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Hello Folks! Happy 2017! As for my new year’s resolution. I’ll try to stay away from toys and online shopping as much as possible. Haha. However, I’ve stumbled upon Disney Store and saw the new products for 2017. Now, I’m regretting to have such new year’s resolution.

Here are some of the things that captured my attention.

Musical Tsum Tsum – I love Tsum Tsum, the game and the plush, and they have came up with Musical Ones. And started off with Ariel. This is for $14.95.

Animators’ Collection -Belle Micro Playset – This toy costs $19.95 and the detail is fantastic. I love to have my own set.  The set is also available for Frozen and Tinkerbell.

 

Animators’ Disney Doll Collection – 15 Dolls for $119.95. I think I am drawn to Animators’ Collection Series Merchandise. The attention to detail is really good. I can’t help but be fascinated.

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Animators’ Collection Deluxe Figure – This set costs $24.95 and I love Ariel in this. This one, I want to convert into Christmas Ornaments.

Hold on… they have actually released an Ornament version of the figure for $59.95.

Tea Time – Plates for $14.95 and Cups for $7.95

Animators’ Collection Mini Doll Set – available in various designs for $19.95

That’s it for now folks… if it has gotten your attention… go check out DisneyStore

Credits: Disney Store

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Yup! We’ve braced the crowd to see for ourselves the 1st Lego Store in the Philippines. Since, this is my first Lego store, I have not much expectation. I’ve read in other blogs that the products are a bit pricey but there are lots of hard to find items. So, I’m banking on that.

I came around 1:30 PM, a little over the opening of the store at 1:00 PM. I thought that by now the crowd would be lesser. BUT I WAS WRONG! There’s still lots of people. It would have been okay if the line was moving fast but it was not! The strategy they have imposed is a customer comes out first before another goes in. The problem was, some of the customers are taking a long time before coming out.
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If you get bored while waiting, you can go around and take pictures.
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After 2 and a half hours, I was near the door. At this point, we noticed a flaw in the strategy. Some sneaky customers instructed their kids to go in first by telling the guard that their parents are inside. And after a while, the parent would follow to let them in saying their kids are inside. Please! Don’t follow the inconsiderate people. Other people are properly lining up and waiting for their turns.

I was surprised to see that the store is a bit small. It’s rectangular with people lining up in the center for payment. Because of the crowd, I wasn’t able to look at the Pick a Brick (679.75 Php for 100 grams, minimum) and Build a Mini (499.75 Php for 3).
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It has more products than Toys R Us and Toy Kingdom, price is basically the same. I was hoping for a more extensive selection, but I wasn’t able to find the Airport Fire Truck as Edward requested. In the end, I’ve settled for other sets of Lego City.

Here are some of the displays to help you decide on what to buy.
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Now, some of the exhibits. Some are pretty impressive.
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And now… presenting our haul…
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Simpsons Minifigure Series 2 is priced at 249.75 Php. Similar to other minifigures.
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This is the 50 Php Spiderman Glider, to purchase this, it’s on a separate line inside. Beside the cashier. It was pre-packed at 5 pcs, the maximum number of items a customer can purchase.
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This would be Edward’s birthday present from my sister.
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I was aiming to buy this, and seeing it was a lucky find. It was hidden in the shelf below the keychains. If you can wait, this would be a freebie on May 14-15. I have no plans of returning this week.
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This is a lucky find as well, I saw this in Lego Shop online and was hoping to see it in the store. Yay! Edward loved this. This costs 499.75 Php.
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The Freebie
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For the upcoming events…
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For the Mini Build, the kids have 5 mins to build their set. They can bring it home. 10 kids per set. And 50 kids per hour.
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Some points to ponder:
1. It would have worked better if they have issued numbers to customers, that way the cutting in lines would be eliminated.
2. If the receipt for the cashier is computerized it would be faster. Currently there are only 2 lines, one for cash and one for credit.

Overall, I’m happy with the experience, tiring but fulfilling.

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Yes! Finally, the journey begins. So the first day, I thought I would spend most of the time in school. Ehm! Wrong! Since we can’t see anything, husband and I went on a date. From Lucky Chinatown to 168 to Merriam Bookstore to the warehouse sale.

After school, we even went to watch a movie. Epic fail but the long awaited date finally happened. I guess I’ll try again tomorrow.

Here are our haul.

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This was a lucky find and Edward destroyed the carton even before I took a picture. Sigh!

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My sisters came back from Japan today and Mama wants to check out Duty Free. It was very different from what I remembered. Edward had fun exploring and with his haul.

Kinder Chocolate Plush with 12 bars of Chocolate hidden in the backpack. $17.25.

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Lightning McQueen Smarties Dispenser. $21.35, Edward was so happy to get this. It literally burned my wallet haha.

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Smarties with Lightning Top. $8.90. This was more expensive than the one we saw in Subic, the difference is it’s not expired yet. So we would be able to enjoy the candy.

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Lightning Cup with Straw at $10.60. It contains some candies inside.

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Lightning McQueen Fan at $8.40 with candies inside. This is similar to the Jake we bought him before.

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M&M Tin Cans with 250g of M&M. There are 5 variants, wasn’t able to get the orange one.

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I was teasing Kalvin that I’ll return the nuts as I think we would be overspending. Haha.

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5 pieces of Combos at $3 each. Same price if you would buy in bulk or by piece. You just get a bag for free.

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I was so happy to see this Cadbury. Although it was a bit pricey. Almost $10, I was telling Kalvin I’ll return it but he wants to try as well. Ended up getting it.

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Kalvin personally selected the next two items.

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Finally different flavors of Doritos.

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We might have overspent but it was a fun experience, Edward had a lot of fun as well. He played in the Chupa Chups car and only stopped playing when another kid played with it.

I told Edward to cover his eyes as we pass through the toys section. When I asked him to open, he got so excited that he almost jumped out of the shopping cart. He saw tons of trucks. Since, we didn’t buy him one. I allowed him to play for awhile.
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This is how Edward looked when we got the Lightning, he was super happy.
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One thing he likes that we weren’t able to get is the M&M that grows on tree.
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And when we got home, he was so happy with the Kinder Plush, we named Iggy.
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Divisoria Haul

Finally, after a long while… I was able to go to Divisoria. At first I thought it won’t push through again because of the rain but luckily it stopped raining. The goal? Buy Pajama shorts for husband, check out accessories, buy books for Edward, buy notebooks and Jelly Shoes for me.

First stop, 999 mall. This place is huge! From Recto all the way to 168. There are a lot of stalls, what I notice is the products here are not easily seen in other stores. Unlike typical Divisoria products where you can see stuffs in almost every stores. Here, some of the products are quite unique. I have a weakness for cute stuffs, so in the first 30 minutes of the stroll, I already purchased these…

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In the 3rd floor, near the small food court, there’s a wholesale stores. Wherein you need to put your things in a locker. They would give you a key and lock. Minimum of 3 items for the wholesale price and minimum of 200 pesos per purchase. This place is a bit cramp but there are lots of good products, ranging from school supplies and toys. Here are some of my haul. The storybooks cost 14 Php, minimum of 1 dozen. Rest of my purchase is already in bulk. The play money only costs 40 Php. The Winnie the Pooh Thinking Spot is the first half the series. I purchased the second half before. The problem is the number 7 book is missing. First half is 1-6 and the other half is 8-12. So, I have to find the missing book.

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While strolling, I saw a dragon coin bank, I thought it was the same as the one I saw in Daiso Korea blog, but it wasn’t. Nevertheless, I purchased it and my son seems to like it.

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After failing on my mission, we went to 168… I was able to buy my Christmas shirt. I can’t wait for the party. I just need to buy Edward and Husband’s outfit next time.

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The accessories update… The bracelets range from 100 Php to 500 Php. I saw a floral resin bracelets but it was super expensive. 400 Php. So, I’ll try to find it in Aliexpress again. The only thing I found in Divisoria is this bracelet. And it cost a hundred.

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One thing I regret not buying is the baby Donald Duck earring, it was super cute and only 50 Php. But since, I don’t wear earrings lately… i guess it’s okay. I’m happy I didn’t find my Aliexpress purchase there at a cheaper price or else I’ll be pissed.

Even if my goals were not met, I had fun strolling in Divi again. And with food included , I spend less than 2K… Not bad at all. I’m super happy.

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I have no hope, just because I wasn’t able to go to 168, i’ve finalized my online shopping shopping cart in Alibaba Express. A cart full of accessories. So, what is Alibaba Express? First, have you heard about Alibaba? The manufacturer of low cost goods from China. This is mainly for bulk orders. The express version is for retailers, they still have minimum orders mind you… But, it’s smaller compared to the actual site. It would depend on the seller actually. For my purchase, it’s 15 USD.

I did a lot of adding and removing till I get my final list. Since, it’s my first time, I wanna see how the shipping goes. It’s being shipping via China Post but from what I have read, it’s not door to door, so it might be a bit of a hassle to pick it up from the post office itself. I also took advantage of their limited discount, I selected Shanghai Gown Industry as the seller because majority of the goods are on sale. The rest of the stores, I’ll try after if my experience is good,

What I like about the website is after you have checked out, you have the ability to message the seller about our goods, like for me, I was able to specify the color that I like. If the seller would comply, it’s a different story but at least I can let them know.

After all the shopping, here’s my loot. Total of 14 variants but some I got different colors… A total of 20 accessories. For less than 20 USD. It’s pretty cheap. So far, I am happy with the price I paid because I feel it’s a bargain. When the actual products comes, I’ll see if I’m still happy. Haha.

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August 28 Update:
Just when I thought I won’t receive it anymore after reading all the bad comments in Aliexpress. The notice came in today. I’ll pick it up soon as I can tom or Friday.

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RetailMeNot

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I’ve gotten to know this website after taking advantage of the THANKYOU promo code in Old Navy where a 30% discount is offered on your cart. Super happy with my shopping. I wondered if there’s a website that would summarize the promos. And there is!

So… This website is like EverythingInBudget for US stores. It compiles the current promos/coupons on retail stores. A one time big time shop for discount. Now, I think my shopping addiction is getting worse…

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