Purchases from Europe

Many friends , especially girls, have been asking me to post up stuff I bought. Funny lor, they’re more interested in seeing what I bought more than where we went. Haha. =.=””

Actually I didnt buy many things. Mostly because we only have very little shopping time there and seriously there’s really nothing much WORTH buying down there because everything is more expensive there after currency conversion. The only stuffs worth buying are the branded goods, as you know, they’re like 20-30% cheaper. I guess we’re lucky that we went there when Euros and Pounds are low. I had, however, utilized my “bags” quota for this year and next year.

Switz are famous for their Swiss-made watches, Swiss army knife and chocolates. However, because the watches are Swiss-made, they’re more expensive as all the parts used are of better quality and were assembled there rather than in Bangkok/China/Singapore. Unless you’re a collector or bloody rich, you probably wont buy. We only bought a few chocolates from there.

Paris, needless to say, is a heaven for designer goods. Basically almost every brand is cheaper there. Do note that MontBlanc is actually cheaper in Singapore Airports and Burberry is cheaper in London.

Initially I didnt intend to buy anything from LV because I didnt see anything I like from it’s webby nor Sg store. Moreover, I dont have enough time because we only have 3hours in Paris for shopping and much time was being spent shopping on hubby’s briefcase. MAN, can be so indecisive at times. ZzZz. While we’re waiting for the SA to get us dearie’s bags(he bought 2) and Kel’s Artsy MM, I spotted a woman browsing this design, Verona PM.

I thought it was not bad. I grew to love it because it’s in Damier Ebene Canvas as the beige leather parts for Monogram Canvas tend to “brown” after a period of usage. It can become real ugly. What’s best is, it can be carried as a shoulder bag as well as a top-handle bag.

I love it because

1) it’s limited edition
2) it’s vibrant orange
3) it’s gold chrome logo
4) it’s light-weight
5) it’s the perfect size

Have you any idea how heavy is the classic range of their Caviar/Nappa leather and calfskinned bags? One weighs like at least 1 kg with absolutely nothing in it. Certainly not for old folks like me whose frail shoulder gives pain if I carry too heavy stuff for long.

I realised their shops only display a very small range of bags. Mostly are being kept inside(dont know for what lor) and they only bring it out when you request for it. Perhaps we’re tourists, the bilingual SA(arranged to serve us) specially requested their staff to bring out the exclusive designs, hence we’re able to see them. Even then, it’s very limited. So dont bother surfing for their designs online before your Paris trip, you cant get them anyway. Blearh…I guess this is call “acting exclusive”. For Hermès Birkin bag, they wont even let you see the bag unless you spent at least twenty grand in their shop and being put in their VIP list first!

When I carried this orange fabric bag to meet my girlies, they cried “it’s so you!” in unison. Really meh? Haha. But I do love things with gold details, especially in chrome. I’m usually not a fan of bright colours but this orange really look fantastic(in my opinion). It’s only bad point is that it’s not easy to match. Perhaps only in full black etc. It’s okay though, I’m almost always in black. I love it’s size too. Most flap bags are pathetically small where you cant even bring along your powder for touch-ups but this is neither too big or too small. Suitable for night outs as well as dinners. It can fit a small wallet, key pouch, powder, lip gloss, blotters and handphone perfectly without looking bulky or anything. Practical, I’m still a very practical person. With taste of course. =P

Of course, how can I miss my fave Burberry when I’m in London? I bought this classic Haymarket check tote in London as a working bag as it’s not as loud as a C or LV. It’s light-weight and fits A4 size. After using it then I realised my previous stupid FION bag is so damn heavy(in comparison)! Seriously never realised it was heavy, maybe because I was blinded by it’s “beauty”. Haha.


Playful Nova heart bowling bag. So cute and sweet.

I was actually very disappointed with London’s Burberry’s collection. It was much smaller than Sg’s one. Each series came in only very limited designs. I meant to buy a Nova Check bag but didnt see any design I fancy. Sad.

Bought 2 items from SQ Krisflyer shop. As much as their service sucks, they carry a few exclusive and pretty fantastic items!


MontBlanc chunky necklace with rotating pendant.


This side is the mother-of-pearl


This side is silver

Love it. You have to buy it from SQ Kris shop as they owned it exclusively. So they’re not available in the boutiques.


Shu Uemura make-up palette, again, only available through Kris shop


It’s very worth it, in my opinion as it comes with a full size blusher, 4 mini eyeshadows, 1 cream eye-liner, 1 highlighter coupled with brushes.


Lovely colours


Bought from London airport. I’m glad as it’s cheaper than Paris!


éclat perfume from the perfume gallery in Paris


Bangle from Claire’s, in Switz.


Another palette from Claire’s, in Switz


DKNY bangle watch from Paris.


I had the silver one already but never saw the gold one in Sg. It is slighter cheaper than SG price after the rebates

That’s all. Bought a few dresses/tops/skirt from H.M in Switz, that’s about it. I always worry that I might regret the things I bought since they’re not cheap but I’m glad that I didnt regret abit. They’re so much cheaper than their normal SG prices and most are exclusive and unique in their own ways. I would say my fave among these favourites are the C bag, MB necklace and Shu-E palette, maybe mostly because they’re exclusive. =D

I hereby swear that I wont buy any bags/make-up palettes/perfumes for this year and next year! If you see me wanting to buy, please stop me!

Lastly, 2 reluctant purchases when I’m back in Sg, just because my camera and phone are spoilt. Sigh.

Okie. I’m broke now. You happy.

Oh by the way, 2 of my bags are pressies from dearie. Isnt that so sweet of him? =D

Thanks dear for the wonderful honeymoon. *SMUACKS*

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Honeymoon – Part 4

Okok…last honeymoon entry liao.

Took quite many pics in London as I said I love the architectures there. And what’s best is all the entrances to the museums are FREE! We need to pay in Paris. =P But too bad we dont have much time in London, only around 1.5 days. Dont even have time to meet dear Gen there as she’s only available that monday evening and we planned to catch a musical. Musicals are only available in the evenings and we only have 1 evening!

The theater is very beautiful with lovely 3D painted carvings of statues on the ceilings. We caught Les Misérables which is as the name suggests, so damn miserable lah. So sorry dont know how to appreciate…definitely prefer Phantom of the Opera any time. Sigh…should have spent the S$80 per pax re-watching it instead. I mean, the actors and actresses were great but the story is draggy and boring, plus the music is not pleasing to my ears. Perhaps only 1 or 2.

Hmm…we definitely did some shopping. Bought another 2 bags and a wallet cum key pouch for dearie. =) Shopped along Harrods, but nothing to buy.

Since we’re at London, how can we miss visiting some famous football clubs’ stadiums?


Chelsea’s. Only 15minutes from our hotel


we paid S$30 per pax for a elaborate tour inside(no stepping on the nice greens though). Thank god it was fun and entertaining.


News conference table

Going out to play liao. Haha

Dearie bought a few sporty t-shirts there. As Adidas is their main sponsor, the Adidas shirts were so cheap there.

Of course…how can we miss dearie’s favorite club, Tottenham Hotspurs?


Wah, see the big difference in expression compared to the one at Chelsea. Haha.

Spur’s stadium is located very far from our hotel. The train, bus journey with a little walking took almost 2 hours to and fro. Initially dearie said dont waste time to go there since we already has so little time in London. But I said since we’re in London, dont waste the opportunity. It’s too bad that there’s no matches when we’re there. Worse still, the tickets for a tour inside the stadium were sold out and we can only take pictures outside and go their shop instead. Dearie bought a few sporty t-shirts which look great on him. They were priced much more expensive than Chelsea though.

THE END! Finally finished! More pics on facebook. Add me if you want the see the pics. Ask me for email then.

Honeymoon part 3

Day 8 – Paris

Might as well be done it with; blogging the last entry of the honeymoon I mean. Really busy and tired lately and I dont know why! Very strong urge to lump all pictures in a slideshow and be done with it! Since we also got pretty sick with photo taking from the 8th day onwards despite gorgeous scenary. Wonder how can Edison, Gillian plus other girls take soOooo many obscene and bo-liao pictures all the time?! Okie I’ve side tracked.

I dont care liao, the pictures wont be in chronological order liao.

I have to say all these pictures look absolutely breathtaking on my lappy. It’s really not impressive on wordpress. Lousy.

Eiffel Tower by night

Certainly much more beautiful because it’s lit up!


The tower has flashing glitter lights every hour for 5 minutes. If you missed it, you have to wait pretty long.

We actually took a cab out from hotel to catch it and after sharing with the other couple, it’s S$40 for us. Total cab fare was S$80!

We visited Fragonard Perfumery and museum which was pretty interesting. They explained how perfume was made and the difference in technology all these days, as well as explaining the differences between Eau de Parfum(EDP) and Eau de Toilette(EDT) etc, i.e, their percentage of concentration of perfume oil. If you think I can remember the specific percentages of concentration and list here with class, you are SO WRONG! Here’s a peek from Wikipedia. Keke.

Concentration

Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent, which in fine fragrance is typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol. Various sources differ considerably in the definitions of perfume types. The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:

* Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds
* Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes listed as “eau de perfume” or “millésime”.
* Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds
* Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical ~5%) aromatic compounds
* Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds

In short, the more concentrated of perfume oil, the more expensive the scent will be as more flowers are needed to concoct it. More importantly, the fragrance can lasts longer too. I bought a bottle there.

Then we had 3hours of shopping where we bought a few stuff. Really, not alot. Considering sooOoo little time we had. He bought 2 bags, I bought 2 bags and a watch. Will probably upload pictures of all my buys in the next entry bah.

Day 9 Paris – London
I certainly love the architectures here more than the ones in Paris but dearie feels the opposite. We definitely prefer London to Switz and Paris as it’s much easier to communicate for most are fluent in English. And finally I could watch movies on the hotel LCD TV and actually UNDERSTAND what they were speaking. Somehow the people are just nicer here, less racism towards Asians. Paris is the worse. Finally I’ve found a country where customer service is worse than us. Singapore customer service sucks but at least most wont openly give you attitude. Seriously, just because the French are born taller with crooked noses atop freckled skins then they feel so superior. Oh please.

All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference. – Voltaire

Dammit loh…I uploaded like 20pictures and suddenly wordpress cant capture and I have to do it again.

*ROARS*


Some artistic shots which I forced dearie to post. Haha.

Alright…that’s all for now..

TO be continued………..Day 10 in London

 

*Edited* 12 days Europe Honeymoon Trip – Part 2

Before I start my entry, just read this, http://thotpcs.blogspot.com/2009/03/sq321-flight-delay-from-london-to.html. It’s an account of a 12hours flight delay for the same SQ321 Airbus which departed just 1 day later than us from London! It’s totally horrible. I can totally imagine the agony and frustration of those passengers, probably of 4 times worse, since my flight delay of 3 hours already drove me pretty crazy. SQ really sucks…BIG TIME!

By the way….somehow the pictures after being uploaded onto wordpress seemed to lose it’s sharpness…and it kinda douses my enthusiasm to blog and upload pictures…Sigh…but cant stop halfway. Clicking on the pictures itself can view it better….

Okie..so to continue…

Still in Switzerland….seriously…too many days there…but we realised all the tours are planned like this.

DAY 5 INTERLAKEN – BERN – ZERMATT

More sightseeing….and photo taking….
Seriously it got boring after a while and pictures got lesser and lesser.


The Clock Tower


Parliament house


Cute mini car


Big bear in bear pit


2 baby cubs

We did a littttleee window shopping at Zermatt, another ulu village. Nothing much except beautiful snow mountains all around you.


Magnificent horses!


Pretty scared they kick me!

Yummy pastries as always there. Our hotel was EILTE hotel, damn lok so I didnt bother to take pictures. The translucent curtains with shared balconies cum corridors among rooms were almost our last straw. Ah doi! Cant even change in the room lor! Much less do what honeymooners were supposed to do. =P

DAY 6 ZERMATT – GENEVA – FRANCE(DIJON)

Château de Chillon
Beautiful castle isnt it….heard it was once a prison.


Flower Clock

Finally we left Switzerland and reached France, Dijon, home to the finest french cuisine.!


At Kyriad hotel, Chez Marco French Restaurant. Must try!!


Nice Sakura blossoms

Indeed, it is! Just see the pictures of our sumptuous french dinner. Yum yum!!


In the restaurant


Escargots!! Delicious!!


Served warmly on a metal plate. Thumbs up.


Initially the pictures of normal snails kept flashed before my eyes and I was unable to stomach it. But finally I curbed the phobia and ate it! It was very nice! Wonder where can I have yummy and fresh ones in Singapore? Do recommend ya.


Some people in our tour group was unable to finish all, so I had 3 more. =D


Main course. Nothing much…tasted like turkey breast meat. Still, it was so much better than Swiss’s food which was nauseatingly salty.

DAY 7 DIJON – PARIS
What can I say? Other than shopping, then is Eiffel Tower loh. =)

Daytime

Up we go, to the Eiffel Tower!!

View from the top

Down we go


See! Dearie take pictures always slant 1 side! The Eiffel Tower looks crooked lor!


That title dot is me! Another crooked picture…..with the top cut off. Bo doh!

To be continued……………Day 8 in Paris

*Edited* 12 days Europe Honeymoon Trip – Part 1

Headache. We both took over 500 pictures for our 12 days Europe honeymoon trip. Finally I’ve picked out 200+ better ones, unable to eliminate more because of all the gorgeous scenery. I might need to separate into few entries. It will be so much easier if all pictures are from my camera alone but because it became siao siao during the trip, malfunctioning as and when she pleased, I had to get pictures from dearie’s camera too. His camera poses the problems of unable to take night shots and very short battery life. Duhz. Apologies for the quality of pictures, I simply need to change a better camera.

Day 1(3rd April 2010) SINGAPORE – SWITZERLAND(ZURICH)
Flight to Zurich, Switzerland‘s financial hub by SQ Airbus SQ321.
The flight was at 1am and we’re supposed to reach at 11pm to meet the tour guide. As we wanted to catch supper, we reached even earlier, at 10.15pm. Who will know that the newly launched Airbus had an aircon leak problem and our flight was being delayed by around 3 hours. When we finally board it, we had to suffer stuffy and warm air for another 2 hours before it was cold. Arghh! SERVICE SUCKS BIG TIME!!!

Day 2 SWITZERLAND(ZURICH) – GERMANY(BLACK FOREST)
Our travelling were by coach most of the time. Most of them were around 1-2hours and 2 of them got as long as 4 hours with a lunch break in between.

Lush greenery greeted us, dotted with clusters of cute Swiss cottages. Humans were scarce and the place looked serenely picturesque and peaceful with neatly manicured lawns. We were told that some of them grow their own vegetables and fruits too.

Upon alighting in Germany-Black Forest, we had to walk for quite a while to reach the resort of Titisee for our pork knuckle lunch, accompanied by a soup and their famous black forest cake. They werent fantastic so I shall skip the pictures. It irked us that their people prefer their food to be super salty. They should really mind their kidneys.

We also attended a Cuckoo clock making demonstration.

Black Forest is a small village with nothing much to shop. Beautiful lakes with many mandarin ducks though.

Dearie takes lousy pictures. Other than slicing beautiful buildings into half, or putting just my head ALONE into pictures, he can make Eiffel Tower look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Since then, I’ve stopped asking him to take pictures of me unless for absolutely must-snapped architectures like Eiffel Tower etc. So, more pictures are of him.

We took the coach again back to SWITZERLAND(SCHAFFHAUSEN) to see the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Please do not compare it with Niagara Falls. Though again, I dont understand how it can be Europe’s largest waterfall….I thought it looked like rapids to me. =P

We took the coach again to the beautiful resort town Lucerne.


Along the way

Checked into Flora Hotel. I loved the deco. Modern with shadows of Swiss Culture.
This hotel is highly recommended.

At the lobby.

The room.

Oh yes. Most Europe’s hotels do not have the room amenities which commonly come with Singapore hotels. They dont have kettle, fridge nor shower foam/shampoo/lotion for you. They have, however, an all-in-1 soap dispenser where you can use it to wash anywhere you want. That’s why, we bought along our travel kettle too, for hot drinks if needed. Some of them dont even have aircon, as opening the windows will have natural air-conditioning already. Simply adjust your room temperature by the angle of your windows. How cool is that eh?

The Lion Monument is an allegory of the defeat of the Swiss guards during the storming of the Tuileries 1792, whatever it represents. Poor Lion looked so tragic that it’s hard to take a smiley picture with it.

At the Chapel Bridge, the 14th century wooden bridge, an icon of Lucerne.


Many swans in the lake


With sweet Serene whom I got to know during the tour. She came with her hubby for holiday. Regretted not taking more pictures with her, simply because both of us were busy with our spouses, or else with shopping. Haha.


Opposite the Bridge


All the electric buses run on cable attached above them

DAY 3 LUCERNE – INTERLAKEN

In the morning, we departed for Engelberg where we commence our ascent to Mt Titlis. We boarded the cable car for 45minutes to reach the high alpine glacier region at 10,000ft. We then took another ride in the world’s first ever revolving “Rotair” gondola, which offers a 360 degrees panoramic view into the alps.


Bottom of Mt Titlis


In the cable car

On the coach again to Interlaken, City Oberland Hotel.
Apparently, we got the..so-called honeymoon room?


Haha! It was more like country-style and a pretty big room. But I merely cant stand the bed which creaked with every move and the deflated pillows.

Day 4 – INTERLAKEN
Interlaken is a typical small town, or rather village, with nothing much to shop. However, they have breathtaking scenaries with flowing lakes and gorgeous alpine alps as backdrops. Half a day is enough to finish touring the area. It would be great if the 4th day was spent in Paris shopping instead.


I wished this was my hotel but apparently not.


Acting cool again


At the Casino, with the impressive entrance but pathetic interior. They have, like a dozen jackpot machines, 2 poker cards tables which were out of bounds, 1 roulette table and 1 black jack table. That’s it. You can imagine why there’s less than 10 people inside. It’s so boring.

We had a Swiss and meat fondue dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert. Again, it’s nothing to cry for so I’ll skip the pictures again. Had supper at their Hooters too, but the standard was way inferior to Singapore’s. Played pool and darts at a bar(simply got too much free time!). It was very expensive. An hour of pool game costs more than S$20 and 2 darts games which lasted around 15minutes cost S$15.


A mac burger and salad cost S$30.


Our lunch at some cafe. Totally unfriendly menu.


Fish & Chips should be the safest; to avoid over salty food/soup


This vanilla custard simply tastes great. I have to say all Europe’s pastries and cakes are wonderful with friendly prices(cheaper than Delifrance). They’re not too sweet and just right.

Scenary shots


Interesting giant chess game


Giant Chair

In short, Switzerland is more of a scenic location than a shopping paradise. Cute Swiss cottages, serene lakes, beautiful architectures and snowed alpine peaks. One word of caution though that it’s unhealthy to look at snow for too long, i.e, more than 5minutes. You can scorch your eyes and will affect your vision. You probably enjoy more if you ski there. However, be prepared to tread in heavy ski boots, carry your heavy pair of skis and take at least 2 times of cable cars(30minutes or so) to reach the peak before you can start skiing.

Optional activities like paragliding is available but they take around 1.5 hours only. You also have to take a cable car up. Hotels have limited SCV shows and most of them are in German, just like all the restaurant menus. Most of the people understand English though.

Swiss franc is being used there, the rate is around S$1=CHF$1.3 and things are horribly expensive there. Shops close very early too, like in the evenings. If you’re a fan of Swiss watches then you might like there. NOT that the watches are cheaper there but they are more exclusively made. Other than that, it’s chocolates and chocolates….or…Swiss army knives. I dont find the food particularly nice too. Most are too salty, otherwise it’s all western food. Breakfast is always ham, eggs, beans and croissants. That’s it.

To be continued……………..

I’m back

Hi Guys. I’m back.

Cant really sleep, maybe haven got used to the time difference as Europe is around 6-7 hours behind us.

Pretty tired….maybe will blog tomorrow if I have time. Have a lot of work to do. Sigh.

Hope I can last till friday.

It was overall a very enjoyable trip, of course, considering it’s our honeymoon and 1st long haul holiday.

Initially I thought the 12 days holiday might be too short but it’s actually just nice. =)

Although I wish we have more hours to shop in Paris and sightseeing in London…..we spent too much time in Switzerland.

Alright. More details in the next blog post. Stay tuned.

I’m a slave

I should probably be sleeping now but I thought I’ll just pen down a few paragraphs as I’ve been neglecting this blog for quite some time.

Other than “tired” and “dead”(where you piece both together to become dead-tired), I dont know what else to say. Having your own house and living in it with your dearest is such a sweet thing…until it comes to the maintenance part. Those who had seen my house will probably know I’m a slave…..A–S-L-A-V-E, to my “white” house. “White” house is because we have many white colour furnitures. Gorgeous as they come, they’re a chore to maintain. We had moved in around 1 month and the need to clean the sofa and kitchen cabinets had already risen.

Let me see.

My sofa is white.
My tv console is white.
So is my coffee table.
Writing desk.
Dressing table.
Office cabinets.
Wardrobe laminates.
Kitchen cabinets.
Kitchen counter top
Shoe cabinet.
Dining bar stools.

Good lord! Silly me. I should have state which furnitures are NOT in white instead. BAH!

Thanks to my dear hubby loh who is such a fan of white colour. I do admit they are beautiful(and pure. Haha) but everytime we decide a piece(of white furniture), I’ll go…”die le..this time die le…”

Anyway, what’s done is done la, what’s bought were bought la. I still love my home, just have to spend effort to maintain it so that it look as much as 100% when we 1st bought it. Many had asked me to post pictures of them in blog/facebook. But my camera really cant make it, i.e; they cant capture the real *ahem* pureness and elegance(wahahaha!) of my home. So if you’re really interested then just drop by. My lovely pink stripey mahjiong tiles await you. =)

Caught many movies during the new year. Ranked from the best to the worst, they’re…

1) Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
2) Hot Summer days
3) Valentines day
4) 72 tenants of Prosperity
5) Little big soldier
6) All’s well ends well too 2010

Though I wished Zac Efron starred as Percy instead. Haha.

I didnt really gambled much during the new year though I feel my luck is not bad. Played blackjack and mostly mahjiong because I dont have the interest to play blackjack for continuously 1 hour and more. I will get bored despite I did blackjack few times. On the whole, I think I won abit only lah for the new year..perhaps less than $100. Though the angbaos I gave out probably triple that la. Hahaha. Nevermind~ Heng heng huat huat la!

Finally booked our honeymoon. Initially dearie thought can plan to watch his team(spurs) play in London live but it’s almost impossible to arrange the tour… Despite I called many agencies and searched all that, it’s still not possible to arrange especially when extension cant be confirmed till the last day. We cant possibly buy the match tickets prior to that. Unless we go free-and-easy but that wont do because we had never been to Europe. Dearie is pretty disappointed but he understand…Sigh..bo bian.

Our trip will be in early Apr for 12 days to Switz, Paris and London. Actually we hoped it can be around 14 days instead, visiting maybe 4 countries but packages of 14-15days were mostly covering 6 countries and above. We both find it too packed and rushed. The last we want is a honeymoon which is too tiring with 50% transportation so we settled for this easy-paced package with ASA tour. Actually, no matter it’s 12 or 14 days, I bet we will be dreading the flight back to Sg on the last day one. Confirmed one la.

Hopefully we can get to visit Gen in London and she can bring us around. =) I’m glad I’m still able to attend Summer’s wedding in end APR. =)