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Singapore Haul

Singapore-Haul

If you follow me on twitter when I was on my trip in Singapore, you’d remember how much I gushed on how there are plenty of S$5 shorts and shirts from Cotton On. That costs PHP150 when converted to pesos and the cheapest Cotton On shirts being sold in Manila costs PHP400. Like, what a steal, right? Despite myself, I ended up spending a lot of my budget on clothes. No regrets though, since I love them all. Here’s what I got from my Singapore trip.

Singapore Haul; Richel Goes Places

Clothes. Despite having thick thighs (lol), I love wearing shorts. I live in a tropical country; I don’t want to suffocate my legs in pants! I bought 5 different shorts from Cotton On which only costs $5 (PHP150) each. The ones I bought are perfect for beach trips. There were also denim shorts for the same price but the sizes available are really small. Sad face emoticon. I also got some shirts from Cotton On for S$10, sweatshirts for S10-15, and dresses from H&M for S$15. I don’t know how to take photos of clothes… Sorry!

Singapore Haul; Richel Goes Places

Tote Bags. I bought one too many of them, it seems. They’re also from Cotton On and they’re cheaper than a scoop of ice cream, haha. I’m planning to give them away on my blog anniversary, if anyone’s interested.

Singapore Haul; Richel Goes Places

Beauty Products.  I am fully aware that these are available in Manila but when my godmother asked me to shop with her in Etude House, I did. I got all these face masks for free from her. Thanks, Ninang! I also bought some mascara and eyeliners from those S$2 Japanese stores that are really good.

Singapore Haul; Richel Goes Places

Typo haul. Friends, Singapore has an outlet sale for Typo products. I was in heaven. Sadly, we visited on my second to the last day so I have no more budget. I ended up buying this S$5 book which is usually worth S$20 and there stickers for my iPhone that only costs $0.50. I’m asking my Papa to buy me more of the books when he came by that neighborhood.

Singapore Haul; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Haul; Richel Goes Places

Books. These were actually from a previous SG visit – circa 2014. I wasn’t able to visit bookstores on my last visit, which I regretted. Singapore bookstores has book covers that are not available to the Philippines but are really pretty. I’m a sucker for good book covers. They don’t come cheap, though. I think they were S$25 each.

What I really wanted to buy when I was in Singapore was either a Kate Spade or a Michael Kors bags. I keep passing them by every day. Good thing I didn’t bring enough money to afford it. I’m 70% sure I would have bought one if I did, haha. Maybe in my next visit.

I also bought my compulsory magnets. I keep buying them from every location I visit. I’m thinking if I should shift to post cards instead and tell stories on what happened on the day I bought it for memories’ sake. I just might, actually.

What do you buy in another country?

xoxo, Richel V.

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    One Year Older (Blog + Birthday Giveaway!) | Richel Goes Places
    September 7, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    […] I’m be giving away one (1) Mess by Keri Smith, (1) Do You Ever Ask Yourself What If? by Typo,  (1) A Journal To Keep Your Ideas From Melting by Bratpack and a (1) tote bag from Cotton On that you can see from my Singapore Haul post. […]

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    Min
    August 28, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    The tote bags are the cutest! Missing Singapore right now.

    PS. I like reading your blog. 🙂

    http://www.theothersideofmin.com/

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      Richel V.
      August 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      Definitely cute and light to use! Haha. Thanks for dropping by, Min!

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    Pallavi (@wildfirecharm)
    July 21, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    OMG! You got so many amazing things. I love a good bargain too and I think you did so well haha. I want to visit someday too x I am loving the face masks. I order these from ebay sometimes.

    http://www.wildfirecharm.com

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      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 11:15 AM

      All of my face masks are from Korean stores, haha.

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    Renee Alexis
    July 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    I have big thighs too! Cheers to that, haha. I love the typo products and books you’ve bought! I hope I could go to Singapore soon!

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      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 5:02 PM

      I’m a sucker for paper, lol. Hope you can visit soon!

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    rejcanaynay
    July 14, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Wow, you did really haul in Singapore. Hahaha! Anyway, does Kate and Michael cheaper there? Hmmm, me and my brother buy ref magnets in every country or place we visit. 🙂

    Rej | reeejoyce.com

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      Richel V.
      July 15, 2016 at 10:13 AM

      My savings are still mad at me because of this haul, haha. Yup, they are cheaper, especially when it’s on sale PLUS you get to claim back the 7% taxes on the airport.

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    Melissa
    July 14, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Cute haul! When I travel, I usually buy things that I do NOT use. Haha! I bought chopsticks when I was in Hong Kong and I don’t even use them bc I don’t want them to get dirty. 😀 Although, I also buy food. That’s good enough hahahaha

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      Richel V.
      July 15, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      I think we still have some chopsticks from my Dad’s visit in China that we never used, as well! Haha. I also love buying food from another country. I always bring home pastries and chocolates since it’ll survive short flights.

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    fancycorrectitude
    July 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Great Haul! Those bags are so cute!

    Adi xx
    http://www.fancycorrectitude.com
    http://www.instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

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      Richel V.
      July 14, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      Thanks, Adi!

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    Corinne
    July 14, 2016 at 4:04 AM

    You got so many cute things! I’m so jealous. I love the tote bags!

    Corinne x

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      Richel V.
      July 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

      Thanks, Corinne! The designs on the tote bags were really cute, indeed. <3

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    rosie
    July 14, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    When I go to other countries I usually pick up something made from the locals. In Greece I picked up a pair of their leather gladiators. I love your haul!! Singapore is on the bucket list!

    Life is just Rosie

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      Richel V.
      July 14, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      That sounds like a great idea! I’m not sure what locals in SG make, actually. All I can think about is their food. I’ll try to find something unique from their country on my next visit! <3

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    The Velvet Runway
    July 13, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    What a great haul! I love the tote bags and those masks look amazing
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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      Richel V.
      July 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

      Thanks, Julia. 🙂

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    Mica
    July 13, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    You bought lots of lovely things! 🙂

    It’s funny I had a friend from Europe come over and she was excited by Cotton On prices too, had no idea they varied so much around the world. I like to buy clothes and accessories on holidays – things I can wear and remember where I was when I bought them 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      Richel V.
      July 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      I think, as a general rule, items in Europe and America are more expensive than items in Asia! 🙂

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    Charlotte Luisa
    July 13, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    This is so interesting to see and the deals are awesomeee! I have yet to go to Singapore but I’ve heard so many amazing things. Can’t wait to travel there one day 🙂
    Love from Boston,
    Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

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      Richel V.
      July 13, 2016 at 12:51 PM

      Singapore is one of the most expensive countries I’ve ever been but they really know the meaning of SALE. Hope you can visit them soon, Charlotte!

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    ootdchannel
    July 13, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Obsessed with beautiful iPhone skin.
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      Richel V.
      July 13, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      They were beautiful! 🙂

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    Jae
    July 13, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Your book haul! All the heart eyes! I used to own paperback and hardbound books, but I had to give them all away when I left for the US last year. Nakakapanghinayang din. 🙁

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      Richel V.
      July 13, 2016 at 12:43 PM

      That’s one of my problems when I’m planning to work abroad. My mom thinks it’s really silly but I’ve been collecting these books since high school and I can’t part with them. (They’re also expensive as hell.) I literally cried when a really strong storm came by and opened my room’s windows; dousing a few of my favorite books to the core. 🙁

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        Jae
        July 13, 2016 at 10:30 PM

        Aw, that sucks! If it were up to me, I’d bring all of them here, too, but I literally didn’t have space left in my luggage. 🙁

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          Richel V.
          July 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM

          And I think it’ll be cheaper to buy new ones than have them shipped way over there, haha. Which is why I’m moving to electronic copies unless I really really love the book.

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    Lily Fang
    July 13, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    Oooh, what a lovely set of fun, summery prints. The shorts look especially versatile! When I’m in a foreign country, especially China, I also love buying clothes and other little knick-knacks because they’re so much more unique and inexpensive. I once found the cutest wifi print shirt for only 6 USD!

    imperfect idealist

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      Richel V.
      July 13, 2016 at 12:57 PM

      Items in Hong Kong were also cheaper – they are part of China, but I mostly hauled chocolates and baked goods from that country. Haha. I haven’t been to American and European countries but I reckon things are more expensive there!

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    Carina
    July 12, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Last year, when I visited Singapore, I also bought books. Nice haul, everything looks great especially those face masks.

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

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      Richel V.
      July 13, 2016 at 12:37 PM

      If only books weren’t so heavy, I would have kept buying them when overseas.

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    Bea
    July 12, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Omygulay, those Cotton On shorts!!! Very good buy for 150 pesos. I also wanted to buy a Kate Spade whenever I go abroad but its so damn expensive. 😐

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      Richel V.
      July 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM

      All Cotton On stores in SG has stalls that only sells item for S$5-10! It’s definitely the first place I go to when shopping, haha.

      Kate Spade bags are cheaper abroad but they’re still pretty dang expensive!

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    Andrea Tiffany
    July 12, 2016 at 4:56 AM

    I love Etude House products! I went to Korea once a long time ago and I tried some of their products and I really like them. I love their lip balms. They are so moisturizing and the color is really pretty. Their masks are amazing too!
    I’m a sucker for good book covers too. I hate judging them by the cover but cant help it!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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      Richel V.
      July 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM

      If my plans for Korea pushes through, I’m hauling beauty products like it’s my job! LOL.

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    The Style Contour
    July 12, 2016 at 1:24 AM

    Ah, I LOVE the Divergent series! I’ve only ever watched the movies, have you started the books yet!? Let us know if it’s the same. Usually the books are more in depth, I’d love to know if you suggest it! Thanks for sharing your haul with us and I hope you have a great week ahead, girlie!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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      Richel V.
      July 12, 2016 at 10:09 AM

      I’m not yet finished with the third book – got turned off when my friend spoiled the ending for me! Ugh. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy the series as much as I normally do. It’s a good enough dystopian series but I’m not in love with it, personally.

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    Maria Abad
    July 12, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    I love face masks, so hydrating and refreshing in this heat!
    XO,
    Maria
    MariaOnPoint http://mariaonpoint.com/ | Find me on IG https://www.instagram.com/mariajabad/

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      Richel V.
      July 13, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      It’s actually rainy season on my side of the world! But I still like using them. <3

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    Kandice
    July 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    omg cutest tote bags! and the iphone skin! <3

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      Richel V.
      July 12, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      I bought all the iphone skins available because it’s so cute and cheap, hahaha.

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    Rina
    July 11, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    I saw the word “haul” and got super excited! Loving all the cute totes you picked up! I loved Singapore when I visited. So clean and beautiful <3

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 2:03 PM

      It’s one of my favorite countries just for being so clean and organized! I never felt in danger when in that country, haha.

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    Rita
    July 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Such a great post! All products look amazing!!! Happy Monday!

    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 2:03 PM

      Thanks, Rita! Happy Monday!

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    Sybil
    July 11, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    aaaahh i want those masks!! 😀

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 2:08 PM

      They’re from Etude House! 🙂

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    dousedinpink
    July 11, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    What a great haul! Those tote bags are so cute!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 12:43 PM

      Definitely! I have a lot more that’s not in the photos, lol.

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    Da Dominguez
    July 11, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Totally love the books! <3 And those clothes and Typo products are some very good steals, Richel! Why are they so expensive here in MNL??! 🙁 Oh, and I'll watch out for that blog anniversary giveaway. Those tote bags look cute. 😉

    Love, The Diary Queen

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 10:19 AM

      I just visited Cotton On and Typo yesterday. They were on sale but it’s still expensive! Shouldn’t we get a cheaper price??? I mean, SG is supposed to be one of the most expensive countries in the world, lol.

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    Gene
    July 11, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Definitely buy postcards next time! Everytime I look at the postcards I get to buy in different countries, it makes me reminisce the experiences I had 🙂

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      True! I regret not collecting postcards now. I’m definitely doing it on my next trip!

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    Radi
    July 11, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    The tote bags are really cute and everything else is really great as well. These items are all wonderful memories of your trip!

    http://fashionradi.blogspot.com/

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 2:08 PM

      They are, indeed. Thanks for dropping by on my blog! 🙂

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    Nerdy Maria
    July 10, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    You got quite a lot! I always bring back mandatory magnet and souvenirs for family, friends like local spices, food, sweets and things like that. Very rarely we do buy clothes or other things 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 2:04 PM

      I also like bringing home food + chocolates for the family and friends back home! Wasn’t able to take photos since those are already eaten, lol.

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    Lei
    July 10, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Those cotton on shorts are so cheap compared here in PH! I also love the tote bags 😀 So cute, omg!! Can’t wait for the giveaway!! If given the chance to visit SG, definitely, I will hoard typo stuff and books (book covers there are waaaay better :()

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 12:45 PM

      I can’t wait to come back to SG just for the sole purpose of cleaning out the Typo stores, hahaha!

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    Vicky The Golden Bun
    July 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Damn it! I forgot to bring those masks back home when I came to Singapure. The other stuff you bought looks great too! hope you’ve had a good time!

    ❥ Vicky | The Golden BunInstagram TGB 

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 2:09 PM

      Aw, that’s too bad! 🙁

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    Trendy Chickadee
    July 10, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Great post lady! 🙂

    Xx
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 10:17 AM

      Thanks, Molly.

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    Genesis
    July 10, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Great haul! I looooved the Divergent trilogy it was so good! Those covers are so awesome too!

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      Richel V.
      July 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM

      The covers definitely got me! I actually own the original covers and I ended up selling them, lol. These covers are still not available in my country.

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    Sora
    July 10, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    There’s no such thing as too many beauty products, right? 😛 Those tote bags are so cute! I don’t blame you for getting as many as you did. Glad you had such a great trip.

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      True! Haha! I got a lot of tote bags and I still have plenty that I haven’t used at all, lol.

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    Nicole Marie
    July 10, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    Oh man, I was absolutely devastated when they closed down the Cotton On store near where I live. It wasn’t extremely cheap, but they always had amazing sales. I have no idea why it never got popular here 🙁 Those tote bags are so cute. I haven’t been out of the country in while, but seeing your haul makes me want to start saving up!

    http://www.thewanderingkitsune.com

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 9:59 AM

      Aw, that’s too bad! Cotton On is one of my favorite stores and I love their assortments on shorts. <3

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    Wioletta
    July 10, 2016 at 5:41 AM

    Great post dear ! I am happy to take part in the giveaway with Tote Bags 😛

    http://www.fashion-utopia.com

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      I’ll keep you guys posted about the giveaway! 🙂

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    Angelie Pangilinan
    July 10, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    I love the canvass bags you got, they are so cute! 🙂 And also, omg you got a lot of masks! I hope you can review them 🙂

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      I actually think I have 10+ of bags from all my SG trips. Hehe.

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    Mira
    July 10, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Amazing haul, Cotton On and Typo are definitely two of my favourite stores or maybe I should say favourite store as they belong together haha. I love the shorts you bought and the tote bags, you can never have enough of these! When I go abroad I usually buy clothes xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM

      I only found out that they belong together on my SG trip, haha! I usually just bought shirts, chocolates, and magnets. I’m adding post cards to the list!

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    Rea
    July 10, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    So nice you were able to snag pretty cheap clothes! I’m still going on my first out of the country trip late this year so I’m excited.. but we’re backpacking so even though I would love to shop and bring books with me, I can’t. Haha because, excess baggage. Woot!

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      Where will you be heading? 🙂 It’s definitely harder to shop when backpacking, but a cute dress or two would still fit in my baggage. Haha. Good luck on your trip!!

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    Beatrice
    July 9, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Wow! Those are some crazy deals! I would buy piles of shorts too, haha. The ones you picked are sooo cute. I LOVE the Divergent series and I’ve never seen those covers, they’re really cool! Postcards sound like such a cute idea, you could put them in an album with clear sleeves so you could see the front and then flip to the back to read what you wrote. When my family travels we always get a shot glass from each new place we visit. My parents have done this ever since I was little (maybe even before they had me, I’m not sure) and since we traveled so much back then, we probably have over 50! Also, I’ve always wanted to visit a Typo store, I wish they had US locations 🙁 Sounds like you had an amazing trip!

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 10:40 AM

      It was the only place where I’ve seen those Divergent covers as well. I just had to have it, haha. Took me five different bookstores to collect them all. I’m starting my postcards collection soon. I just hoped I started it earlier. Oh well. Shot glasses are so cool – and cooler that your family has been doing it for years!

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    MITCH
    July 9, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    I need that to-do-list notebook!

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 7:38 AM

      That’s actually my favorite things out of all the things I’ve bought! <3

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    Augustin Ra
    July 9, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Hi Ate Richel, I am interested of the giveaway. I love tote bags!!! Plus, I’m jelly with the books. It’s kinda unfair when book covers from other countries are way better than in the Philippines but what’s inside is the most important. You’ve managed to buy a lot for yourself on this trip. Just reading your trips, expenses and how you save money keeps me more motivated to save my allowance. I’m even thinking of saving it ’til I graduate which is a pretty good idea. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 7:34 AM

      Currently putting some things for my blog anniversary giveaway. Two more months to go, hehe. Very true! I even messaged Fully Booked if they’re going to release those covers before buying because it’s cheaper in our country. They said no but they actually released the Hunger Games one – I’m bitter about that, haha. Singapore has a lot more different covers of books – including the Percy Jackson series. If they weren’t so expensive and heavy, I would have bought them all.

      I was able to splurge for this trip because I only shouldered our plane tickets which were paid by January. My papa mostly handled all the other expenses during our trip – except for the shopping one, lol. It’s a pretty good idea to just save up and use it as a graduation gift to yourself! My friends and I did that and we were able to go to different places a few months before graduation since school’s pretty slack during those months. 🙂

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