Shopping in Asia: What I Bought


I’m in Toronto for about 3 weeks and then I’m leaving for Europe for 2 months (Portugal and Spain).

And yes, there’ll be more shopping and spending ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

On that note,ย I figured I’d start off with a little post on what I bought while traveling around Asia for 5 weeks.

I’ll post more pictures on this blog, and on my The Everyday Minimalist blog as I go through and sort through the 19,000 photos I took.

Yes. 19 THOUSAND photos.

I basically recorded the whole trip. I need to sort through the photos to ones that I can show on a computer to people, and a selection to upload on the blogs.

To recap, we went to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau.

I didn’t buy much in Beijing, Shanghai or Macau, because the shopping was far better in Hong Kong and even Singapore.

Here is what I spent, a little over $1000 CAD. Ouch?

I would have spent more, had it not been for the lack of time in Hong Kong (argg we stayed too short of a time), and the fact that a LOT of stores in Singapore are all American/European. *sigh*

A little over half of it was spent on clothing, shoes, bags… really cool items I’d never find in Canada. ๐Ÿ™‚

The other half, went to my parents and siblings. I bought them whatever I thought they’d like, from scarves to interesting, non-North American books.

Oops — Forgot to add a dress up there ๐Ÿ™‚ That number should be: $1027.07

Now for the pictures…

This bag is made out of the softest linen ever, with a printed design. Made in Shanghai by decosterliving, they had a whole bunch of different patterns printed on the bag, and super soft blue handles.

AND.. it was only $150!!!!!!

I almost wanted to buy all the designs ๐Ÿ˜›

This bag is $30, made out of canvas, with an excellent weight and design. Bought it in Singapore from illuma.


I also got a silk butterfly scarf in Hong Kong:


And this GORGEOUS hand painted lotus scarf in Beijing. I paid a LOT of money for it (in their currency), about $60 CAD.

That said, it really is handpainted (I made her open 2-3 of them before I saw a design I liked without a flaw), and it is real silk. It feels amazing.

From the Jade Market in Hong Kong, to haggle for 4 necklaces.

Each cost about $7.50. I don’t really know if it’s a good price or not… but it’s less than what I would pay in Canada, so I’m happy.

(BF bought me the dark green jade one, 3rd from the left)


In Singapore, I also found this super cute Bambi necklace from Bugis Junction’s Red Dot area.

Cost about $30. A lot more than the other necklaces I paid for, but the weight is a nice hefty weight, and I really REALLY love the design.

Picked up some lambskin citron yellow flats from one of the millions of malls in Singapore, for about $70.


And at the chocolate schubar in Singapore’s Suntec city, I got these really awesome flats for about $70. I LOVE the design.

Woven electric blue against yellow? Yes please.

I also found this great silk-cotton blend dress in the walkway between Marina Square and Suntec City in Singapore.

I went back into the store, and this dress was totally sold out. Glad I bought it.. and on sale no less! $60.


Finally, at C.K. Tangs plaza, I found this super amazing honey cream for the hands for about $17. I also went back and bought the body butter for about $30.

I love it. May give it to my mom if she likes it (she loves hand cream).

That’s pretty much all I bought.


About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.