Shopper’s Journal

Retailer Highlight – Homeless, Hong Kong

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog, Shopper's Journal | 0 comments

Retailer Highlight – Homeless, Hong Kong

Most people associate Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay with shopping, dining and nightlife.  From upmarket fashions and luxury goods to street markets, places like Time Square, Lee Gardens, Sogo, Hysan Place and Jardine’s Crescents are always packed with shoppers.   However, my favourite store there is a 3-storey lifestyle store called Homeless, which sells a wide array of rather unorthodox (think playful + colourful) products, including :- designer furnitures and fittings, lighting, kitchen tools, serve-ware, tableware,...

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Japanese Knife Shopping at Kappabashi

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Blog, Shopper's Journal | 2 comments

Japanese Knife Shopping at Kappabashi

During my recent trip to Kappabashi, I decided to shop for a Japanese knife. Why Japanese knives? Admittedly, I was initially drawn by its “beauty”.  The traditional Japanese knives were originally derived from Japanese sword craftsmanship.  The techniques have been handed from generation to generation and perfected over time.  Japanese knives are very sharp and they look very elegant too. There are many types of Japanese knives, serving difference purposes.  For example: – The Yanagi, originated from Kanto, is long and thin. ...

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Coffee Specialty Shop at Kappabashi, Tokyo

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog, Shopper's Journal | 0 comments

Coffee Specialty Shop at Kappabashi, Tokyo

For those of you who are passionate about coffee and coffee making, you wouldn’t want to miss out on visiting Union Coffee, the next time when you are in Tokyo. Located at the corner of one of the intersections along Kappabashi Street (also known as the “Kitchen Town”), this shop (actually, it consists of 2 corner lots, directly opposite each other) is the place to go for everything related to coffee making and drinking. One shop specializes in selling coffee beans from all over the world, including the prized Luwak Coffee from...

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Endless Treasures at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market – Part 2

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Shopper's Journal | 0 comments

Endless Treasures at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market – Part 2

As mentioned in my earlier post, Chatuchak is a very large weekend market, selling all sorts of products.  Before you visit the market, it is good to pick up a copy of the market’s map to help better plan your trip. This sprawling market is divided into 27 sections, with each section focusing on specific type of products: Section 1 – Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, café Section 2 to 4 – Collectibles, home décor, paintings, terra cotta Section 5 to 6 – Clothes, adornments, miscellaneous products Section 7 to 9...

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Endless Treasures at Bangkok Chatuchak Market – part 1

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Shopper's Journal | 0 comments

Endless Treasures at Bangkok Chatuchak Market – part 1

Being one of the largest weekend markets in the world (covering an area of 27 acres and housing over 15,000 stalls), Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market needs little introduction. This market is a heaven for shoppers (if you can withstand the heat and stuffiness).  Focusing on home furnishing items alone, you are already spoilt for choice:- furniture, art pieces, antiques, wood carvings, ceramic ware, clay items, garden decorative items etc. I like exploring around this market as it gives me the opportunity to discover new “gems”, such...

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Checking Out Handmade All-Natural Soaps

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog, Shopper's Journal | 0 comments

Checking Out Handmade All-Natural Soaps

I notice that recently, numerous “homemade soap” shops / kiosks have been sprouting up all over the shopping malls in the Klang Valley. These soaps usually use products which are free of artificial colouring or flavouring, therefore making them more gentle on the skin. A particular shop at Publika (www.publika.com.my) caught my eye the other day, as it stands out from the rest via its variety of eye-catching and delicious looking soaps. This newly opened shop called Soap Artisan, is located at the lower ground floor, right next to B.I.G....

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