I’m in Toronto for about 3 weeks and then I’m leaving for Europe for 2 months (Portugal and Spain).
And yes, there’ll be more shopping and spending
On that note, I figured I’d start off with a little post on what I bought while traveling around Asia for 5 weeks.
I’ll post more pictures on this blog, and on my The Everyday Minimalist blog as I go through and sort through the 19,000 photos I took.
Yes. 19 THOUSAND photos.
I basically recorded the whole trip. I need to sort through the photos to ones that I can show on a computer to people, and a selection to upload on the blogs.
To recap, we went to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau.
I didn’t buy much in Beijing, Shanghai or Macau, because the shopping was far better in Hong Kong and even Singapore.
Here is what I spent, a little over $1000 CAD. Ouch?
I would have spent more, had it not been for the lack of time in Hong Kong (argg we stayed too short of a time), and the fact that a LOT of stores in Singapore are all American/European. *sigh*
A little over half of it was spent on clothing, shoes, bags… really cool items I’d never find in Canada.
The other half, went to my parents and siblings. I bought them whatever I thought they’d like, from scarves to interesting, non-North American books.
Oops — Forgot to add a dress up there That number should be: $1027.07
Now for the pictures…
This bag is made out of the softest linen ever, with a printed design. Made in Shanghai by decosterliving, they had a whole bunch of different patterns printed on the bag, and super soft blue handles.
AND.. it was only $150!!!!!!
I almost wanted to buy all the designs
This bag is $30, made out of canvas, with an excellent weight and design. Bought it in Singapore from illuma.
I also got a silk butterfly scarf in Hong Kong:
And this GORGEOUS hand painted lotus scarf in Beijing. I paid a LOT of money for it (in their currency), about $60 CAD.
That said, it really is handpainted (I made her open 2-3 of them before I saw a design I liked without a flaw), and it is real silk. It feels amazing.
From the Jade Market in Hong Kong, to haggle for 4 necklaces.
Each cost about $7.50. I don’t really know if it’s a good price or not… but it’s less than what I would pay in Canada, so I’m happy.
(BF bought me the dark green jade one, 3rd from the left)
In Singapore, I also found this super cute Bambi necklace from Bugis Junction’s Red Dot area.
Cost about $30. A lot more than the other necklaces I paid for, but the weight is a nice hefty weight, and I really REALLY love the design.
Picked up some lambskin citron yellow flats from one of the millions of malls in Singapore, for about $70.
And at the chocolate schubar in Singapore’s Suntec city, I got these really awesome flats for about $70. I LOVE the design.
Woven electric blue against yellow? Yes please.
I also found this great silk-cotton blend dress in the walkway between Marina Square and Suntec City in Singapore.
I went back into the store, and this dress was totally sold out. Glad I bought it.. and on sale no less! $60.
Finally, at C.K. Tangs plaza, I found this super amazing honey cream for the hands for about $17. I also went back and bought the body butter for about $30.
I love it. May give it to my mom if she likes it (she loves hand cream).
That’s pretty much all I bought.