September 30, 2013

Migliore Dongdaemun, Seoul…you’ll run out of steam before you run out of shops

Dongdaemun isn’t just a market — it’s a shopping mecca. This sprawling, bewildering area has over 20 shopping malls, and more than 30,000 individual shops. Dongdaemun is the place to go if you need, well, anything.

With the market open all-night long, you can satisfy all your fashion needs with an overwhelming selection and super low prices. You can shop for clothes at any one of the malls in the Dongdaemun area, such as the multi-level plaza, Migliore, which closes at 5:30 a.m. This maze-like one-stop mall’s corridors are rather narrow and the shops are placed together quite tightly. Ladies fashion are on levels 1-3, levels 4-5 are men’s stuff while levels 5-6 are bags, accessories and jewelleries. Shoes are on level 7 and traditional korean souvenirs and handicraft are on level 8. Bargaining and haggling is common here… but the “walk-away” tactic I found so effective in Hong Kong and Taiwan does not work here. They do not call you back and shout out lower prices.

You’ve all heard the phrase Shop til you drop… the Dongdaemun Night Market may be the one place where it will actually happen. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


September 15, 2013

Eslite, Taipei…I get an intoxicating buzz just being in this 8-floors, 24-hour mega bookstore

Filed under: Books, China, Shopping, Taiwan, Travel — Tags: , , , , , , — PEr @ 7:21 pm

Wow, this is a book lover’s paradise. An overwhelming, stress-inducing, orgasm inspiring, drool producing, book paradise. If you are in Taipei for a weekend or have lived there for 10 years or more you will always find something that you may have been looking for or not looking for at this place. It has pretty much everything from imported magazines, locally published books, and numerous Japanese books translated into Chinese for the Taiwan market. I get an intoxicating buzz just being in this 8-floor, 24-hour store, surrounded by so many thoughtfully curated books and people who truly appreciate their value.

The idea behind Eslite is that it really isn’t just a bookstore. Don’t miss the cool CD and DVD store downstairs. Easily the most reliable DVD store in the city, this store has plenty of oldies as well as the usual “just released in cinemas” Hollywood blockbusters. The basement snack and drink and food court is no slouch either

A must visit if you have never been. Books can be sexy. I promise. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


September 8, 2013

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore…should be on everyone’s bucket list

Gardens by the Bay is absolutely beautiful and a great fun place to spend the entire day. Be sure you buy the passes for BOTH Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. We were completely surprised at how magnificent and interesting both the gardens were. I had no idea of the extent and beauty that it held.

I have to say I was totally amazed when I went through the exhibit! It was huge! The The gardens themselves were lovely, well designed with mature flowering shrubs, trees, and well positioned sculptures, every square inch is beautifully landscaped with many colours, varieties, fragrance and mixtures of trees and plants from around the world. The breath-taking 8-storey stepping waterfall in Cloud Forect makes me feel like I was walking in the jungle. The floating walkways were a bit too much for me – with  my fear of heights – I gave it a miss.

There is an educational look at the effects of climate change and global warming – which was totally absorbing and mesmerizing. It was beyond fascination.

Singapore is hot and humid 365 days a year. This place is the only place I can enjoy a nature walk in a climate-controlled airconditioned dome.

Overall, a great day, learned a lot while enjoying it!  A visit to Gardens by the Bay should be on everyone’s ‘bucket list’! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


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