Sunday, December 29, 2013

2nd Weekend In London - Bicester Village

All hail all shopaholics out there! If you haven't heard of Bicester Village before, maybe it's about time you do.
Situated in Oxfordshire, England, Bicester Village is like our very own Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) in Malaysia.
Known for discounted prices of branded high end goods, Bicester Village houses brands Prada, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and etc where a lot of them are at up to 60% off the RRP.

When I was informed about this place, it took me not long to decide to go because I just can't help it!
I mean, come on, one of the reasons people go to Europe besides vacation (or work for my case), is also to get cheap(er) luxury goods.
So I booked by my trip there using their official website here and waited patiently for the day to arrive. :D
It took approximately slightly more than an hour to reach there from London via bus.

The Polo Ralph Lauren store is smacked right at the centre as you enter the village. 

One of my favourite brands of all times but unfortunately I couldn't find what I like there.

There are somehow a few brands that are more famous than the rest as it requires the customers to queue up before going into the store such as Prada and Gucci.

Poor kiddo have to look after the goods while his parents are somewhere shopping..

It took me about 2 hours to complete a round at the village as I already have in mind what I am looking for. So I went and chilled at the restaurant nearby for lunch while waiting for time to board the bus.
We were given 4 hours to shop and it's really more than enough unless you plan to go into every single shop and shop like mad.

And what I got myself you ask? I got myself a Prada tote bag for more than 50% discount of its original price!
To those who think it was Babe who got it for me, you can go suck your balls now.
I'm working and earning on my own, would it be impossible for me to get my first (and only) branded bag on my own? NO.
And if you think I'm a spoilt brat, flashing my Prada bag everywhere I go, why don't you say the same to those people who are carrying their Chanel, LV and Burberry bags around?
I don't deserve such treatment and uninvited comments from you just because I can afford my own branded bag.
Now go play far far away.

Taken at York.

And of course, I also got some others stuffs for my mom like Clinique skincare products which are wayyyyyy cheaper there!

Oh, and a few reminders to foreigners who are planning a trip there:

1. Please remember to bring along your passport or at least remember your passport number if you plan to do a tax refund at the airport. This is so that the sales assistant can print out the tax refund form for you to claim back your tax later.

2. Some airport staffs are quite strict when it comes to reclaiming the tax. To reduce hassles and whatnot, DO NOT check in your luxury goods and make sure they still look as good as new if you have used them, which also means, DO NOT throw away your receipts and put the goods in the boxes and carrier bags. If you have checked in, it might take longer than expected to do the tax refund.

I have a colleague who was denied the tax refund because he was wearing the shoes which he wanted to claim for tax at an airport in Germany which I don't quite remember..was it Dortmund Airport or something.

So, good luck in shopping in Bicester Village! Hope you find what you want there.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

One Night Stay - DoubleTree by Hilton, KL

Inspired by a friend, I decided to use my Hilton Honors points in exchange for a night in DoubleTree by Hilton, KL because Babe went to Singapore for a relative's wedding and didn't want to bring me along. So I say, so be it! I can just chill the same way with my girlies too.

The plan turned out to be somewhat fruitful for me because 1) I got lost in KL but managed to find my way and 2) I don't have to be alone during the weekend! :)

Situated in the heart of KL, DoubleTree is one of the hotels in the Hilton group that is supposedly catered for the business people (coughs, I got my points from my business trip anyway), unlike Hilton KL or PJ.
Upon my arrival, I was served with their signature chocolate chip cookie which was warm and just nice for the tummy which hasn't gotten any breakfast like mine!

Since I was the first to reach among the girls, I decided to snap photos to share on the blog:

See through bathroom, there's a blind which you can scroll down for privacy.
This was my first time in a hotel room with see-through bathroom. Initially, I didn't notice that we can actually use the blind to block the view of the bathroom from the bed and went about to tell the girls that we are gonna have a hard time showering! How jakun of me! *facepalm*

I love their ergonomic desk chair but totally hate that the mirror was so high!

Another view of the twin bed guest room.

I ordered their mushroom risotto with truffle oil for my very late brunch because I was really too tired to go around searching for food in the city and didn't wanna risk the chance of getting lost again.

Also, what's not to love on anything mushroom and rice! It was really good and the price is even cheaper than the risotto you get in Alexis! Beat that!

Oh and after my stupid ignorance of Peter Thomas Roth in Hilton Paddington, I vouched to not repeat the mistake again and to my surprise, DoubleTree provides all Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries! *quickly grabs all and asked for more from the janitor for the girls*

Also, the hotel is attached to The Intermark, which is a part retail and office property that makes it easier for lazy people like me to find food and shop at the same time if I want.
But personally, I don't like the idea of having a hotel attached to a mall because it somehow doesn't feel as exclusive for a brand like Hilton.

Guest lobby.

And did I mention I was also given a glass of wine for free, compliments from the hotel? ;)

That's all for now, been too busy at work even during the year end to update the blog. :(


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