Gifts from Singapore
In January this year, we visited our family in India. We also used this time to go on a short trip to Singapore. It was a blessing that everyone could take time off from work and got to travel with the entire brood (both sets of parents and our siblings).
The thing about Singapore is that there is no extraordinary view or one-of-its-kind beach you’ll have to check off your list. The country is super efficient, clean, and unique in being a city-country. All these make it the perfect family destination for a bit of R & R, lounging by the pool, and exploring the awesome food scene at a laid back pace.I will not bore you with the details of our family vacation.
I was really proud of myself for not going overboard in any of my shopping escapades during my entire vacation (India and Singapore). So, I decided to treat myself to a couple of nice things at the Singapore airport duty free stores on our way back.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence:
As I grow older, I am starting to brush off most skin care products as snake oils. I am more critical and cynical of all things ‘beauty’. At the same time, I am too lazy to have an american beauty routine, let alone an Asian one (Seven steps?!!). Don’t get me wrong, I really admire people who can follow such a routine and sustain it (both in terms of time and money). I just come from the school of thought that you should let your skin build some resistance (and character, perhaps?) by letting it be. Eat good food, drink water and perhaps a few more good habits. Skin takes care of itself. Then I turned 30. Oh yeah, I also belong to the unfortunate club of people who tried Laser Hair Removal and had their
hands face burned. My recovery from all the scabs is a story for another time.
It is time to invest in quality products and establish a simple skin care routine. Two of my good friends recommended SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I pretty much brushed it off as some fancy water in a bottle. Also, the price was too scary for a decent sized bottle. A 230ml (7.7 oz) costs USD 229 + taxes at Sephora. I almost feel SK-II products are a marketing gimmick. I don’t really know if Pitera works or not. Some women consider it a holy grail product. Just compare the expert rating vs community rating here. You’ll see how polarizing both opinions are.
While we were at the Singapore airport, I went into the SK-II store and compared the prices. A 250 ml (8.4 oz) bottle costs SGD 179 which comes to about USD 130 (all inclusive). That is about a $100 (USD) cheaper for a bigger bottle! I jumped the gun without much research and bought a bottle for myself and one for my sister.
Longchamp ‘Medium Le Pliage Neo’ Nylon Tote:
My sister bought me the Longchamp Neo Tote as an early birthday gift, while at the airport. It was not a planned purchase. She knew how much I love the brand. I have been wanting to get a tote bag from the brand for long and decided duty free is the best place to get it. When I went to pay at the counter, she insisted on paying. After a little bit of tug-of-war between two Asian sisters, I let her win this time.
I always contemplated between the leather (significantly expensive) and the nylon one. After much thought and trying out both the bags last year, I figured that I could get too precious with the leather one. Longchamp Tote bags in ‘Cuir’ are made of soft, supple leather and are pretty much shapeless. The leather seemed prone to scratches.My plan was to use the tote as a travel handbag. If I were going to put it through security checks and shove it under plane seats, I thought the Nylon one was going to be a better option. Besides, it was lighter on the pocket.
I picked the black one. As I grow older, I am starting to appreciate black more. Now, it is the most used color, next only to blue/navy in my wardrobe. It cost $190 USD (all inclusive) for the medium size.
If these two purchases are really worth it? Only time will tell. I plan on doing a quick 3 month and 6 month checkpoint.