Grad The Bear. He’s cool like that.

Like twins! Same collar and gown all..

NUs wants you to know it is an NUS bear, if you didn’t know it already.

With his parents and his aunt.

While Grad the Bear just stones at the side, waiting for his turn to camwhore together.

NUS did a pretty good job putting up some solid backdrops for the graduates to commemorate their special day.. unfortunately it started to rain. Sigh.

You can’t see the rain here but on Chee Kiang’s right shoulder is a guy with a hand over his head – showing you that it is indeed raining.

That’s Leong Hui and his family and Jon’s so nice to be the designated camera man of the day. I had just received my DSLR from my dad at that time and I was still like, “HOW DO WE WORK THISSssss” so I stuck with my PnS and Jon took over. Turns out I have been using manual focus instead of autofocus which is why my photos all suck. But it has gotten better ever since. πŸ˜€ But I am still rather miffed at the colours of my recent New Zealand pictures, too many dark ones. What am i doing wrong?!

I like this picture a lot  and the many variations of it. Even Grad the Bear gets to be in the pictures!

Much thanks to cameraman slash dear friend Jon. πŸ™‚

Housemates <3

And we bumped into Jiun Haw there who also graduated from NUS this year! He was there for one of his friend who graduated from the Faculty of Science or something..

We used to walk home together with Chung Lern and Teng Choon after school.

Grad the Bear made for a good blanket as it was quite cold in the auditorium.

After sitting through the speeches and many other graduates, there’s Chee Kiang finally!! Yay!!

Close up shot courtesy of Jon.

Leong Hui’s close up. I didn’t bring my tele lens. πŸ™

Choon Han, who is Chee Kiang’s colleague now.

Didn’t know Jon took this picture! I’m like some dinosaur, not willing to explore new photography gadgets.

The screen would constantly show happy graduated faces clapping and cheering for their classmates.

Just a quick glance at the size of the audience that day.

This is…er I can’t remember her name but she was the top student of her class. She speaks very well and is so pretty to boot! Somemore so smart!! Wahhh jealous die me. The list of  book prizes she had just went on and on and on.

The two tired photogs. With Grad the bear admiring Jon’s tie.

As the valedictorian’s speech came to an end, there was a loud explosion from the ceiling! Luckily Jon managed to capture it. I mean he already knew was going to happen because he had his graduation ceremony as well and for every ceremony, they will release streamers and balloons too!

The balloons then proceed to fall over the audiences.

People start to reach up to touch the balloons. Wish I was down there too. *bummed*

Like idiots we shouted at him from where we were standing (quite high up) and thankfully he turned up to look.

Then he ignored us and continued to layan his friends down there. ;P

Chee Kiang with his proud mummy after everything was over and done with.

Hi Adeline!

His graduation took place during my two weeks with the Samsung Galaxy S, so I had to use it to film him for a bit.

That’s Cynthia, one of Chee Kiang’s classmate as well.

Choon Han, as I have mentioned, who is Chee Kiang’s colleague and former classmate too. πŸ™‚

ivy and Kenning with Chee Kiang.

To see how many things he can balance on his head.

The people from his class who ended up working at the same place.

Obligatory mortar board throwing photo.

Yay I’m in the pictures again! With Eng Hooi and her sister Cheryn.

One of the many couply photos of us, a must do on one of our graduation days. Ahem. Mine coming soon, so there’ll be more. Stay tuned.

If I didn’t wear this dress for his graduation day, it would have ended up being the one I would wear on mine. Oh well. I look like I am some academician!

This girl printed her classmate’s head and stuck it onto a cardboard as the guy didn’t come for his own graduation. Damn realistic right the head?

I was fooled by these cookies! Thought I could eat the icing but it’s just a damn sticker.

A meaningful monument outside the Cultural Centre.

The monument comes with some description.

Chee Kiang’s aunt with the AIDS poster that he had to do for his Vienna trip where he attended some AIDS conference as a delegate from Penang/Malaysia. πŸ™‚ I love the colours in this picture!

In other news, thank you to those of you who commented in my previous post about whether I should just keep my blogshop a blogshop or make it a store! I have decided to set up an online store!