Call Me Miffed.

In my previous post, I mentioned my Aliexpress love.  And yeah, I’ve shopping this site a lot of times already with majority of my purchases I am happy about.

So when I was looking for a affordable baby carrier, I checked out the site. And saw this..

Baby Carrier on Aliexpress

I am well aware that this is an imitation ERGO. But still I found it looks so nice and you can’t beat the price at $23.75 and it has free shipping from this seller. So I ordered one like the photo above.

That was on the first week of August.

What makes me really miffed right now is that I still haven’t received it yet. I know its free shipping etc, but come on! China is so near Cambodia and besides I’ve ordered from various sellers several times and max time frame I’ve waited for an item from China is 20 days. Even for regular air mail.

So what gives? I checked the tracking info and its shows there item was shipped out of China late August and that made me do a wtf?!#. I mean, I ordered very early August and seller confirmed she shipped item 2 days after my payment went through.

Sigh. Online shopping is really a hit and miss thing. Thankfully, Aliexpress has buyer protection. They won’t release my payment to seller if I haven’t confirmed receipt of goods within the buyer protection time frame.

So now, I’m just waiting.

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.