Monday, May 31, 2010

The Shopping Race & The 2-Way Monologue

Sooooooo...I'm back from Singapore and the shopping race I participated in with Hanzky from Fashionese Daily...overall, it was a great and memorable experience as I got to deal and team up with an inspiring, persistent & passionate woman (yes Hanzky, you truly are, so thank you), hop from one mall to another which forced me to explore shopping centers other than ones on Orchard Road that I usually only visit, revisit my mathematical skills, and know how it feels like to compete with teams from various countries and run like hell. Alhamdulillah...:)

Here's a recap of everything! :)

Below was our guide, Mr. Agustar, a very friendly, supportive & heartwarming guy...


Before the race started, we were all gathered in the Singapore Tourism Board office for a technical briefing...in total, there was 25 teams participating, some from Malaysia, India, Dubai, UK, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and of course Singapore and us Indonesia.


I actually misunderstood the mechanism of the race earlier (tee-hee), therefore my explanation here was incorrect. We were not given a list of items to buy, but instead given $1,000 to spend on any items that will allow us to achieve the greatest savings possible (savings = real price - after discount price). Having this, our goal was to locate stores that were having major discounts. And by major, we mean more than 90% discounts! Besides shopping, there were also some tasks we had to complete, such as the memory challenge and cake decorating.


And look! We arrived 1st at the finishing point! Hahah!


The race was won by the UK team (a woman named Amanda who was in this UK team, was also the winner of last year's race), followed by the Vietnamese, then us.

Now here comes the interesting part. We were very surprised during the announcement, as 1) they declared our amount of savings less than what we have expected and calculated earlier, and the fact that 2) the winning team achieved total savings that was practically and mathematically impossible given that we knew exactly where and how much they shopped. We directly raised this issue to the committee, and ended up arguing from 8:30 pm till 12 midnight. Since our debate went up till late, we had to continue the next day.

It was actually a very simple issue to resolve. A very, very simple issue but made complicated. I do not wish to lay out the exact problem here, so all I can tell is that whatever we or the UK team had to say, can simply be verified by the shopkeeper on who was telling the truth.

On the next day, we all reconvened in hopes of wrapping up all unsettled issues & hard feelings we still had from last night...but it turned out pointless. The meeting was opened by a representative of the committee, then continued by Amanda from the UK team who literally delivered a speech she had already prepared and written on a notebook prior the meet up. As her hands were trembling the whole time she read out her speech, she verified that she and her partner had no intention of cheating whatsoever, and denied all of our accusations stating that they did not hear anything we thought they should have heard from the shopkeeper. Therefore, if there was anyone to blame, it would be the shop itself who had made mistakes in the calculation, and the UK team had won out of luck having the advantage of the shop's mistake.

Our point was clear, that all we wanted was for the shopkeeper to clarify this issue as she was the sole key witness that knew everything that has happened inside the shop during the whole time of race. That simple, that easy. Funnily both the UK team and the committee refused to invite the shopkeeper into our meeting, with the reason that "the shopkeeper is not trustable".

Wow.

I guess Hanzky and I did not see any point in having the meeting after all, so we decided to end it and thanked, apologized to and congratulated everyone there. As soon as we turned around and walked away, we both cried. Sigh. I love you, Hanzky. Sorry for not being able to fight more.

And let's just forget about the other issue we raised but was not followed up seriously by the committee: our savings calculation that was not accurate.

But again, it was a great and memorable experience, and I thank Singapore Tourism Board for inviting us to take part in the race. We won 3rd place! :)

Thank you for all the support, guys! XOXO


PS1: It's a sad thing that I totally lost interest in shopping there though heavy discounts were all around, and these were all I got during my 3 days there...;p


PS2: There's no such word as "trustable".

*All photos during the race courtesy of Hanzky and her hubby :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Have a Delightful, Eclectical, Edgy Dream

Girls...are you already aware of this competition? Basically, METRO Department Store invites us to dress either Delightfully Dreamy or Eclectically Edgy, take as many pictures in said outfit and upload them in their microsite here. If your look is impressive enough to wow the judges and voters, you'll win IDR 3,000,000 worth of METRO voucher!

Here are some inspiration on pieces I spotted at METRO just now you can possibly play around with within the given theme :

Delightfully Dreamy

Eclectically Edgy

I've seen many friends of mine participating already...;p

Gentle Reminder

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Up & Down

The following images represent an analogy of life:

Zara top, Cotton On sequin cropped top, Endorse skirt, unbranded tights, Candyfeet shoes

You might be dealing with the same thing everyday, but there are always ways to give things a twist and make them feel new and enjoyable...:)

PS: Take a breath of fresh air, and perhaps enjoy a 2-day spa? Click here! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Studs To Never Part

Studded this, studded that, I'm all for studs!! And studs meet camel or tan hue is way too cool.

Anya Hindmarch...

Alexander Wang...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ready Set Go!


Guuuuuuuuuyys...I've been chosen to be a participant of The Great Singapore Sale Shopping Race representing Indonesia! TOTAL AWESOMENESS!! :)

The event format is similar to previous years' Singapore Shopping Challenge in an “Amazing Race” concept, whereby teams from various countries compete to chalk up the highest savings from participating malls in main shopping precincts within a stipulated time frame. I'll be paired with Hanzky of Fashionese Daily, and together we'll be hunting down items specified in the given list and get them at the cheapest price possible...ahhhh this is exciting...alhamdulillah :)

It would be soooooooo great if you guys can provide us with any inputs or tips so we can win because we MUST win and make INDONESIA proud mwahahahahah... the event will take place on this Saturday, May 28th 2010, so do send in your valuable tips as soon as possible...;p Thank you so much before! :)

SINGAPORE HERE WE COME!!! :D

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chocolates Please

Sunday dinner with Bena jelek...

Cotton Ink tank, unbranded denim shirt, Kamiseta denim shorts, Topshop tights & bag, Blake - Wondershoe shoe

Anyway, just felt like listing down my favorite food, and by favorite, i mean food I eat over and over again because I lack creativity when it comes to eating..;p

So here it is, my 10 favorite food!

1. Pecel Ayam
2. Tom Yum Goong
3. Chili Salt Pepper Chicken
4. Baked Salmon Sushi
5. Dimsum
6. Salted Egg-Yolk Prawn
7. Black Pepper Crab
8. Butter Crab (Sharjeel, this is our food from heaven)
9. Tandoori with Naan
10. French fries, baked potato, mashed potato, anything potato.

Yum yum yum yum yum.

The Enjoyment of Downloading

Some people have been sending me emails asking about my Nokia X6 handphone, especially regarding the free music download package they offer in our 1st year of purchase...all I can say is that it's simply exciting to be able to legally download songs for free, knowing that I LOVE music and the process is extremely fast and easy...following are the steps to download songs from the phone, hope you find the info useful! :)

The main page...

Search for a song, artist or album...then click on the song you want to download...
Downloading...

Your drink song is ready to go!
:)

Quote of the Day

"Being different is simply being true to yourself. That is because each and every human being is unique."

- Diana Rikasari -

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Salmon Sushi & Hot Ocha

A night out with Dina, Atiek & Iyal...:)

Mango shirt, unbranded dress, Uniqlo tights, Topshop bag, Giordano Concept shoes


Good night, all!! :)

You've Turned A Year Older!! :)

I wish you more success, happiness, and a beautiful, meaningful life...with me. Happy birthday, S. I love you. :)

Retouched

Playing around with my kebaya encim...

by MAYSUDA

It deserves days in the office or malls! :)

Ebase blazer, custom made skirt, Cenik Renik bag, Luminescence ring, Nine West shoes

DR for Bloop Endorse faux-leather shorts, Leather Shop belt, Luminescence ring, Fashion Puff necklace, Toko Dua Amoi shoes

PS: Received this ring & necklace from Little Lula...adorable!! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

D.R.

I just knew we can customize our Longchamp bags when we buy them online...you can even get the bags with your name or initials on them...hahah!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Happy Place

My happy place would be...anywhere surrounded by shoes hehehe...

And look look! My new loves from Yunique Paradise are here! :)


My most favorite would be this Rodarte-inspired pair...


If you're searching for designer-inspired shoes at a way affordable price, I guess Yunique Paradise would be one of the shops I recommend...:)
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