New Favorite Shopping Playground

Oh yes, I’ve got a new favorite online shopping playground.

I’ve been buying from this place for sometime now, but its only just recently that I’ve realized I really liked shopping there. I’m talking about Aliexpress.com, the retail version of China shopping giant Alibaba. My shopping love affair with Aliexpress was rekindled when I bought a lumbar support belt for my sister.

Aliexpress

That transaction went really smoothly and my sister was happy with the quality of the support belt and we did save lots of money with that purchase. Aliexpress is just a huge marketplace, you can easily get lost and spend days browsing what’s on offer. Really almost everything is there, and if you are on the lookout for spandex high boy table cover – this site is one place to check out.

So from then on, I’ve been shopping there quite regularly. During my pregnancy, that’s where I bought lots of maternity undies since I had a hard time looking for good ones here in Phnom Penh. Also bought a lot of onesies and cloth diapers + inserts for baby there. Now I’m browsing the site for a baby carrier and also a diaper bag.

Do note that this site has different sellers and suppliers so packages are not consolidated. Finding reliable sellers can also be a hit and miss thing. Soon, I’ll be putting together a shopping guide/tips on getting good deals on Aliexpress.

Shopped at Dorothy Perkins Online

Oh yes! I broke my self-imposed online shopping hiatus. I figured, its time as I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy. Lol! In fact, I’m just waiting for the little one to pop out anytime now. I’ve been in a really crazy mood for the past weeks, as I’m feeling the not so glam parts of being pregnant. There are times I think waiting for labor is akin to waiting for overseas car shipping that is just taking so long.

But anyway, I’m pretty sure I would change my mind once I see my little angel out, safe and sound. I think I would be forgiven for being a bit fed up with the last stage of pregnancy especially now that I’m feeling like a bleached whale with lots of aches and pains not to mention mood swings.

And so I decided to shop. I fancied getting grown up clothes. Hahaha! I mean dresses. One’s that aren’t so in your face. So I shopped online at Dorothy Perkins. Did I mention I love this shop? For several reasons: (1) Lovely, classic style clothing (2) They ship internationally!! Yes, even to Cambodia. (3) Sale, sale, sale events. They always have sale events. (4) Multiple coupons can be used per order – just how awesome is this?! (4) Price is affordable, all the the more so if its on sale and you’ve got discount coupons.

And here’s my latest pack..(Forgive moi, I didn’t take photos of the clothes as I’m so lazy.)

Shopping at Dorothy Perkins


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Take my word for it though, I love the fit of everything, all very flattering. The fabric of each dress is very good. It’s not flimsy but not hot either, more like breathable so its perfect for our weather here. My only complaint is just the sleeves for the gray tube dress was longer than I anticipated but that can be easily remedied.

I must also mention, the shipping was quite quick. It got to the post here well within two weeks at free shipping!

Let’s say, I’ll be shopping more and more from this site.

An Online Fashion Shopper’s Haven in the Philippines

Did you know I started my online shopping obsession while I was living in Manila? Oh yes. Not exactly the place you’d think of to be introduced to online shopping, right?

While my thrift and bargain shopping has been borne out my mom’s ukay ukay hunting hobby, my forays into online shopping started when internet was starting to get popular in Manila. Back then, there weren’t big Philippine online shopping sites yet, there was just shops hosted in Multiply and sellers peddling their goodies on Sulit. Then there was Ebay.

That was then. Now I’m very happy to see that there are now a lot of online shopping players for Philippine market. Every time, I go home for a vacation, I try them out. I’ve even shopped for gifts for relatives on these online shopping sites and I tell you, they are tad convenient.

One of the most impressive sites around is Zalora Philippines (Zalora.ph). Their focus is on affordable fashion for women and men and they carry an extensive range of products and reputable brands.

If you’re like me who often think prowling the malls for a nice pair of top or a funky sneaker can be chore, especially during the summer heat, then you’d appreciate the convenience this online shop brings. Heavenly. Imagine shopping from the couch.

Zalora’s site is also well designed. Very intuitive and its a joy to browse. It kinda reminds me of one of my favorite shopping sites, Asos.com. I have this site bookmarked, so should you, fellow Pinoy shopaholic. I’m definitely doing some gift shopping there soon.

Baby Goodies from Psar Tuol Tompong

I’m a soon to be second-time momma. So I’ve been on a conscious diet on shopping for myself and instead these past few months, the thrift hunter in me has been focusing on great deals for the little one.

Yup. I’ve been ignoring ads saying Flash Deals! Sale! quite successfully. My bargain radar is trained on baby stuff.

One of the best places I’ve found here in Phnom Penh to shop for baby items is Psar Tuol Tompong (also known as Russian Market). Well, the place is crowded not to mention, hot, but its worth exploring for baby goodies.

Here’s some of what I got on my first baby shopping raid there..

Shopping in Russian Market Phnom Penh

Carter’s 4 pc romper set – includes 6 pairs of baby socks. $8 only and Carter’s cotton blankets – 5 pcs – $12.

Both are of great quality and 100% cotton. Might go back there again for some onesies.

Gmarket Shopping Hiatus

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still madly in love with Korean products and Gmarket remains one of my top 3 online shopping playgrounds. The sheer volume of goodies there is more than enough to make it one of my favorites and its still one of the first places I look at when I’m searching for stuff. And also its still the best place to buy Korean cosmetics.

So why am I on a Gmarket shopping hiatus? For several reasons, (1) there has been quite a few changes to the site that I’m not particularly happy with like the ‘hiatus’ of bloggers shopping rewards. To be honest, this was one of the biggest draws about shopping there. And I also miss reading other bloggers’ shopping experience and recommendations. It was one of the best ways to find products recommendations.

(2) Shipping got quite expensive. So I figured I’ll just shop there when I’m buying more than $150 worth of items to make the shipping cost worthwhile

(3) I found a new shopping playground – Aliexpress. Where I find a lot of items cheaper and a lot of sellers offer free (albeit slow) shipping. The only advantage Gmarket has is their consolidated shipping.

Anyway, I do hope I could get back to my Gmarket sprees soon. I fancy buying a couple of bags, hair accessories and shoes soon.

Shopping for Lumbar Support

Online shopping is not YET very widespread or popular here in Cambodia. Although its quite heartening to see a couple of ‘online shops’ for mostly fashion, popping out on Facebook so things are looking up. Also most people here don’t use credit cards or do much transactions online, its kinda hard to push online shopping at this time.

So that brings me to one of my sources of shopping frustration (this should be hashtagged #firstworldproblems ha!) – when you need something unique its hard to find a shop that sells it here or even an online shop abroad that would ship it here.

My sis has been hunting for a magnetic lumbar support belt. We scoured the shops selling medical supplies here in Phnom Penh and found it in several shops. But the price tag – $30+. WTF?! So we decided to check online about the actual reasonable price. Most were below $20 price range. We had to options – buy in Ebay or Aliexpress.

Lumbar Support Belt

We decided to try out Aliexpress because it was cheaper although the shipping times really needs some patience applied. So we ordered 1 belt and 1 neck orthopedic tourmaline belt self-heating magnetic therapy waist support belt (link) for only $7.99 with free China post shipping.

Right now, were still waiting for it to be shipped out and I’ll report back here once we receive it. For now, I’m happy we got a good deal. Can you imagine the price difference? Not to mention there is a free neck support with this one too.